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Dec 11, 2019
White Sox Rumors: [insert bad Price is Right pun here]

White Sox Rumors: [insert bad Price is Right pun here]

New Price: Is not the Price of old, but a guy who’s a reliably safe bet for 20 starts and a 4.00 ERA. | Photo by Kathryn Riley/ David Price, several semi-trucks full of elbow ice, and prime talent as a sweetener may be available from Boston We shoot for Marcell Ozuna ... the White Sox deliver Nomar Mazara. We shoot for Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-Jin Ryu or Madison Bumgarner ... the White Sox deliver ... David Price? Could be, if you’re to believe the scuttle out there about the next White Sox trade target. Price, due $96 million over the last three years of his contract, could only come to...
Dec 11, 2019
Hawk’s in the Hall!

Hawk’s in the Hall!

Prime Hawkeroo: Against all odds, the good ol’ boy from Savannah now resides in Cooperstown. | Photo by George Gojkovich/ Longtime White Sox voice has charmed his way to Cooperstown, YES! Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, who all of baseball has had a love-hate relationship with for years due to his candor and homerism, was named the 2020 Ford Frick Award winner on Wednesday. The Hawkeroo will be part of the enshrinement festivities in Cooperstown next summer. The 78-year-old will join J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner, the late Nick Cafardo, as 2020 off-field honorees. Presentation of the Spink...
Dec 11, 2019
White Sox News: Nomar Mazara is on his way to the South Side

White Sox News: Nomar Mazara is on his way to the South Side

Platoon star? Mazara joins the White Sox, hopefully as part of a RF duo. | Photo by Rick Yeatts/ Steele Walker heads to Texas in an even swap Multiple sources on both sides of the trade are confirming a Tuesday night swap of Texas Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara for Chicago White Sox outfield farmhand Steele Walker. While the idea of trading the fastest-rising outfield prospect in the system (Walker) for a player who was a debatable non-tender this fall (Mazara), there’s a bit of solace to be had in that Mazara is barely a year older than Walker — with 1,988 major league at-bats...
Dec 10, 2019
White Sox Rumors: Steele for Mazara?

White Sox Rumors: Steele for Mazara?

Shallow water: The White Sox cast their line out for a big league right fielder, and may be coming back with ... Nomar Mazara. | Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports I’ll take DIMINISHED EXPECTATIONS for $200, Alex So, in a week our heads have spun from Zack Wheeler to Marcell Ozuna to ... Nomar Mazara. Nothing wrong with Mazara, although there are still several free agents and trade targets out there who will make a bigger impact on the South Side. Hell, there are even a couple of non-tenders (Steven Souza Jr., Domingo Santana) who have achieved as much or more in the game, who’d be had...
Dec 9, 2019
Jerry to Rick: Huh?

Jerry to Rick: Huh?

Welp: Either the White Sox are REALLY adamant about breaking their own news, or the Ozuna rumors over the weekend were inaccurate. | Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports Apparently, Marcell Ozuna will not join the White Sox Well, just adding to or updating the story from this weekend ... Apparently, Marcell Ozuna is not joining the White Sox: Jerry Reinsdorf had a laugh about Marcell Ozuna reports. He said he called Sox GM Rick Hahn and asked him, “Am I having a senior moment? Because I don’t recall any conversation about Marcell Ozuna.” He said Hahn assured him that it wasn’t a senior...
Dec 8, 2019
South Side Hit Pen Podcast 2: Did Marcell Ozuna land at O’Hare?

South Side Hit Pen Podcast 2: Did Marcell Ozuna land at O’Hare?

Land of confusion: Marcell Ozuna gets lost in RF after a career in left? The podcast has a plan for that. | Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports And if he did, why, because the Winter Meetings are in San Diego Episode 2 features editor-in-chief Brett Ballantini and writer Leonard Gore talking over the Marcell Ozuna rumors, options in right field if Ozuna is not coming to the South Side, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Wiffleball, Yasmani Grandal, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Ken Williams, baseball humor, and Leonard Gore’s Amazing and Programmable Custom-Written Fanfic Game Recaps.
Dec 7, 2019
White Sox Rumors: Marcell Ozuna is coming! ? !

White Sox Rumors: Marcell Ozuna is coming! ? !

Conflicting rumors: A solid Latin American source has Ozuna coming to the White Sox. The Score’s Bruce Levine refutes the news. | Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Or ... maybe he isn’t Saturday morning got off to a hopping start in advance of the Winter Meetings, as a report out of the Dominican Republic surfaced that Marcell Ozuna would sign with the White Sox on Monday. Marcell Ozuna viaja mañana a EUA, firmara con los White Sox el acuerdo sera anunciado el Lunes.— Frank Castillo (@FrankCastillo22) December 7, 2019 (Translated: Marcell Ozuna is flying to the United States...
Dec 6, 2019
White Sox claim Tayron Guerrero

White Sox claim Tayron Guerrero

Power arms, activate: Thyago Vieira leaves for Japan? Simple, claim Tayron Guerrero! | Photo by Rich Schultz/ Marlins fireballer should see some setup chances pic.twitter.com/2lT8V2myyH— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) December 6, 2019 It’s not exactly Taijuan Walker or Steven Souza Jr., but the White Sox filled spot No. 37 on the 40-man roster on Friday by claiming right-handed fireballer Tayron Guerrero off of waivers from the Miami Marlins. What the Boston Red Sox taketh away — claiming Josh Osich earlier this offseason, as the White Sox attempted to create some 40-man space...
Dec 6, 2019
South Side Hit Pen Podcast 1

South Side Hit Pen Podcast 1

A year later ... a new podcast! Hey, over on the sister channel, South Side Hit Pen, the first podcast has hit the air! Hosts Clinton Cole and Brett Ballantini are just tooling around a bit with the new venue, but there seems to be some fun promise of good things to come. Main host Clinton already has some interesting names on his future episodes list. This debut was recorded over the weekend and encountered some typical startup delays, so try not to be too annoyed at all the talk of “top free agent target” Zack Wheeler. There’s also a lot of catcher talk, including some celebration...
Dec 5, 2019
Concurrent surgery shelved Jenks, for good

Concurrent surgery shelved Jenks, for good

Downward spiral: A pop in his back on a 2011 pitch with the Red Sox led Jenks into a botched back surgery in Boston. | Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/ Players’ Tribune piece details his flubbed back procedure, aftermath Bobby Jenks released the untold story of his botched back surgery with Boston on Thursday, via The Players’ Tribune. It is a harrowing tale, and really, a must-read. You’ll recall that the disappointing 2010 season was the end of Jenks’ career with the White Sox. Jenks had 27 saves that season, but scuffled throughout. He ended his career on a high note, though,...
Dec 4, 2019
Wheels off

Wheels off

One off the board: After a couple of weeks in the driver’s seat, the White Sox lost Wheeler to the Phillies. | Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Wheeler signs with Philadelphia, Hamels a Brave Two frontline starters on the White Sox radar dropped off on Wednesday. Zack Wheeler signed a reported five-year, $120 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, (the final number seems in dispute) while Cole Hamels took $18 million for a year in Atlanta. Wheeler had been long connected to the White Sox. Speculation ran rampant last week that the Yolmer Sánchez DFA was intended to clear a...
Dec 4, 2019
A day later, Burr and Frare are back!

A day later, Burr and Frare are back!

Quick change: A day after cutting them from the 40-man roster, both Ryan Burr [above] and Caleb Frare are back with the White Sox. | Photo by Hannah Foslien/ No harm done: Two potential bullpen pieces return to the White Sox Apparently there was no cause for concern in the White Sox’s cutting of Ryan Burr and Caleb Frare from the 40-man roster on Monday. Both pitchers — with at least outside chances at seeing time with the White Sox this year (Burr after finishing his TJS rehab) — saw no interest from the rest of the majors, and signed right back up with the White Sox. Chicago...
Dec 2, 2019
Frare, Burr purged from the 40-man

Frare, Burr purged from the 40-man

Short leash: Caleb Frare’s setbacks in 2019 saw him simmer in Charlotte — and now, removed from the 40-man. | Photo by David Banks/ With four spaces now open, look for some South Side additions this week It was a somewhat unexpected evening for the White Sox in advance of the Monday night deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. This afternoon we brought you the news of the White Sox buying out the last year of James McCann’s arbitration, with a $5.1 million contract (a $200,000 increase on his MLBTR arb estimate), as well as releasing Thyago Vieira, allowing...
Dec 2, 2019
McCann, White Sox avoid arbitration

McCann, White Sox avoid arbitration

Mac’s back: McCann has seen his role reduced to backup at catcher, but the White Sox clearly value his role on the club. | Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Backup catcher agrees to a $5.4 million deal The White Sox announced on Monday afternoon they had reached a one-year, $5.4 million deal with catcher James McCann, buying out the final year of arbitration with the 2019 All-Star. The 29-year-old had a career year in 2019, hitting .273 with 26 doubles, 18 home runs, 60 RBIs and 62 runs in 118 games. He was the first White Sox catcher since A.J. Pierzynski (2006) to make an All-Star team....
Nov 30, 2019
Super Stats Pack: Team Stats (Final 2019)

Super Stats Pack: Team Stats (Final 2019)

Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via While power and speed took a hit, a 10-win improvement means very few worst-in-league marks (thankfully) Once again, although the feature was largely ignored this season, we’re trotting the Super Stats Pack out for a series of five year-end roundups. Tonight, it’s team stats. Now, it seems the last time I ran this out, it was somewhere around midseason or two-thirds through 2018. So “last rank” really doesn’t have a lot of bearing or merit here, aside from taking a really broad-stroke look at things. As you’d imagine, with...