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Old 05-23-2018, 08:16 PM
MISoxfan MISoxfan is offline
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I'm putting this in WTS because I recognize it belongs here. I'm also going to make a point that I'm not insisting that the team I'm about to present to you would have played like this, necessarily, had it existed. I'm also not saying that this leads to a better team in 2020 than the team we have now. I'm not saying that this is a better path than the rebuild.

I saw Junior Guerra's name pop up a couple of days ago and I was thinking about how a lot of people that the Sox had a few seasons back ended up a little better than they seemed. I put together a little what-if that has the roster of the 2015 team playing in 2017 (filled in with players from 2017 that they could acquire without trading anyone from 2015).

I know it's unlikely that some of these players ever have a season like 2017 again, and also that it's not a perfect line up. It's difficult to find a place for Leury Garcia and there isn't really a center fielder among the group (go figure).

I present to you your fictional 2017 White Sox (in order of WAR)

Eaton 6.1 .308/.400/.508
Abreu 4.7 .304/.354/.552
Garcia 4.5 .330/.380/.506
Frazier 3.3 .213/.344/.428
Flowers 2.1 .281/.378/.445
Sanchez 2.0 .267/.319/.413
Garcia 1.2 .270/.316/.423
Anderson 1.0 .257/.276/.402
Davidson -0.9 .220/.260/.452

Sale 6.0 2.90 ERA
Quintana 2.5 4.15 ERA
Rodon 1.2 4.15 ERA
Gonzalez 1.7 4.31 ERA
Shields 0.3 5.23 ERA

Robertson 2.9 1.84 ERA
Swarzak 2.8 2.33 ERA
Albers 2.4 1.62 ERA
Kahnle 1.7 2.50 ERA
Infante 1.1 3.13 ERA
Jennings 0.9 3.45 ERA

A couple of those names (Flowers) might induce a gag reflex, but I think this team wins a wild card. It would probably be one and done for the playoffs, though.
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