Foxsports.com "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy joined "The Buzz" podcast Wednesday and said there's a chance that MLB pitchers could have the option of wearing special protective headgear as early as the 2014 season. He said the headgear would look like a hat but would be able to protect a..." December 19
CBSSports.com "The White Sox and left-hander Scott Downs have agreed to a one-year contract worth $4M or so with a vesting option for 2015, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says the vesting option could raise the total value to $8 million. Downs, 37, had a 2.49 ERA (155..." December 19
Looks like Rakuten is not giving up on Tanaka. Hochi says they are going to offer him an $8m salary. http://t.co/PJRk1Cqa0U
Forbes.com "It was a very good year for Major League Baseball; as in historic. According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, for 2013 MLB gross revenues will exceed $8 billion for the first time, ever. While exact figures were not revealed, baseball will end 2013 with revenues between $8-$8.5..." December 17
CBSSports.com "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17
Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox on Monday traded closer Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks for third baseman Matt Davidson, a power-hitting prospect who will join a trio of other newly acquired players in what general manager Rick Hahn called a ‘‘new core’’ for the team. Davidson, 22, is considered a..." December 17
SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17
Baltimore Sun "The Orioles made a significant attempt to bring Gavin Floyd home to Baltimore, according to an industry source, but the free-agent right-hander decided on a lesser, shorter deal with the Atlanta Braves in order to re-enter the open market again next winter. The 30-year-old Floyd, who grew up in..." December 16
Fansided "Steve Gilbert of MLB.com is reporting that the Chicago White Sox are nearing a trade that would send closer Addison Reed to Arizona in exchange for third baseman Matt Davidson. (Update: The deal is now confirmed by both teams) First, the fact that the White Sox would be sending away one of..." December 16
Gavin Floyd has passed physical and agreed to deal with #braves. He'll make $4M base and can earn $4.5M more in incentives.
Florida Times Union "Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University..." December 16
Hardball Talk "Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that free agent starter Gavin Floyd is close to signing a one-year deal with an unspecified team. Floyd, who was born in Annapolis, met with Orioles reps at the winter meetings but Encina specifies that the unknown team is not the Orioles. Floyd..." December 14
Chicago Tribune "The Chicago White Sox sent outfielder Brandon Jacobs to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday as the player to be named later in this week’s three-team trade at baseball’s winter meetings. The Sox acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the Diamondbacks and sent left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago to..." December 14
#Braves are the "mystery team" that's been talking with Gavin Floyd. Believed to be close to a deal, but not finalized yet.
SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
CSN Chicago "Even after several moves the White Sox said trade chatter has remained steady. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Wednesday his team still has several potential options ahead less than 24 hours after he acquired center fielder Adam Eaton from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team deal..." December 12
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
With Eaton in fold, #chisox will be fielding trade inquiries on de aza.
Hardball Talk "A source told the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro that the deal is done. The Diamondbacks will get Trumbo and two players to be named, and they give outfielder Adam Eaton to the White Sox and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels. Left-hander Hector Santiago will go from Chicago to..." December 10
MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox are looking to move a starting pitcher, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. While the Sox would love to unload John Danks' contract, they recognize how difficult that would be. Passan adds that Jose Quintana and Hector Santiago are both available. In order to move Chris Sale,..." December 10
MLB.com "The Angels, Diamondbacks and White Sox are working on a three-team deal that would involve Mark Trumbo going to Arizona, and Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago going to the Angels, sources confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday. Keith Law of ESPN.com, who first reported the specifics, said D-backs center..." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
Ex-#Royals RHP Felipe Paulino says he has signed with the Chicago White Sox.
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Chicago Tribune "The Chicago White Sox outrighted infielder Mike McDade and outfielder Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Charlotte, the team announced Friday. Tekotte played in 20 games with the Sox in 2013, hitting .226 with a home run and two RBIs. He played 76 games with Charlotte, where he hit .236 with 27 doubles..." December 07
Chicago Tribune "The Chicago White Sox agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract Thursday with free agent reliever Ronald Belisario. Belisario, 30, wasn't tendered a contract Monday night by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Belisario attracted preliminary interest from the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels but..." December 05
Sources: Konerko will return to #WhiteSox.
If Nippon Pro Baseball accepts $20mil max posting fee with team with worst record gets first shot at Tanaka - Hou, Miami, CWS, Cubs.lined up
Chicago Tribune "Paul Konerko will return for his 16th season with the Chicago White Sox, Konerko's agent, Craig Landis, confirmed to the Tribune on Wednesday morning. An official announcement from the Sox is expected to be held later Wednesday. The one-year deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million. Konerko, a..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
White Sox won't tender a contract to pitcher Dylan Axelrod.
Source: Tyler Flowers re-signs with #White Sox, one year, $950,000.
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
One name Mets will keep an eye for non-tender is ChiSox Tyler Flowers. Team execs have liked him in the past. Potential d'Arnaud backup.
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Hardball Talk "According to the Associated Press, former White Sox scout Victor Mateo was sentenced to eight months in prison yesterday in Chicago due to his involvement in taking kickbacks intended from international signings. Mateo, who was the team’s scout in the Dominican Republic, and two other former..." November 23
CSN Chicago "If the Cardinals were trying to pry Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar away from the Rangers, they struck out looking. Wednesday’s mega-deal between the Tigers and Rangers almost assures the Rangers will keep Profar and Andrus with Ian Kinsler gone. So where will the Cardinals look now to improve..." November 22
Chicago Sun-Times "The Paul Konerko question came up again Tuesday. “I have no update on Konerko at this time,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “It could be tomorrow. It could be two weeks. More likely than not it’s going to be resolved prior to the winter meetings before we leave here on Monday the 9th..." November 20
Baltimore Sun "The Orioles have some interest in Chicago White Sox free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd and have been monitoring his progress as he recovers from elbow surgery, according to industry sources. Floyd, 30, who starred at Mount St. Joseph before being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the..." November 20
No update on Konerko from Rick Hahn. Said he thinks a decision will be made prior to the Winter Meetings starting Dec. 9
MLB Trade Rumors "Gavin Floyd's rehabilitation from May surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament and torn flexor tendon in his elbow is progressing extremely well, agent Mike Moye tells MLBTR. Moye says Floyd escalated his throwing program to three sets at 180 feet this week and is experiencing almost no..." November 19
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
Chicago Tribune "Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said Saturday he's still trying to cope with the "bad dream" that was the Chicago White Sox's 2013 season and reiterated that Paul Konerko is welcome to come back if he so desire. “It’s truly Paul’s option,” Reinsdorf told Ben Finfer and Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM 670...." November 17