You're the GM! White Sox Edition
It's been a good year to be a White Sox fan, or a White Sox front office official. Until the last couple of weeks, that is.
For purposes of this exercise, it's not particularly relevant whether the White Sox hold onto the division lead or not. Let's talk about next year.
Is the success experienced by the Sox this year sustainable? Let's look at your starting rotation: Buehrle, Garcia, Garland, Contreras, Hernandez, McCarthy. Which of these guys do you commit long-term to? Can you trust Jon Garland to win 17 games again? The bullpen has been reasonably effective, but is Hermanson the long-term answer as a closer?
Same questions on offense: who do you make long-term commitments to? Konerko? How much does Carl Everett have left? Are Pierzynski and Crede maxed out? And what of Podsednik?
Cleveland's success in the second half is NOT a fluke: they will be a major challenge for you in 2006. And the Twins, with their loaded farm system, are still lurking. If the last month has taught you anything, it's that you can't rest on your laurels, even in this division.