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White Sox also had a December to remember 100 years ago

Charles Comiskey made a pair of headlines by buying Eddie Collins and hiring Pants Rowland Last winter, we traveled back in time 100 years to follow the White Sox in a baseball diplomacy trip around the world. The following offseason didn't feature any kind of epic journey, but it turned out to be even more revitalizing for the franchise. The impact of the world tour was muted by a couple significant developments. In the baseball world, the Federal League emerged as a real threat to the American and National leagues. The rest of the globe had to deal with the outbreak of World War I. But...
South Side Sox Dec 19, 2014

Terrerobytes: Future of Cuban baseball complicated on both sides

Plus: The Royals keep signing free agents, the Orioles are quiet, and the Padres are doing ... something When President Barack Obama announced his intent to restore relations with Cuba after several decades of an embargo, one of the most pressing questions our circles pondered was, "What happens to baseball?" That might sound trivial, but thanks to the embargo, the recent string of Cuban ballplayers over the last eight years or so represents one of the few tangible ties Americans have to the island. Baseball America's Ben Badler, who is the preeminent source on Cuban baseball in the States,...
South Side Sox Dec 18, 2014

White Sox sign George Kottaras to a minor league deal

Sorry, no songs to sing today, but the Sox add another catcher to a rather full catcher competition. The White Sox have made another move today by signing free agent catcher George Kottaras to a minor league contract.  The White Sox are the tenth organization that Kottaras has been a part of and potentially his eighth major league team. Kottaras has hit .215/.326/.411 in the majors. Kottaras does have a nice 14.1% walk rate and .197 ISO, but this is offset by his career .248 BABIP.  Defensively, he has been a bit of a mixed bag over his career too. He's been a slightly better than...
South Side Sox Dec 18, 2014

ZiPS projections underscore White Sox's riskiest bets

Offensive depth vastly improved, but club's belief in corner outfielders, two starters exceeds track records Friend of the podcast and supermarket menace Dan Szymborski released his ZiPS projections for the 2015 White Sox, and on the whole, it's good news. At least if you compare it to last year. Entering the 2014 season, ZiPS projected only five everyday position players to eclipse 1 WAR, and just one to top a 100 OPS+. This year? They have seven players worth at least 1 WAR, and four hitters with an OPS+ at 100 or higher. That may not sound like high praise, but one shouldn't expect White...
South Side Sox Dec 17, 2014

White Sox offseason momentum transfers to fans

Rick Hahn says response to string of moves allowed budget to expand for Melky Cabrera Rick Hahn dropped a memorable line to open the three-headed media conference at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday: "OK, party people in the hoooouuuuse..." "So how was your week?" Your browser does not support iframes. He had reasons to wink. For one, he was able to introduce Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson and Melky Cabrera to their new surroundings on the same bill. But earlier in the day, he announced that he won something of a mandate from the White Sox fan base. Remember when Hahn and Kenny Williams...
South Side Sox Dec 16, 2014

White Sox sign Brad Penny to minor league deal

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South Side Sox Dec 16, 2014

Podcast: Rebuild ahead of schedule

Here is the rundown for the last podcast in 2014: Friend of the podcast, ESPN.com's Dan Szymborski, chats about how adding Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson is making him eat his words. He also gives his winners and losers for the MLB Winter Meetings. Jim Margalus breaks down the Melky Cabrera signing for the White Sox. Why its great and in a world where Alex Rios is getting $11 million dollars in 2015, that Cabrera indeed is not being overpaid in this market. What did the White Sox potentially lose in trading Marcus Semien, Rangel Ravelo, Chris Bassitt, and Josh Phegley? larry joins...
South Side Sox Dec 16, 2014

Hawk Harrelson rejects idea of reduced workload

Revamped roster has rejuvenated the White Sox broadcaster with the future of the booth up in the air White Sox fans aren't the only ones thrilled by Rick Hahn's wheeling and dealing. Hawk Harrelson is also on board, so much so that he's discarded the idea of a reduced broadcast schedule. "I looked at the schedule 15, 20, 30 times," Harrelson said Monday. "I narrowed it down to about 120 games but now that’s out the window." While Harrelson, 73, was finishing up his 30th season in the Sox booth in 2014, he began to consider cutting some road games from his schedule, citing missed family...
South Side Sox Dec 15, 2014

Checking on the AL Central's offseason activity

White Sox lead the division in activity -- especially after the Melky Cabrera signing -- but the Tigers aren't far behind Over the years, the Tigers have pulled off a number of blockbuster acquisitions, a number of which came after the Tigers seemingly depleted their farm system or reached a payroll ceiling. The Miguel Cabrera trade. The late-offseason signing of Prince Fielder (and the trade to Texas for Ian Kinsler). The trades for Anibal Sanchez and David Price. Dave Dombrowski's armor is showing some wear and tear these days -- most of it involving the Doug Fister trade and its branches...
South Side Sox Dec 14, 2014

After Melky Cabrera signing, White Sox can look for reinforcements

Biggest roster holes are filled after latest signing, but Rick Hahn can bolster a few spots in the lineup The White Sox entered the offseason needing a starting pitcher, a high-leverage reliever, a lefty reliever, a left-handed hitter or two, and a corner outfielder. Could the White Sox do better elsewhere? Sure, but they couldn't afford to do worse in those specific areas. Two weeks into December: Check. Check. Check. Check. Check. Melky Cabrera crossed the last item off the list, reportedly signing with the White Sox for three years and $42 million. He's not a perfect player -- his...

White Sox sign Melky Cabrera, push closer to Tigers in AL Central race

Are the White Sox now the Tigers' biggest competition in the AL Central? The Chicago White Sox have shocked baseball for the second time in as many weeks. In a surprise, midnight announcement, the Sox and free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera have reportedly agreed on a three year, $42 million contract. One of the most sought after free agents remaining on the market, Cabrera hit .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI for the Toronto Blue Jays last season. The Blue Jays were one of several teams rumored to be in talks with Cabrera, with the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles also...
South Side Sox Dec 14, 2014

White Sox reportedly sign Melky Cabrera to three-year deal

Contract for left fielder "should be in $45 million range," says Bruce Levine Whenever Kenny Williams starts talking about the White Sox payroll, you may as well ignore it. The Sox didn't need a creative trade to fill the gap in left field. Nope, they went ahead and signed Melky Cabrera to three-year deal per Bruce Levine. Source tells me Melky Cabrera agrees to three year deal with WhSox pending physical . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 14, 2014 Cabrera contract should be in $45 million range . Neither agent or team will comment . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine)...
South Side Sox Dec 13, 2014

White Sox signal that Carlos Rodon may join the bullpen next season

In a lesson that Twitter isn't always the best way to communicate, Kenny Williams opens the possibility that Carlos Rodon could be in the bullpen, but only because the Sox could be winners again. Since the White Sox drafted Carlos Rodon last June, there has been a consistent message from the Sox.  Carlos Rodon is a starter.  However, after adding Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Zach Duke, and Dan Jennings to the pitching staff, that message has started to change. Kenny Williams tells @KapandHaugh that Carlos Rodon will probably start his MLB career out of the bullpen like Chris Sale...
South Side Sox Dec 12, 2014

Work continues for White Sox after productive winter meetings

Rick Hahn addresses gaps in rotation and bullpen, and left field could be next The White Sox have to come away from the winter meetings rather satisfied. They may not have accomplished as much as the Dodgers, but Rick Hahn made productive use of the face time with three acquisitions: A front-line starter to join Chris Sale and Jose Quintana (Jeff Samardzija) A high-leverage reliever who happens to have closing experience (David Robertson) Another left-handed bullpen candidate (Dan Jennings) The Sox took pretty direct routes to the first two players, and the pursuit of Samardzija stands...
South Side Sox Dec 11, 2014

Podcast: Winter Meetings Roundtable

Recorded a quick podcast to gather our immediate thoughts on the Chicago White Sox Winter Meetings happenings so far. Jeff Samardzija trade - What is his impact on the White Sox starting staff? With the addition of Samardzija, can the White Sox compete with Detroit? David Robertson signing - Did the White Sox sign him for too many years and money? What will his impact be for the bullpen and with the addition of Zach Duke, is it enough to fix the problems with relief pitching? Target key players in possible trades, including Pnoles idea of acquiring Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist. Finally, we...
South Side Sox Dec 11, 2014

White Sox trade Andre Rienzo to the Marlins for LHP Dan Jennings

White Sox continue to stock up on bullpen lefties. The White Sox have made another move to end the Winter Meetings.  They've traded pitcher Andre Rienzo to the Miami Marlins for LHP Dan Jennings. Jennings, 27, had an 1.38 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 3.8 BB/9, and 8.5 K/9 in 47 games for Miami over 40⅓ innings.  He has a 93+ mph four-seasmer and a mid-80s slider.  He tends to be a groundball pitcher even with his fastball so fits the profile that the Sox look for in the bullpen. While this looks good, there are some rough spots.  He allowed 41% of inherited runners score last season.  Also,...
South Side Sox Dec 11, 2014

White Sox Rule 5 draft preview

Rule 5 draft is this morning and the Sox get to pick. Whether anything interesting happens or not is the question. The Rule 5 draft is coming up today at 11 am today, and with the White Sox 40-man roster at 39, they can now make a selection in the major league portion of the draft.  Before we get started, let's get reacquainted with what larry wrote last year. A quick reminder of the rules: A player picked in the MLB phase of the Rule 5 draft must remain on the club’s 40-man roster for the entire 2014 season (including 90 days on the active roster in case of injury) and cannot be...
South Side Sox Dec 11, 2014

Winter meetings update: The Dodgers arise

Los Angeles' new front office flexes its muscle (and bankroll) by setting up five deals in under 24 hours Whether it's U.S. population rankings or the winter meetings, leave it to Los Angeles to steal Chicago's thunder. The Dodgers, who hadn't made much noise since hiring Andrew Friedman away from Tampa Bay and installing Oakland assistant general manager Farhad Zaidi as their new GM, exploded on Wednesday -- and into Thursday morning -- with five moves that drastically alter their roster. It started with a trade for Jimmy Rollins, although it still isn't confirmed because the...
South Side Sox Dec 10, 2014

White Sox embrace risk with David Robertson contract

Four years (and $46 million) for a reliever is rarely a good idea, but Sox angle for benefits beyond the ninth inning I've said on the podcast before that the White Sox had room for one stupid contract in their bullpen this offseason. Their biggest investment the previous year? Matt Lindstrom and his $4 million club option. With him out of the picture, the Sox entered 2015 with next to nothing committed to the bullpen, and not much in the way of truly compelling newcomers. A big, dumb splash was in the offing, and most Sox fans were ready for one after the trauma of 2014. Now, some people...
South Side Sox Dec 9, 2014

Terrerobytes: quick bits on Robertson and Samardzija

Yankees didn't move on Robertson, Samardzija wants to wear black, and Billy Beane in real life doesn't act like the one in the movies. The White Sox have made their initial moves of the offseason so it seems like a nice time to see what the changes look like in the aggregate so far. 2014 bWAR 2014 fWAR 2015 Steamer 2015 ZIPS 2015 Salary Jeff Samardzija 3.7 4.1 ? 3.4 $9.5 million Adam LaRoche 2.2 1.6 1.5 1.4 $12 million Zach Duke 1.2 1.3 0.5 ? $4.5 million David Robertson 1.2 1.7 1.0 1.1 $11.5 million Total 8.3 8.7 4.0+ 5.9+ $37.5 million Unfortunately, the ZIPS and Steamer...

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