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Sunday, February 19, 2017

After rough debut, Lucas Giolito aims for encore with White Sox

Get to know Lucus Giolito.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 02:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas giolito, white sox

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Reynaldo Lopez hopes to start with White Sox | MLB.com

“I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it,” Lopez said. “When the people from the Nationals called me and let me know I was in a trade, I couldn’t believe it.
“But then my lawyer called me and explained to me the situation and told me this is a good opportunity for me and a good team for me, and I was happy then. But first I was very surprised.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: reynaldo lopez, white sox

Monday, February 13, 2017

GM Rick Hahn has clear vision for White Sox | MLB.com

When Rick Hahn discusses the White Sox current rebuild, the team’s general manager uses two words in describing his vision.

Critical mass.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

White Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada has own ‘expectations’ after Chris Sale trade | CSN Chicago

“I also have expectations about myself because of the trade,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “This team gave up a lot to get me. I feel very humbled for this opportunity. I expect to be a big part of this team in the future and to help this team to win so many games and to win a World Series. That’s my goal and that’s the mindset that every one of us have to have.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox, yoan moncada

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Yankees, White Sox expand trade talks | MLB.com

What are they dangling?

USA Today reported New York was interested in acquiring both Quintana and Robertson from the White Sox, while The New York Post reported the Yankees have not discussed acquiring both players. The Yankees have not commented on the reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2016 at 01:21 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox, yankees

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Nick Cafardo: Why Chris Sale’s delivery works for him

Brian Kenney gets another supporter.

Cooper, as you can tell, loves Sale and will miss him.

“He’s got 5½ years of Hall of Fame-production numbers,” said Cooper. “We weren’t able to support him [with offense] as much as we would have liked and that happens and that’s baseball. A pitcher should not be graded on wins and losses. If you don’t get runs or don’t catch the ball, there’s nothing a pitcher can do.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, notes, red sox, white sox

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Who—and when—will the very busy White Sox look to trade next? | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, white sox

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

White Sox, Derek Holland have 1-year contract | MLB.com

The White Sox have agreed to terms with left-handed hurler Derek Holland on a one-year, $6 million contract. To make room for Holland on the 40-man roster, which now sits at 40, the White Sox designated left-hander Matt Purke for assignment.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:29 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, free agent, white sox

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 | 15 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.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent 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

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