Roster Notes

Buehrle finished up 12-4 after starting 2-10

Mark Buehrle (14-14, 4.14 ERA, was 2-10 at one point before finishing 12-4). Buehrle will be arbitration eligible this offseason, but said that the two sides have not talked since last spring, when he walked away from a deal that could have been worth $27 million over five years.

ROTATION:

RHP Bartolo Colon (15-13, 3.87 ERA, nine complete games this season) -- The Sox are currently trying to sign the free agent-to-be, but Colon's camp wants more than the three-year, $30 million package that was offered.

RHP Esteban Loaiza (21-9, 2.90 ERA, first 20-game winner for the Sox since Jack McDowell did it in 1993) -- The Sox have the club option at $4 million for next season, which they will obviously pick up.

RHP Jon Garland (12-13, 4.51 ERA, walked a team-high 74) -- Manuel called 2003 a disappointment for Garland; the expectations were much higher for the 24-year-old.

LHP Scott Schoeneweis (3-2, 4.18 ERA, posted a 4.50 ERA with the Sox after being acquired from the Angels in July) -- The Sox are looking at him as a No. 5 starter for next season.

BULLPEN:

RHP Tom Gordon (7-6, 3.16 ERA, led the team with 12 saves) -- Is a free agent and wants closer money. With the Sox already paying Billy Koch closer money for next season, Gordon is likely to walk.

LHP Damaso Marte (4-2, 1.58 ERA, owned a 1.13 ERA over his last 38 games) -- Could take over the closer role if Koch struggles again and Gordon walks.

RHP Billy Koch (5-5, 5.77 ERA, posted a 8.44 ERA since July 4) -- Koch's velocity was never there this season and the Sox need it to come back, considering the $6 million and change he has coming next season.

RHP Scott Sullivan (0-0, 3.77 ERA, owned a 1.97 ERA in 32 games since June 16) -- Is a free agent and could be brought back if he doesn't want to break the bank.

LHP Kelly Wunsch (0-0, 2.75 ERA, led AL relievers in opponents average with a .139 mark) -- Is arbitration eligible, but could be moved with a lot of young left-handers in the minors.

RHP Danny Wright (1-7, 6.15 ERA, was winless as a starter going 0-6) -- Wright's future with the Sox is not in the starting rotation. He will enter next season as a middle reliever.

RHP Jon Adkins (0-0, 4.82 ERA, allowed just one run in last seven innings pitched) -- Adkins was impressive in the few outings he pitched in, and the Sox will look to use the rookie as a long reliever and spot starter next season.

CATCHERS:

Miguel Olivo (.237, hit six homers and 26 RBI but fanned 80 times) -- His arm is one of the best in the AL, but the rookie's bat needs a lot of work in the offseason.

Sandy Alomar Jr. (.268, the veteran hit .286 with 13 RBI his last 31 games) -- Alomar is a free agent but already told the club he would come back for less money.

Jamie Burke (.375, appeared in four games, after hitting .320 in Triple-A Charlotte) -- The Sox like the youngster, but if Alomar returns they won't carry three catchers.

INFIELDERS:

1B Paul Konerko (.234, 18 homers and 65 RBI) -- Konerko went from an All-Star to a player the Sox will look to trade this season.

2B Robbie Alomar (.253, three homers and just three errors) -- Is a free agent at the end of the season, but Williams is already trying to re-sign him.

SS Jose Valentin (.237, matched a career-high with 28 home runs) -- The club has an option on him but will likely try to renegotiate a deal for less.

3B Joe Crede (.261, 19 homers and 75 RBI) -- Battled a sophomore jinx at times during the season but hit .315 over his last 25 games to close the season out. He will be a fixture at third for quite some time.

2B/SS Tony Graffanino (.260, seven home runs and 23 RBI) -- The veteran proved again why he is one of the most valuable reserves in the league, as the Sox will do everything they can to keep him.

1B/3B Brian Daubach (.230, six home runs, 21 RBI) -- Is arbitration eligible next season, and his future with the Sox is cloudy.

2B Aaron Miles (.333, hit .304 in Triple-A Charlotte) -- Was the International League Rookie of the Year, but if Robbie Alomar comes back Miles will be back in Charlotte.

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Carlos Lee (.291, career-high 31 home runs and 113 RBI, 100 runs, 18 stolen bases) -- Manuel said Lee was the MVP of the team this year, and heading into arbitration this offseason he will want to be paid like it.

CF Carl Everett (.287, 28 home runs and 92 RBI) -- The Sox love his hard-core attitude but might not be able to afford the free agent.

RF Magglio Ordonez (.317, 29 home runs and 99 RBI) -- Will make $14 million next season, and the Sox believe he's worth every penny.

OF Aaron Rowand (.287, six homers and 24 RBI) -- If Everett doesn't come back, Rowand will have the first shot at center field. OF/2B Willie Harris (.204, 12 stolen bases) -- Like Rowand, a lot will depend on what happens with the free agents like Everett and Alomar.

DESIGNATED HITTER:

Frank Thomas (.267, 42 home runs and 105 RBI) -- Could become a free agent if he passes on his option for $6 million next season and then the club turns down its option at $8 million. He has hinted at coming back, however.

MEDICAL WATCH: The Sox have no major injuries or surgeries planned in the offseason.

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