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  1. in your first reference to giavotella’s sojourn, you say that it took place in 2012 rather than 2011

    Comment by William — January 2, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  2. Would a Dan Uggla comparison be reasonable for Kipnis?

    Comment by TheGrandslamwich — January 2, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  3. Kipnis should hit for less power, less walks, better average, better defense than Uggla. But otherwise…

    Comment by I Have No Knowledge — January 2, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  4. Having seen Brent Lillibridge play second base, I can tell you he’s a fine fourth outfielder. That’s part if why the White Sox have given Beckham so many chances to show that 2009 wasn’t a fluke.

    Comment by MikeS — January 2, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

  5. Doesn’t hurt that Beckham was a former first rounder, and Lillibridge is…how do I say this….coming off a season in which his OPS was 200 points higher than his career mark (and nearly 100 points over his minor league mark).

    Comment by Brandon Warne — January 2, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

  6. Escobar and Ozzie 2 will have to be the guys to put pressure on Bacon. I.e., expect another 600 PA for Gordon.

    Comment by Sophist — January 3, 2012 @ 12:52 am

  7. As an offense first 2Bman, yes, but statistically I would agree IHNH’s response. My prediction is somewhere around 16-20hrs, 15-20sb’s with a .275 average.

    Comment by Jason — January 3, 2012 @ 11:55 am

  8. This is exactly correct. Beckham was +4.9 runs at 2B last year, Lillibridge managed -1.1 in limited action in the infield in 2010. Lilli is fast, and does great filling in as 4th OF, but he isn’t a threat to Beckham. They’d be better of with Eduardo Escobar.

    Comment by Eminor3rd — January 3, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

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