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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Why the Adam Eaton trade wasn’t a panic move for the Washington Nationals - The Washington Post

Barry Svrluga defends Mike Rizzo.

The Nationals clearly lost faith in Giolito.

So what became clear to nearly everyone at the winter meetings was that the Nationals were going to move Giolito. His value, of course, would have been higher six months ago. But then, his performance hadn’t fallen off by that point. We’ll watch what he becomes in Chicago. But the Nationals aren’t particularly concerned that he’ll be an ace. The bigger problem would have been holding onto him, seeing his performance suffer further, and watching his trade value fully dissolve.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 12:41 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, lucas giolito, nationals, trade, white sox

Jose Quintana doesn’t do it for Braves the way Chris Sale did

The Sox were also asking too much for Quintana, at least from the Braves’ perspective. While they were in the market for a true No. 1 starter, Quintana wasn’t the dominant, indisputable “ace” that Sale was, and the Braves don’t feel compelled to give up multiple top prospects — including elite pitching prospects – to get Quintana.

“It comes down to needs and wants,” Braves general manager John Coppolella said. “We don’t have needs in starting pitching. Do we want a No. 1 starter, is Chris Sale a No. 1 starter? Yes. Do we want Jose Quintana? I don’t think Jose Quintana is Chris Sale. Is he an extra year of control (under contract four more years instead of Sale’s three)? Yes. Who’s to say one of our young kids can’t turn into Jose Quintana? Or Chris Sale.”

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said, “You start jumping into the deeper water, we’re not going to get that kind of guy (without giving up elite prospects). Plus, with this market out there there’s clubs that are more desperate that we are now for a starter, will pay a bigger price.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jose quintana, trades, white sox

Astros discuss deal for Jose Quintana, but White Sox want a haul - Houston Chronicle

Chris Sale produced 21.7 WAR in the last four seasons. Jose Quintana produced 18.1 WAR over the same timeframe. Last year, Quintana slightly beat him (5.2-4.9). Considering that Quintana has an extra year of control and, although Sale might have a better rep, the actual production earned over their remaining contracts might not be very different.

Quintana is set to make a modest $7 million in 2017 and $8.85 million in 2018 and has team options of $10.5 million and $11.5 million for 2019 and 2020.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:47 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose quintana, trade rumors, white sox

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Nationals acquire outfielder Adam Eaton | MLB.com

I like Adam Eaton. He’s a good player. Either he’s better than what I think or Giolito isn’t as good as his ranking suggests. It’s probably the latter.

The Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox on Wednesday for three pitching prospects.

Washington sent three right-handers to the White Sox: Lucas Giolito, their No. 1 prospect, Reynaldo Lopez (No. 3) and Dane Dunning (No. 6). Giolito is MLB Pipeline’s No. 3 overall prospect; Lopez is No. 38.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 06:04 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, nationals, reynaldo lopez, white sox

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Sale to #RedSox. Moncada,  Kopech and two other prospects to #WhiteSox.

I will update this when more info becomes available.

UPDATE 6:12 PM:

The Red Sox will also send highly touted pitching prospect Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and right-hander Victor Diaz to Chicago. Moncada is the top-ranked prospect in the game, according to MLBPipeline.com. The deal marks the first time in at least 25 years that baseball’s No. 1 prospect has been traded, based on the rankings done by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.ine and Baseball America.

UPDATE 2:56 PM:

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 06:12 PM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trades, white sox

DRUNK HISTORY WILL EXPLORE DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT

Tonight’s episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk History is going to look at one of the more infamous promotions in MLB history. Disco Demolition Night at the old Comiskey Park in Chicago happened on July 12, 1979 and was the brainchild of DJ Steve Dahl and the Chicago White Sox’s promotions director Mike Veeck. It happened in between the doubleheader between the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers when a bunch of disco records were blown up on the field.

It led to a bunch of fans emptying the stands, storming the field, tearing up the turf and the result left the field in such bad shape that the White Sox had to forfeit the second game. The whole thing was witnessed by Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall and aired on WSNS TV. It was televised throughout Chicago and surrounding areas through the White Sox Television Network.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 03:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball in television, bill veeck, comedy, disco demo, white sox

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

If the White Sox Make Chris Sale is Available, the Cardinals Should Jump In - 101Sports.com

How many teams shouldn’t be inquiring about Sale? Not many.

If the Chicago White Sox are indeed willing to listen to offers for their outstanding lefty starter, Chris Sale, the Cardinals need to be on the other end of that conversation. I know the Cards like to talk about their depth at starting pitching, and the emergence of their top prospect Alex Reyes, and the return of Lance Lynn, and how they’ll have approximately 217 candidates to fill the five rotation spots — OK, a slight exaggeration. But here’s what St. Louis doesn’t have: a true “A” No. 1, a king of the hill, a top of the heap starter. I’m channeling Sinatra here, but you get the point.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, chris sale, white sox

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Heyman - Braves Join Sale Derby White Sox Seem Serious This Time

They have the pieces. Will they want to pull the trigger to get it done?

he Braves’ top young player is shortstop Dansby Swanson, but the White Sox have a very good young shortstop in Tim Anderson, and the Braves have many more good young players, so perhaps they could do it without Swanson. The Braves have other fine infield prospects (Ozzie Albies, Rio Ruiz, Austin Riley, Kevin Maitan and Travis Demeritte) plus a stash of young pitchers (Sean Newcomb, Mike Soroka, Ian Anderson, Touki Toussaint, Max Fried, Joey Wentz, Kyle Muller, Lucas Sims) that could form the basis of a big deal

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, chris sale, white sox

Jose Abreu Opts Into Arbitration - MLB Trade Rumors

As Tim also noted in that exploration of Abreu’s unique contract situation, though, Abreu also can’t be given a standard raise on top of that base. Abreu’s numbers to date compare favorably to Giancarlo Stanton’s first three years, but Stanton earned $6.5MM in his first trip through arbitration. Abreu is already north of that and wouldn’t be boosted an additional $6.5MM on top of his current salary, but he also isn’t in line for a cut to that mark either. More realistically, he’ll gain some form of token raise atop his “on-paper” salary of $11.66MM, which prompted Tim to project a $12MM salary for him in the event of opting into arbitration. (For further explanation on the fine details of Abreu’s case, I’d recommend checking out Tim’s piece in its entirety, as it does a fine job highlighting the complexities associated with this type of Major League contract.)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jose abreu, white sox

Thursday, November 10, 2016

In event of rebuild, White Sox trade pieces go beyond Chris Sale - Chicago Tribune

“You can’t say you’re going to trade Player X before we do anything else because it might not be the right time to get proper value on a given player,” Hahn said. “We’re in a position right now where we have a few players who are under control only for another year, so there’s a bit of a clock on them. Guys who are controllable longer than that, there’s not necessarily any urgency to make a move until you feel like you have peaked out on value and it makes the most sense for the long-term benefit of the club.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, white sox

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Here’s the logo for Guaranteed Rate Field

A commitment to branding is why the signs going up this week around the 25-year-old stadium look virtually the same as the company’s logo, except for the word “field” at the end.

Ciardelli said the design was a joint effort between the company’s in-house creative team and the Sox, who suggested replacing the arrow with an image of home plate. “But I told the White Sox that it’s our company logo, and they were respectful of the decision” to keep the arrow after all, Ciardelli said.

The attention—and even the backlash—that stemmed from the name change put a huge spotlight on the brand and has already started to pay off, he said. More resumes have rolled in, and web traffic and business leads have increased.

“It’s funny how a naming rights deal puts a level of comfort in a customer’s mind, or that the company they’re doing business with has some stake in the ground, that they’re not going anywhere, and they’re trying to build in a positive way,” Ciardelli said.

As for nicknames fans may give the ballpark, the lender’s chief executive said his favorite is “The Rate” (a la “The Cell,” which fans have called the park for years) because the company owns the rights to the domain name Rate.com, which redirects to its primary site.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: naming rights, white sox

Monday, October 10, 2016

OTP 2016 Oct 10: Sox fan Obama ‘pleased to see the Chicago Cubs play so well’

I asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about Obama and the Cubs at the Wednesday briefing. Obama is a die-hard Sox fan. Less known: He has a mixed marriage. Michelle grew up on the Cubs.

“Well, the president is a loyal Chicago White Sox fan,” replied Earnest, taking a sip from his Kansas City Royals cup.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:47 AM | 1759 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago, cubs, politics, white sox

Sunday, October 02, 2016

White Sox expected to replace Robin Ventura with Rick Renteria | Chicago Sun-Times

I guess Ventura isn’t going to last after all.

Ventura is also respected by players and the organization as a sound baseball man and steady leader. The players competed hard to the end despite being out of contention for all of September. In Ventura’s defense, he managed teams his last four years that were too thin on talent and depth beneath a solid core.

Perhaps Renteria can do better, although the direction the Sox will take this offseason — rebuild, go for it or somewhere in between — is not yet known.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, rick renteria, robin ventura, white sox

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

White Sox will retain Robin Ventura if he wants to return: report - Chicago Tribune

Has he really earned a new contract?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 02:53 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, robin ventura, white sox

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Jerry Reinsdorf, who has always preferred baseball, is entering the Basketball Hall of Fame

Jerry Reinsdorf will be enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. At first glance, his résumé looks unassailable. Reinsdorf won six titles as the owner of the Chicago Bulls, and became the third owner ever to win a championship in two of the four major American sports when the White Sox won the World Series in 2005.

Yet with his induction into the Hall of Fame, Reinsdorf has achieved his most striking accomplishment yet: reaching basketball’s highest honor despite being far more passionate about a different sport. He’s even pictured holding the World Series trophy in the Hall of Fame’s promotional package.

Reinsdorf purchased the White Sox in 1981 shortly after cashing out on his real estate investment company. He bought the Bulls four years later for only $16 million, and his timing couldn’t have been better. The Bulls drafted a rookie guard named Michael Jordan the year before, and the rest is history.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2016 at 12:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry reinsdorf, white sox

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Heyman: White Sox Have Little Interesting in Moving Sale or Quintana

Their 80-year-old owner wants to win now.

Does this mean the Sox will remain “mired in mediocrity” (as Rick Hahn put it) as long as Reinsdorf is around?

Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: September 01, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Friday, August 26, 2016

White Sox GM Rick Hahn says talk of trade-deadline discord ‘simply untrue’

A pair of recent media reports suggested Hahn trade-deadline strategy clashed with that of executive vice president Ken Williams and Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, with Hahn favoring a rebuild. Those reports from Chicago radio and TV host David Kaplan and MLB reporter Jon Heyman again fueled the frequent speculation about how the front-office dynamic works between Hahn and Williams.

Hahn said the talk was “tired news and repetitive and there’s nothing there” and stressed there is “an open dialogue and exchange of ideas” between the trio before decisions are made as a group.

“The frustrating thing is it seems like every few months we need to have this same conversation,” Hahn said, noting he has been with the Sox for 16 years. “I have no idea where an unnamed, random report of any discord at the deadline came from. It’s simply untrue. There was no trade or direction vetoed, so to speak, at the deadline. We are of a similar mindset as to how best to proceed.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2016 at 10:54 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: rick hahn, white sox

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

U.S. Cellular Field Changing Name To Guaranteed Rate Field

Yuck.  It’ll always be The Cell to me.

U.S. Cellular Field will change its name to Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox announced Wednesday afternoon.

The White Sox and Guaranteed Rate, a national mortgage lender, have signed 13-year naming rights deal, according to the Sox. But the name could last even longer — the Sox have an option of extending the deal past 2030.

Worst new stadium name?  It’s up there.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dumb, naming rights, the cell, white sox, why

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Did Chicago White Sox steal Cleveland Indians’ signs? It happens in baseball | cleveland.com

A sign of the times.

Manager Terry Francona, when told of the speculation, said, “If it’s on the Internet, you know if has to be true. I think a lot of that goes on – more than people realize. Just because it gets written about doesn’t mean you react all of a sudden.

“We watch for that stuff all the time. Teams watch us. We watch them. It’s common. Some teams are better at it than others.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, white sox

Monday, August 01, 2016

Heyman - Rangers Dodgers And Red Sox In Mysterious Chris Sale Derby

Could the Yankees jump in on Sale?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, trade rumors, white sox, yankees

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Chris Sale talks about White Sox suspension | MLB.com

I’m sorry. Where was the apology? FYI, Chris all those silly promotions help pay your salary. Grow up.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Monday, July 25, 2016

White Sox problems always more interesting than other teams’ problems - Chicago Tribune

When will baseball ban scissors from locker room? Haven’t uniforms suffered enough? Of course, had the White Sox only used breathable cotton, this tragedy could have been averted.

Sale’s crazy plan to get out of wearing the throwbacks reminded some of the “Seinfeld” episode in which George Costanza tied the Yankees’ World Series trophy to the back of his car and dragged it around in an effort to be fired by owner George Steinbrenner.

“I fear no reprisals,” Costanza shouted into a megaphone.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Texas Rangers: Rangers, Chicago White Sox appear to be circling one another in trade dance | SportsDay

I can’t see the White Sox dealing Sale. That said, every player should be available in the “right deal”.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors, white sox

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Chris Sale gets 12th victory in White Sox win | MLB.com

But what is his FIP?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rick Hahn: Not ‘in anybody’s best interest for me to comment’ on Ventura, others’ status | CSN Chicago

“I don’t think it’s in anybody’s best interest for me to comment on the status of anybody in uniform — coach, manager, player — other than to say that on any given night, we’re doing everything in our power to support the group that’s here and to try to put them in the best position to win,” Hahn said. “That’s where everybody’s focus is. It’s not on the future or outside distractions or answering questions out the status of anybody within the organization. We’re trying to get this group in the best position to win tonight. It’s the only thing we can control right now and that’s where our focus is.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: rick hahn, robin ventura, white sox

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