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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... 
 
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