Think back to four months ago, when spring training was just getting underway. There were plenty of questions surrounding the White Sox -- could Jake Peavy stay healthy? Could Adam Dunn and Alex Rios rebound? And, of course, could the White Sox keep pace with a loaded Detroit team in the AL Central?
So far, all of those questions have been answered with a resounding yes. Peavy has been healthy and effective, making a legitimate case to be included on the AL All-Star team. Adam Dunn has hit 24 home runs with an .884 OPS; Rios has an .836 OPS while playing fine defense in right field. And Detroit is four games behind the White Sox. And Gordon Beckham, since a dismal April, has been much improved-offensively.
Not every surprise has been good, though. After signing a five-year 65 million extension, John Danks posted a 5.70 ERA and is in the middle of missing at least two months due to an injury, maybe more. Alexei Ramirez has quietly only hit one home run this season with an OPS that's about what Dunn posted in 2011.
But seriously, go back to February. The thought of trading Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart for Kevin Youkilis wouldn't have even crossed your mind given how outlandish that would've been, right?
It's certainly been an interesting season for the White Sox, but we're asking you -- which player has surprised you the most? I discussed this with Wayne Randazzo on WSCR-670 AM last night and went with Rios. I have my reasons, but what are yours? Let us know by dropping a vote in the poll, commenting on this article or sending your thoughts to us @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.
Jose Quintana has not started his 2017 campaign as many White Sox fans had hoped or expected.
Through nine games the 2016 All Star has posted just two wins and watched his ERA climb to 3.92 after Wednesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This past offseason, Quintana was frequently mentioned as a possible trade piece for the White Sox who if moved might have brought in other key pieces for the retooling South Siders, much like Chris Sale and Adam Eaton did.
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Have Quintana’s early season struggles impacted his trade value?
White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti weighed in while appearing on Wednesday’s edition of SportsTalk Live.
“Somebody's trade value isn’t contingent necessarily on what he’s doing right now,” Benetti said. “I mean general managers are smart enough to know Jose Quintana is worth X over the course of time and a lot of what trade value has to do with, is what other teams need. So as injuries continue to pile up to other pitchers, if we’re talking about the value of a starting pitcher, the market has as much to do with that as his performance in one specific game.”
Listen to what else Benetti had to say in the video above.
There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.
White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.
Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.
The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.
Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.
Take a listen to the latest episode below: