Alejandro De Aza projects to be a pretty valuable member of the 2012 White Sox, assuming he can stay healthy. De Aza, who will turn 28 five days after opening day, should be expected to put up average-to-above-average offensive numbers with good defense. That'll work.
Potential White Sox free agent target Yoenis Cespedes struck out in all three plate appearances in his Dominican Winter League debut, although no level of awful play in the DWL will be enough to lower Cespedes' asking price into the Sox range, most likely.
Justin Verlander has poor nutrition, at least before starts.
Jim looks at why the White Sox are paying John Danks a 500,000 salary next season -- with a 7.5 million signing bonus, of course. Also, if you haven't already, be sure to give @SouthSideSox a follow on twitter -- it's new and improved!
"It feels even weirder to celebrate the ushering in of a possible new age of sound and pragmatic investment by giving a quarter-million dollars to a 16 year-old, but hey, that's baseball." -- Via James' take on the Luis Martinez signing at White Sox Observer.
Around the division:
Justin Morneau is "making progress" and could be 100 percent by the time the Twins kick off spring training in February. That's good news -- no matter how fierce a fan you are, you gotta root for Morneau to come back strong. His post-concussion stuff has been scary, to say the least.
Also, per a report, the Twins will host the 2014 All-Star Game. That means, in the span of 20 years, every team in the AL Central will have hosted the Midsummer Classic: Cleveland (1997), Chicago (2003), Detroit (2005), Kansas City (2012) and Minnesota (2014).