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WHITE SOX RUMORS & GOSSIP

White Sox showing interest in outfielder Melky Cabrera

            The Chicago White Sox are excited about their future with rookie Jose Abreu leading the way, but they are looking to make a move or two this offseason to help improve their offense around him. One name that has come up recently in rumors surrounding the White Sox is outfielder Melky Cabrera, who doesn’t appear headed back to the Toronto Blue...
Via Sports-Glory
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Zach Duke got $15 million from the White Sox

Zach Duke signed a three-year/$15 million contract with the White Sox yesterday based on his insane/improbable emergence as a relief ace with the Brewers last year. Neil Weinberg at Beyond the Box Score was apparently fascinated by Duke’s breakout season last year and so he takes a look today at the value of one good year vs. a career of mediocrity. It’s obviously only one season’s...
Via WHYGAVS?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: November 19, 2014

Following the signings of Zach Duke with the Chicago White Sox and designated hitter Billy Butler with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, here’s the latest MLB Rumors for today: Note: This list of rumors will be frequently updated throughout the day.
Via On-Base Talk
1 day ago  |  Discuss

White Sox sign Zach Duke

The White Sox made their first major move of the off-season on Tuesday when they signed free agent left-handed relief pitcher Zach Duke. The team announced that the deal was for three years and $15 million dollars. Duke will make $4.5 million the first year, $5 million in the second, and $5.5 million in the third and final year. Duke, who will turn 32-years-old in April, appeared...
Via Grab Some Bench
2 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Sign Andrew Miller Lite(?)

If you’re anything like me, you kind of forgot that Zach Duke was still a major-league baseball player. And in fairness, less than a year ago, Duke no longer looked like a major-league baseball player. So the news that Duke got picked up by the White Sox for three years and $15 million came as […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Zach Duke may have just gotten the most laughable contract of the winter

I think Zach Duke is a fine reliever. I ranked him eighth among all free agent relievers last week. However, for as much as I like Duke, I don’t like him enough to sign him to a three-year, $15 million contract, which the Chicago White Sox just did. Zach Duke's contract is three years for $15 million per the #WhiteSox. — Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) November 18, 2014 The breakdown...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox add Zach Duke on three-year deal

The Chicago White Sox have signed relief pitcher Zach Duke to a three-year contract. Duke will earn $15 million over the course of the deal after joining the Milwaukee Brewers as a non-roster invitee last offseason. In 58 2/3 innings of work last year with the Brewers he posted a 2.45 ERA and 74/17 K/BB ratio. He will now try to put up those same numbers for the White Sox. The contract...
Via Tireball.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox To Sign Stud Lefty Reliever

Per reports made by Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, it will be announced later today that the Chicago White Sox are to sign stud lefty reliever Zach Duke. #WhiteSox will announce the signing of left-handed reliever Zach Duke later today. — Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) November 18, 2014 The deal is for three years worth a reported $15 million. Duke quietly had a stellar year pitching just...
Via Sports Mockery
2 days ago  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: Kiley McDaniel Largely on the White Sox

Episode 504 Kiley McDaniel is both (a) the lead prospect writer for FanGraphs and also (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he considers his White Sox organizational prospect list in some even further depth. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Looking to Acquire Catcher Jason Castro?

It’s no secret that current White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers has underwhelmed during his time on the South Side. Flowers, the top prospect the Sox acquired in a 2008 trade with the Atlanta Braves for Javier Vazquez, is a career .218 hitter that strikes out way too much and has been a complete bust. He did post the best season of his career in 2014 however batting .244 with 15 home...
Via Sports Mockery
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five White Sox Prospects by Projected WAR

Yesterday afternoon, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Chicago White Sox. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Chicago’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the White Sox system who are most ready to […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Alexei Ramirez be an Overpriced Commodity?

The New York Mets have been linked to Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez in the club’s ongoing search to bring stability to the position. Ramirez has one year remaining on a four-year, $32.5M extension he signed with the Sox in 2011. The 34-year-old is highly heralded, but interested parties should take caution.  The question the Mets must answer prior to moving forward is: “How...
Via Around Citi
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Semien, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper

Semien can provide cheap power and speed at both 2B and MI. Second base isn’t the feeblest of fantasy positions, but it certainly isn’t one where you can sit back and fall into a great player. In our 2014 Second Base Recap we looked back at the top 20 finishers at second from the past season. In that that 11-15 range, the guys who just missed regular startability in 10-team...
Via Baseball Professor
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Agent: Yasmany Tomas Has A Lot More Power Than White Sox’s Jose Abreu

Yasmany Tomas’ agent is really pumping his client’s tires. Jay Alou, who represents Tomas, told reporters Monday at the general managers meetings in Phoenix, Ariz., that the Cuban outfielder stacks up favorably with Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, who just earned American League Rookie of the Year honors. “He’s got more power than Abreu. He’s got a lot more power...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Abreu: Rookie of the Year

What was assumed to be a mere formality was made official on Monday night as Jose Abreu was named the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year. Abreu was the unanimous choice, receiving all 30 first place votes. Matt Shoemaker of the Angels finished a distant second. Abreu becomes the sixth White Sox player to win the award and the first since Ozzie Guillen in 1985. Abreu hit .317...
Via Grab Some Bench
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Abreu, Jacob deGrom win Rookie of the Year awards

Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were named the 2014 AL and NL Rookies of the Year on Monday. Both ran away with the voting in their respective league. The 27-year old Abreu hit .317/.383/.581 with 36 homers for the White Sox, proving himself to not only be the best rookie in the American League, but also one of the best overall hitters. He won the award unanimously, collecting all 30...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Plenty of Rumors, but Tough to see Ramirez Leaving

On the same day Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez received well-deserved Silver Slugger honors, “The Cuban Missile” found himself as part of a different kind of news. On Thursday, Bruce Levine of CBSChicago.com reported that the seven-year veteran has garnered a lot of interest, and specifically, the Yankees, Dodgers, and Mets have inquired about him. This time of year, different...
Via Grab Some Bench
12 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Injury Update: Chris Bassitt shut down in AFL with foot discomfort

The Chicago White Sox struggled to a 73-89 record this past season in large part due to a pitching staff that was 27th in ERA. Looking to improve the pitching in 2015 might not require many off season moves, should Chris Bassitt make strides in the AFL and next spring. Bassitt looked sharp in six appearances with the White Sox. Although he has been shut down with foot discomfort...
Via Sports Injury Alert
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the opposition: The 2015 Chicago White Sox

Following a 73-89 showing in 2014, the Chicago White Sox do not jump out as a threat to Cleveland in next year’s division race. Such a thought process would be selling the White Sox short, however. Recently, I broke down the brighter-than-expected offseason outlook for the Detroit Tigers, finding even if they lose Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez, Detroit still projects as...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Bell tolls for Chicago White Sox Dayán Viciedo?

As the 2014 MLB season came to a close, the Chicago White Sox prepared for a long winter off season.  With optimism at its highest level since perhaps the 2006 season following a World Series title, Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn seem primed to make a run at the American League Central Division title.  They are a team entering next season with arguably the best starting pitcher ...
Via isportsweb.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The ‘Most Popular’ Team In Chicago Will Surprise You, And It’s Not Even Close

According to a recent report, Chicago easily has the most faithful fans on social media when compared to New York and L.A.  When the votes are broken down per team, you might be surprised to find out who Chicago’s ‘top team’ really is. How The Data Was Compiled DNAinfo Chicago compiled a report based off Facebook’s Ad Manager which allows certain pages to be broken down...
Via Sports Mockery
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul Konerko leaves tribute to family in infield dirt

I’m not going to lie to you, I’m kinda glad the Paul Konerko retirement train left the station long after the Derek Jeter lovefest began. Because after this last weekend of the baseball season, the longtime Chicago White Sox star’s final games have made me feel all the feels. Sox fan Chris Claeys returning Konerko’s 2005 grand slam ball, his new statue at U.S. Cellular Field…that...
Via Hall of Very Good
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Paul Konerko thanks White Sox fans before he retires

You may have missed it among the endless parade of Derek Jeter ceremonies, but Paul Konerko is also retiring after the 2014 season. Konerko thanked White Sox fans in this tremendous video recapping his excellent career on the South Side. In 16 seasons with the White Sox, Konerko hit .281/.357/.491 with 432 homers. He was a six-time All-Star, and received MVP votes in five different...
Via The Outside Corner
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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