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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 | 0 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

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tim Anderson’s eventful day at the yard ends with shot at Joe West: ‘Everybody knows he’s terrible’

Talk about an eventful night at the ol’ ballpark for Tim Anderson.

It looked like it was going to be a day worth celebrating for Anderson, whose developmental progress reached a milestone during the third inning of Saturday’s Crosstown matchup with the Cubs. He hit his 20th home run of the season, becoming the first White Sox shortstop ever to have a season with at least 20 homers and at least 20 stolen bases.

A heck of a feat, one that should stand out when White Sox fans and observers spend the offseason discussing whether or not Anderson truly is this franchise’s shortstop of the future.

Joe West, meanwhile, simply chose to sit back and plan how he would retaliate this time, the way he has so many times before….

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: joe west, tim anderson, umpiring, white sox

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Statcast tool illustrates Adam Engel’s strength, Daniel Palka’s weakness

More interesting work from the Statcast team.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, white sox

Friday, September 07, 2018

White Sox rookie Michael Kopech likely to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss 2019 due to torn UCL

Michael Kopech had recently joined the Chicago White Sox rotation after years of being heralded as a top prospect. Four starts into his big-league career, he’d shown some of why he’s considered a potential future front-of-the-rotation starter.

Unfortunately, Kopech will miss the rest of the season and potentially all of 2019 after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament and likely undergoing Tommy John surgery, per the team:

jobu Posted: September 07, 2018 at 06:45 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: the sky is blue, tinstaapp, tommy john surgery, white sox

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Legendary baseball broadcaster gripes about LeBron James wading in political waters

““Well, I used to watch LeBron but no more,” Harrelson said.”

Legendary? 

Jeepers, stick around long enough, and you’re ‘legendary’.

Lest we forget Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: hawk harrelson, lebron james, politics, white sox

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Fancred Sports : Jon Heyman: Eloy Jimenez’s camp unhappy he’s unlikely to play for White Sox this year

What’s the potential CBA fix? Where does this issue fit into the MLBPA’s priority list? I would think gaining a bigger share of MLB revenue would be a more pressing problem to address. The revenue share is also a problem which impacts every member, unlike the service time problem.

Alluding to the players already protesting, Kinzer said, “Eventually, you’ll probably have to add us to the list.”

Not that he seems to be overly optimistic about their prospective case. There’s nothing specifically in the CBA about teams delaying ready players to set their clock back by a year, so the union/players have to prove the team didn’t act in good faith. “Bryant’s got a pretty good case … but they’ve been waiting on it two years,” Kinzer opined.

The ChiSox’s recent silence on the matter is being seen as reason to believe Jimenez will have to wait into next season for his call up.

“There’s no reason for optimism,” Kinzer said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, eloy jimenez, service time, white sox

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Memo to White Sox fans: Root for the prospects, not their service time – The Athletic $$

Well, this is silly. When the CBA is changed so teams don’t get an extra year of control for managing a player’s service clock, Fegan can make the argument again. In the meantime, somebody might also want to explain to him that he can watch Jiménez on MiLB.TV or at the AAA park.

But mostly it’s a bummer that the fetishization of optimal human asset management has trumped the interest in seeing great players do their thing. It’s one thing when general managers and teams do it because it serves their best interests, because ultimately they’re being rewarded or fired based on how they achieve specific goals. It’s another thing when fans intone it, dismiss the idea of seeing entertaining players and winning baseball as “pointless” until it correlates immediately with a potential World Series-winning team, and value hoarding team control more than the front offices of teams themselves.

Also, the White Sox sped up the timetable for Yoan Moncada to show fans the return for Sale. How is that working out?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 02:13 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Monday, August 06, 2018

Top prospect Eloy Jimenez ‘really close’ to joining the White Sox - Chicago Tribune

Sox player development director Chris Getz also has an idea, and he told WSCR-AM 670 on Sunday that Jimenez is “really close” to joining the big-league club.

“He has done nothing but perform,” Getz said. “This guy’s been able to drive the ball to all fields. He’s been able to set up pitchers. ... He’s got a pretty good arm. We just want to make sure he’s as ready as possible. We’re getting really close.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2018 at 12:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: eloy jimenez, white sox

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Chicago White Sox

Leapin’ Lukevics! What a mess!

1. Addison Reed, rhp
2. Nestor Molina, rhp
3. Simon Castro, rhp
4. Trayce Thompson, of
5. Jake Petricka, rhp
6. Keenyn Walker, of
7. Jhan Marinez, rhp
8. Tyler Saladino, ss
9. Juan Silverio, 3b
10. Ozzie Martinez, ss

With his farm system failing to supply impact players, GM Ken Williams constantly has had to be on the lookout for OPT—other people’s talent. He has chosen poorly in recent years, hamstringing Chicago with bad contracts for Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy and Alex Rios.

...The club could struggle to contend in the immediate future because it has done a poor job of signing and developing its own talent. Chicago has the worst farm system in baseball, and it’s no coincidence that it ranks last in draft spending in the last five years ($18.3 million) and has had little presence on the international amateur market in that time.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting, white sox

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

RLYW: Salvaging a Sunken cost

Burnett projects to have an RA of 5.03 in CAIRO.  The following possible starting pitchers project better than that.

CC Sabathia (3.57)
Michael Pineda (4.37)
Freddy Garcia (4.55)
Brad Meyers (4.56)
Hiroki Kuroda (4.57)
Phil Hughes (4.63)
Ivan Nova (4.93)
...

If that’s true, then every start that goes to Burnett is a start that should be going to one of the above.

...

Unfortunately, since Burnett is owed $33 million over the next two years, the Yankees probably feel obligated to try and get some value out of him.

I don’t think they can do that by pitching him…. trading Burnett’s bad contract to another team for their bad contract might be a way to recoup some of that value.

Mr Dashwood Posted: January 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cubs, mets, projections, white sox, yankees

Monday, January 16, 2012

Kevin Goldstein: White Sox Top 11 Prospects

System in 20 Words or Less: Two words: Not good.

Four-Star Prospects
1. Addison Reed, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
Two-Star Prospects
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Jhan Marinez, RHP
9. Myles Jaye, RHP
10. Tyler Saladino, SS
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP

Nine More
12. Juan Silverio, 3B: He’s a third baseman who has the ability to hit, and could move forward in 2012.
13. Jared Mitchell, OF: This former first-rounder still has tools, but the results have been disastrous.
14. Brandon Short, OF: His plus hit tool is matched with a poor approach and a lack of corner-outfield power.
15. Pedro Hernandez, LHP: He was acquired from the Padres in the Carlos Quentin deal. Martinez could pitch in the big leagues this year, but he has a seventh-inning ceiling.
16. Gregory Infante, RHP: Infante is another potential 2012 bullpen piece. He has a power arm, but does not have much to go with in.
17. Erik Johnson, RHP: This 2012 second-round pick has a plus fastball and slider, but he needs to refine his changeup and command.
18. Michael Blanke, C: He has raw power and a good arm, but there are big questions about his bat.
19. Dylan Axelrod, RHP: His ceiling is a fifth starter, but he might already be there.
20. Ozzie Martinez, SS: Martinez arrived from Florida in the Ozzie Guillen deal. He’s a future utility player.

Tripon Posted: January 16, 2012 at 02:15 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting, white sox

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Andy Carey, helped preserve Larsen’s perfecto, dies

RIP,

Andy Carey, a former Yankees third baseman who helped preserve Don Larsen’s 1956 perfect game, passed away on Dec. 15 in Costa Mesa, Calif., his family announced. He was 80.

A career .260 hitter, Carey played in 11 Major League seasons from 1952-62, beginning with the Yankees at age 20 in ‘52 and spending nine seasons wearing pinstripes.

Born on Oct. 18, 1931, in Oakland, Calif., Carey signed with the Yankees after spending a summer playing semi-pro ball in Weiser, Idaho. As New York’s everyday third baseman in ‘55, Carey led the league with 11 triples and was known as a solid defender and clutch hitter.

Carey played on four Yankees World Series teams, winning rings with the 1956 and ‘58 squads. He is remembered as playing a key role in Larsen’s Oct. 8, 1956, perfecto against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.

Repoz Posted: January 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, obituaries, royals, white sox, yankees

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