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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert


Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox opposition research: What's there to know about the Boston Red Sox?


White Sox opposition research: What's there to know about the Boston Red Sox?

As the 2018 season nears and the White Sox get ready to take on the rest of the American League, we're taking a team-by-team look at all 14 of their opponents.

What’s there to know about the Boston Red Sox?



Arguably the biggest bat on this winter’s free-agent market, Martinez signed, albeit late, with the BoSox, a drastically needed addition to a lineup that ranked 27th out of 30 big league teams when it came to hitting home runs last season. Well, Martinez hit 45 of ‘em last year, so expect that ranking to improve in 2018.

Martinez has been cranking dingers for a while now, smacking 23 in 2014, 38 in 2015 and 22 in an injury-shortened 2016 before last season’s homer-explosion. He hit 16 in 57 games with the Detroit Tigers before getting dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks, hitting 29 more and helping the Snakes reach the postseason. That’s right, math fans, he hit 45 homers in just 119 games. As the Red Sox designated hitter, he’s expected to play in a few more this season.

Despite its lack of Monstah-clearing power in 2017, the BoSox lineup was still pretty good before it welcomed JDMar (gotta be a better nickname than that, right?), boasting the likes of Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and other players, not all of whom have last names that begin with the letter “B.”

And then there’s Chris Sale.



Yes, the former White Sox ace just about struck out the entire universe last season and is, no joke, baseball’s all-time leader in strikeout-to-walk ratio. He finished in the top six in American league Cy Young voting for the sixth straight season last year, in the top five for the fifth straight season.

David Price was injured for much of last season and made only 11 starts, but he had just a 3.38 ERA when he was healthy enough to pitch, lowering that figure from nearly 4.00 in his first season in Boston in 2016. And Kate Upton can tweet whatever she wants, it doesn’t change the fact that Rick Porcello won the Cy Young two years ago. Past those three guys, the rest of the rotation is a walking disabled list. Drew Pomeranz, who was great last season, is questionable for the start of the season. Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez might miss the opening stretch, as well. That puts some pressure on guys like Price and Porcello to get off to good starts, Price needing to stay on the field and Porcello needing to be more 2016-y than 2017-y.

Oh, and the BoSox have perhaps baseball’s best ninth-inning man in Craig Kimbrell. He’s got 291 career saves in eight seasons! Wowzers.



While things seem to stack up pretty good for the folks hangin’ around on Lansdowne, those pesky Bronx Bombers are going to be pretty tough to top. Their acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton was baseball’s biggest this offseason, and that 1-2 punch of Stanton and Judge — not to mention the rest of that lineup — is as scary as it gets.

When you've got Sale, though, to throw against them? Well, that’s pretty scary, too.

2017 record: 93-69, first place in AL East, lost in ALDS

Offseason additions: J.D. Martinez

Offseason departures: Rajai Davis, Chris Young, Doug Fister, Blaine Boyer, Addison Reed

X-factor: Rafael Devers was a big-deal prospect when he got called up last season. He played in only 58 big league games with the BoSox but impressed, slashing .284/.338/.482 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs. Given a full season to do his thing, Devers ought to be a key piece of a good-looking Boston lineup.

Projected lineup:

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Andrew Benintendi, LF
3. Hanley Ramirez, 1B
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Xander Bogaerts, SS
6. Rafael Devers, 3B
7. Eduardo Nunez, 2B
8. Christian Vazquez, C
9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Dustin Pedroia could miss the start of the season due to injury.

Projected rotation:

1. Chris Sale
2. David Price
3. Rick Porcello
4. Brian Johnson
5. Hector Velazquez

Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright could all miss the start of the season due to injury.

Prediction: Second place in AL East, AL wild card

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Eighteen White Sox questions for 2018: Will Tim Anderson prove himself the shortstop of the future?


Eighteen White Sox questions for 2018: Will Tim Anderson prove himself the shortstop of the future?

White Sox fans might have their eyes on the future, but the 2018 season has plenty of intrigue all its own. As Opening Day nears, let's take a look at the 18 most pressing questions for the 2018 edition of the South Side baseball team.

Tim Anderson has the full support of the White Sox and seems like a new man after a trying 2017 campaign.

But there are still plenty of questions surrounding him heading into 2018, putting him in the company of a lot of his teammates who are also embarking on "prove it" seasons on the South Side.

Is Anderson the shortstop of the future? For now, the obvious answer is yes, as the White Sox have seemingly placed their chips on the 24-year-old, who is signed through the 2022 season. Anderson will get every opportunity to show that he's the everyday answer up the middle for years to come.

But with highly touted prospects penciled in at seemingly every other position on the field, can Anderson keep up and meet the high expectations as the wave of talent reaches the big league level?

It's easy to forget that Anderson hasn't been a big leaguer very long. He's yet to play in 250 major league games. But his first full season — and more specifically the numbers he produced during it — have left some fans to wonder if an upgrade will eventually be needed at shortstop.

Anderson committed 28 errors in the field, the most in the majors by a pretty wide margin, and he slashed just .257/.276/.402, walking only 13 times compared to 162 strikeouts. His .679 OPS ranked 135th out of 144 qualified major league hitters.

That's not to say there weren't positive signs. Anderson made just six errors over the season's final two and a half months. And at the plate, he had a strong finish, slashing .323/.338/.474 with three homers, nine doubles, 13 RBIs and 23 runs scored in his last 32 games.

But in 2018, Anderson will have to prove which version is the real him: the one from the season's first few months or the one from the last couple?

Obviously the off-the-field circumstances that made their way onto the field had a lot to do with things. Anderson admitted that the emotional effects of the death of his best friend impacted his play. And that, of course, is understandable. He's seemed much different in interviews this offseason and during spring training. He said during SoxFest that "to get away from baseball was definitely the best thing to happen" and it allowed him to get to "a better place."

What kind of impact that will have remains to be seen. Anderson doesn't have to worry about one of these young guys coming for his job, as there isn't a highly ranked shortstop in the White Sox loaded farm system. But fans have been coveting Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado for years, and he's moved to shortstop for the 2018 season. He's set to be one of the headlining members of next winter's monster free-agent class.

So just like so many of his teammates — Matt Davidson, Nicky Delmonico, Carson Fulmer, Yolmer Sanchez and even Avisail Garcia — Anderson will have to spend the 2018 campaign (he'll get a little longer than that and longer than any of those guys, you would figure) to prove that he is a member, and in his case a starring member, of the White Sox promising future.