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White Sox Hot Stove plan: Less talk, more action

@scottmerkin
November 12, 2019

CHICAGO -- Rick Hahn didn’t talk in specifics regarding the White Sox free-agent or trade targets during Tuesday’s media session at the General Managers Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. And those words actually represented exactly what White Sox fans wanted to hear. “In the end, it’s kind of my experience people

Eloy's impact reflected in AL Rookie of Year vote

@scottmerkin
November 11, 2019

CHICAGO -- White Sox left fielder Eloy Jiménez finished fourth in the 2019 American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award voting, as announced Monday on MLB Network, with Houston DH Yordan Alvarez receiving all 30 first-place votes in capturing the unanimous honor. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America

These 147 top prospects are Rule 5 eligible

@JonathanMayo
November 12, 2019

Over the next couple of weeks, all 30 Major League organizations have some serious decisions to make. They have until Nov. 20 to decide what they will do with their 40-man rosters. Some prospects will earn a coveted spot, some will not and will thus be eligible to be taken

Eloy pays it forward at Int'l Prospect Showcase

White Sox slugger shares wisdom nearly 7 years after event helped launch his career
@jonmorosi
November 11, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In January 2013, a 16-year-old outfielder named Eloy Jiménez was among the amateur players invited to the second annual MLB International Prospect Showcase. During the event in his native Dominican Republic, Jiménez told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez: “This has been an unforgettable experience. … It’s like a dream

Relive the White Sox top 10 moments from 2019

@scottmerkin
November 11, 2019

CHICAGO -- Here’s a look at the top 10 moments of the 2019 White Sox season, a campaign in which a number of the young players at the core of their rebuild took a major step forward. 1. Anderson flips for a walk-off April 26 vs. Tigers Tim Anderson’s most

Jiménez hopes mentor sticks with Sox

@jonmorosi
November 11, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox should know soon whether José Abreu will return in 2020 -- by accepting the team’s $17.8 million qualifying offer before Thursday’s deadline or perhaps negotiating a long-term contract with the team. On Monday, this much was clear: One of the American League’s most promising

Predicting the White Sox Opening Day roster

@scottmerkin
November 5, 2019

CHICAGO -- Picking a 2020 White Sox Opening Day roster at the start of November is somewhat akin to basing a class grade on the first week of a semester. There’s still a great deal of work for the White Sox to do in putting together these 26 players before

Offseason checklist: White Sox needs & moves

@scottmerkin
November 4, 2019

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have reached the end of their beginning phase as part of their ongoing rebuild. When the time is right, the money will be there for the White Sox to strongly supplement their developing young prospects. Both of these statements were expressed in the past year

Farquhar to coach in Minors: 'I love my new job'

Former White Sox to become affiliate pitching coach for 2020 season
@scottmerkin
November 7, 2019

CHICAGO -- In an absolutely perfect world, Danny Farquhar would still be pitching, facing the adrenaline rush and competitive world of late-inning relief. Even though he is retired from the playing field, life is pretty close to perfect for the 32-year-old pitching coach in the White Sox Minor League system.

Predicting 1 future MVP from each team

@williamfleitch
November 10, 2019

On Thursday, we will find out the MVPs in the National League and the American League. When you win an MVP, you instantly go down in your team’s history. (Sorry D-backs, Rays and Mets: You still haven’t had an MVP.) It’s something both you and your franchise will have forever.

Giolito's 2020 goal: 'I can get even better' 

Ace aims to build on breakout fueled by mechanics, mental approach
@scottmerkin
November 5, 2019

CHICAGO -- Lucas Giolito was selected as one of the three finalists as American League Outstanding Pitcher in the 2019 Players Choice Awards. When his name was announced with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the AL’s two most dominant pitchers, the White Sox right-hander followed up his great season with

Everything you need to know about Abreu's QO

@scottmerkin
November 4, 2019

CHICAGO -- José Abreu was one of 10 eligible free agents to be extended qualifying offers by their respective teams for 2020 as announced on Monday. That qualifying offer is a one-year deal worth $17.8 million, with Abreu having earned $16 million in his sixth season with the White Sox

Sánchez earns Gold Glove; Giolito runner-up

@scottmerkin
November 3, 2019

CHICAGO -- Yolmer Sánchez might be best known for his Gatorade-dumping walk-off celebrations or his comically upbeat demeanor keeping the White Sox clubhouse loose. But as of Sunday night, the switch-hitting second baseman is golden defensively. Sánchez, 27, won his first career Rawlings Gold Glove, an American League honor he

10 named to Modern Baseball Era ballot for HOF

John, Mattingly, Munson among candidates under consideration
@mattkellyMLB
November 4, 2019

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced 10 candidates under consideration for induction as part of the 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot: Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker. “Modern Baseball” is one of four rotating

ChiSox offseason FAQ: Abreu, FA plans, more

@scottmerkin
November 1, 2019

CHICAGO -- Here’s a look at some frequently asked questions surrounding the White Sox for the offseason and 2020 campaign. 1. Who are the White Sox free agents? First baseman José Abreu, right-hander Ivan Nova, outfielder Jon Jay, left-hander Héctor Santiago and lefty Ross Detwiler. 2. Will any receive qualifying

Why White Sox could be 2020's breakout team

@mike_petriello
November 2, 2019

Three years ago, the White Sox tore it down, in a manner of speaking. Unable to build any sort of depth around a core of several excellent players, the Sox shipped out Chris Sale, Adam Eaton and José Quintana, returning, among others, Lucas Giolito, Eloy Jiménez, Yoán Moncada and Michael

Here are the 2020 Ford C. Frick Award finalists

@paul_casella
November 1, 2019

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced on Friday the eight finalists for the 2020 Ford C. Frick Award, an honor presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting. This year's candidates are Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Ned Martin, Mike Shannon and Dewayne

Season in review: 5 questions Sox must answer

@scottmerkin
October 31, 2019

CHICAGO -- There was a common theme expressed by White Sox players during the final weeks of a 2019 season featuring a 72-89 record, which represented a 10-win increase from ’18. They are tired of losing, even in the midst of a rebuild, and are ready to win. The same

Here is each team's most 'untouchable' player

@williamfleitch
November 4, 2019

The offseason is here, which means there are no Major League Baseball games for several months. That is bad. But we are about to see a lot of players change teams over the winter, and that is always exciting and disorienting, so that part is definitely good. But some guys

White Sox ship Castillo, int'l money to Rangers

Chicago receives Minor League IF/OF Jonah McReynolds in return
@scottmerkin
October 31, 2019

CHICAGO -- The White Sox made the first trade of the offseason, sending catcher Welington Castillo and an international signing bonus pool slot to the Rangers in exchange for Minor League infielder/outfielder Jonah McReynolds. This deal was one of a number of moves announced by the White Sox on Thursday,

These 7 teams will define the offseason

@RichardJustice
November 3, 2019

Certain teams usually define an offseason, and that probably is true again this year. Here’s what’s different: The list of potential teams is a lengthy one and includes everything from 2019 division champions to teams hoping to turn a corner in 2020. Not all of the action will revolve around

Here’s every team’s biggest offseason need

@feinsand
November 1, 2019

The Hot Stove will be ignited when more than 150 players hit the free-agent market at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, the fifth day after the Nationals' victory in the World Series. Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon figure to get the bulk of the attention, but the market will be

Inbox: Is Cease poised to break out in 2020?

Beat reporter Scott Merkin answers questions from White Sox fans
@scottmerkin
October 28, 2019

CHICAGO – This week’s White Sox inbox focuses on a 2020 breakout player, winning the American League Central and the high-end, free-agent starting pitchers. What player on the Sox do you see having a comeback year like (Lucas) Giolito did this year? Thatcher, Bensenville, IL, @z_man100 Let’s go with Dylan

Jiménez's future bright after 'fantastic' season

@scottmerkin
October 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- Eloy Jiménez might not be voted the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year, but the White Sox left fielder doesn’t need an award to validate what was one of the more impressive debuts with the bat in franchise history. “Fantastic rookie season,” said White Sox manager Rick