Until this past weekend, it was really hard to think of what the Chicago White Sox might need.
While they do not have the absolute best team in the majors, they had a decent to great hitter at every position, a stacked rotation, and a lights-out bullpen. Even their bench is solid. And by run differential, they are the third best team in all of baseball, behind only the Boston Red Sox, and the Chicago Cubs.
But now that Jose Contreras was placed on the DL Sunday with elbow tendinitis, we can say that the White Sox are in need of a starting pitcher.
Adding a starter also makes sense given that Gavin Floyd and John Danks have been pitching better than their peripherals would suggest. Floyd in particular has allowed a huge amount of unearned runs, suggesting that he is not anywhere near as good as his ERA would suggest.
Moreover, both Floyd and Danks are young pitchers who are being asked to pitch 200 innings for the first time, and it is very questionable if either pitcher can make it all the way, or whether the White Sox will let them, given that Floyd’s previous high in IP was only 178 way back in 2004, and Danks’ was a mere 156 in 2005.
So even if Contreras is able to make a speedy recovery from his elbow woes, the White Sox would still be well advised to pick up another starter.