Sox finalize their 25-man roster

The Chicago White Sox are ready for Opening Day as the team made its final cuts on Saturday, sending six players to the minor leagues.

Chicago will start the 2012 season with four rookies on its roster and four relief pitchers with less than 70 big league innings pitched.

The White Sox’s roster composition dispels the notion that a team should not decide on who makes the 25-man roster by spring training results.

“That is part of me coming in here (as manager) and seeing these guys for the first time,” Robin Ventura said. “It is about going back to see what you have done in the past. I am happy with what I have.”

As far as the final cuts go, infielder Eduardo Escobar beat out veteran Dan Johnson for a utility role while RHP Nate Jones and LHP Hector Santiago captured the last two bullpen spots. Brian Bruney and Dylan Axelrod where reassigned.

Ventura has yet to name his closer. The competition is between Matt Thornton and rookie Addison Reed. The manager said he would make a decision on that role before the team breaks camp Monday afternoon.