The pre-holiday White Sox question on the table today deals with the team's ability to contend in the American League Central for the 2013 season. It was the same question on the table last Friday and will carry through into the new year.
Yes, it's still far too soon to make any concrete predictions. How the teams look before Christmas could be decidedly different by April, let alone June or July.
But the cold offseason facts remain for the White Sox.
Kevin Youkilis is in New York, and A.J. Pierzynski stands one physical away from joining the Rangers. Two impact bats gone to other American League teams, and one extremely popular, hard-nosed player dating back to the 2005 World Series champions moving on via a one-year deal.
Meanwhile, the Tigers have Victor Martinez returning from an injury and Anibal Sanchez inking an extension. Detroit also added right fielder Torii Hunter into the lineup and clubhouse mix. The Royals, who dominated the White Sox to a 12-6 tune in 2012, added a viable No. 1 starter with the addition of James Shields.
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