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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dane Dunning undergoes Tommy John surgery as another White Sox prospect goes on the shelf

Another highly rated White Sox prospect will spend much of the next year in recovery mode.

Dane Dunning underwent Tommy John surgery Monday, the team told reporters in Arizona, pairing him with Michael Kopech as pitching prospects in recovery mode.

Dunning was shut down last June because of a forearm issue, the White Sox hoping to avoid Tommy John at that time. He wasn’t invited to big league camp this spring, with general manager Rick Hahn explaining that decision away as a way to ease Dunning into the 2019 campaign. But Dunning again experienced forearm discomfort during camp, and Hahn said last week that all options were on the table, including the Tommy John surgery that came Monday.

Think they regret not going for it vis a vis free agents this off-season?

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dane dunning, tommy john surgery, white sox

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

White Sox Option Eloy Jimenez To Triple-A - MLB Trade Rumors

What happens when the next ballyhooed prospect busts? We all assume the very top prospects will reach their potential. That’s not always the case though. Unfortunately, until the MLBPA and owners resolve this issue, a cloud of suspicion will hover over every decision to option a top prospect on the cusp of playing in the majors. Although this could wait until the current CBA expires, there is nothing that prevents both parties from resolving it sooner.

For the time being, Jimenez will be asked to continue honing his skills in the minors. Perhaps the Sox will opt not to call him up on the very first day on which he’d fall a year shy of big league service, using the delay as a means of further claiming that the move was a developmental decision rather than one driven by service time. It’s likely that they’ll point to Jimenez’s .154/.154/.346 slash in Spring Training as justification of the move, though few would find it plausible that 26 spring plate appearances are more indicative of MLB readiness than the 456 PAs during which Jimenez laid waste to minor league pitching in 2018. Furthermore, the move would surely have happened regardless of his performance; the White Sox, after all, declined to give Jimenez a September call-up in 2018 despite his aforementioned mastery of minor league pitching and despite the fact that he was already on the 40-man roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 06:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eloy jimenez, prospects, white sox

Friday, March 01, 2019

VP Ken Williams: It’s a shame if White Sox are portrayed as cheap | Chicago Sun-Times

Teams can’t just budget based on this year and next. They need to have a long-term plan, which includes an eye on their view of their competitive window.

“People are lost on the fact that on a yearly basis, our offer was more than San Diego’s. The average annual value was $31 [million] and change. So it was about years guaranteed. So there is an argument that could be made that our offer was the better of the two. It certainly had more upside for him. All he had to do was basically stay healthy.’’

All the Sox had to do was dig a little deeper. But Williams said the long-range cost was too much.

“Our fans would have been much more disappointed in our inability to keep this next core together,’’ he said. “We would have overextended ourselves had we gone to an uncomfortable level.’’

The Sox’ potential stars — Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Tim Anderson, Carlos Rodon and Yoan Moncada — are years away from arbitration and big paydays, and this fact remains: The richest contract ever signed by a Sox player is Jose Abreu’s $68 million deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency, white sox

In interview, Kenny Williams addresses fan anger and the fallout of White Sox missing out on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

Manny Machado is still a San Diego Padre. Bryce Harper is still a Philadelphia Phillie. And White Sox fans are still angry.

No, nothing’s changed since earlier Thursday, when Harper broke Machado’s week-and-change-old record for the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American pro sports, officially leaving the White Sox empty handed in their pursuits of the two biggest names on this offseason’s free-agent market.

Neither guy ended up on the South Side, despite the fact that the team went after both, going especially hard on Machado, to the point where general manager Rick Hahn and team vice president Kenny Williams seemed blindsided when the 26-year-old infielder spurned them for the Padres last week.

One of the consequences with how long the free agency cycles have been lasting- the resentment of the GMs who don’t do the big signings seems to get even larger…..

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, kenny williams, manny machado, white sox

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Will this be Jose Abreu’s final year with White Sox? ‘I would like to stay with this organization forever’

Will this be Jose Abreu’s final season with the White Sox?

The closest thing this team has to a face of the franchise at the moment — at least until Eloy Jimenez arrives from the minor leagues — is slated to hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2019 campaign. His advancing age could mean he doesn’t quite line up with the approaching wave of prospects planned to power this team to perennial contention. It’s possible that these will be the final 162 games we see of Abreu in a White Sox uniform.

But the relationship between Abreu and the White Sox says something different.

Well, with free agency in the shape that it’s in, that’s a increasingly real possibility…..

 

QLE Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, jose abreu, white sox

Sunday, February 24, 2019

No matter how much money the Cubs and White Sox spend, it’s never enough for their fans

White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was criticized for offering free agent Manny Machado only $250 million in guaranteed money intead of the $300 million it took for the Padres to sign him, while Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts was forced to defend his spending habits despite a $212 million payroll, the biggest in franchise history.

Whether the hustle-is-optional approach by Machado would’ve been a good fit on a young, rebuilding team, or the Cubs’ chemistry would’ve suffered with the addition of a high-maintenance player such as Bryce Harper, seems to be irrelevant. To paraphrase late Raiders owner Al Davis, “Just spend, baby” is the motto most fans live by.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2019 at 03:38 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, white sox

Saturday, February 23, 2019

White Sox sign Ervin Santana to minors deal

The White Sox take a chance- the odds suggest that a performance like that he had in 2017 isn’t likely (for a start, he had only played that well once before in his career), but, for the money involved, it is a relatively minor risk.

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 04:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ervin santana, white sox

Friday, February 22, 2019

Bryce Harper not expected to receive offer from White Sox

As the Bryce Harper sweepstakes rolls into the final week of February, one potential suitor is reportedly backing out of the race.

According to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago, the White Sox will not be making a bid to sign the free-agent outfielder.

The White Sox are still reeling after missing out on their primary target, Manny Machado. But Levine’s sources say that won’t be enough to motivate Chicago’s front office to up the ante on Harper. He cited the team’s confidence in their up-and-coming outfield prospects as part of their reason for not going hard after Harper.

If Kenny Williams is going to sulk like this, there’s no chance that he’ll ever be allowed to return as announcer on The Hollywood Squares….

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, white sox

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

White Sox boss on Manny Machado signing with Padres: ‘We thought we were the high offer’

Manny Machado isn’t going to Chicago after all. The Chicago White Sox, who signed Machado’s brother-in-law Yonder Alonso this offseason and added his friend Jon Jay, lost out to the San Diego Padres, who agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal Tuesday with the star free agent.

Kenny Williams, the White Sox’s executive vice president, expressed surprise that they were beat out for Machado. He told reporters at White Sox camp they thought they had the highest offer.

Turns out they didn’t, especially when you consider this tidbit: They weren’t willing to go up to $300 million.

The level of management competence we’ve grown to expect from Kenny Williams!

 

QLE Posted: February 20, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: kenny williams, outbid, white sox

Thursday, February 14, 2019

White Sox still waiting for Manny Machado

GLENDALE, Ariz.—The Chicago White Sox opened spring training still waiting for Manny Machado.

“We’ll just see when it happens,” first baseman Yonder Alonso, Machado’s brother-in-law, said Wednesday.

Machado, among the offseason’s top free agents, still hasn’t agreed to a deal. Alonso spoke with the All-Star infielder on Tuesday.

Waiting For Manny Machado is commonly regarded as a legendary play in the Theatre of the Absurd.

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, white sox, yonder alonso

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Report: White Sox offered Machado an eight-year, $250 million deal

Free agent Manny Machado doesn’t appear any closer to accepting a major league deal these days, but we may be starting to get a better idea of the offers that are on the table — at least when it comes to the White Sox. Héctor Gómez of Z Digital reports that the club proposed an eight-year, $250 million offer to Machado, a full $75 million above the previously (and erroneously) reported seven-year, $175 million deal that was said to be in play. Naturally, neither Machado’s agent nor the White Sox have confirmed the report.

So, passing on a $31.25 million/year offer- wondering what that means for the offers he’s hoping to get….

 

QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, manny machado, white sox

Friday, January 18, 2019

Remember That Guy: Chris Snopek

Chris Snopek was born September 20, 1970 in Cynthiana, KY. He was a multi-sport standout in high school, averaging 18.5 points and 8.0 assists on the hardwood, as well as hitting .576 with 20 HR as a senior on the diamond. He was a standout third baseman/shortstop at Ole Miss, hitting .407/.491/.725 with 13 home runs and 62 RBI (a school-record at the time) in 54 games as a junior. The White Sox made him a 6th round draft pick in 1992.

In 1994, Snopek played for the Double-A Birmingham Barons, where he was one of two players on the team with 50+ RBI and 50+ walks. The other one was Michael Jordan.By 1995, Snopek hit .323/.402/.494 with 12 HR in 113 games for Nashville (AAA); that batting average good for second in the American Association. He made his MLB Debut on July 31, 1995, going 2 for 3 with a run, RBI, walk and stolen base as the starting third baseman. The 6’1” right-handed infielder drew a walk in each of his first five career MLB games; the first White Sox player to do so since Ray Morehart in 1924.

The White Sox had Robin Ventura at third and Ozzie Guillen at short, so Snopek had to settle for a start here and a start there. He was sent back down to the minors but returned in September. On September 20, 1995, Snopek connected for his first career home run; the blast coming off Indians starter Joe Roa. The milestone round tripper came on Snopek’s 25th birthday. He remains the only player in White Sox history whose first career home run came on his birthday. It was his lone homer of 1995, though Snopek did quite well in his first taste of MLB action, hitting .324 (22 for 68), .407 vs lefties (11 for 27) in 22 games.

A prospect’s tale, and one offering a chance to reflect on prospects of years past.

 

QLE Posted: January 18, 2019 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris snopek, prospects, white sox

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

White Sox announce minor league managers and staffs for 2019 season

The White Sox minor league coaching staffs are in place for the 2019 season.

The most notable move on this front is something Our Chuck Garfien reported last month during the Winter Meetings. Omar Vizuqel was promoted from the manager of Class A Winston-Salem and is now the skipper at Double-A Birmingham.

Vizquel won the Carolina League’s Manager of the Year honors after leading the Dash to an 84-54 record in 2018. He managed Dylan Cease, Luis Robert, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo, Luis Gonzalez, Gavin Sheets and Nick Madrigal and will get the opportunity to manage many of those players again this season at Birmingham.

For those of you wondering at home, Birmingham is roughly 1,050 miles away from Cooperstown- now, may he continue to keep such a distance….

QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, omar vizquel, white sox

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Source: White Sox offer to Manny Machado ‘was for less than 8 years’

Despite reports that the White Sox have made an eight-year offer to Manny Machado, their offer to the free agent infielder “was for less than 8 years and less money than has been reported,” a source has told NBC Sports Chicago.

The financial details of that offer are not completely known, but I’m told the White Sox have not changed their stance on either money or terms since making their initial offer, thought to be around $200 million.

Although it has often been projected that Machado could sign a contract north of 10 years and $300 million, a 7-year, $200 million offer, for example, would be comparable to the 7-year, $210 million contract Max Scherzer signed with the Washington Nationals in 2015. At $30 million, Scherzer’s is the third highest average annual salary in MLB history. The offer to Machado would also come close to the 6-year, $206.5 million contract Zack Greinke signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016. Greinke’s $34.4 million average annual salary is tops in MLB history.

 

QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:28 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, manny machado, white sox

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

White Sox reportedly agree to deal with Jay

Jay joins first baseman/designated hitter Yonder Alonso, Machado’s brother-in-law, who was acquired in a trade from the Cleveland Indians.


Each of the three players wrote about training together in Miami during the offseason in a 2017 piece for the Players’ Tribune.

“The three of us all come from the similar backgrounds. I’ve known Yonder since he was 10,” Jay wrote at the time. “And we’ve both known Manny since he was a young kid coming up. We’re from the same neighborhoods, the same culture, so it’s just natural for us to stick together.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Top White Sox stories of 2018: Hawk Harrelson’s farewell tour

White Sox fans knew from the start of the 2018 campaign that it would be Hawk Harrelson’s final season in the booth. But for those who have loved him as the voice of the White Sox for the last three decades, it didn’t make the end any easier to accept.

It likely won’t hit viewers until the start of the 2019 season, when there will be no more “he gones,” “dadgummits,” “you gotta be bleepin’ mes” and “you can put it on the boards.” But as sendoffs go, it’s hard to imagine any as appropriate as the one Harrelson got throughout 2018.

The longtime broadcaster was celebrated on Hawk Day, was joined by special guests in the booth all season long, was the subject of an excellent documentary and signed off for the final time in a Crosstown rivalry game against the Cubs.

There is a Simpsons quote that accurately describes this, but I’m not sure if it would get past the nanny….

QLE Posted: December 26, 2018 at 09:28 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: farewell, hawk harrelson, white sox

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Top White Sox stories of 2018: Dylan Cease’s rise to potential ace of the future

With the White Sox so focused on the future in 2018, it’s little surprise that some of the biggest developments of the year occurred in the minor leagues.

And while Eloy Jimenez is looking like a star in the making, perhaps the biggest improvement at the minor league level belonged to the other big part of the return in 2017’s Jose Quintana trade.

Dylan Cease went from promising young pitcher to potential ace of the future with a spectacular 2018 campaign that ended with him being named MLB Pipeline’s minor league pitcher of the year.

The one obvious issue: pitchers of the future have a remarkable gift of being anything but.

QLE Posted: December 22, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan cease, pitcher of the future, white sox

Report: Machado won’t choose team before 2019

Free agent infielder Manny Machado has told teams interested in his services that he won’t be making a decision until after the New Year, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

The three teams known to have hosted Machado for a visit are the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.

Machado, 26, is believed to be seeking a contract in the 10-year, $300 million-plus range.

And the antics continue for another week and a half….

QLE Posted: December 22, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gaming the system, manny machado, phillies, white sox, yankees

Monday, December 17, 2018

White Sox may shut down Eloy Jimenez following quad injury

White Sox’ no. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez is likely to be removed from Dominican Winter League play following a recent quad injury, Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM reports. While the injury happened fairly close to the end of Jimenez’s scheduled playing time this offseason, it’s still of some concern for the club as the 22-year-old outfielder continues to move closer to his major league entrance in 2019.

On the plus side for the White Sox, this gives them a perfect excuse to play games with service time.

QLE Posted: December 17, 2018 at 11:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eloy jimenez, injury, quad, white sox

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Yonder Alonso headed to White Sox in trade with Indians

The Chicago White Sox have acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso in a trade with the Cleveland Indians, the teams announced Saturday.

The Indians will get minor league outfielder Alex Call in the deal.

The trade comes after Cleveland acquired first baseman and designated hitter Carlos Santana as part of a three-team deal with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays.

Suddenly, Alonso was Yonder more than he had ever been Yonder before.

 

QLE Posted: December 16, 2018 at 04:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: trades, white sox, yonder alonso

Friday, December 14, 2018

White Sox don’t see Harper-type free agent on starting-pitcher market

LAS VEGAS — The White Sox seem to have a very specific set of circumstances when it comes to going after big-name free agents this winter.

Rick Hahn has explained over and over again that a player has to fit in with the team’s long-term plans, and he’s discussed taking advantage of opportunities to add premium talent to his ongoing rebuilding effort.

And the obvious guys that fall into that category are Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the two biggest names on the free-agent market, two 26-year-old superstars who are expected to receive some of the biggest contracts in baseball history and change whichever franchise they sign up with.

Well, yeah- we call those folk, when they are involved in pitching, “relievers”.....

 

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 05:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, pitchers, white sox

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

White Sox acquire Ivan Nova from Pirates to strengthen starting pitching depth

Nova, 31, has made 26 starts or more in five seasons since 2011. He made 29 starts and threw 161 innings last season, posting a 4.19 ERA.

The Sox are seeking one more starter to join Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito and Carlos Rodon.

Nova enters the final year of a three-year, $26 million contract and can become a free agent after next season.

Nick Kingham, who is out of options, is expected to take Nova’s spot in the Pirates’ rotation.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2018 at 02:04 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: ivan nova, pirates, white sox

White Sox promoting Omar Vizquel to manager of Double-A affiliate

LAS VEGAS — Omar Vizquel’s first year as manager of the Class A Winston-Salem Dash was such a success he is receiving a promotion inside the White Sox organization.

NBC Sports Chicago has learned that Vizquel will manage the Double-A Birmingham Barons in 2019.

In 2018, his first season as a manager at any level, Vizquel was named the Carolina League’s manager of the year after leading the Dash to a first-half title and an 84-54 record.

The last couple of days have been really good for mediocre singles-hitters with ties to the White Sox….

QLE Posted: December 11, 2018 at 04:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: birmingham barons, managers, omar vizquel, white sox

Monday, October 22, 2018

Davidson Aiming To Be Legitimate Bullpen Option

White Sox infielder/designated hitter Matt Davidson has added serious pitching work to his training this winter, with the goal of becoming the next two-way player in baseball. The White Sox have given Davidson the freedom to embark on this endeavor and plan to assess the situation throughout the offseason, as Davidson is headquartered near their complex in Arizona.


“I grew up as a pitcher,” Davidson said. “I didn’t really play a position full time until my junior year. I was a pitcher/DH mostly before that.”

Not as cool as Ohtani since Davidson says he just wants to help the bullpen out when needed. He pitched three scoreless innings this year.

Greg Pope Posted: October 22, 2018 at 01:43 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: two-way players, white sox

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Keep it simple: How Daniel Palka has emerged as the clutch king of Chicago

Daniel Palka’s been asked a lot about his approach in clutch situations, mostly because he keeps coming through in them.

Palka flexed his walk-off muscles again Tuesday night, driving in the tying and winning runs with a base hit off Cleveland Indians strikeout machine Carlos Carrasco in the bottom of the ninth and giving the White Sox an exciting win in their penultimate home game of the 2018 season.

It was just the latest in an increasingly unbelievable series of clutch hits from the guy White Sox fans have fallen in love with during this rebuilding season. He now has 10 hits, two doubles, six homers and 13 RBIs in the ninth inning this season. Heck, it wasn’t even the first time he’s walked off these Indians this season.

While he is celebrating this dubious honor, Matthew Broderick is using his good name to engage in fraud by deception at numerous Chicagoland restaurants.

 

QLE Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: clutch, daniel palka, white sox

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