Early 2012 Sox projection: 77 wins

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Early 2012 Sox projection: 77 wins

There's still plenty of time for offseason moves, but a recent projection doesn't inspire much confidence for the 2012 White Sox.

As the White Sox roster currently stands, CAIRO projects the team to win 77 games next season, a full 10 games behind second-place Cleveland and 12 behind Detroit. The projection system gives the White Sox -- in their current state -- a 4.8 percent chance of making the playoffs.

Let me emphasize this again: in their current state. The White Sox currently have not traded away anybody but Sergio Santos. So, by this projection, a team with John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Carlos Quentin would win 77 games.

It could be worse, though. Minnesota is only projected as a 66-win team, while Miami is only seen as a .500 team. And the Angels, even with Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson, are projected to finish behind Texas in the AL West..

Of course, take these -- like any projection -- with a grain of salt, because there's plenty of room for luck to positively or negatively influence a record over the course of a 162-game season. And these aren't taking into account any moves made between now and opening day.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Tim Anderson gives revealing interview about his first season

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Tim Anderson gives revealing interview about his first season

In this episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast, shortstop Tim Anderson joins the podcast and gives a revealing interview with Chuck Garfien about his first season with the White Sox and how adversity he faced in high school still drives him today.

Dan Hayes calls in from Arizona to break down the White Sox-Cubs game. They talk about Lucas Giolito’s White Sox debut, Jose Abreu’s first home run of the spring and the latest Jose Quintana rumors.

CSN’s Siera Santos talks about her conversations with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs meet in spring training

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs meet in spring training

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Prospect Lucas Giolito debuts for White Sox in tie against Cubs