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South Side Sox 4 hours ago

White Sox introduce Adam LaRoche and their plans for him

First baseman will DH more than he prefers, but that will give him more time to lead The White Sox finally announced their signing of Adam LaRoche on Tuesday afternoon, with the new DH/first baseman flanked by Rick Hahn and Robin Ventura on a conference call. The details: LaRoche will make $12 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016. Scott Carroll was DFA'd to open the spot on the 40-man roster. It's LaRoche's biggest contract by $1 million, and he said, "I'd be lying if I said the money had nothing to do with it."  Besides the interest the Sox showed in him, he also listed other items...
South Side Sox 22 hours ago

Red Sox seize offseason driver's seat with signings

Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez change Boston's present and future outlooks dramatically At the start of the offseason, the White Sox were said to be one of the teams in on Pablo Sandoval, but that initial rumor never reached the second level. Hanley Ramirez never showed up on the radar. They might have appeared in a number of our offseason plans, but they weren't considered White Sox targets. They weren't considered Boston targets, either, at least as a package deal. But that's exactly what happened, as the Red Sox committed anywhere from $183 million to $205 million to free-agent...
South Side Sox Nov 25, 2014

Zach Duke and Adam LaRoche are steps in the right direction

Sensible signings don't come with the same excitement as some of Rick Hahn's recent moves, but fit well into team's near-term goals The White Sox have made a couple of early splashes this offseason, inking lefty reliever Zach Duke and power-hitting first baseman Adam LaRoche to multi-year deals. While our South Side Sox community has had some positive reaction to the moves, the reaction from national baseball experts has varied from "meh" to "bleh". That sort of response is really pretty understandable. Duke and LaRoche are set to earn $40 million over their deals and the contracts violate...
South Side Sox Nov 24, 2014

Addition of Adam LaRoche could be a slow burner for hot stove season

Pessimists say the White Sox settled in signing a 35-year-old first baseman to a two-year deal; optimists say the Sox are set for more big moves When Bob Nightengale tweeted that the White Sox signed Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million deal, it just didn't move me. And then the absence of a reaction led to a negative one. Rick Hahn moves usually register something viscerally, at least since the beginning of the reconstruction. It's not that all his major transactions are capital ideas and critical darlings, but there's a bold concept driving them. The Jake Peavy trade, the Jose Abreu...
South Side Sox Nov 23, 2014

Terrerobytes: Waiting for Adam LaRoche

Plus: Erik Johnson may not be alone, breaking news gets democratized further, and the Twins hire an ex-White Sox to lead their pitching staff It sure would be nice if the White Sox would confirm the Adam LaRoche signing already, because there are a few things that are keeping me from forming a full opinion about it ... besides an all-day bonspiel on Saturday, anyway. The good news? As our discussion about the move largely recognized, there really isn't a way to arrive to a complete understanding at the moment, because this seems to be a signing that makes other moves possible. But one...
MetsBlog Nov 22, 2014

Do Mets match up with White Sox, Cubs, D-Backs and Rangers?

The White Sox are open to dealing SS Alexei Ramirez, “but it’s certainly not something we’re pursuing on our end,” their GM Rick Hahn said last week (Kane, Nov. 8). Do the Mets and White Sox a …
South Side Sox Nov 21, 2014

White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year, $25 million deal

Left-handed first baseman takes Adam Dunn's place for the second time in five years according to report The White Sox acquired a left-handed bat in the form of a first baseman from Washington named Adam. And no, it's not 2010. This time, the Sox signed Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million deal, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. There are some key differences, starting with a contract obligation that's less than half of Dunn's. LaRoche, who just turned 35 two weeks ago, hit .259/.362/.455 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs for the Nationals last year. He set a career high in walks and...
South Side Sox Nov 21, 2014

Nine things about White Sox waiver claim Onelki Garcia

Arduous defection process and two surgeries bookended lefty's Dodgers career No. 1: I could tell you about Onelki Garcia, whom the White Sox claimed from the Dodgers on Thursday, but why would you want to read what I write about it when you can listen to Vin Scully talk about it? Your browser does not support iframes. No. 2: Garcia faced one batter in his major-league debut on Sept. 11, 2013. That batter was then-Diamondback Adam Eaton. Garcia walked him on four pitches, then was surprised by Don Mattingly's hook. Scully's call: "So Garcia makes his debut, gives up a walk, and now here...
South Side Sox Nov 20, 2014

Sox add five to 40-man roster, DFA Ronald Belisario, outright Jared Mitchell to Charlotte

Along with adding four minor leaguers, the Sox pick up a new lefty on waivers. To make room, the Sox move on to a future without Ronald Belisarion and Jared Mitchell. The White Sox have announced their moves to protect players from the Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings next month.  With the 40-man roster at 37 this morning, there was only room for three more unless other moves were made.  The Sox ended up protecting five and removing two from the 40-man roster.  Here's the moves. designated Ronald Belisario for assignment outrighted outfielder Jared Mitchell to AAA Charlotte...
South Side Sox Nov 20, 2014

The White Sox' hot stove rumors keep on growing

Rumors about the Sox keep churning, but with no big names yet. Meanwhile, the deadline for adding people to the 40-man roster for the Rule 5 draft is today. Now that the afterglow of the White Sox' Zach Duke signing is starting to fade, we can get back to the other rumors floating around about the Sox. The biggest rumors involve the possibility of a trade of Alexei Ramirez to the Dodgers.  As Dan Hayes points out, Rick Hahn and Andrew Friedman have a fairly extensive history together already.  The Jesse Crain deal between Sox and Rays started the somewhat disappointing relationship...
South Side Sox Nov 19, 2014

White Sox bet new Zach Duke is here to stay

Three-year commitment to a one-year track record is steep, but the reasoning is sound When the news of Zach Duke's three-year, $15 million contract broke, the immediate response from third parties was predictable: [View the story "Zach Duke signing reactions" on Storify] It's pretty much the opposite of the majority reaction here on South Side Sox, which was generally enthusiastic. Part of the difference is attributed to the White Sox Offseason Plan Project. A quick scan pulls up 18 plans featuring Duke as a left-handed relief addition, and reading the explanations behind the mock...
South Side Sox Nov 18, 2014

SB Nation MLB Awards 2014: White Sox winners

This year, South Side Sox voters were all about the kids Thanks to everybody who suggested, lobbied, voted and argued about the White Sox's nominations for the SB Nation MLB Awards. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the winners are: Funniest Moment: Moises Sierra and Conor Gillaspie meet halfway Moises Sierra and Conor Gillaspie meet halfway: 44% Adam Dunn's pitching appearance: 25% Pissed Sale murders somebody or something: 19% Robin Ventura kicks dirt: 8% Adam Dunn's center field appearance: 3% Too bad I couldn't have announced the winners on Nov. 13, since that's Odd Couple Day....
South Side Sox Nov 18, 2014

White Sox to sign Zach Duke

The White Sox make their first major move of the off-season. As the hot stove heats up, the White Sox seem to be ready to make their first move of the offseason. #WhiteSox will announce the signing of left-handed reliever Zach Duke later today. — Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) November 18, 2014 Details of the deal haven't come out yet, but we'll update here when they do. Duke, 31, who started his career as a starter for the Pirates, struggled to stay in the majors until last season with the Brewers.  Last year, he really broke out by lowering his arm slot and finding a LOOGY-type job,...
MetsBlog Nov 18, 2014

Do the Mets and White Sox match up for Alexei Ramirez?

Last Updated: Nov. 18, 2014 The White Sox are open to dealing SS Alexei Ramirez, “but it’s certainly not something we’re pursuing on our end,” their GM Rick Hahn said last week (Kane, Nov. 8). Are the …
South Side Sox Nov 18, 2014

Same problem, different solutions for Blue Jays and White Sox

Toronto finds a catcher in free agency for the second straight year, while Sox can build on Tyler Flowers' success Next up on "How Much Money Do MLB Teams Really Have?", let's welcome the Russell Martin contract to the show. The Blue Jays signed the market's top catcher in a stunning deal on Monday -- five years and $82 million for a catcher that will turn 32 as teams report to spring training. We can use "stunning" here for a few reasons. The Cubs were supposedly the leaders for Martin's services, and the Blue Jays usually don't (or can't) compete with large-market teams. But Ken Rosenthal...
South Side Sox Nov 17, 2014

SB Nation MLB Awards 2014: Team of the year

It's possible the most memorable club from 2014 didn't actually win its league's the biggest prize We're approaching the finish line for SB Nation MLB Awards finalists, and while the polls for the previous categories are still open... Funniest Moment Most Regrettable Moment Best Defensive Play Most Important Hit Best Pitching Appearance ... all six polls will close 24 hours from the publication date of this post, in which you can vote for Team of the Year. Kansas City Royals They didn't win their own division, but they put a scare into the Tigers by erasing three large deficits over the...
South Side Sox Nov 17, 2014

White Sox offseason plan roundup: Outfielders

Between free agency and trades, the possibilities to upgrade left and/or right field are seemingly endless Our White Sox Offseason Plan project yielded a number of solutions at third base and designated hitter ... but when it came to a corner outfielder (or two), that's when it really opened up. All the in-house solutions heavily involved Moises Sierra, so now that the Royals claimed him, all the surviving corner outfielders were acquired via free agency or trades. And in a handful of cases, Adam Eaton had new faces flanking him on both sides. Bigger free agents (12 plans) Nick Markakis...
South Side Sox Nov 16, 2014

SB Nation MLB Awards 2014: The best White Sox pitching appearance of the year

Chris Sale makes up most of the list, but a couple of teammates provide some competition We're nearing the finish line for the SB Nation MLB Awards, with ongoing polls for: Funniest Moment Most Regrettable Moment Best Defensive Play Most Important Hit Now we'll open the floor for the fifth category: Best Pitching Appearance. You could create two lists -- games pitched by Chris Sale, and games pitched by everybody else. Sale recorded the five highest game scores of the season. But a couple other starts stand out in their own ways, so let's give the Condor some competition. Chris Sale's...
South Side Sox Nov 15, 2014

Early offseason inferences: Lots of money, lots of trades?

Looming Giancarlo Stanton megadeal suggests even the unusual suspects have spending power When Victor Martinez signed his four-year, $68 million deal with the Tigers ... yes, everybody thought it was a lot of money, but everybody thought Martinez had Mike Ilitch and Dave Dombrowski over a barrel. They're in win-now mode until their increasingly expensive core overwhelms the front office's ability to build an effective-enough roster around it. From Tigers standpoint, they're essentially a terminally ill franchise, so it doesn't matter if they overspend on their upcoming vacation — Dan...
South Side Sox Nov 14, 2014

SB Nation MLB Awards 2014: The White Sox's most important hit of the year

Five finalists feature four homers, but all of these hits had feeling We've talked about the Funniest Moment, the Most Regrettable Moment, and the Best Defensive Play -- and if you haven't voted yet, the polls remain open. Now it's time to pick a White Sox winner for the fourth SB Nation MLB award: Most Important Hit. Jose Abreu's first homer Abreu wasted no time collecting his first hit, doubling in his first big-league plate appearance. His first homer took longer to show up -- the eighth game of the year on April 8.  For that matter, it took its time landing, too. In his 37th plate...

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