9:39 AM EST, Tue December 18, 2018
1 hour ago

The White Sox are pursuing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Who is the better fit on the South Side?

The White Sox are pursuing the top two available free agents — Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — with the hopes of making one the next face of the franchise. Which superstar would be the best fit on the South Side? Here’s how they stack up in several categories. Offense Machado had a better year...
20 hours ago

White Sox begin their courtship of Manny Machado

The White Sox’s acquisition of Yonder Alonso on Friday changed the dynamics of the biggest guessing game to hit the South Side in years. Bryce Harper or Manny Machado? Machado is in town to visit the Sox on Monday, sources confirmed, starting his tour of interested teams that reportedly includes...
Dec 15, 2018

White Sox GM Rick Hahn calls trade for Manny Machado's brother-in-law a 'baseball deal'

All in the White Sox family. Despite Yonder Alonso being the brother-in-law of marquee free agent Manny Machado, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn stated there wasn’t an ulterior motive to their acquisition of Alonso from the Indians. “Fundamentally, this is a baseball deal,” Hahn said Saturday...
Dec 15, 2018

As slow starts to baseball's hot stove league become the norm, are the winter meetings still necessary?

Another year of baseball’s winter meetings has come and gone, and most of the top free agents remain available. In addition to the two competing for the biggest contract — Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — there’s Craig Kimbrel, who reportedly hopes to become the first nine-figure reliever, and...
Dec 14, 2018

White Sox trade for first baseman Yonder Alonso, the brother-in-law of free-agent target Manny Machado

The White Sox made a surprising move Friday night in their quest to upgrade their roster and lure free agents Bryce Harper or Manny Machado — or both. The Sox acquired left-handed-hitting first baseman Yonder Alonso from the American League Central rival Indians, a source confirmed. The deal was...
Dec 14, 2018

Deep Dish Baseball podcast: Bryce Harper to the White Sox? What are the Cubs doing? A winter meetings recap.

Welcome to the weekly Deep Dish Baseball podcast with Mark Gonzales and Paul Sullivan and other Chicago Tribune writers. Subscribe and listen to Deep Dish Baseball on iTunes | Spotify Stitcher | Google Play Mark and Paul are back to talk about all the happenings (or lack thereof) from the MLB winter...
Dec 14, 2018

White Sox sign former Tigers catcher James McCann

The White Sox strengthened their catching depth Friday, agreeing to terms on a contract with James McCann, who handled the catching for the Tigers for most of the last four seasons. McCann, 28, threw out 27 of 74 potential base stealers in 2018 for a 36 percent success rate and has earned the nickname...
Dec 14, 2018

5 takeaways for the White Sox and Cubs from the quiet winter meetings

Cubs President Theo Epstein’s declaration that “you guys will be busy” during the winter meetings didn’t materialize fully. In fact, the Cubs didn’t complete a transaction, unless we count the naming of the player to be named in the Tommy La Stella trade. The Cubs did manage to plant some seeds...
Dec 13, 2018

White Sox's bid for Bryce Harper could come down to details

As the Bryce Harper sweepstakes move into the homestretch, the White Sox’s chances to sign the prized free agent may come down to details and determination. “There’s only so much we can control in the end,” Sox general manager Rick Hahn said as the winter meetings concluded Thursday. “Ultimately,...
Dec 13, 2018

The White Sox are making progress just by being in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes

The White Sox leave the winter meetings Thursday having accomplished what they needed to do. For the first time since the start of the rebuild, they became relevant again. No, the acquisition of alleged innings-eater Ivan Nova — who actually lasted more than six innings only six times in 29 starts...
Dec 13, 2018

Relief-pitching market starts to thaw for White Sox

The free-agent relief pitcher market has finally started moving, and the White Sox could add more bullpen depth in the upcoming days. Multiple reports indicated that Jeurys Familia has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Mets, and that Joe Kelly and the Dodgers reached a three-year,...
Dec 13, 2018

The White Sox need Bryce Harper because of the Bulls and Blackhawks, as well as the Cubs. They need Harper for TV.

Wonder what’s fueling the White Sox’s ambition to sign Bryce Harper? One reason is the sputtering Bulls and Blackhawks. The Cubs, too, but mostly it’s the perfectly dreadful Bulls and Blackhawks. After years of the Cubs saying they will leave NBC Sports Chicago to launch an outlet of their own...
Dec 13, 2018

Cubs and White Sox brace for losses in today's Rule 5 draft

The White Sox seemed more concerned than the Cubs about the possibility of losing a player in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. “I think we’ll probably lose at least one guy,” Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said. “I think I might have said the same thing last year but was wrong. I think we could lose one...
Dec 12, 2018

As White Sox pursue Bryce Harper, agent Scott Boras says prized free agent is 'looking ... in the long term'

The White Sox might be the exception to agent Scott Boras’ post-negotiation forecast involving marquee free agent Bryce Harper. “In the end, all organizations are going to look back and say: ‘What should I have done? How should I have done it? What steps should I have taken?’ ” Boras said Wednesday,...
Dec 12, 2018

Agent Scott Boras on Bryce Harper sweepstakes:

Agent Scott Boras discusses the sweepstakes for his client Bryce Harper this offseason on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)