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South Side Sox 7 hours ago

White Sox sign C Alex Avila for 1 year, $2.5 million

The Hot Stove is on fire! White Sox get their backup catcher for 2016. The White Sox have announced that they have signed catcherAlex Avila to a one year, $2.5 million dollar deal. Avila had been the starting catcher for Detroit since 2010, but played in just 67 games last season. Part of that was due to a DL trip for most of May and all of June due to a bone bruise in his left knee. Part of it is that he hit .191/.339/.287 in 2015. Finally, James McCann showed he was at least a capable catcher for Detroit. After a 4.6 fWAR season in 2011, Avila's WAR has crashed mainly due to injuries. He...
South Side Sox 12 hours ago

Tommy Kahnle enters, Geovany Soto departs

And Erik Johnson may have arrived thanks to offseason work with a personal pitching coach It took until Nov. 24, but the White Sox finally made their first noteworthy addition of the winter, acquiring Tommy Kahnle from the Colorado Rockies for Yency Almonte. It's a decent chain of moves for Rick Hahn. He acquired Almonte, a former big-bonus draft pick of the Angels, for Gordon Beckham in 2014. Then, after getting the first healthy year out of Almonte, Hahn sent him to the Rockies for Kahnle. Almonte has potential, as he put together an encouraging season across Kannapolis and Winston-Salem,...
South Side Sox Nov 24, 2015

White Sox acquire RHP Tommy Kahnle from Rockies for RHP Yency Almonte

Kind of like the puzzles Grandpa gets over the holidays every year, the White Sox get Don Cooper a project for this offseason. The White Sox have acquired RHP Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies in exchange for minor league RHP Yency Almonte. Kahnle was designated for assignment by the Rockies last Friday. Kahnle split time in 2015 between the Rockies and their AAA team in Albuquerque. With the Rockies, things didn't go so well. He appeared in 36 games for the Rockies and walked 28 and struck out 39 in 33⅓ innings for a 4.86 ERA and 4.48 FIP. Kahnle originally came to the Rockies in the Rule 5...
South Side Sox Nov 23, 2015

Terrerobytes: The company Adam Engel keeps

White Sox prospect joins big names with Arizona Fall League MVP If Adam Engel only won the Arizona Fall League's batting title (full name: the EyePromise vizual EDGE PRO Batting Title Award), we could receive the news with a shrug. After all, Brent Morel joined the AFL as an emergency substitution and ended up winning the batting title. But Engel won the league's MVP (full name: the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award, which is better), as well, which means ... it's still indicative of small sample vagaries more than anything. However, the company is actually pretty stout, at least as of...
South Side Sox Nov 22, 2015

Major League Baseball expansion proposal

An open letter to MLB owners in support to expand, realign the divisions, and add an additional team to the play-offs. Dear Major League Baseball Owners, Laid out in this proposal is a well-thought out plan that continues the expansion of our well-beloved game. Contrary to popular belief, our sport is not dying. Revenue continues to increase in the sport. Franchises have been able to negotiate new media agreements, the league has pursued investments in daily fantasy to engage fans, and revenue sharing has been a success in help create parity in competition. This past World Series had the...
South Side Sox Nov 21, 2015

SB Nation MLB Awards: Unwritten Rule Violation of the Year voting

Make up your criteria after the fact -- just like the players do The SB Nation MLB Awards voting ends on a cliffhanger, as the final category is for the best violation of baseball's unwritten rules. It's paradoxical to try to write guidelines for voting on unwritten rules. Those rules come about because highly competitive high-strung athletes react first, then try to codify the circumstances to explain just how their sensibilities were violated. So let's do the same. I could say, "Vote for the most flagrant offense," or, "Vote for the silliest offense." Instead, just let raw emotion guide...
South Side Sox Nov 20, 2015

White Sox add Brandon Brennan and J.B. Wendelken to the 40-man roster

The White Sox add two right handers to the 40-man roster on the last day to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. With today as the last day to protect players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, the White Sox have added right handed pitchers Brandon Brennan and J.B. Wendelken to the 40-man roster. Brennan, 24, was drafted in 2012 in the fourth round.  It's been a rocky four years though.  After a rough start to the 2013 season, Brennan went on the DL and underwent Tommy John surgery.  He returned in 2014, and rose quickly from Great Falls to Winston-Salem.  After things seemed to be...
South Side Sox Nov 20, 2015

Who should the White Sox protect from Rule 5 Draft?

There aren't any exciting names who absolutely need to be added to the 40-man roster in order to be protected from next month's Rule 5 Draft.  Nor are the bubble candidates much to wring our hands over, as they're maybe bullpen arms in the future. But let's go through them and you can decide: RHP Brandon Brennan is perhaps the closest thing to a "need to add", in my opinion. The 2012 4th rounder has been snakebitten by injuries. He had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and then he missed the first couple months of 2015 with a neck injury. The 24-year-old has only made 55 appearances (48 starts)....
South Side Sox Nov 20, 2015

Rumors: White Sox not married to Avisail Garcia

Plus: Awards season gives Chris Sale and Jose Abreu slight nods The first few weeks of the offseason haven't been satsifying, edifying or most other kinds of "-fying" for White Sox fans. The biggest addition has been Scott Hairston on a minor-league contract, the front office is being purposefully vague, and the only decision -- declining Alexei Ramirez's option -- offers no hint about just how Rick Someone plans to go about this whole thing. On Nov. 20, that's more our problem than theirs. But in the absence of news, those watching have bided their time by reestablishing the plot -- "the...
South Side Sox Nov 19, 2015

SB Nation MLB Awards: White Sox Celebration of the Year voting

A team that isn't much for bat flipping found other ways to punctuate big moments The fourth category of the SB Nation MLB Awards is officially for "bat flip/celebration of the year," but the White Sox aren't much of a bat-flipping team. Which is fine for now. I'm pro-flip, but I kinda tire of the referendums that come with the territory, where complaints about disrespecting the game are met with "OMG THIS BAT FLIP IS EVERYTHING FIRE EMOJI," although sometimes that order is reversed. Thankfully, we could enjoy Tadahito Iguchi's exclamation points in peace. In the place, I dug up six...
South Side Sox Nov 19, 2015

SB Nation off-season Simulation: The White Sox are damn good

Since Rick Hahn and Kenny Williams don't know what direction they are going, I mapped out a perfectly good way to go for them. Every year, 30 of SB Nation's finest gather and dump hundreds of e-mails on each other within a few days conducting the off-season simulation. I have been famous (or infamous) for trading Chris Sale in the past. Good news to those who didn't like that direction! I kept him! I did, however, make many transactions and this team is going to be in the sim playoffs. No doubt about it. Every year the sim gives you a soft budget. I chose to ignore my 127 million dollar...
South Side Sox Nov 18, 2015

White Sox sign Scott Hairston to minor league deal and a chance at history

In possibly the most White Sox move ever, the Sox add Hairston as outfield depth. It also has a chance to be a historic one. The White Sox have signed outfielder Scott Hairston according to Ken Rosenthal.  Hairston, 35, didn't play baseball last season.  He last played for the Nationals in 2014 where he hit .208/.253/.299 in 61 games. Normally, this would seem like a rather ho-hum move.  For the White Sox though, it's the most White Sox-est thing they could do this offseason.  It could also be one of the most historic ones for the White Sox. The Hairston family was the third three...
South Side Sox Nov 18, 2015

SB Nation MLB Awards: White Sox Defensive Play of the Year voting

Some diamonds in the rough during a year of rough defense on the diamond Thick in the middle of awards week, there are no White Sox to speak of. Fortunately, the SB Nation MLB Awards bail us out. For the next two days, we'll be voting on the best White Sox candidate for two categories -- Best Defensive Play, and Best Celebration. The winner of this category will then proceed to the SB Nation MLB league offices for consideration for the overall vote. When it comes to the first of these categories, the good news for me is I that kinda did half the work with the post about outfield catches. So...
South Side Sox Nov 17, 2015

SB Nation MLB Awards: Pitcher of the Year voting

It'd be a toss-up for the Dodgers, so look what happens when you bring other teams into the mix Unlike the Hitter of the Year voting, which, spoiler alert, was pretty much predetermined due to one candidate's sheer offensive dominance, the Pitcher of the Year voting is a lot more complicated. It's damn near impossible to make a cut-and-dried case for one of the National League candidates, and it could be muddled further when mixing them with pitchers who actually have to face designated hitters. Here's a thumbnail case for each one: Clayton Kershaw: Led baseball in fWAR (8.6) thanks to a...
South Side Sox Nov 16, 2015

SB Nation MLB Awards season opens with Hitter of the Year voting

Pick your favorite bat and suggest White Sox nominees for later in the week The MLB calendar is on the verge of its awards season, and so SB Nation has opened the voting for its own very special superlatives. All of our communities will be voting on five categories, starting with a couple of nice, easy and straightforward categories before veering into territory that makes blog gravy. Today: Hitter of the year (all of MLB) Tuesday: Pitcher of the year (all of MLB) Wednesday: White Sox defensive play of the year Thursday: White Sox bat flip/celebration of the year Friday: Best...
South Side Sox Nov 16, 2015

Podcast: Fork in the road

Chicago White Sox fans would love to see the team add this offseason, but is Rick Hahn changing directions this winter? Podcast is back this week with episode 76 and we take a look at the position Chicago White Sox are in this young offseason. The rundown: CSN Chicago's, Dan Hayes, joins to discuss why the White Sox ultimately declined Alexei Ramirez's option,  impact that Rick Renteria will have in the clubhouse, and how much money the team could possibly spend this offseason. ESPN.com's and Friend of the Podcast, Dan Szymborski, shares what ZiPS think will be the best free agents on...
South Side Sox Nov 15, 2015

Two historically sensible options for Mark Buehrle in 2016

Report from Toronto says he's set on pitching for the Cardinals or retiring, but here's a way to make a White Sox reunion fit Toward the end of the season, word surfaced that Mark Buehrle was going to retire at the end of the season. During the Blue Jays' run into the middle of October -- during which Buehrle was not on Toronto's postseason roster -- he said that wasn't necessarily true. Now in the middle of November, the Toronto Sun has found a compromise between the two. In April the Jays opened in New York with a five-man rotation of Hutchison, Dickey, Daniel Norris, Mark Buehrle and...
South Side Sox Nov 14, 2015

White Sox hot stove week in review

Not part of a regular series, only cleaning up some loose ends I spent the last week mostly in Sweden (with a brief stop in Iceland), keeping the lightest of tabs on the White Sox. Thanks to Josh, Steve and Larry for allowing me to do so with their good work. And also thanks to SSSer jokkeholmberg for meeting me for dinner in Stockholm while I was out there. As is the case with the scores of other members of this community I've met, he's good people. That said, there wasn't the kind of major news that would demand greater attention from overseas, along the lines of the Andrelton Simmons or...
South Side Sox Nov 13, 2015

Jeff Samardzija rejects qualifying offer from White Sox

This is news but not really. Everything has happened as expected with Jeff Samardzija since he was kept at the trade deadline. Now, onto the Rule 5 protection deadline that's a week from now. As expected, Dan Hayes has reported that Jeff Samardzija has declined the White Sox qualifying offer. If you haven't been around for the qualifying offer discussions in the past, let's go over what will go on now. Samardzija is now able to negotiate with any team.  In return, if he signs with another team before the 2016 amateur draft, a very likely scenario, the Sox will get a compensation pick...
South Side Sox Nov 13, 2015

White Sox Rumors: Sox meet with Yoenis Cespedes' agent

Cespedes, Gonzalez, and Rasmus, oh my. While things seemed quiet at the GM meeting, the White Sox' hot stove is starting to heat up.  John Heyman has reported that the White Sox have met with Yoenis Cespedes agent. After trades to acquire Yoenis Cespedes didn't pan out at the trade deadline for the White Sox, it's not all that surprising that they're checking in with each other.  With no QO anchor around his neck, Cespedes seems like a nice offseason target for the White Sox, but after a .291/.328/.542 season with 35 homers, he's likely to get a significant pay raise above the $10.5...

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