The Chicago White Sox are looking to keep pace with the other team in town, as the Cubs have been active this off-season. On the north side, they landed a big fish in free agency signing Melky Cabrera to a $42 million deal. Cabrera had a good season with Blue Jays and they were hoping to re-sign him but ultimately he landed with Chicago. They added to their pitching staff bringing a former Cubs star Jeff Samardzija back to Chicago in a trade with the Athletics. He will be added to top of their rotation with Chris Sale to create a 1-2 punch for their starting rotation. Chicago also added Adam LaRoche to play first base he should be an upgrade defensively and provide some pop. In addition, they added to their young bullpen acquiring lefty Zach Duke and Yankees flame-thrower David Robertson to be their closer.
It has been an active offseason as Chicago looks to improve on 73 win season and a fourth place finish in the American League Central. They have built around unanimous AL Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu, a Cuban defector who finished fourth in the MVP voting in 2014. He finished his rookie campaign with a .317 batting average in addition to 36 home runs and 107 runs batted in.
All these changes have led to higher expectation for opening day for the Chicago White Sox, but surprisingly for fans, stable ticket prices. The average ticket prices for Chicago White Sox home opener seats is $150 and to get in the ballpark will cost $56. As the season draws closer and expectations grow so may these prices. These prices are based on secondary ticket market prices on Razorgator.com. If you have a White Sox fan on your Christmas list, it might make for a nice gift to send them to opening day. Another thing to keep in mind as it relates to going to White Sox games is parking in Chicago, and on that note ParkWhiz.com is a great resource
Based on the moves they have made at least on paper the team promises to be much improved. How improved they will ultimately be will be determined when they get the season going in the spring. It has been an active off-season with the goal to have better results after a disappointing 2014.