Chicago White Sox Offseason 2012: Concerns About Adam Dunn's Swing Began In Spring Training Last Year, Says Ozzie Guillen

The Chicago White Sox still have a lot of work to do this offseason if they expect to follow through on their plan to get younger, especially if they still want to contend in 2012.

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White Sox Spring Training 2012 Preview: Chicago Pitchers And Catchers Report On Wednesday

The Chicago White Sox kick off the 2012 MLB Spring Training next Wednesday with pitchers and catchers reporting after a long winter break. The Sox then begin their Cactus League schedule on March 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Here is a look at the reporting dates scheduled for the Sox:

2012 Chicago White Sox Reporting Schedule

Organization Pitchers & Catchers First Workout Position Players First full workout
Chicago White Sox Feb. 22 Feb. 23 Feb. 27 Feb. 28

The White Sox have a number of unanswered questions heading into Spring Training, but one of the most pressing is the fate of slugging DH Adam Dunn. The $56 million designated hitter hit only 11 homers in 2011, good for a career-worst .159/.292/.277 slash.

Dunn apparently had problems with his swing tracing back all the way to the 2011 Spring Training, according to former manager Ozzie Guillen. The Sox hope to get the 38-home-run Dunn back, especially given some of their other notable departures, including SP Mark Buehrle and closer Sergio Santos.

The starting lineup is expected to look a little like this:

2012 Projected White Sox Lineup

C: A.J. Pierzynski / Tyler Flowers
1B: Paul Konerko
2B: Gordon Beckham
3B: Brent Morel
SS: Alexei Ramirez
LF: Alejandro De Aza
CF: Alex Rios
RF: Dayan Viciedo
DH: Adam Dunn

The team will also have outfielders Brent Lillibridge and Kosuke Fukudome competing for playing and should have a heated competition at catcher between veteran A.J. Pierzynski and up-and-coming hitting catcher Tyler Flowers.

The rotation should have a new look too, as the White Sox deal with the free agency departure of Buehrle:

2012 Projected White Sox Rotation

1) John Danks
2) Gavin Floyd
3) Phil Humber
4) Chris Sale
5) Jake Peavy

The Sox management, led by rookie manager Robin Ventura, will get their first look at the new roster when action starts in early March. Here's a look at their first week of games:

First 10 White Sox Cactus League Games

Date Time Opponent Location
March 5 1:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers
Glendale
March 6 1:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels
Tempe
March 7 1:05 p.m. Milwaukee
Glendale
March 8 1:05 p.m. Texas
Surprise
March 9 1:05 p.m.
Cubs
Glendale
March 10
1:05 p.m. Texas (ss)
Glendale
March 10
7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (ss)
Glendale
March 11 1:10 p.m. Colorado
Scottsdale

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2012 White Sox Offseason: Ozzie Guillen Says Problems With Adam Dunn's Swing Were Immediately Apparent

In a radio interview on Friday, former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said that problems with Adam Dunn's mechanics were evident from the start of spring training. Former hitting coach Greg Walker alerted Guillen to the issue in the first couple days of spring training in 2011.

"[Former hitting coach Greg Walker] says 'We have a problem,' " Guillen said Friday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I say 'What? Spring training is only a couple of days [old].' He says 'You've got to come out and see Adam Dunn's swing.' I said 'Don't worry about it. We've got a month and a half to get ready, go through spring training. Don't worry about it.' "

Guillen eventually went to watch Dunn himself and agreed with Walker's assessment. He added that Dunn tried "everything in his power to get better."

Related: 2012 White Sox Rumors: Paul Konerko Mulling Retirement In 2013

Dunn hit just 11 home runs in 496 plate appearances for Chicago in 2011. He'd hit at least 38 home runs in each of the seven seasons prior to that one.

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Jason Frasor Trade: Chicago Acquires Two Prospects From Toronto

The Chicago White Sox continue to shake up their roster, as the team announced on Sunday that it has traded relief pitcher Jason Frasor to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for pitching prospects Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb. Frasor was acquired from Toronto in last season's Edwin Jackson trade, so he'll be returning to the team that he's spent most of the past few years with.

Frasor, 34, has spent his entire career in Toronto outside of 2011's short stint with the White Sox. He broke out in 2009 by posting a 2.50 ERA in 57 innings, but he's posted an ERA of 3.64 over the past two seasons. Missing bats hasn't really been a problem for him, but his command is shaky and that's often gave him issues.

Jaye, 20, was Toronto's 17th-round pick in 2010. Drafted out of a Georgia high school, the right-hander posted a 3.00 ERA in 54 innings in the Appalachian League in 2011, and is years away from potentially contributing in the majors. Webb, 22, was Toronto's 18th-round pick in 2009. He spent last year with Single-A Lansing, posting a 5.48 ERA over 67 innings. Neither player was rated among Toronto's top-25 prospects by John Sickels.

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Carlos Quentin Trade: White Sox Acquire Two Pitchers From San Diego Padres

The Chicago White Sox have traded OF Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres in exchange for two pitchers.

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Chicago White Sox Trade Rumors: Mark Buehrle Unlikely To Return To The Southside

According to multiple reports, the Chicago White Sox are likely out of the bidding for free agent pitcher and longtime member of the Chicago White Sox Mark Buehrle. Jon Heyman of MLB Network is reporting that the field for Buehrle's services is down to just five teams, after being as high as 14 teams last Thursday.

MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that four of the remaining five teams are decidedly not the White Sox:

Yesterday we learned that four teams -- the Marlins, Nationals, Rangers, and Twins -- have made offers to long-time White Sox southpaw Mark Buehrle.

On Tuesday, the White Sox GM Kenny Williams spoke with the media and clearly intimated the White Sox were not the fifth team:

So [Mark Buehrle will] be missed unless something happens that is unforseen right now.

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White Sox Trade Rumors: Toronto Blue Jays Trade Nestor Molina For Sergio Santos

There are now confirmed reports that the Chicago White Sox have traded bullpen ace Sergio Santos for minor league pitcher Nestor Molina.

The trade, which sends the de facto White Sox closer to the Toronto Blue Jays, occurred early Tuesday afternoon. According to White Sox GM Kenny Williams, the Santos trade is "the start of a rebuilding." Last year, the Sox finished with a 79-83 record, 16 games behind the Detroit Tigers.

Nestor Molina pitched a total of 130 and 1/3 innings with Toronto's High-A and Double-A affiliates. Primarily a starter at both levels, Molina managed a 2.58 ERA and 2.45 FIP in his time with the Dunedin Blue Jays (A+).

Dunedin plays in the Florida State League, a league particularly known for its offense, so Molina's 2.58 ERA is noteworthy, given the league's 3.94 average ERA. (The average ERA in the NL in 2011 was 3.81.)

In five combined minor league seasons, Molina has pitched 292 and 2/3 innings with a strong 2.21 ERA.

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Sergio Santos Traded: White Sox Deal Reliever To Blue Jays For RHP Nestor Molina, According To Reports

The Chicago White Sox have traded reliever Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays for 22-year old prospect Nestor Molina, according to reports from around the web. Here are some of the updates as they rolled in:

 MLB 
Blue Jays acquire RHP Sergio Santos from White Sox in exchange for RHP Nestor Molina. 

 Chicago White Sox 
White Sox obtain RHP Nestor Molina from Toronto for RHPSergio Santos. Molina 12-3 with 2.21 ERA, 148 SO and just 14 BB at Class A/AA.

 

Santos, 28, was a converted infielder who quickly moved up the minor league ranks after agreeing to become a pitcher later in his minor league career. He served as the closer for the White Sox in 2010, racking up 30 saves last season to go with 148 strikeouts and a 3.55 ERA.  

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Chicago White Sox be sure to visit South Side Sox. Visit Baseball Nation for more news and notes around the league, and check out MLB Daily Dish for off-season rumors and reports.

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