Like their crosstown counterpart Cubs did a year ago, the Chicago White Sox made changes at the top this offseason. Ken Williams moved from general manager to executive vice president, with assistant GM Rick Hahn dropping the "assistant" from his title.
Hahn's first offseason at the helm came and went quietly, with the departures of two highly regarded veterans the biggest changes of note.
For the first time in nine seasons, the White Sox will come to camp without catcher A.J. Pierzynski, a clubhouse leader. After the most productive offensive season of his career (.278 batting average, 77 RBI, 27 home runs and a Silver Slugger Award), Pierzynski signed with the Rangers as the White Sox opted to invest more in their long-term future.
Also gone is third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who came over midseason from the Red Sox and produced plenty of big hits while winning over the blue-collar fan base. Like Pierzynski, his asking price was a little too steep for the White Sox, who declined ...