GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Five things to know about the Chicago White Sox:
1. With Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome gone, the White Sox won't have the same offensive look that they've had in the past. They'll have more of an Ozzie Guillen look. "Ever since Ozzie has been here, we've always had power, but from top to bottom we haven't been as athletic as Ozzie likes," hitting coach Greg Walker said. "Not to say Ozzie didn't love J.D. and Jim Thome, but it's just not his style. We may not hit as many home runs, but we should definitely have the ability to hit more doubles -- and to score from first on more doubles."
2. Andruw Jones admits he made a stop at McDonald's before heading to spring training -- but only because his kids demanded it. By cutting out fast food and fried food and by working harder, Jones lost about 25 pounds over the winter. "I'm in much better shape than I was the last four years," said Jones, now 32. "It was motivation, sitting on the bench for a year and watching. It was a mistake I made that I didn't take care of my body before now." The White Sox see Jones as part of a DH rotation, but that could change if he plays well and if either Alex Rios or Carlos Quentin falters in the outfield.
3. Rios hit .199 in his 41 games with the White Sox after he was claimed on waivers last August, but he insists that the Sox and Guillen suit his style of play more than the Blue Jays did. "I don't think this team's a 'Moneyball' team," Rios said. "This is how you should play baseball." Rios was able to run some in Toronto. He stole 32 bases in 2008.
4. The White Sox traded for Juan Pierre last spring, so it's not fair to say that what Pierre did for the Dodgers during the Manny Ramirez suspension earned him the everyday chance he now has with the Sox. But in Pierre's mind, the Ramirez suspension helped him considerably. "In baseball, when you don't play, they forget about you," he said. "I think the whole Manny thing opened a lot of people's eyes that I can still play." So did he ever thank Ramirez for getting suspended? "No," Pierre said with a chuckle. "He's a friend."
5. Whether it's an Ozzie blow up, a silly Twitter controversy or the MLB Network reality show that will feature the White Sox front office this summer, there's always something crazy going on in the South Side. "We're never boring," general manager Ken Williams said. And always ready to make a move. Williams believes in considering almost any type of trade at any time. "I think you're always evolving," he said. "People don't realize it, but in 2007, when we had a bad year [72-90], at the trade deadline, we were looking to add."