The White Sox held first place for more than 100 days last year, but ultimately finished second to the Tigers and are chasing the reigning AL champions this winter.
With A.J. Pierzynski still unsigned, the White Sox are operating under the impression Tyler Flowers would take over regular duties at catcher and if so, they are comfortable with Hector Gimenez as his backup.
John Danks continues to recover from August shoulder surgery and remains on track to return to action in spring training next February.
Tyler Flowers offered a frank assessment of his situation with the White Sox, telling Chuck Garfien he hopes A.J. Pierzynski signs elsewhere so he can earn a starting role in 2013 with the White Sox.
Paul Konerko is on Joe Torre's list of players who could be selected to play for Team USA in next year's World Baseball Classic, while Jose Quintana, Hector Santiago and Andre Rienzo could be selected to play for their home countries as well.
New White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he has been close on a few deals, but nothing has gotten done. That could change soon as baseball's offseason heats up.
Kevin Youkilis is being sought out by a handful of teams, including the White Sox and Phillies. But at the winter meetings his agent, Joe Bick, said the third baseman is in no rush to sign a deal.
If AJ Pierzynski were to not return to the South Side, the White Sox would need another left-handed batter on their roster.
The White Sox aren't planning on aiming for any big name players to help boost attendance at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox have made it clear that they want Kevin Youkilis back on their roster next season. But they're not the only club in a strong pursuit for the third baseman.