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  • White Sox see ‘hungrier’ Yoan Moncada this spring

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jose Abreu, 32, keeps a close eye on Yoan Moncada, 23, his Cuban countryman at the locker next to his. Abreu likes what he has seen. “He’s hungrier this spring training. He’s playing with more of an edge,’’ Abreu said through a translator...." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Zack Collins has work to do before the catcher of the future becomes the White Sox catcher of the present

    NBC Sports Chicago "There's a popular question surrounding many of the White Sox highest-rated prospects: When will they get to the big leagues? After Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease dominated the minor leagues last season, after Nick Madrigal struck out just five times in 43 games, that question..." March 15

  • Eloy Jimenez Rumored Contract Talks With White Sox Apparently Inaccurate

    12 Up "When it was rumored that the Chicago White Sox signed Eloy Jimenez to an eight-year, $100 million deal it didn't seem real. And according to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, Jimenez' contract with Chicago wasn't even close to the figure that was..." March 15

  • White Sox Shut Down Dane Dunning

    MLB Trade Rumors "White Sox prospect Dane Dunning has been shut down after experiencing renewed discomfort while working through a throwing program, general manager Rick Hahn revealed to reporters (Twitter link via MLB.com’s Scott Merkin). As if that wasn’t ominous enough, Dunning is..." March 14

  • Making sense of a reported eight-year, $100 million deal between White Sox and Eloy Jimenez

    NBC Sports Chicago "f you thought Manny Machado Twitter rumors were fun, wait till you see Eloy Jimenez Twitter rumors! One of the featured players in the rumor mill that repeatedly cranked out reports of Machado ending up on the South Side is back with a tweet about a supposed deal brewing between the..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • Collin McHugh calls out White Sox for manipulating Eloy Jiménez’s service time

    Hardball Talk "Astros pitcher Collin McHugh hasn’t been shy of sharing his point of view on the various issues surrounding Major League Baseball. He expressed solidarity with New Era workers last month, and has consistently been on top of the leagues’ service time manipulation issue...." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • White Sox option top prospect Jimenez to Triple-A

    Chicago Tribune "The Eloy Jimenez era will have to wait a little longer. As expected, the White Sox optioned Jimenez, 22, to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday as one of several roster moves. Jimenez, the Sox’s top prospect, struggled this spring, batting .154 (4-for-26) with one home..." March 13

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Ervin Santana, Manny Banuelos or Dylan Covey? White Sox mum on who gets the nod as the No. 5 starter

    Chicago Tribune "When spring training got rolling last month, the White Sox had three candidates vying for the fifth starters’ job. Veteran Ervin Santana is the obvious choice despite signing a minor-league contract, but he has yet to pitch in a game with just over two weeks..." March 13

  • White Sox Claim Josh Osich

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox announced Monday that they’ve claimed left-handed reliever Josh Osich off waivers from the Orioles. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, Chicago has placed right-hander Michael Kopech on the 60-day injured list. Osich, 30, was designated for..." March 11

  • What’s going on with top White Sox prospect Eloy Jimenez?

    Chicago Sun-Times "After the White Sox blew it in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, fans turned their attention to the team’s top prospect, Eloy Jimenez, as hope for the future. Jimenez, the third-ranked prospect in baseball, has raised eyebrows this spring, but not in a good way. In eight Cactus..." March 11

  • White Sox outfield was among baseball's least productive last year — looks shaky until Jimenez and Robert arrive

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox outfield appears to be in a state of flux less than three weeks before opening day. Slugger Daniel Palka has just returned to hitting after sitting out 10 days with a left hamstring injury. Nicky Delmonico was placed in concussion protocol..." March 11

  • The incomparable Yolmer Sánchez

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Guaranteed Rate Field sod is perhaps the finest in the Majors, thanks to the brilliance of “The Sodfather” Roger Bossard. I’d also contend that it is the most refreshed sod in the Majors as well. And that’s due to the handiwork of one Yolmer Sanchez. What..." March 08

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • The wait for White Sox pitching prospect Dylan Cease shouldn't be long

    Chicago Tribune "Dylan Cease’s White Sox debut may take place a little later than necessary, but the pitching prospect still should be an integral part of the 2019 season. Too many things have happened to the Sox since last September to delay him, including the gut-wrenching,..." March 06

  • Nick Madrigal is off to minor league camp, but how quickly could he reach the majors for good?

    NBC Sports Chicago "When will (enter name of White Sox prospect) reach the major leagues? That’s been the question du jour during the South Side rebuilding project. First it was Yoan Moncada. Then Michael Kopech. Now, for another month anyway, Eloy Jimenez. The same question will apply to Dylan..." March 06

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • Dylan Cease is trusting his own process as he makes his way toward the major leagues

    NBC Sports Chicago "A year ago, people were excited about Dylan Cease. But they were more excited about Michael Kopech. And Alec Hansen. And maybe even Dane Dunning. And the first full major league seasons that awaited Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Basically, Cease was just one of a bunch of talented..." March 05

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Sox manager Rick Renteria: We can’t stay in one place, spinning wheels

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox looked across the field Sunday and saw the Cubs, that team across town, that team they — grit your teeth — aspire to be: rebuilt from the ground up, a perennial contender and World Series champion. When the Sox officially embarked on their rebuilding project..." March 04

  • Ken Williams Discusses White Sox Pursuit Of Machado, Harper

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox took a rare foray into the high-end free agent market this winter but came away empty-handed in their attempts to sign either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.  Machado ended up signing a ten-year, $300MM deal with the Padres, while Harper landed the most guaranteed money in..." March 02

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • White Sox VP Ken Williams: It’s a shame if White Sox are portrayed as cheap

    Chicago Sun-Times "White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams was doing what he often does during spring training Thursday morning, moving from back field to back field to watch players, mostly future pieces the Sox’ rebuild is constructed around. It had been nine days since Manny Machado..." March 01

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Will this be Jose Abreu's final year with White Sox? 'I would like to stay with this organization forever'

    NBC Sports Chicago "Will this be Jose Abreu's final season with the White Sox? The closest thing this team has to a face of the franchise at the moment — at least until Eloy Jimenez arrives from the minor leagues — is slated to hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2019..." February 26

  • White Sox have high hopes for Nick Madrigal after many 1st-round misses

    Chicago Sun-Times "Can Nick Madrigal rise above? The White Sox are counting on the 5-7 second baseman who’s short on physical stature but long on baseball savvy to prove they know what they’re doing with premium draft picks. Aside from Chris Sale in 2010, the Sox have not exactly hit it big..." February 25

  • White Sox prospect Thyago Vieira and Jose Contreras share unexpected bond

    NBC Sports Chicago "If you believe that Jose Contreras was put on Earth to throw his trademark forkball, then you’ll understand why White Sox pitcher Thyago Vieira believes that the 2005 World Series champion was brought to him this offseason with a call of duty from above. “I believe in..." February 25

  • Here are possible mystery teams for Harper

    MLB.com "Cliff Lee had a mystery team once, and he signed with that mystery team in December 2010. Remember? The Yankees and Rangers pursued Lee the entire offseason, and everybody expected him to choose between the two. But the Phillies engaged Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker during the..." February 24

  • White Sox Sign Preston Tucker to Minor League Deal

    12 Up "We'll never forget those few weeks at the top of 2018 when Preston Tucker inexplicably ran the Atlanta Braves' offense. Eventually handing over the clutch mantle to ?Charlie Culberson, Tucker still had a genuine big league impact on that Atlanta squad that raced out to a..." February 23

  • After offseason of rediscovery, Carson Fulmer ready to jump back into White Sox future plans

    NBC Sports Chicago "“I just wasn’t myself, plain and simple.” These are the words coming from Carson Fulmer, former College Pitcher of the Year and the White Sox first-round pick in 2015. “I love the environment, I love big crowds. I love the chance of putting my..." February 22

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • White Sox agree to minor league deal with Ervin Santana

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox and free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana  have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, a source confirmed. The White Sox have not announced the deal, which is pending a physical. He is expected in camp Saturday. Santana..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Report: White Sox out on Bryce Harper free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago White Sox initially were viewed as one of the contenders to sign Bryce Harper, but they are no longer a factor in his free agency, according to a report. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago reported on Thursday that the White Sox will not bid on Harper. Chicago..." February 21

  • The White Sox superstar might already be here

    NBC Sports Chicago "With the wounds still fresh from the White Sox losing out in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, how about we begin with some healing words from Indians general manager Chris Antonetti about future White Sox superstar Eloy Jimenez: “Can he go to San Diego, too? How about..." February 21

  • White Sox's future remains intact, even without Manny Machado

    Sporting News "Perhaps the biggest swing and miss in the Manny Machado sweepstakes came from the windiest of cities, a franchise whiffing on a myriad of things the last decade and a half: the Chicago White Sox. Machado’s record 10-year, $300 million deal with San Diego on Tuesday left the..." February 20

  • White Sox reportedly turning attention to Gio Gonzalez, other free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago White Sox were unable to land Manny Machado and are unlikely to spend the kind of money it will take to sign Bryce Harper, but they may not be done making significant moves in free agency. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox will continue to pursue ways..." February 20

  • What's next for the White Sox without Manny Machado? More waiting.

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox weren’t going to win the American League Central with Manny Machado, but watching him sign a 10-year. $300 million deal with the Padres should make things a bit easier for the Indians. “Generally speaking, it’s fine by me when the best talent..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • White Sox exec in ‘shock’ team did not land Manny Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Diego Padres and Manny Machado reached an agreement Tuesday on a massive 10-year contract, and at least one team appears to be extremely disappointed about missing out on the free agent slugger. Shortly after word surfaced that Machado will sign a 10-year, $300 million deal..." February 20

  • Report: White Sox offered Machado 8-year deal worth up to $350M

    The Score "The Chicago White Sox offered Manny Machado an 8-year, $250-million contract with incentives and vesting options that could raise its total value to $350 million, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The offer would have given Machado a higher AAV than..." February 19