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January 31st, 2019

CHICAGO -- Here are this week's White Sox inquiries.
So, if another team gives (Manny) Machado a higher offer, will the Sox get a chance to counter offer? Do you think they will??
-- @DanielGuinan5 via Twitter

General manager Rick Hahn was clear, direct and eloquent at SoxFest when describing the entire Machado/Bryce Harper pursuit. The White Sox are in on these premium free agents, even if people didn't expect them to really have a chance when this whole process began. Hahn also said he would be disappointed if the White Sox didn't convert on one.
Those comments indicate the White Sox weren't in this to simply make a one-and-done offer. While every team has a financial limit, as Hahn stated, the White Sox continue to carry that quiet confidence concerning their chances.
Is there a contingency plan if Manny or Harper choose somewhere else to play or will they roll with what we have?
-- @baseballstahl44 via Twitter

The White Sox were still working on three or four deals per Hahn at SoxFest, but those moves probably would be to complement what they have as opposed to going after another major free agent. If Machado or Harper go somewhere else, the White Sox will be right back in the market next offseason. The same holds true even if one of them chooses the White Sox.
In my opinion, it was great having Ozzie (Guillen) back at SoxFest and he seemed genuinely excited to be within the good graces of the organization. Any chance the Sox will retire his #13? (I am well aware has worn #13).
-- @GoodGuysTB via Twitter

It was great to see Guillen back with his White Sox family. The seminar reuniting Guillen with executive vice president Ken Williams (and Dewayne Wise) on Friday night at SoxFest was highly entertaining as expected.
Guillen wants to return to the White Sox, but made it clear he wasn't at the Hilton Chicago looking for a job. He would provide a unique perspective to younger players as an advisor in the organization and already did some television work in relation to Chicago baseball in '18 so Guillen would seem to be a natural on the upcoming new network. As for No. 13 being retired, he deserves it for what he did as a player and as a World Series championship manager.
Rotation by the end of this season?
-- @OrbitalCannon22 via Twitter

Let's start with , , and . appears to be the leading candidate at fifth starter, but the White Sox still are exploring market options in that area. If you would have said July or August, I would have gone with to join the first four.
I know many things are still in the works, but what do you think the starting lineup looks like in May 2019? Thanks Scott!
-- @tomaustin011 via Twitter

at first, at second, at shortstop, at designated hitter, in left field, in center and in right. And at third base … ?
I'll take the chance and go with Machado. The outfield could look a little different with , and also in the picture.
Better odds of happening: Sox land Machado or Michigan wins the Men's Basketball National Championship this year?
-- @MikeSox56 via Twitter

On April 8, it's just short of a guarantee John Beilein's Michigan Wolverines will win the National Title in Minneapolis so that's an easy question. I still believe the White Sox are the favorite to land Machado as of this Inbox.
Hello! How do I buy single game tickets? I'm interested in buying tickets, for Opening Day but I can't find where to purchase them. I only see packages you can buy. I would appreciate your response. Thank you!
--Angie, Chicago

I checked with the White Sox, and single-game tickets go on sale Feb. 13. The best way to stay up to date and get early pre-sale options is to join the Black List at whitesox.com, where you will have a chance to get tickets prior to the general public.
Where can I get a nice cup of hot cocoa?
-- @CST_soxvan via Twitter

You should probably make it at home until Friday morning if you live in or near Chicago. But it's going to be 45 on Sunday, and White Sox pitchers and catchers report Feb. 13. So, all hope of warmth is not lost.