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Chris Sale Sort of Apologizes, Trade Rumors Continue

This past weekend, the pitching ace of the Chicago White Sox Chris Sale complained about the playing uniforms the team was scheduled to wear when he was scheduled to pitch. He refused to wear them and was subsequently scratched as the starter for the game and sent home. The White Sox then suspended the southpaw for five games. On Monday, Sale spoke with reporters for the first time about the incident. He said he did not request a trade from Chicago and maintains that he does not want to be traded. In addition, Sale is said to have apologized to... 
 

Robin Ventura Defended by Chris Sale as White Sox Hit Tailspin

Just three weeks ago, the talk of baseball was Chicago. The Chicago White Sox held a lead of six games in the American League Central. However, on Monday morning, the White Sox are in third place 1 game behind the Kansas City Royals after losing six straight games. Fans are starting to call for the firing of manager Robin Ventura, while White Sox pitching ace Chris Sale does not want to hear that kind of talk about his manager. Sale said the last time he checked, Ventura had not given up any runs, made any errors and he is sitting in the dugout... 
 

Chicago Cubs agree to terms with Ben Zobrist

Free agent Ben Zobrist has agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs on a four-year deal worth $56 million. Zobrist, 34, is coming off a 2015 season for the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals in which he batted .276/.359/.450 with 13 homers and 36 doubles in 126 games. Kansas City acquired the switch-hitting Zobrist in a trade with the A’s days before the July trade deadline. Prior to his stint in Oakland, the two-time All-Star had spent his entire nine-year career with the Rays. The move reunites Zobrist, 34, with his former... 
 

Chicago Cubs, John Lackey Agree on Two- Year Deal $32 Million

The Chicago Cubs and free-agent right-hander John Lackey reached agreement on a two-year deal worth $32 million. Ken Rosenthal of Fox sports first reported the news, although the team has not yet confirmed the signing. Lackey made $507,000 in 2015 with the Cardinals. Lackey is reportedly close friends with Cubs left-hander Jon Lester, dating back to when they were both players for the Red Sox, and likely had some influence in the deal. With the Cardinals in 2015, Lackey went 13-10 with a 2.77 ERA (143 ERA+) in 218 innings. He owns a 3.35 ERA (119... 
 

Chicago White Sox, Melky Cabrera Reach Agreement on three-year deal

The Chicago White Sox and free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera have reached an agreement on a three-year deal reportedly worth $45million, pending a physical. Cabrera rejected a qualifying offer earlier this offseason form Toronto and the Blue Jays will receive a compensation pick at the end of the 2015 MLB draft. For the White Sox that means surrendering their third round selection. The Blue Jays eight overall pick is protected and they gave up their second round pick already when they signed David Robertson. The signing is somewhat surprising... 
 

Chicago White Sox Set Acquire Jeff Samardzija

The Chicago White Sox and Oakland A’s are set to announce a trade that will send right-hander Jeff Samardzija to the Sox for infielder Marcus Semien and prospects and righer-handed starter Chris Bassitt, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Samardzija ends up spending half a season with Oakland joining the team along with Jason Hammel last summer in a trade that sent Addison Russell and Billy McKinney to the Chicago Cubs. Hammel signed with the Cubs yesterday. The White Sox now have Chris Sale, Samardzija... 
 

Chicago White Sox Sign David Robertson

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement on a four-year deal with free agent closer David Robertson. The deal will reportedly pay Robertson $46 million. Robertson immediately becomes the teams closer who had been had not has a named closer since since Addison Reed was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks last offseason. He was paid $5,215,000 million in 2014. The Yankees made a one-year qualifying offer of $15.3 million to Robertson for 2015, ensuring them draft-pick compensation if he signs with another team. However, that pick will be... 
 

AL Cy Young Candidates: Chicago White Sox Chris Sale

Pitchers have dominated in 2014. The average ERA for a major league starting pitcher is just 3.86, and strikeout rates are just a shade under 20 percent. A host of pitchers are having excellent seasons, including Felix Hernandez, Corey Kluber and Jon Lester. One pitcher that might be getting overlooked in the American League Cy Young conversation is Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale. Sale was dominant in his first four starts of the season, allowing only seven runs in 27.1 innings, with 29 strikeouts. However, he suffered an elbow injury, and missed... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Alexei Ramirez and Jimmy Rollins

As the calendar turns from June to July and more teams find themselves out of playoff contention, the trade market starts to heat up. Two shortstops that could be moved are Alexei Ramirez and Jimmy Rollins. The two players are both north of 30, but both could help out a contending team. Furthermore, they are unlikely to break the bank in terms of salary or the return they would command in a trade. Ramirez has been the everyday shortstop for the Chicago White Sox since 2008. Now 32, he’s in the midst of his best offensive season since his... 
 

The Chicago White Sox Offensive Makeover

Last season, the Chicago White Sox had the worst offense in the American League. Their hitters had a collective .249/.302/.378 line for an 83 wRC+. No hitter had a wRC+ above 110, and Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Avisail Garcia were the only bats to post a wRC+ above 100. Rios was traded midseason to the Texas Rangers, and Garcia had just 168 plate appearances. This year, things have been different. White Sox hitters are combining to produce a .262/.328/.420 batting line for a 105 wRC+. Of the seven players that have received at least 100 plate appearances,... 
 

Jose Abreu: Hot Start for Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had his second multi-home run game in three days, helping the Sox down the Minnesota Twins 7-3. Through the first ten games of Abreu’s 2014 season, he’s hitting .300/.383/.725, for a 189 wRC+. The White Sox signed Abreu, who defected from Cuba in October of 2013, to a six year, $68 million deal this offseason. Abreu, who turned 27 in January, put up big numbers in Cuba, and he went 9-25 with three home runs in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. However, you don’t have to go far to find... 
 

White Sox Sign Mitchell Boggs – One Year Deal

The Chicago White Sox have signed free agent pitcher Mitchell Boggs to a major league deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Boggs’ contract is a one year deal worth $1.1 million. Boggs, who turns 30 this month, was going to be the St. Louis Cardinals closer after Jason Motte went down with season-ending elbow surgery. However, he struggled mightily, yielding 18 runs on 21 hits and 15 walks before being designated for assignment. The closer role was put in the capable hands of Edward Mujica, and later to the even better Trevor Rosenthal,... 
 

White Sox Trade Addison Reed to D-Backs For Matt Davidson

The Chicago White Sox agreed to trade closer Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks for infielder Matt Davidson. Reed posted a career-high 40 saves in 48 attempts for the White Sox in 2013 while pitching to a 3.79 ERA. He struck out 72 batters in 71 1/3 innings of work and posted a 5-4 record. Reed will join J.J. Putz and Brad Ziegler  In the backend of the Diamondbacks rotation likely as the closer.  The Diamondbacks traded  Heath Bell to Tampa Bay earlier this month. Davidson is a former first round pick supplemental pick ranked among baseball... 
 

3 Way Trade With White Sox, Angels Sends Trumbo To D-Backs

The Los Angeles Angels,  Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox have completed a three-way trade that will send Mark Trumbo to Arizona, centerfielder Adam Eaton to Chicago and pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago to Anaheim. Arizona will also be receiving two players to be named later. Trumbo, 27, hit .234/.294/.453 (109 OPS+) with 34 home runs in 2013. He’s hit 95 homers over the last three seasons. Eaton is a 25-year-old outfielder who batted .254/.332/.373 in 380 major-league plate appearances  that will become the White Sox... 
 

Paul Konerko Re-Signs with Chicago White Sox

Veteran first baseman Paul Konerko decided to put off retirement, as he signed a one-year deal worth $3 million to return to the Chicago White Sox for his 16th season. Ken Rosenthal originally reported the signing. Konerko is coming off a rough year where he hit .244/.313/.355 with an 82 wRC+ and -1.8 fWAR. The 12 home runs he hit was his lowest total since his 1998 season where he played just 75 games. Despite the awful 2013 season, it’s a good bet that the 37 year-old first baseman will recover some of the pop in his bat. In the three... 
 

White Sox Set to Sign Cuban First Baseman Jose Dariel Abreu

According to  MLB.com and Fox Sports the Chicago White Sox and  Jose Dariel Abreu have agreed to a six-year, $68-million contract with the White Sox, pending the outcome of a physical.The 26-year-old slugger defected this summer. Buster Olney reported Thursday night the White Sox were front-runners to land Abreu at around $70 million. Olney also reported the Boston Red Sox were out of the running and the Houston Astros had fallen short with a bid of $55 million. Abreu, 26, hit .345 with 19 homers and 60 RBI in just 264 at-bats in the 2012-13... 
 

Rangers Complete Trade For Alex Rios With White Sox

The Texas Rangers have a completed a trade with he Chicago White Sox that will send outfielder Alex Rios to Texas for either a player to be named later or cash considerations. Leury Garcia is likely to be the player going to Chicago. The Rangers put a claim in on Rios yesterday. The trade will help Texas offensively after losing Nelson Cruz to suspension earlier this week. Rios entered Friday hitting .277 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs. For Chicago it opens the door for Avisail Garcia who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a three-team... 
 

White Sox Alex Rios Claimed On Waivers by Rangers

The Chicago White  Sox have 48 hours to work out a trade for outfielder Alex Rios or pull him back after being claimed by the Texas Rangers. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the claim. The White Sox acquired Rios in 2009 from the Toronto Blue Jays during the waiver period. The two sides had multiple discussions before the non-waiver trade deadline but could not a agree on a deal. The White Sox were asking for Pitcher Martin Perez, Pitcher Luke Jackson and Infielder Rougned Odor – the Rangers were not interested in parting with those... 
 

White Sox Trade Rumors: Potential Suitors For 5 Players at the Deadline

The Chicago White Sox should be in a full rebuilding mode in a couple of weeks. Currently sitting 34-51, Chicago is 13 games back of both the division and nearest wildcard. A team with a weak farm system, it would be wisest for the White Sox to trade off any assets under contract with value for the next couple of years. While players like Adam Dunn may have too much owed or pitchers like, ace, Chris Sale, and young stud Jose Quintana may be worthy of building around, outside of Addison Reed and some supporting role hitters, Chicago has plenty of... 
 

Micah Johnson “Steals” His Way to MVP Honors in SAL All Star Game

Micah Johnson, Chicago White Sox prospect with the Class-A Kannapolis Intimidators, “stole” the show in Tuesday’s South Atlantic League All Star Game in Lakewood, New Jersey (home of the Lakewood Phillies), leading the Northern Division in a 2-1 victory over the Southern Division that was shortened to seven innings due to inclement weather. In the third inning, Johnson stole second and third base on consecutive pitches, coming around to score the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice. In all, Johnson went 1-for-2 at the plate... 
 

Tyler Danish and Chicago White Sox Reach Agreement

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement with second-round pick Tyler Danish. The Durant High School ( Fla. ) graduate will receive a bonus of $1,001,800. Danish who had committed to the University of Florida will report to Bristol of the Appalachian League. Danish 55th overall pick in the MLB draft s coming off one of the most impressive prep seasons in recent memory, going 15-1 with a 0.00 ERA and 156 strikeouts over 94 innings. “It’s official,” he said on his Twitter account. “Feels good to sign my contract today to become... 
 

Jake Peavy out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Rib

So much for Jake Peavy being traded by the Chicago White Sox,  at least for now. After leaving his start with a rib pain and giving up 6 runs over  two third  innings. An MRI  showed a broken rib and he is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks with the injury. Peavy  signed a two-year $29 million deal with the team that includes an option for 2015  and it has been speculated he would be a valuable trade chip at the upcoming trade deadline. Peavy will be replaced in the rotation by Hector Santiago The White Sox are currently 24-32 and seven games out... 
 

Jake Peavy Up For a Trade: ‘I’ll go play anywhere’

Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy loves Chicago and love the fans, but Peavy  also knows the reality of his situation with the White Sox. The White Sox have lost seven games in a row and find themselves six games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central Division and can ill afford to fall much further behind the front running Tigers. Peavy  does not have a no-trade clause., so let the trade rumors begin. Would White Sox  trade the veteran right-hander ? White Sox general manager Rick Hahn may not have a choice but to begin... 
 

Gavin Floyd Out for the Season With Elbow Surgery

Gavin Floyd is expected to miss the rest of the season when he undergoes surgery on his right elbow. The White Sox starter, who was injured on April 27th in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays, tried repeatedly to avoid major surgery but finally received confirmation it will be necessary. His recovery time is 14-19 months which effectively shuts him down for at least 2013 and possibly 2014. Fantasy Play: The news is obviously devastating for White Sox fans and Floyd owners as he is now just about useless in every format, including Keeper Leagues.... 
 

Chis Sale and White Sox Shutout Kansas City Royals

Chris Sale pitched 7 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, struck out seven and scattered seven hits and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals  and James Shields 1-0.   Tyler Flowers  hit a solo home run on a 2-2 pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning off Shields for the only run of the game. Shields making his first start for Kansas City  since being  acquired from Tampa Bay  struck out six and allowed eight hits in six innings of work. Sale  left the game after giving up a base hit to Alcides Escobar in the  eighth-inning  to... 
 

Chicago White Sox Extend Chris Sale Contract, Five years $32.5 million

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement with left-hander Chris Sale on a  five year contract extension  worth $32.5 million. The deal includes two option years that could push the value of the contract up to $60 million. Sale is  guaranteed to receive $32.5 million over the first five years.  The team holds options for 2018 at $12.5 million after 2019 at $13.5 million. Sale  was an All-Star in 2012 and posted it 17-8 record with a 3.05 ERA over 192 innings of work. “I just try not to concentrate on any of the external things... 
 

Chicago White Sox: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

In Robin Ventura‘s first season as a manager at any level, the Chicago White Sox were surprising contenders in the American League Central, finishing 85-77 and just three games behind the eventual American League champion Detroit Tigers. Though Detroit is favored to win the division this year, and Kansas City is much improved, the White Sox expect to battle for a post-season berth. Chicago’s strength is its starting rotation. Young left-handers Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, both of whom delivered breakouts performances in 2012, bookend... 
 

Chicago White Sox Reach Agreement With Matt Lindstrom

The Chicago White Sox have reached agreement with free-agent reliever Matt Lindstrom on a one-year deal for 2013 an option for 2014. The deal is pending a physical. Lindstrom has spent most of his career in the National League, but was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks last season from the Baltimore Orioles who acquired Joe Saunders in the trade. Lindstrom posted a 2.68 ERA over 47 innings, allowing 45 hits and 14 walks to 40 strikeouts in 2012. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has been looking to fill the void left in the bullpen when Brett... 
 

Chicago White Sox: 1983 Uniforms for Sunday Home Games in 2013

The Chicago White Sox announced that they will wear replicas of their 1983 uniforms for Sunday home games in the 2013 season. Last season, the Sox honored their 1972 team by wearing their uniforms for Sunday home games. 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the Sox team that won the American League West title, before losing to the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. The 1983 uniforms featured the word “SOX” across the front of the jersey in white letters with a blue background and red trim. the players jersey number also appeared on the left... 
 

Chicago White Sox: Top Prospects For 2013

There was a changing of the guard on the south side of Chicago with longtime assistant general manager Rick Hahn taking over for Kenny Williams. The duo will still be working together with Hahn as the GM and Williams, who served as the White Sox general manager for 12 seasons, as senior vice president. Like their crosstown rivals at Wrigley Field, the White Sox are striving to upgrade their farm system, which has recently harvested pitchers Chris Sale and Addison Reed. Over the last two seasons, Sale ( a left-hander) and Reed (a right-hander) have... 
 

White Sox Sign Jeff Keppinger – Three-Years $12 Million

Keppinger was a model of consistency for Tampa Bay in 2012 Jeff Keppinger parlayed one season with the Tampa Bay Rays in which he hit .325/.367/.439 with nine home runs and 40 RBI into a three-year deal worth $12 million with the Chicago White Sox. Keppinger had become a hot commodity with the free-agent market thin for infielders. Keppinger played multiple positions for Tampa Bay last year including third-base, second base,  first base, and DH. The White Sox have signed Jake Peavy and picked up the option for Gavin Floyd so far this off-season. The... 
 

White Sox Re-Sign Peavy for $29 Million, Pick-Up Floyd, Decline Youkilis, Myers

 Peavy signed a two-year, $29 million contract with an option for 2015 The Chicago White Sox made moves today to solidify their starting rotation for 2013. The team  signed Jake Peavy to a two-year, $29 million deal and picked up Gavin Floyd‘s $9.5 million option for 2013. The team also announced that it had declined Kevin Youkilis‘ $13 million option and Brett Myers‘ $10 million option for next year. Peavy will get him $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons. Peavy would receive a $15 million option for 2015, depending on... 
 

American League Central – 2013 Team Needs and Outlook

Editor’s Note: This is the second column in a Baseball News Source division-by-division series that will address what teams might do this off-season. We started with the American League East. Here is a look at the American League Central. Anibal Sanchez was acquired to make starts like these for the Detroit Tigers. The 28-year-old right-hander, who was acquired along with second baseman Omar Infante from the Miami Marlins at July’s trade deadline for a package that included top pitching prospect Jacob Turner, will take the mound on Sunday... 
 

White Sox to Decline Jake Peavy’s 2013 Option

White Sox will not exercise Peavy’s $22 million club option for 2013 Jake Peavy won the National League Cy Young Award in 2007 with the San Diego Padres, and he recovered from a rare surgery to fix a potentially career-ending injury. Now, it appears the the Chicago White Sox right-hander will add another chapter to his 11-year Major League career – free agent. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the White Sox will not exercise Peavy’s $22 million club option for 2013 and instead choose the $4 million buyout. As Heyman pointed... 
 

Pierzynski’s Career Year May Be His Last with White Sox

A.J. Pierzynski is having a career year at the plate Well-liked by White Sox fans and teammates and despised by fans and opposing players outside of the South Side, the 35-year-old A.J. Pierzynski is having a career year at the plate. The backstop who has caught more games in a White Sox uniform than all but Ray Schalk, Sherm Lollar and Carlton Fisk has a career-high 26 home runs and with 73 RBI needs just five more to eclipse his previous single-season best in that category. Still, that might not be enough to keep Pierzynski in a White Sox uniform... 
 

White Sox Not Planning on Resting Quintana, Sale

Jose Quintana and Chris Sale – neither pitcher will get extra rest Fellow left-handers Jose Quintana and Chris Sale are two key reasons why the Chicago White Sox currently own a three-game lead over Detroit in the American League Central with 22 games remaining. The two young starters have shown signs of weariness in recent weeks, but manager Robin Ventura recently told MLB.com that neither pitcher will get extra rest as the White Sox fight to win the division title. In August, Baseball News Source featured Sale as one of the success stories... 
 

AL Recaps – Adam Dunn Hits 400th Career Home Run – White Sox Lose

Chicago 4 – Kansas City 9 – Adam Dunn hit his 35th home run of the year, and his 400th career home run but it was not enough to overcome the Kansas City Royals, and the White Sox lost 9-4. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each homered for the Royals to back up the pitching of Bruce Chen, who pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs. He struck out five. Jake Peavy suffered the loss for the White Sox. The Royals pounded out 15 hits. Billy Butler and Alex Gordon each had three hits and Alcides Escobar had four hits for Kansas City. Other... 
 

White Sox Defying Odds with Productive Pitching

Widely regarded a winner at the trade deadline by many baseball pundits, the Chicago White Sox are defying the odds so far this season. First-year manager Robin Ventura was counting on left-hander John Danks to replace fellow lefty Mark Buehrle‘s presence in the rotation when Buehrle signed with Miami in the off-season. Instead, Danks has spent much of the season on the DL and will have season-ending exploratory surgery on his left shoulder next week. He was 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in 53.2 innings this year. Adding to the challenges, Gavin Floyd... 
 

“Dead Arm” Will Cost Chris Sale a Start – Maybe More

Chicago White Sox ace  Chris Sale will miss his next start with what is being described as a ” dead arm”. The White Sox plan to take care of Sale who is converting from a reliever last year, to a starter this year. Sale has struggled through his last two starts allowing five runs in each. White Sox general manager Kenny Williams made a trade on Saturday with the Twins and acquired Francisco Liriano, for Eduardo Escobar and  Pedro Hernandez , anticipating the dog days of summer, and the possibility of resting some of the White... 
 

Twins Trade Francisco Liriano to White Sox

The Chicago White Sox went looking for starting pitching help, and were in the mix to land Zack Greinke before he was dealt to the Los Angeles Angels. Instead, the White Sox traded infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-hander Pedro Hernandez to the Minnesota Twins for Francisco Liriano. Liriano is eligible for free agency after the season and is owed approximately $2.1 million this year. Liriano has pitched both in the rotation this year, posting a 3.68 ERA in 11 starts, and has had very good outings on occasion. On July 13 he struck out 15 batters... 
 

AL Recaps – Tigers Solve Sale Take First Place in Central

DETROIT –  Rick Porcello faced Chris Sale and the odds were against for Porcello.  Sale allowed five runs and seven hits in seven innings of work. He struck out six and walked four. Porcello pitched into the ninth-inning allowing just one earned run and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox to take over first place in the American League Central Division. The Tigers not White Sox pitching around for 10 hits. Austin Jackson drove in four runs and Brennan Boesch hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning. When the season began the... 
 

Youkilis Changes Sox – Traded to Chicago

BOSTON – Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine says he spoke with Kevin Youkilis and apparently Youkilis understood about his lack of playing time. . Youkilis said there was no such talk. It doesn’t matter now as Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart.  Stewart is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games with the White Sox this season. Lillibridge, 28, is hitting .175 with two RBIs and seven stolen bases in 48 games. The Red Sox will pick up all but $2 million of what is owed... 
 

Bud Selig Talks – White Sox Announcer Ken Harrelson Listens

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Chicago White Sox announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson apparently had a little talk about Harrelson’s on-air rant about umpire Mark Wegner. Based on what Harrelson said the discussion was very one-sided. “I talked to Bud Selig yesterday,” Harrelson said. “We had a talk. Actually, Bud talked and I listened. If it was a prize fight, they would have stopped it in the first round. Harrelson also spoke with Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Of that meeting Harrelson... 
 

Perfection For Philip Humber

Philip Humber threw the first perfect game in the majors in almost two years, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. Humber struck out nine and threw just 96 pitches in his first career complete game. The right-hander went to a three-ball count only three times. It was baseball’s 21st perfect game and first since Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay threw one against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010. It was the third in White Sox’s history, joining Mark Buehrle against Tampa Bay on July... 
 
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