2016 Outlook: Those that had Abreu down for significant regression in 2015 were dead wrong. There was some give in his numbers, but he still put up a fantastic effort in his sophomore campaign with the White Sox. In fact, the projections in this very space last year prepared prospective owners for most of the fall off, pegging him for 78 runs, 34 homers, 100 RBI, and a .286 average. It was light on the runs and average, heavy on the homers, and virtually dead-on with the RBI. After just two seasons, Abreu already feels like that reliable rock upon which to build your team. He has a solid foundation of skills while also still holding some upside. If he sold out for more power, he could join the 40-homer club, but likely at the cost of some batting average.
2016 Outlook: There is no truth to the rumor that the White Sox traded for Brett Lawrie so that he and Garcia could talk longingly about the lofty projections beset them many moons ago. In fairness to Garcia, 2015 was really his only full season so it's hard to slap the "bust" label on him just yet. Or Lawrie for that matter (read his profile for more on that). As for Garcia, there are warts in the profile: a ridiculously low .108 isolated power, a .675 OPS that was 18th-worst in all of baseball and third-worst among outfielders, and a meager 7-for-14 success rate on the basepaths that could give him a red light when it comes to running. However, there is still raw power that showed itself in spurts and he did have shoulder surgery in 2014, so some of those 601 plate appearances were likely at far less than 100 percent health. His price has sunk enough from last year to make investing an low-risk proposition. Don't overload on Garcia shares if you play multiple leagues, but there's still 20-HR, 10-SB upside.
2016 Outlook: LaRoche left $13 million on the table and walked away from the game this spring, sparking one of the strangest locker room controversies in recent memory; he disagreed with the White Sox asking him to cut back on the amount of time his son spent in the clubhouse. While LaRoche was never able to do much against lefties (.235 career average), he slashed just .221/.318/.379 against right-handed pitching last season, making him virtually useless in his first year of a two-year deal with Chicago. He looked poised to be given another shot at re-establishing himself as a guy who can do damage against righties, and it would not have been the first time in his career that he rebounded in a contract year after being written off following a down season, but alas, it looks like 2015 was the final chapter.