Roster Notes

Loaiza pitches against the Indians (4/4/2003)

Esteban Loaiza is back for 2004, but lots of roster positions have yet to be determined. This week, we examine Sox roster as of the week of Novemeber 3.

ROTATION:

RHP Bartolo Colon (15-13, 3.87 ERA, nine complete games this season) -- Out of the picture after turning down a final offer of three years at $36 million. The attention now goes on Sidney Ponson or Andy Pettitte.

LHP 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.

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

RHP Jon Garland (12-13, 4.51 ERA, walked a team-high 74) -- Former manager Jerry 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 could likely 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-plus million 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 has 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 with 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 more valuable reserves in the league, and 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 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 say 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, such as Everett and Alomar.

DESIGNATED HITTER:

Frank Thomas (.267, 42 home runs and 105 RBI) -- Decided to exercise the $6 million option for next season, so he will be back for his 15th season in a Sox uniform.

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

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