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Chicago White Sox
Guillen spent the spring trying to win a back-up job in Baltimore, while the White Sox want to hand their shortstop job to Benji Gil. Are the planets out of whack, or what? Gil's a lifetime .215 batter, but he still holds the key to any success Chicago may hope to have this year because it has a very green staff that needs solid defensive support. Meaning Gil can't commit more than 15 errors this year. (He committed 19 errors in 327 chances last season.) If he boots more than two grounders a month, the Sox will struggle, rookie Mike Caruso will be forced into the lineup, and Benji will wear a dog collar the rest of his career.
What They Needed: With the departure of fan favorite Ozzie Guillen, the team desperately sought a solid vet who can play shortstop until flashy rookie Mike Caruso is ready. A starting catcher, starting pitching and some proven outfielders would also be welcome.
What They Got: Former Ranger Benji Gil, who's no Ozzie. Free agents Chad Kreuter and Charlie O'Brien will fight for the catching job. Ruben Sierra will be given one more chance.
What it All Means: Nothing. Gil, Kreuter and O'Brien are bargain-basement stock, and nary a starting pitcher was signed. This is a team in bad shape.
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