Chicago White Sox News
8-22-16: The White Sox played well during the weekend, as they won on Saturday and Sunday to win their series against the visiting Oakland Athletics. Chicago received seven innings of two-run ball from Jose Quintana; it was the seventh consecutive quality start by the Columbian starter, as he moved his record back to above .500.
8-15-16: The White Sox put themselves in the position for a sweep of the Marlins in Miami on Sunday, but Chris Sale surprisingly allowed five runs in 6.2 innings. Adam Eaton and Tim Anderson both homered, but Chicago’s four runs were not enough. The 56-61 White Sox next head to Cleveland looking to win another series.
8-8-16: With Sunday’s 10-2 rubber match loss against the visiting Baltimore Orioles, the White Sox have alternated losses and wins in each of their last five games. Manny Machado and the Orioles were too much for the struggling White Sox, as Chicago had just four hits in the contest. On the bright side, Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 and hit his 14th home run of the season.
8-1-16: The White Sox, who traded Zach Duke to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfield prospect Charlie Tilson, had a difficult weekend, as they lost four of their last five games. The lone victory came on Saturday at Minnesota in 10 innings. Justin Morneau hit his second home run of the season in the win.
7-25-16: The White Sox sure struggled with their post-All-Star break road schedule, and they then suspended Chris Sale for five games after he took out his anger on the team’s throwback jerseys. However, at home, Chicago bounced back to win both its suspended game and Sunday’s regularly scheduled game via walk-off. David Robertson won both of those games as well.
7-18-16; The White Sox had a very difficult weekend in California, as the Los Angeles Angels swept them with Sunday’s 8-1 Chicago loss. In his first pitching appearance of 2016, Jacob Turner started and struggled. The tall right hander allowed eight runs in four innings. Adam Eaton drove in the White Sox’s lone run with a double in the second inning.
7-14-16: Chris Sale started All-Star Game, and although he gave up a home run, the American League came back to win. Unfortunately, the White Sox will be without Carlos Rodon, who they placed on the disabled list due to a wrist injury. Also, Sunday’s rubber match did not go the White Sox’s way, as they fell to the 3-3 in the homestand before the All-Star break.
7-5-16: After losing the first game of their three-game series at Houston on Friday, the White Sox were in danger of seeing their record fall below .500, but Chicago bounced back to go on a winning streak. On Monday, Melky Cabrera returned to the lineup and had two hits, and Tim Anderson and Dioner Navarro both homered in the White Sox’s third straight victory.
6-27-16: After the White Sox won three of their four contests against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Chicago returned to U.S. Cellular Field and took two of three games from the Toronto Blue Jays. Although Chris Sale allowed two home runs in Sunday’s rubber match, he allowed just two runs, as he moved to 13-2 on the season.
6-20-16: The White Sox kept floundering over the weekend, as the Cleveland Indians swept them. Chicago had two leads on Sunday after a run-scoring double by Jose Abreu in the first inning and a solo home run by Melky Cabrera in the fourth frame. However, the White Sox did not score for the rest of the contest in the 3-2 walk-off loss.
4-20-16: The controversy surrounding former White Sox player Adam LaRoche's son, Drake, was the talk of the league heading into spring training. While LaRoche ultimately decided to part ways with the White Sox and retire from baseball, the White Sox have gotten off to a hot start and sit at 9-5 on the season, good enough for second place in the A.L. Central. With 77 games remaining at U.S. Cellular Field this season the average price for Chicago White Sox tickets is $72.38 on the secondary market.
9-28-15: The White Sox did not fare as well in their second consecutive four-game series. With Sunday’s loss to the Yankees in New York, Chicago lost the series. On the bright side, Avisail Garcia homered for the 13th time in 2015. The White Sox head home to face the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers to end the season.
9-25-15: The Chicago White Sox are expected to extend a qualifying offer to Jeff Samardzija after this season as the team protects itself from losing the right-hander for nothing. Despite less than stellar stats from Samardzija this season the raw talent and big arm on “The Shark” is expected to draw a ton of attention from pitching hungry teams this winter. Samardzija is expected to blow Ervin Santana’s four-year deal worth $55 million away this winter and that deal is not expected to come from the Chicago White Sox. The two teams that are expected to have the most interest in Samardzija after showing an ability to work with struggling pitchers and turn them around rather quickly are the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates. New York may not have room for him in their starting rotation without a trade or two from their Major League talent but the Pirates could immediately plug him into the vacant spot left behind by AJ Burnett after he retires after this season.
9-21-15: On Sunday, the White Sox lost the rubber game of their weekend series, 6-3, against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. John Danks allowed three runs in five innings, as he fell to 7-13 on the season. Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez each tallied two hits in the loss.
9-18-15: The Chicago White Sox claimed former Chicago Cubs infielder Mike Olt last week after he was designated for assignment and is expected to give him plenty of playing time down the stretch this season. The White Sox are evaluating Olt and all third baseman this month as the team searches for the answer to who will be the everyday third baseman in 2016. Without a definitive answer right now for Chicago Olt may play his way not only into the lineup for the remainder of the 2015 season but he may be a part of a stacked offense next season as well inside US Cellular Field. Olt is a career .263/.361/.486 hitter after being a Top 50 prospect at one time in Major League Baseball as a member of the Texas Rangers. Olt has battled vision problems during his career while other injuries and the fact that he is strikeout prone at this point in his career has hurt his value overall. Speaking of top prospects the team has enjoyed the progression of right-hander Carlos Rodon. Rodon started out the 2015 season struggling mightily but has since turned things around on the mound, especially in September posting a 1.76 ERA in 41 September innings.
9-14-15: In their attempt to get their record back to .500, the White Sox faltered this past week. They headed into Sunday’s rubber game against the visiting Minnesota Twins with a 67-73 record, but Minnesota hit well against Chris Sale and shut out Chicago on Sunday. On Monday, the White Sox will begin a four-game series with the Oakland Athletics.
9-11-15: The Chicago White Sox look unlikely to make the postseason in 2015 and also look unlikely to keep one of their ace starting pitchers past this season in Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija is expected to command a James Shields type contract this offseason, somewhere in the neighborhood of four-years and $75 million, despite an uninspiring 2015 campaign. Samardzija will be just 30-years old when he hits free agency and has around 1,000 less innings pitched on his arm which could make him too expensive for Ken Williams and Rick Hahn’s blood. The White Sox claimed Mike Olt this week with the intentions of keeping him around for the 2016 season after the Chicago Cubs designated him for assignment earlier in the month. Olt was designated to make room for the recently acquired center fielder Austin Jackson after coming to the Cubs as one of the main pieces in the Matt Garza deal. Olt was once thought of as a top prospect across Major League Baseball but those projections have not amounted to much in the big leagues as Olt was slashing just .265/.333/.460 in 235 Triple-A plate appearances but just .160/.248/.356 in 258 MLB plate appearances in his career.
9-7-15: The White Sox are just five games below .500 after sweeping the Kansas City Royals over the weekend. Although the White Sox had just three extra-base hits on Sunday, their offense was swinging early and often at Kauffman Stadium. Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia had run-scoring hits as a part of the three-run first inning. Adam LaRoche also had one in the third frame.
9-4-15: The Chicago White Sox placed their closer David Robertson on revocable waivers before the end of the August 31st trade deadline and a familiar face claimed him in the New York Yankees. The speculation immediately began that the White Sox would either trade Robertson back to New York or simply let him go for the cost of his contract before the 2:00 pm ET deadline but at the end of the day Chicago pulled back Robertson off waivers with their eyes on the 2016 season. New York’s GM Brian Cashman later admitted that the team simply claimed Robertson to block the Toronto Blue Jays from making a run at the right-hander in an effort to bolster their weakest link, the Blue Jays bullpen. Robertson signed a four-year deal with Chicago this winter worth $46 million leaving New York and has posted a 2.60 ERA in his first season with a 12.2 K/9, career-low 1.9 BB/9 and 27 saves in 52 innings pitched. Instead of returning to New York where he made himself a household name he will finish the season with the White Sox with his eyes on a better 2016 season for the organization as a whole.
8-31-15: In the 11th inning of Sunday’s game, Tyler Saladino delivered a walk-off single to give the White Sox a split of their four-game series against the visiting Seattle Mariners. Melky Cabrera hit his ninth home run of 2015 in the 6-5 win. Closer David Robertson, who threw two perfect innings, got his sixth win of the season.
8-28-15: The Chicago White Sox ended last week by designating infielder Emilio Bonifacio for assignment after a lackluster season with Chicago. The Chicago White Sox signed Bonifacio to a one year deal worth $4 million before the season and got little value out of the contract after the infielder posted a .167/.198/.192 triple slash before suffering an oblique strain that left him on the disabled list. Bonifacio will now look to latch on with the Cubs as a late inning defensive replacement and as a stolen base threat for the month of September after signing a minor league deal with the club this week. While the team took a waiver on Bonifacio the team parted ways with outfielder John Mayberry Jr. in the same week after signing him to a minor league deal on August 7th. Mayberry had been in the team’s Triple-A affiliate this season after slashing .162/.225/.189 in 40 plate appearances. Mayberry began the season with the New York Mets and may be kicking himself now that they are in first place in the National League East Division while Mayberry now finds himself as a free agent. v
8-24-15: The White Sox’s three-game winning streak ended on Sunday, as they fell, 8-6, to the Seattle Mariners. John Danks had one of his worst starts of 2015 at an inopportune time, as Chicago attempts to get to .500 for the first time since May. The White Sox, who have been better at home than on the road this season, return to U.S. Cellular Field for a seven-game homestand.
8-21-15: The Chicago White Sox began this week by making the tough decision to designate Emilio Bonifacio for assignment. Bonifacio has been struggling mightily in his age 30 season slashing a .167/.198/.192 in 82 plate appearances this season and has been displaced by Trayce Thompson. Bonifacio will now collect the remainder of his $3 million in salary and either clear waivers, get traded or accept an assignment to the White Sox minor league system. The man ultimately making all these personnel decisions, President of Baseball Operations Ken Williams, may not be long for the White Sox organization either as he is expected to have many suitors for his services after the 2015 season. Williams is the President of the White Sox organization but two teams that are expected to make a run at him are the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays. Both teams will look to bring in Williams to head their entire baseball operations.
8-18-15: The White Sox have struggled since sweeping the Los Angeles Angels at U.S. Cellular Field last week. Chicago dropped two of its three games against the Chicago Cubs and then lost on Monday night at Angel Stadium. However, Sunday was a successful day for the White Sox, as Chris Sale matched his career high with 15 strikeouts and ended the Cubs’ nine-game winning streak.
8-14-15: The Chicago White Sox were not without their offers for Jeff Samardzija before the July 31st trading deadline but a hot streak before the calendar changed to August led the team to keep him in Chicago. The White Sox were said to have offers from the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays before deciding to hold onto him. Instead of selling off players like Samardzija before the deadline the team is now looking to add pieces, and not just for the 2015 season. The team had a seven game winning streak in July before posting a 3-8 record after the July 31st trading deadline but that doesn’t mean that GM Rick Hahn is ready to give up on this season. If the team continues to slide though they may have to start placing the likes of Samardzija, Alexei Ramirez, Geovany Soto, Matt Albers, Adam LaRoche, Zach Duke, John Danks and Melky Cabrera on revocable waivers.
8-7-15: The Chicago White Sox were extremely quiet at the July 31st trade deadline making just one notable move, the trade of infielder Conor Gillaspie to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for cash considerations or a player to be named later. For much of the week the White Sox were unsure whether they were going to sell off some of their high-priced veterans and free agents to be in Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche and Zack Duke but ultimately held onto their core in hope of making a run at the second Wild Card playoff spot in the American League. Now the team is looking to add to the ball club and that search could lead them to give Danny Valencia a phone call. The Toronto Blue Jays designated Valencia, an infielder, for assignment last week after the team shook up their roster from top to bottom. The White Sox will not be alone in their pursuit of Valencia though as the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles are both said to be interested in Valencia’s services as well for the remainder of the 2015 season.
8-7-15: Avisail Garcia, who drove in four runs in Wednesday’s 6-5 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, drew a walk-off walk against closer Brad Boxberger. Garcia also homered in the game; it was a three-run home run in the first inning. He along with seven of his teammates tallied hits in the victory that stopped the White Sox’s three-game losing streak.
8-3-15: Last Wednesday, the White Sox’s explosive offense got the team its seventh consecutive victory. In that contest, Chicago scored at least nine runs for the third straight game, as Robin Ventura’s squad stayed perfect on its road trip. However, the White Sox fell to the Red Sox in Boston on Thursday and dropped two of three games to the visiting New York Yankees over the weekend.
7-31-15: The Chicago White Sox came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time sellers in the market. The White Sox have had their fair share of interest for RHP Jeff Samardzija as the team looks to shed the remaining salary owed to Samardzija. The right-hander is in the final year of his deal that is currently playing him $9.8 million in 2015 before he hits free agency in the offseason. The San Francisco Giants have been one team that is interested in Samardzija as well as the New York Yankees but no team has been as aggressive as the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto has cast a wide net for any and all pitching, starting pitching and relief pitching, but the team’s number one target seems to be the White Sox right-hander. The White Sox decided at the last minute to not only hold onto their players but decided to make a run at acquiring a player or two before the deadline. When the deadline came and went Chicago remained relatively quiet but the team held onto Samardzija, Cabrera, Robertson and others for a potential playoffs run in 2015.
7-28-15: The White Sox received hits from eight of their nine position players on Monday night at Fenway Park, and six Chicago starters tallied at least two hits. Adam Eaton singled, doubled and tripled in his six at-bats, as the White Sox defeated the Boston Red Sox, 10-8. In addition, second baseman Carlos Sanchez extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
7-24-15: The Chicago White Sox have not decided whether the team will be buyers or sellers at this year’s July 31st trading deadline after heading into the All-Star break in last place in the American League Central Division. The White Sox are still trailing teams like the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals but the team did see flashes of brilliance when the team finished the first half on a 9-3 run giving the club a bit of optimism for the second half. With that run the team seems reluctant to be sellers at this year’s July 31st trading deadline which could lead to the likes of Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson staying put in Chicago. That doesn’t mean the White Sox aren’t listening to offers, because they are, but it seems like the only player completely off the table right now is Chris Sale. Sale is a player that the team can build around going forward while at least considering the potential moves of Melky Cabrera and others including the free agent to be Samardzija.
7-22-15: After losing three of four games against the visiting Kansas City Royals, the White Sox hosted the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Chicago’s offense fought hard, as it battled back with a couple fifth-inning home runs. Geovany Soto hit his second home run in his last three games and Tyler Saladino slugged his second home run in as many games, but the White Sox fell, 8-5.
7-17-15: The Chicago White Sox are dominating the trade rumors right now after spending a ton of money in this year’s offseason. The White Sox added Jeff Samardzija, Zack Duke, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson and others this offseason and could trade all of them by July and more if the team’s GM so chooses. One name that hasn’t gotten much discussion on the trade market until Dave Cameron mentioned him was RHP Jose Quintana and named him the 41st player more likely to be traded at the deadline. Jeff Samardzija seems very likely to be traded at the deadline this season as he approaches free agency after the 2015 season. Samardzija was leading the American League for quite some time in hits allowed and has not pitched nearly as well in the American League’s version of Chicago as he did inside Wrigley Field which may scare away some potential trade partners looking at acquiring the RHP.
7-13-15: The White Sox rested Jose Abreu on Sunday, and their offense suffered without him in their attempt to sweep the Chicago Cubs in their three-game series at Wrigley Field. The White Sox scored just one run on two hits, as they fell to the Cubs, 3-1. Jose Quintana threw his ninth consecutive quality start, allowing three runs in his 7.1 innings on Sunday afternoon.
7-8-15: Last week, all-star Chris Sale was announced the American League Pitcher of the Month for June, and he threw a complete game in the White Sox’s 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. However, Chicago fell on Tuesday, 2-1, as the team left eight men on base and went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
7-3-15: The Chicago White Sox are in the middle of another tough season despite spending big this offseason in deals and signings that brought Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Melky Cabrera and others to the club this season. The team’s present doesn’t look great but the future got a little bit brighter this week when the team signed their first round pick Carson Fulmer. Fulmer was drafted 8th overall by the club and came along with a $3,470,600 slot recommendation and the team signed the young pitcher for a full slot deal to begin his professional career with the club. While the team signed their top target in the MLB Draft this week the team also signed their top international free agent target when the team signed Franklin Reyes for $1.5 million. The International free agent signing period begins on July 2nd every single season and the White Sox wasted no time in signing the big and powerful outfielder along with the son of a former major league player, Fernando Tatis. Fernando Tatis Jr. also signed with the White Sox this week on a $700K contract to also begin his professional career with the club.
6-30-15: After losing the rubber game of their series with the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, the last-place White Sox fell to 32-42 on the season. In Friday’s loss, Jose Abreu snapped a career-worst 13-game streak without a home run. He was getting on base during the streak, but most of his teammates were not.
6-16-15: The White Sox struggled mightily on Monday in Pittsburgh, as they lost, 11-0. Carlos Rodon and Hector Noesi had a very frustrating day, as they combined to give up 11 runs and 16 hits in 6.2 innings. Chicago had three errors and just two hits, as the team fell to 10 games below .500 away from home this season.
6-5-15: The Chicago White Sox are struggling and far from meeting or exceeding expectations after adding many players to the team before the season. With losing and expectations comes questions and excuses from the team and their GM Rick Hahn. Hahn expects his players to play much better going forward then they have thus far this season and has left the door open to more additions and more trades to help the club win the American League Central division title. The Central division does not look like an easy win this season with great seasons to date from the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals while teams like the Minnesota Twins have exceeded expectations in 2015. One move the White Sox may be considering is a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays allowing Zach Duke to enter the American League East division. Duke spoke with Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous during the offseason and expressed a mutual interest in his services before signing a three year deal worth $15 million with the White Sox for the 2015-2017 seasons.
6-1-15: On Sunday, John Danks threw a complete game shutout against the American League
West-leading Houston Astros, as the White Sox won the rubber match, 6-0. Although
Danks allowed 10 hits, his defense turned three double plays in the victory. Jose Abreu,
who left Friday’s 6-3 win due to a finger injury, is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday in Texas.
5-30-15: The Chicago White Sox retired the number of Paul Konerko this week after the Chicago legend retired at season’s end in 2014. This came a day after the team sent relief pitcher Eric Surkamp to Los Angeles in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return for Surkamp’s services the White Sox acquired RHP Blake Smith back in the deal from the Dodgers to help the team stockpile some pitching depth in the minor leagues. The team also is one of nine or ten teams that are interested in the latest Cuban prospect to defect the island Julio Eddy Martinez. The White Sox joined the Yankees, the Cubs, the Angels, the Blue Jays, the Nationals, the Rockies, the Tigers, the Dodgers, the Giants, the Reds and possibly the New York Mets. Martinez, like fellow Cuban prospect Yadier Alvarez, will not be able to sign in the 2014-2015 signing period and will have to wait at least until July 2nd and the 2015-2016 international signing period.
5-26-15: On Saturday, the White Sox retired Paul Konerko’s number, but the team has not been
very successful since doing so. With a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, the
White Sox dropped their third straight game and had their sixth loss in seven tries.
Chicago’s offense has really sputtered recently, including a four-hit effort on Monday.
5-18-15: On Sunday, the White Sox won their fifth consecutive game, as they got their record to .500 for the first time this season. Jeff Samardzija threw eight innings of three-run ball,
and Chicago won 7-3. The White Sox return home, where they have a 10-5 record this season, to play the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
5-11-15: The White Sox continued their strong 2015 at home, as they won in walkoff fashion on
Sunday. Chicago scored three runs combined in the final three innings, as it won its series
with the Cincinnati Reds. John Danks allowed one run in seven innings, and in the
bottom of the ninth, Gordon Beckham drove in Avisail Garcia to win the game.
5-5-15: The White Sox continued to struggle on the road, as they dropped Sunday’s contest to the Minnesota Twins, 13-3, and fell to 2-11 away from U.S. Cellular Field this season. John Danks had a frustrating game, as he committed two errors and gave up seven runs in the loss, which pushed Chicago’s losing streak to a season-worst five games.
4-28-15: Last week, the White Sox won both of their series against divisional foes: the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals. Carlos Rodon made his debut in the majors last Tuesday, but he unfortunately struggled, giving up two runs, three hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. The White Sox, who have won their last two games, are just one win away from getting their record to .500 for the first time this season, but Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija were suspended five games each for their participation in a bench-clearing brawl against the Kansas City Royals.
4-21-15: On Monday, the White Sox purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon, who will work out of the bullpen for now. Although he did not pitch in the first game of Chicago’s series with the Cleveland Indians, the White Sox’s bullpen threw three no-hit innings, and their offense made a tremendous comeback with four runs in the ninth inning to win the game in walk-off fashion.
4-14-15: On Sunday, the White Sox activated left-handed pitching phenom Chris Sale from the 15-day disabled list, and he threw six innings of one-run ball and had eight strikeouts to extend Chicago’s winning streak to two games. The White Sox bring their 2-4 record to Cleveland and Detroit before returning home.
4-7-15: The White Sox are already missing Chris Sale, who is currently on the disabled list and is expected to make his 2015 regular season debut on April 12. Jeff Samardzija struggled in Monday’s Opening Day game, as he struck out just one Kansas City Royal while giving up five runs, six hits and three walks in six innings. The White Sox’s one run in the 10-1 loss came on a Jose Abreu home run.
3-31-15: Last Wednesday, White Sox left-handed prospect Carlos Rodon struck out nine Kansas City Royals in four innings. Although the 22-year-old starting pitcher does not seem to figure into the Opening Day rotation, it looks like he will make his Major League Baseball debut in 2015. Meanwhile, the White Sox claimed right-handed pitcher Kyle Drabek off waivers on Friday.
3-25-15: The White Sox made some moves over the last week. On Friday, the team agreed with
Adam Eaton on a five-year extension worth $23.5 million, which includes club options
for 2020 and 2021. Then, three days later, Chicago acquired first baseman Neftali Soto from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for cash considerations.
3-18-15: On Saturday, starting pitcher Chris Sale, who is on his way back from an avulsion fracture in his right foot and a sprained ankle, threw off the mound and played long toss. It is expected that he will not be ready for Opening Day. On Monday, Tyler Danish left the White Sox’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after being hit in the right arm with a line drive. He has a bruised right triceps.
3-4-15: Last Friday, left-handed phenom Chris Sale suffered a right foot avulsion fracture in an accident at his home. Although he is expected to be out for just three weeks, the White Sox will have to wait and see before depending on him for Opening Day. Meanwhile at spring training, third baseman Conor Gillaspie quit chewing tobacco and added 15 to 20 pounds of muscle over the offseason.
3-3-15: After missing all of 2014 due to right biceps surgery and shoulder issues, right-handed reliever Jesse Crain threw twice with only one day off for the first time in over a year. Meanwhile, Jose Abreu, who declined in the second half of his rookie season, recently said that he feels better prepared for 2015.
2-17-15: Early last week, outfielder Tony Campana, who signed a minor league deal with the White Sox this past offseason, tore his ACL and should be out for the season. Then on Friday, Chicago signed a couple players to minor league contracts: Matt Albers and 22-year-old infielder Nick Delmonico. Albers, who received an invitation to spring training, will make $1.5 million if he makes the big league club.
2-9-15: Paul Konerko, who played the last of his 18 Major League Baseball seasons in 2014, was a co-winner of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award. The White Sox honored their longtime first baseman by loading his locker into the team’s spring training truck. On Wednesday, the White Sox released outfielder Dayan Viciedo, but still owe him $733,000.
10-1-14: Underwhelming could be the best word to describe the White Sox 2014 season. They do deserve much credit for signing Cuban Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million deal in the offseason. Abreu went on to have a monster rookie season, and he should win AL Rookie of the Year honors. Besides Abreu and staff ace Chris Sale, the White Sox's season was boring. They were a non-factor in the AL Central and wild-card races throughout the whole season.
9-30-14: The Chicago White Sox are in a rebuilding mode right now and may have found one of their bullpen guys to build around in Jake Petricka. The 26 year old pitcher has been serving as the team’s closer in recent weeks converting 14 of 18 save opportunities. The White Sox are likely to pair Petricka with fellow right handed bullpen arm Zach Putnam in the future bullpen. Putnam has posted a 1.98 ERA in 54.2 innings while Petricka has posted a 2.88 ERA in 72 innings this season. Chicago also has starting pitcher Hector Noesi to build around next season as Noesi may have been one of the best waiver claims by any team during the 2014 season. Noesi was casted off by the Seattle Mariners after posting a 6.51 ERA with the team but rebounded in Chicago by posting a 4.39 ERA in 160 innings. Noesi is just 27 years old and still has three years left of team control for Chicago. Noesi may not fit into the future plans or be a top of the rotation type starter but he can eat innings and help keep some wear and tear off the Chicago bullpen and sometimes that is worth its weight in gold. Chicago finished the 2014 season with a 73-88 record and will not be in the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: If there is a team that can play spoiler over the final week of the season, the White Sox are that team. They finish the year with series against the Tigers and Royals, two teams separated by just one game atop the AL Central standings. Chris Sale looks like a distant No. 2 candidate to Felix Hernandez at this point for AL Cy Young award. The lefty is currently 12-4 with a 2.20 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 168 innings of work this season.
9-23-14: The Chicago White Sox continue to look at their young players this month as the team continues to rebuild towards the 2015 season and beyond. When the White Sox traded long time second baseman Gordon Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim they essentially made room for the likes of Marcus Semien, Micah Johnson, and Carlos Sanchez. Johnson has since been shut down for the rest of the season with an injury. The White Sox end the week with a 71-84 record which leaves the team trailing the first place Detroit Tigers by 15 games and guarantees yet another losing season for the team and manager Robin Ventura. There doesn’t seem to be any indication that Ventura’s job is in jeopardy after another lackluster season but that could change after a long winter and offseason. Chicago is 6-4 in their last 10 games though so the team has shown a life in these last weeks of the 2014 season.
9-18-14: The White Sox put together a four game winning streak before losing Sunday to Minnesota. This matched their longest streak of the season, as they took series from the A’s and Twins at home. Chris Sale moved into the AL ERA lead with eight shutout innings his last time out, and he's now 12-3 with a 1.99 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 192 strikeouts in 163 innings of work. Felix Hernandez is still the clear favorite for AL Cy Young honors, but Sale is at least making it competitive.
9-16-14: The Chicago White Sox traded Adam Dunn to the Oakland Athletics two weeks ago and now have just $46 million in commitments for the 2015 season. These numbers are pre-arbitration numbers and they also assume that Paul Konerko will in fact retire rather than play for one more season. Chicago had a salary slightly above $90 million entering 2014 while in the middle of a rebuilding project so the White Sox have the potential to be big players in the free agent market this winter. Chicago will look to build around their core of LHP Chris Sale, first baseman Jose Abreu, LHP Jose Quintana, and center fielder Adam Eaton. The White Sox are using September to evaluate players like Marcus Semien and Carlos Sanchez and Sanchez has especially caught the eye of manager Robin Ventura. Top White Sox infield prospect Micah Johnson was expected to be in the mix as well this September but was ultimately shut down for the rest of the season with an injury.
9-12-14: Chicago was swept by the Cleveland Indians this past weekend and the Sox have split their first two games with the A’s this week. That puts White Sox at 19-29 since the All-Star break, and they are now just two games up on the Twins to avoid a last-place finish. Jose Abreu needs three more home runs to break the team's rookie record of 35 set by Ron Kittle back in 1983. He'll also reach 100 RBI’s with his next RBI. There's also a good chance he becomes the ninth player to win AL Rookie of the Year unanimously.
9-9-14: The Chicago White Sox selected and purchased the contracts of first baseman Andy Wilkins and southpaw Scott Snodgress as rosters expanded for September and in a corresponding roster move to replace the traded Adam Dunn. Wilkins hit 30 home runs this season while in Triple-A and will essentially replace Dunn in the lineup and on the roster. Chicago also considered calling up top pick Carlos Rodon to the major leagues in the same season the lefty was drafted but ultimately decided against the notion. The team and GM Rick Hahn announced that they did expect Rodon to come to spring training in 2015 and compete for a starting rotation spot. Rodon has the pure stuff to succeed in the major leagues right now but has struggled with his command a bit as evident by his 4.7 BB/9 in a little over 24 innings since being drafted this June.
9-4-14: The White Sox had the worst run differential in all of baseball in the month of August at minus-65. They had a 9-19 record in August and it left them just three games up on the Minnesota
Twins for fourth place in the AL Central. They beat the aforementioned Twins Tuesday 6-3. The White Sox unloaded slugger Adam Dunn, trading him to the Oakland A's last week.
9-2-14: The Chicago White Sox are ready to sell and ended the month of August by sending outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the Baltimore Orioles for a pair of minor league pitchers. De Aza was batting .246/.312/.358 this season after clearing waivers earlier in the month. Surprisingly the White Sox did not get more since De Aza is under team control for the 2015 season as well as he enters his final season of arbitration eligibility. Chicago also unloaded DH and first baseman Adam Dunn before the deadline passed trading the lefty to the Oakland Athletics for players to be named later. The White Sox will have to eat roughly $1.3 million of Dunn’s salary to rid themselves of the soon to be retired Dunn. The Dodgers and San Francisco Giants were also said to be interested in Dunn’s services before he waived his no trade clause to head to Oakland.
8-27-14: It's been a rough month for the White Sox. They are 6-16 with an MLB-worst minus-62 run differential in August and have lost seven straight games. They are still clinging to fourth place in the AL Central by a game over the Minnesota Twins. Chicago finally cut ties with second baseman Gordon Beckham last week, trading him to the Angels. The former No. 8 pick in the 2008 draft has never lived up to expectations.
8-26-14: The Chicago White Sox sent longtime member Gordon Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this week for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Beckham, 27, has hit only .221/.263/.336 this season with Chicago and is under team control for one more season. One player that hopes to be back with Chicago in 2015 is Matt Lindstrom who is a free agent after the 2014 season. Lindstrom has been a White Sox pitcher for the last two seasons but the right hander has spent much of the 2014 season on the disabled list with a tendon tear in his left ankle. The White Sox ended the week getting swept by the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium and end the week with a 59-71 record in the AL Central.
8-20-14: First baseman Jose Abreu will
win Rookie of the Year honors in the AL, while ace Chris Sale is the biggest competition for Felix Hernandez for the AL Cy Young. Other than those two bright spots, baseball on the Southside this season has been rather dull. Sox fans can look forward to the success of Sale and Abreu in the future season’s to come. They dropped game one to Baltimore Tuesday and they finish off the week with the New York Yankees.
8-19-14: The Chicago White Sox announced a flurry of roster moves this week including designating Charlie Leesman for assignment, activating Avisail Garcia, promoting Eric Surkamp, moved Moises Sierra to the disabled list, and moved Javy Guerra to the bereavement list. The White Sox are also having internal discussions regarding Carlos Rodon, the third overall pick in this year’s MLB First Year Players Draft, and whether to call him up when the rosters expand in September. All signs seem to point to Rodon being ready for the Major Leagues after spending his college years at NC State and all signs also point to Chicago being willing to be aggressive with their starting pitcher.
8-13-14: Jose Abreu has emerged not only as the AL Rookie of the Year front-runner, but also as an AL MVP candidate. Chris Sale looks like the biggest competition for Felix Hernandez among AL CY Young candidates. Strong seasons from Jose Quintana, Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton and the White Sox definitely have something to build around looking to 2015 and beyond. However, they have struggled mightily going 3-7 in their last 10 games played which has knocked them out of any playoff contention.
8-12-14: The Chicago White Sox originally thought that pitcher Avisail Garcia’s shoulder injury would end his season but the team may surprisingly get Garcia back this month. Garcia has worked his tail off and had an extremely aggressive rehab program and has almost worked his way back to the major leagues. This could give the White Sox another arm to throw at teams as the team continues to try and rebuild for the future. Chicago currently sits at 56-63 and is nine games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central division. Chicago is 3-7 in their last 10 games and are still looking to unload veterans such as Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham, and others in August revocable waivers trades.
8-6-14: Well, when Adam Dunn is on the mound in the ninth inning, you know the White Sox night was not going well. Chicago was thrashed 16-0 by the Rangers Tuesday night. The White Sox gave up 18 hits and five home runs. Starter Jon Danks was rocked for nine runs, five walks and eight hits, including four home runs, in 4 2/3 innings of work. The lefty now leads the American League with 23 homers allowed.
8-5-14: The Chicago White Sox made a smaller trade this week as they sent outfielder Blake Tekotte to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations. Tekotte is 27 years old and is a career minor league player and will presumably replace the recently traded Gerrardo Parra in Arizona. Chicago ultimately tried to trade a plethora of players, most notably John Danks, Dayan Viciedo, Alexei Ramirez, Alejandro De Aza, Gordon Beckham, and Matt Lindstrom but ultimately made zero trades in July to help the rebuilding project. The White Sox currently sport a 54-58 record and trail the first place Detroit Tigers by nine games in the division.
7-30-14: The Chicago White Sox have reportedly been talking with the New York Yankees and others about trading left handed starting pitcher John Danks. Danks is owed roughly $34 million through the 2016 season as he continues to try to battle back from a torn shoulder capsule in his throwing arm. If the White Sox could unload Danks and his salary they could go all in on their rebuilding project. Danks has a limited no trade clause written into his contract that allows him to block trades to the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, and Toronto Blue Jays. Dayan Viciedo has also garnered some trade interest this week and may be on the move before the July 31st trading deadline comes to a close next week.
7-28-14: The White Sox will most likely miss the postseason for the sixth consecutive year, but first baseman Jose Abreu is on his way to an American League Rookie of the Year award. He hit his MLB-leading 30th home run on Friday in the White Sox’s 9-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
7-24-14: The Chicago White Sox didn’t have an answer for Mike Moustakas Tuesday night. Moustakas hit two home runs as the Royals beat the White Sox 7-1. Adam Dunn went 2 for 4 with a solo homer for the White Sox, who had won three out of four coming into Tuesday’s game. Starter Scott Carroll, who fell to 4-6 on the year, allowed five runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings of work. The White Sox are nine games back of Detroit in the AL Central.
7-21-14: The Chicago White Sox are stuck in a catch-22 at this trading deadline which could really complicate things for Chicago. The players the White Sox would be most willing to trade are not performing very well this season, most notably Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza. The White Sox may in turn be forced to trade Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, and Jon Danks to continue with the rebuild going on in Chicago. The White Sox started the week on the trade market trading Dylan Axelrod to the Cincinnati Reds for an unreported return. The White Sox wasted no time in replacing Axelrod by signing Chein-Ming Wang to a minor league deal and stashed him away in Triple-A.
7-19-14: On Friday, the White Sox defeated the Houston Astros, 3-2, to remain out of last place in the American League Central. Although Jose Quintana threw only five innings, he gave up just two runs and struck out eight batters. Daniel Webb then threw two scoreless innings and received the victory because the White Sox scored three unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
7-17-14: I think it’s fair to say that the White Sox have been a pleasant surprise in 2014. They are not contenders in the second half, but they could make a run at a .500 record, which would be a big step forward after losing 99 games one season ago. There's no question that the story of the first half has been Jose Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million deal after defecting from Cuba. With Masahiro Tanaka currently on the DL, he looks like a lock for AL Rookie of the Year honors and should challenge for the MLB home run title.
7-15-14: The Chicago White Sox should consider themselves a little lucky that they acquired Rookie of the Year candidate Jose Dariel Abreu and not teams like the Boston Red Sox. It was reported this week that teams like the Boston Red Sox were within a miniscule $5 million of the White Sox six year and $68 million offer sheet to Abreu. In fact many teams were right there in the discussion for the Cuban first basemen, although Boston had plans of using Abreu at third base. The White Sox got another deal done that many thought they wouldn’t as third overall pick Carlos Rodon finally signed to start his professional career. Rodon received the highest signing bonus in White Sox history when he signed a contract worth $6.582 million and that mark is also the largest in the draft this season. Rodon was thought to be the overall pick out of NC State before the Astros went with the now sketchy elbow of high school pitcher Brady Aiken.
7-14-14: The White Sox have encountered several small winning and losing streaks in July. Most recently, they dropped three consecutive road games. The first two of those losses occurred as a part of Chicago’s splitting of a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Although the White Sox dropped Thursday’s game, Jose Quintana set a new career-high for consecutive scoreless innings.
7-10-14: Conor Gillaspie hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning for his third hit of the game as the Chicago White Sox beat the struggling Red Sox 8-3 on Tuesday night. He went 3 for 4 after going 4 for 29 in his previous nine games. The White Sox are 5-1 in their last six games played, allowing three runs or less in all six games with a scoring margin of 25-9. The fourth-place White Sox are 7 ½ games back of the AL Central leading Tigers.
7-7-14: Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest current one in Major League Baseball, with his league-leading 27th home run on Friday. In that contest, Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko also slugged home runs as the White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners, 7-1. On Wednesday, Chicago won the final game of its three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels, 3-2.
7-3-14: Jose Abreu’s 26th home run in the first inning gave the White Sox and early 3-0 cushion in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday. However, Garrett Richards, Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols were too much for Chicago as they dropped Game 1 8-4. The loss ended Chicago’s three-game winning streak. Game 2 wasn’t much difference for Chicago as the White Sox gave up seven runs on twelve hits in a 7-5 loss. With both losses Tuesday, the White Sox drop to the basement of the AL Central.
7-2-14: The Chicago White Sox have a little over two weeks to sign third overall pick Carlos Rodon before the July 18th deadline to sign draft picks comes and goes. The White Sox believe that Rodon could be in the starting rotation as soon as 2015 but the biggest obstacle to that is obviously getting the former NC State product signed and to get his professional career started. The White Sox are 39-44 at the halfway mark and currently in fourth place in the American League Central division. Alexei Ramirez is in second place in the American League All Star voting with one week to go before the rosters are announced.
6-30-14: The White Sox’s 11-game road trip is almost over, but they had a very tough time away from U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago split the first two contests of its four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays, but the White Sox find themselves in last place of the American League Central. On the bright side, Jose Abreu continues to kill the baseball and is tied for the league lead in home runs.
6-26-14: Jose Quintana’s one run in seven innings of work, coupled with Gordon Beckham’s homer helped the White Sox end a five-game losing streak and defeat Baltimore 4-2 this past Tuesday night. Alexei Ramirez chipped in with two hits and scored twice for the last-place White Sox, who had lost nine of their previous 11 overall and eight straight on the road. Scott Carroll will get the nod on hill Thursday in Toronto. He replaces Andre Rienzo, who has been demoted to the bullpen after losing five straight starts and giving up 17 runs in his last three outings.
6-24-14: The Chicago White Sox knew they would have problems signing Carlos Rodon when they drafted him with the third overall pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft and as of this week they still have yet to reach an agreement. Rodon was considered to be the most polished and close to Major League ready of any starting pitcher in the draft and Chicago is disappointed that the beginning to his professional career is being delayed over money. Rodon is looking for over $6 million in salary even though his slot recommendation is only $5.72 million, although Chicago has saved enough money elsewhere to get slightly over $6 million.
6-18-14: Gordon Beckham’s and Dayan Viciendo’s two-run home runs, plus John Danks strong seven innings of work lifted the White Sox to an 8-2 victory over the MLB leading San Francisco Giants Tuesday night. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Chi Sox. The slumping White Sox had managed a total of just six runs in their previous four games, but busted through with 10 hits and eight runs Tuesday. Chicago is just 4 1/2 games back of Kansas City in the ultra tight AL Central.
6-17-14: The Chicago White Sox started the week by making a minor trade with the Oakland Athletics that saw pitcher Jake Sanchez head to Oakland for outfielder Michael Taylor. Taylor has major league experience and adds depth to Chicago for the cost of an A-Ball pitcher. The White Sox also welcomed Jose Dariel Abreu back to a struggling offense that is dead last in the American League Central division and have lost seven of their last 10 games. The White Sox did however sign their second through tenth round picks and saved an estimated $385.6K doing it. The savings are important as they try to entice Carlos Rodon to sign and now have $6,107,100 to offer the NC State left hander.
6-10-14: The Chicago White Sox announced that they would take the best available player in the draft regardless of signability issues, position, or age and they did that when they took Carlos Rodon from NC State. Rodon was slated to be the first overall pick before both the Miami Marlins and the Houston Astros passed on his due to signability issues. Rodon is said to be looking for a contract north of $6 million but the slot recommendation for the third overall pick is $5,721,500 making a deal look far from complete at this point. The team has exceeded expectations this season but announced that they would not make any deals at this year’s trading deadline that would hamper the future and the rebuilding project going on in Chicago. If the White Sox are not buying at this year’s trading deadline they may look to sell Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham to bring back pieces for the build.
6-3-14: The Chicago White Sox are turning their attention to the MLB First Year Players Draft for this week and announced that they will take the best available player with the third overall pick in the draft. Chicago has stated they do not have a preference over high school or college players, positions, agents, or signing question marks and will simply take the best available player, the way it should be. The White Sox are close to getting Jose Dariel Abreu back from his injury and not a second too soon as they continue to slip farther and farther in the American League Central division.
5-28-14: The Chicago White Sox have designated relief pitcher and former closer Frank Francisco for assignment to make room for Chris Sale. Francisco has elected free agency instead of accepting a minor league assignment and will look for a major league deal elsewhere. Sale came off the disabled list and immediately shut down the New York Yankees for his fourth victory of the season and has yet to lose a game on the mound this season. The White Sox also released huge disappointment Jeff Keppinger after signing him to a three year deal before the 2014 season. Lost in the farewell tour for the Yankees Derek Jeter is the fact that sure fire Hall of Fame White Sox player Paul Konerko will also hang up his cleats after this season, not that Konerko seems to mind. Konerko has never been the type to want or need attention, and neither is Jeter, but it’s confusing as to why Konerko does not get nearly the amount of notably that Jeter is getting this season. Some of it might be the lack of playoff and World Series success for Konero and some of it may be that Konerko is now a part time player backing up the injured Jose Dariel Abreu and part time designated hitter and part time first basemen Adam Dunn.
5-21-14: The Chicago White Sox rookie slugger and early Rookie of the Year candidate Jose Dariel Abreu has landed on the 15 day DL with ankle tendinitis. The prognosis is just some inflammation for Abreu and he should be ready to come back when the 15 days are up. The White Sox activated center fielder Adam Eaton off the DL to take Abreu’s roster spot. This is a tough blow for the fourth place team in the American League Central since Abreu leads the team and the league in home runs and extra base hits. The White Sox are said to be interested in Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell which could add some speed and patience to the team.
5-15-14: It's that time of the year when there is a flurry of minor league roster moves and the Chicago White Sox are doing their part in the roster move frenzy outrighting recently designated for assignment Maikel Cleto and released pitcher David Purcey and infielder Alex Liddi from their minor league deals. The Liddi release makes sense as he has flirted with the Mendoza line for much of his minor league career but Purcey is only 32 years old and posted a 2.13 ERA with 8.2 K/9 just last season with the big league club. The White Sox are under the .500 mark after two weeks into the month of May but that is still good enough for second place in the American League Central division, which surprises everyone in baseball.
5-7-14: The Chicago White Sox have a legit Rookie of the Year candidate this year in Jose Dariel Abreu. Abreu had an impressive April and won Rookie of the Month for the American League. The rest of the team has not shared in his success as the team in under .500 through the first 30 games of the season and are in the middle of the pack in the American League Central division. The White Sox had originally planned on selling off players like Alexei Ramirez this July, 31 trading deadline but now may be forced to hold on to him and his salary to make a run at a division title or Wild Card berth. On the other hand the White Sox could use the return for Ramirez, Gordon Beckham, and others to speed up their rebuilding process.
4-28-14: The Chicago White Sox have gotten immediate dividends from their free agent signing of Jose Dariel Abreu as he has hit seven home runs in the first month of the season and filled in for the now part time player Paul Konerko at first base admirably. While Abreu was the team's only major signing or acquisition this offseason Chicago continues to acquire talent which was evident when they claimed Hector Noesi off of waivers from the Texas Rangers recently in an attempt to bolster their bullpen and Triple-A starting rotation and depth. The White Sox may not compete in the American League Central division in 2014 but they definitely plan on spoiling it for everyone else if they can with a young and hungry team. Vote for Abreu and all your favorite Chicago White Sox players and send them to the MLB All Star Game this summer as voting has opened up this week for the game.
4-21-14: The Chicago White Sox are holding down fourth place in the American League Central division with a record of 9–10. The White Sox currently ranked third in team slugging percentage and have scored the most runs in all of baseball. This week they will head to Detroit to face division rival tigers. John Danks will start for the White Sox in the series opener with an ERA of 3.32.
4-14-14: The South Siders earned a dramatic W at home on Sunday afternoon, as Alexei Ramirez took a John Axford pitch out to left field for a walk-off, two-run home run to give Chicago a 4-3 win over Cleveland. Ramirez picked up Matt Lindstrom, who gave up two runs of his own in the top of the 9th for his second blown save of the year already. The White Sox, who ranked 29th of 30 teams last year in runs scored, currently lead the league in that category with 80 runs scored through 13 games.
4-7-14: White Sox (3-3) ace Chris Sale already appears to be in midseason form, as the lanky lefty has allowed just three earned runs in over 15 innings in his two starts to begin the year. He’s also punched-out 14 while walking just two. He was exceptional on Sunday against Kansas City, shutting them out through eight stellar innings as the White Sox went on to win, 5-1. It was a performance sorely needed, as well, as Chicago had lost three straight prior to Sunday’s W.
4-1-14: Alejandro De Aza blasted a career-high 17 home runs in 2013, and he picked up right where he left off on the first day of the 2014 MLB season, hitting a pair of homers in helping the Chicago White Sox top the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Monday. Chris Sale went 7.1 strong innings, allowing just three runs while striking out eight. Ricky Nolasco took the loss in his Minnesota debut, giving up five runs on 10 hits in six innings.
3-27-14: The Chicago White Sox started the last week of Spring Training by signing their ace Jose Quintana to a five year extension worth at least $21 million with the deal being contingent on Quintana's Super Two status after 2014, which could increase the deal to $26.5 million. The White Sox also announced this week that Rule 5 Draft pick Adrian Nieto, a backup catcher who was taken from the Washington Nationals organization, will make the Opening Day roster. The White Sox also claimed Javy Guerra off of waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers in hope of solidifying their bullpen for 2014. Guerra is still only 28 years old although it feels like so long ago that he was the closer for the Dodgers in 2011 with a 2.90 ERA in over 100 innings pitched. Now Guerra has fallen from grace after a rough 6.75 ERA in 2013 and looks to rebound with a change of scenery in Chicago in 2014.
3-20-14: The Chicago White Sox got dealt some bad news recently when they learned Gordan Beckham will be out at least a week with a left oblique strain. This has to come at the worst possible time for the White Sox as they look to trade Beckham, or some of their other infield depth, for a backup catcher. Oblique’s tend to be a lingering issue, especially for batters, so this could be a problem going forward for Chicago, especially if fellow trade bait Jeff Keppinger does not turn things around with the bat. The White Sox have a losing record in the Cactus League and saw their ace Jose Quintana get bombed recently in a game with the Oakland Athletics and couldn't get anybody out, literally. Quintana faced nine batters and retired none of them allowing nine earned runs on seven hits, two walks, and a home run before being pulled. This may be a long season for the White Sox and their fans but it will be a brutal sumer if Quintana pitches like that.
3-14-14: Upcoming White Sox Spring Training schedule and ticket info: March 15th vs Los Angeles Dodgers (AVG price $82), March 16th vs Texas Rangers (AVG price $42), March 17th vs Milwaukee Brewers (AVG price $34), March 18th vs Oakland Athletics (AVG price $47), and March 19th vs Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim (AVG price $47)
3-13-14: The Chicago White Sox biggest offseason acquisition was Jose Dariel Abreu, the big slugging first basemen that defected from Cuba this offseason. According to Bovada.com Chris Sale has the fifth best chance to win the American League Cy Young Award which is exciting for all White Sox fans. Chicago also acquired center fielder Adam Eaton from the Arizona Diamondbacks to have the every day job alongside Alejandro De Aza and Avisail Garcia. Gordan Beckham, Dayan Viciedo, Alexei Ramirez, and Jeff Keppinger have all been part of trade rumors this offseason as the White Sox search for a backup catcher. The White Sox will likely struggle again in 2014 but they will still have more than a few reasons to head out to the ballpark and watch a game or two this season.
3-12-14: The five most expensive home games of the White Sox 2014 regular season are: May 7th vs the Cubs, May 8th vs the Cubs, May 24th vs the Yankees (Sale Bobblehead giveaway), May 22nd vs the Yankees, and August 1st vs the Twins (Elvis Presley night with free post-game fireworks show).
3-11-14: Opening day starter Chris Sale pitched a solid two-hit 5 inning game vs the Brewers this past Monday. Sale struck out three during the campaign. Sale is a two time all star. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke challenged a call to raise his Spring Training total to 5. Each of the 5 challenges were upheld by the umpires.
3-5-14: Chicago White Sox made a major score this off-season when they landed Cuban defect Jose a brave to play first base for them. The early returns on Abreu are raving as the White Sox general manager said that He is better than he expected. The White Sox also added relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs to a one year contract worth just over $1 million. Boggs spent last year in Colorado and May 27 appearances.
3-4-14: The owner of the White Sox and Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf suffered a heartbreaking loss with the death of his son, David earlier this week. He was 51 years old. The Sox and Kansas City Royals offered a moment of silence in memoriam of David before their spring training game this past Monday.
2-26-14: Single-game Chicago White Sox tickets go on sale to the general public via WhiteSox.com on Friday, February 28th at 10:00 AM. However, the ticket offices at US Cellular will not be open. That will open on Saturday, March 1st and those offices are open from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays, and 10 AM to 4 PM every Saturday and Sunday.
1-24-14: After the emergence of Chris Sale and his dominant pitching the White Sox have to feel good about where they are heading from an organizational standpoint and is one of the reasons they extended manager Robin Ventura’s contract on a multiyear deal.
1-7-14: The Chicago White Sox made a huge splash when they signed Cuban defect Jose Abreu to a six-year deal worth $68 million. The White Sox are also feeling trade offers for Alejandro De aza. The newest member of the ballclub is left-handed pitchers Scott Downs who agreed to a one-year deal with 4 million with a 4.2 million Dollar club option for 2015.