White Sox Rumors & News

  • Six MLB teams that could surprise in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "With the start of Major League Baseball’s regular season less than a week away, many are looking hard at predictions and projections to see who will be good and who won’t be this season. Expectations are low for a lot of teams, while others are expecting, at worst, a playoff run. Some teams may..." March 24

  • Lefties won’t be left alone in White Sox bullpen

    Chicago Sun-Times "There were stretches last season when Dan Jennings was the only left-hander in the White Sox bullpen. This year, manager Rick Renteria might have three. Luis Avilan, for one, is glad he won’t be the only one. “I’ve been in situations where I was the only lefty in the bullpen. It’s not a fun..." March 23

  • Will Tim Anderson prove himself the shortstop of the future?

    NBC Sports Chicago "Tim Anderson has the full support of the White Sox and seems like a new man after a trying 2017 campaign. But there are still plenty of questions surrounding him heading into 2018, putting him in the company of a lot of his teammates who are also embarking on "prove it" seasons on the South..." March 22

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • White Sox’ Lucas Giolito hoping for ‘awesome’ opening-day opportunity in 2019

    Chicago Sun-Times "If all goes well with this grand project aimed at positioning the White Sox as a postseason contender for years to come, there will come a time — and soon — when the matter of which starting pitcher gets the ball on opening day is almost beside the point. The whole idea is having a stable of..." March 21

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Eloy Jimenez among 8 White Sox trimmed from major-league camp

    Chicago Tribune "The Eloy Jimenez Show has been moved to the back fields of Camelback Ranch. The White Sox’s top prospect was among eight players trimmed from the major-league camp Wednesday. Jimenez, who slashed .571/.667/1.714 with two home runs and three RBIs in nine plate appearances this spring — all while..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Hector Santiago pushing for spot in White Sox’ rotation

    Chicago Sun-Times "Every time Carson Fulmer starts a spring-training game for the White Sox, Hector Santiago is always nearby. Usually pitching in the same game and, on two occasions, cleaning up after Fulmer left a mess. If Fulmer hears Santiago’s footsteps, that’s because the 30-year-old left-hander with an..." March 12

  • White Sox prospect Luis Robert out 10 weeks with thumb injury

    ESPN "Chicago White Sox outfield prospect Luis Robert is expected to miss approximately 10 weeks because of a sprained ligament in his left thumb. The White Sox announced Saturday that Robert, 20, will have his hand immobilized for six weeks. The Cuban-born center fielder suffered the injury while..." March 10

  • White Sox release Willy Garcia, make 7 roster moves

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox released outfielder Willy Garcia and optioned left-hander Jace Fry to Class AAA Charlotte Friday. The team also reassigned five players to minor-league camp, including right-hander Alec Hansen, their No. 3-ranked prospect per Baseball America. Also reassigned in the club’s second..." March 09

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Mike Pelfrey retires

    Hardball Talk "Mike Pelfrey has announced his retirement. Pelfrey was a first round pick of the Mets in the 2005 draft out of Wichita State. He grew up in Wichita and is leaving baseball to take a job coaching with Newman University which is, you guessed it, in Wichita. Turns out you can go home again. He..." March 07

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • What's Yolmer Sanchez's long-term role?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The hot corner has been a hot topic of discussion all offseason long. While the White Sox wealth of highly touted prospects has allowed fans to pencil in names for just about every position on the field stretching deep into the future, the conversation around the future at third base has been..." March 05

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • White Sox add Ross on minor-league contract

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago White Sox have signed left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training, it was formally announced on Sunday morning. Ross spent an injury-marred 2017 campaign with the Boston Red Sox, where he appeared in just eight..." March 04

  • White Sox are “staying in touch” with Mike Moustakas

    Hardball Talk "Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas continues to draw interest from a number of teams around the league, including the White Sox. On Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the White Sox are “staying in touch” with the infielder, though the level of their interest isn’t currently..." March 03

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • White Sox veterans like what they see in Giolito

    Chicago Sun-Times "Right-hander Lucas Giolito “is always going to be a little kid at heart,” James Shields said. “Aren’t we all?” Baseball is a kid’s game and always will be, and even 36-year-olds such as Shields don’t always act their age in a clubhouse or around the ballpark. But there’s a time to be..." March 01

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • A Matt Kemp trade makes no sense for White Sox, but what about other available DH options?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The White Sox aren't going to trade for Matt Kemp. There's no inside info to support that declaration, but come on. Why in the world would a rebuilding team give up anything to bring aboard a 33-year-old who is owed an outrageous $43 million over the next two seasons? FanRag's Jon Heyman..." March 01

  • Eloy Jimenez may be best White Sox hitting prospect since Frank Thomas

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox brought the A-team lineup to Sloan Park on Tuesday for the first Cactus League game against the crosstown Cubs. Veterans Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia made the 45-minute trip across the valley, along with young players such as Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson and one of the top..." February 28

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • White Sox prospect Jake Burger suffers Achilles injury in left leg

    WGNTV.com "Part of a rebuild is not only finding the best young talent you can. There has to be teaching, timing, and, of course, the ability to stay healthy. All three are something the White Sox are hoping for as they develop a collection of young talent acquired in the last year-and-a-half. The didn’t..." February 27

  • White Sox likely to keep Carlos Rodon out until June

    Larry Brown Sports "Carlos Rodon The Chicago White Sox will be taking things slowly with pitcher Carlos Rodon. Rodon is returning from shoulder surgery he underwent in September. The team initially said he was likely to be out 6-8 months, and it sounds like he will be out towards the later end of that..." February 24

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • White Sox’s Carlos Rodon Won’t Pitch In Cactus League

    CBS Chicago "White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon won’t pitch in Cactus League play as he continues to recover from the arthroscopic surgery that he had on his throwing shoulder last September, general manager Rick Hahn said Friday. Back in September, the White Sox announced Rodon’s timetable for a recovery..." February 23

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Jimenez, Robert, Adolfo envision future White Sox outfield

    Chicago Sun-Times "Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox’ prized corner-outfield prospect, Luis Robert, a Cuban center-field prospect the Sox invested $52 million in, and Micker Adolfo, a strong-armed right fielder who as a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic in 2013 got a team-record $1.6 million signing bonus, were..." February 21

  • Patience paying off for White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts made sure Rick Renteria was given a World Series ring for his one-year managerial stint on the North Side in 2014. White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is counting on Renteria to get him one more ring to go along with his 2005 bling. But other than Renteria, the..." February 20

  • MLB Rumors: Mike Moustakas to Yankees or White Sox?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB free agent market (finally) is starting to dry up, especially for teams looking to add an impact bat. Outfielder J.D. Martinez and his 45 home runs signed with the Boston Red Sox. First baseman Eric Hosmer and his 25 home runs signed with the San Diego Padres. Could former Kansas City..." February 20

  • Jim Thome discusses how he helps young White Sox hitters

    Sporting News "Jim Thome will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, but the former slugger has other things on his mind until then. Thome, who clubbed 612 home runs over 22 MLB seasons, serves as a special assistant to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, along with appearing on MLB Network..." February 19

  • White Sox's Carlos Rodon on rehab from surgery: 'I've grown some patience'

    Chicago Tribune "Carlos Rodon is taking things two weeks at a time. The White Sox left-hander completed his first two-week throwing program Wednesday and began another Thursday at spring training in Glendale, Ariz., as he continues his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. The back-to-back sessions from flat..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • White Sox’ starting rotation a mixed bag in 2018

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox’ starting rotation includes two veterans who might be fifth starters on different teams and three young pitchers with pedigree but who are far from proven. With Carlos Rodon recovering from left shoulder surgery, the Sox’ starting five six weeks from now is shaping up as (not..." February 16

  • White Sox sign Hector Santiago to minors deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago White Sox signed left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago to a minors deal with an invitation to major league camp, the team announced Wednesday. Santiago, 30, is coming off one of his worst seasons, as a member of the Minnesota Twins. Over 15 appearances — 14 of which came in a..." February 14

  • Avisail Garcia Wins Arbitration Against White Sox

    MLB Trade Rumors "White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has emerged victorious from his arbitration hearing with the team, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). The Mato Sports Management client will earn $6.7MM in the 2018 season. That salary represents an exact match for the arbitration projection of..." February 14

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Giants, Derek Holland Reportedly Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants are in agreement with left-hander Derek Holland on a minor league contract, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). Presumably, he’ll compete for a roster spot in big league camp this spring. Holland, 31, spent the bulk of the 2017 season with the White Sox,..." February 09

  • Blue Jays To Sign Jake Petricka

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have agreed to a minor-league deal with righty Jake Petricka, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation (via Twitter). He’ll have the opportunity to earn a $1.3MM base salary with $500K in incentives if he can crack the MLB roster. Petricka, 29, is a former second-rounder who has..." February 08

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • Yolmer Sanchez wins arbitration case over White Sox

    Chicago Sun-Times "Infielder Yolmer Sanchez won his salary arbitration hearing against the White Sox, the club announced Wednesday. Sanchez, 25, will receive $2.35 million in 2018. The Sox had countered with $2.1 million. A three-member panel heard the case Tuesday in Phoenix. Sanchez, a switch-hitter who..." February 07

  • Chicago sports' new dynamic duo?

    NBC Sports Chicago "There’s a new dynamic duo in town. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada don’t have the championship pedigree Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen built during their six championship seasons with the dynastic Bulls. But the White Sox middle infield of the future is already preparing for the day when the..." February 06

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

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