White Sox Rumors & News

  • Bringing back Jeff Samardzija a good risk for Cubs — at the right price

    Chicago Tribune "It was a little strange to hear that Cubs President Theo Epstein met last week with former Cubs and White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija at a North Side dive bar. The news wasn't surprising. We knew the Cubs were open to bringing Samardzija back, and the feeling appears to be mutual. Both sides..." November 27

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • White Sox sign free-agent catcher Alex Avila

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox upgraded their catching Wednesday by agreeing to terms with free agent Alex Avila on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The left-handed hitting Avila, 29, is a career .242 hitter with 66 home runs over seven seasons. Avila was limited to 67 games with Detroit in 2015, missing..." November 25

  • Geovany Soto signs with Angels, dries out already weak catching market

    Yahoo! Sports "If your team needs to find a catcher this offseason, it's highly unlikely they are going to find one through free agency. The Los Angeles Angels scooped up veteran Geovany Soto on Tuesday, effectively drying up an already weak market. In fairness, most teams should have seen this coming. Matt..." November 25

  • White Sox Acquire Tommy Kahnle From Rockies

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox announced that they have acquired right-hander Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies in exchange for minor league right-hander Yency Almonte (Twitter link). Kahnle was designated for assignment by the Rockies last Friday in a series of moves to set the club’s roster in advance of the Rule 5..." November 24

  • 10 breakout prospects from AFL season

    MLB.com "The Arizona Fall League season is now in the books and, as usual, many top prospects performed well. But while it's exciting to see known players do what's expected, it's at least as much fun to see other Minor Leaguers put themselves on the map during the six-week AFL campaign. Every year,..." November 23

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

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    Phil Rogers @philgrogers

    #WhiteSox CF Adam Engel is named the Arizona Fall League MVP. #Cubs 3B Jeimer Candelario was among the finalists.

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

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    Phil Rogers @philgrogers

    Theo Epstein and Jeff Samardzija hanging together tonight in Chicago. Cubs have an interest in him. #HotStove #Cubs

  • White Sox open to trading Avisail Garcia

    CSN Chicago "They haven’t moved on from Avisail Garcia, but the White Sox have let teams know the outfielder can be acquired in the right deal. With several positions of need, not many big league assets to trade and a replacement lined up, the White Sox have entertained offers for the young right fielder..." November 19

  • Report: Cubs interested in reunion with Samardzija

    The Score "Jeff Samardzija could be planning a return to the National League. The right-hander was in Chicago on Wednesday for a meeting with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, reports MLB.com's Phil Rogers. Samardzija and Epstein were spotted having a drink together at a bar, leading..." November 19

  • Five potential trade destinations for Todd Frazier

    ESPN "OK, so Todd Frazier is on the block. As Joe Sheehan wrote Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds should have traded him back in July, when his trade value had peaked after a monster first half, when he hit .284/.337/.585. He slumped to .220/.274/.390 in the second half, however, and while he still had an..." November 19

  • Scott Hairston signs minor-league deal with White Sox

    CSN Chicago "Scott Hairston will attempt a comeback with the White Sox next season. The veteran outfielder -- who could be the third member of his family to wear a White Sox uniform -- signed a minor-league deal with the club on Wednesday. The contract doesn’t include an invite to spring training for..." November 18

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Free-agent OF Scott Hairston signs minor-league deal with #WhiteSox.

  • Offensive upgrade will come at cost for White Sox

    CSN Chicago "The White Sox must improve their offense this offseason and to do so likely means they have to do something they’d like to avoid — trade a pitcher. Despite $67 million of high-end renovations and strong performances by Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton, the 2015 White Sox finished last in the American..." November 18

  • White Sox mapping out Hot Stove plan

    MLB.com "So you want to know if the White Sox are in full rebuild mode with the Winter Meetings just under three weeks away in Nashville, Tenn. You're also thinking maybe the South Siders will raise their payroll that checked in around $118 million in 2015 and already has in the neighborhood of $85..." November 18

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

  • Five potential trade destinations for Todd Frazier

    ESPN "OK, so Todd Frazier is on the block. As Joe Sheehan wrote Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds should have traded him back in July, when his trade value had peaked after a monster first half, when he hit .284/.337/.585. He slumped to .220/.274/.390 in the second half, however, and while he still had an..." November 18

  • Dealing Chris Sale unlikely, but could expedite White Sox turnaround

    CSN Chicago "If ever there’s an opportunity for another general manager to try and pry Chris Sale away from Rick Hahn and the White Sox, it could be now. Hahn returned to Chicago on Thursday morning after several days of “robust” discussions as the GM meetings at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. In what has..." November 16

  • White Sox looking to make trades?

    MLB.com "The White Sox Inbox has returned, with the 2015 Winter Meetings sitting a little over three weeks away. Here are this week's selected inquiries. If the White Sox are going to make trades instead of free agents, who are their priorities and in what order? Shortstop, third base, second base,..." November 16

  • Can the Red Sox pry Chris Sale away from the White Sox?

    Boston Globe "Dave Dombrowski reportedly made the rounds at the GM meetings, querying almost every team for available players. One name that’s cropped up: White Sox ace Chris Sale. The reliable lefty has averaged 197 inning in the last four seasons, and in 2015, he finished with a 3.14 ERA and a career-high..." November 13

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Scott Boras: Carlos Rodon proved he should have been top pick in 2014

    CSN Chicago "Not only does he approve of the Carlos Rodon’s workload, Scott Boras think his client lived up to the hype in 2015. Speaking at the general manager’s meetings on Wednesday, the super agent thinks Rodon removed all doubt about whether or not he deserved to be the first overall pick of the 2014..." November 12

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards

    MLB.com "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors

    MLB.com "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • White Sox value 'long-term' roster additions

    MLB.com "Rick Hahn continues to look for "long-term fits" and not "short-term patches" where improving the White Sox is concerned. But those long-term fits don't necessarily translate exclusively into burgeoning young talents. "When we signed [closer David] Robertson for four years, we didn't view..." November 10

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network

    MLB.com "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

  • White Sox haven’t ruled out re-signing Alexei Ramirez

    Hardball Talk "Last week the White Sox parted ways with their longtime starting shortstop Alexei Ramirez by declining his $10 million option for 2016, making him a free agent. However, general manager Rick Hahn told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that the team has not ruled out re-signing Ramirez at a lesser..." November 10

  • White Sox name Rick Renteria bench coach and Greg Sparks assistant hitting coach

    MLB.com "The Chicago White Sox have named Rick Renteria as the club's new bench coach and Greg Sparks as the assistant hitting coach. Renteria, 53, managed the Chicago Cubs in 2014 after spending the previous six seasons on San Diego's major-league coaching staff, including 2011-13 as bench coach and..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

  • Source: White Sox close to announcing hire of Rick Renteria

    CSN Chicago "No announcement is planned for Monday night but the White Sox should make the hire of Rick Renteria official soon. A baseball source said Monday afternoon a deal to make Renteria the team’s newest bench coach is close but hasn’t been finalized. The ex-Cubs manager has twice interviewed for the..." November 10

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.

  • Report: Mutual interest between Cubs and Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija

    Baseball Essential "It is no secret that the Chicago Cubs are on the lookout to upgrade their starting rotation and they have already been heavily connected to top free agent starting pitcher David Price (story here) and, as expected, they are showing interest in other free agent pitchers. Patrick Mooney of..." November 09

  • White Sox make $15.8 million qualifying offer to Jeff Samardzija

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox have extended a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija, the team announced Friday. Samardzija has a week to either accept the offer or become a free agent, and he is expected to turn it down while seeking a longer-term deal on the market...." November 06

  • Source: Rick Renteria would fit well as White Sox bench coach

    CSN Chicago "Rick Renteria is reportedly set to meet again with the White Sox this week about their vacated bench coach position. One industry source thinks hiring Renteria would be a wise move. Renteria, who managed the Cubs in 2014, previously served as the bench coach of the San Diego Padres from..." November 05

  • MLB free agents 2015: Predicting top targets for each American League team

    Sporting News "Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the end of one major league season sparks the life of the next. Baseball, like any sport, is predicated on its players. Each team comes with a rabid fan base anxiously awaiting what moves will be made during the offseason. This year, there are plenty of..." November 04

  • White Sox decline $10 million option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox have declined the $10 million option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who has played all of his eight major-league seasons with the club. Ramirez, 34, receives a $1 million buyout and becomes a free agent. Ramirez got off to a slow start in 2015 and hit .249 with 33 doubles, 10 home..." November 04

  • Report: Sandy Alomar Jr. didn't want to be seen as replacement for Ventura

    CSN Chicago "Sandy Alomar Jr. reportedly has turned down the White Sox out of respect for Robin Ventura. In search of a bench coach after they fired Mark Parent last month, the White Sox approached Alomar. But Alomar told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Sunday he declined because he doesn’t want to be a..." November 03

  • White Sox to make decisions on Ramirez, Samardzija this week

    CSN Chicago "A busy week with key decisions is underway for the White Sox after Kansas City clinched its first World Series victory since 1985 late Sunday night. Within the five-day window before free agency begins at midnight Saturday, the White Sox must make choices on both Alexei Ramirez and Jeff..." November 03

  • 2015-16 MLB Offseason: 10 trade and free agent predictions

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03

  • Count on a busy time for free agents and a whole lot more this offseason

    ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03

  • MLB free agent class highlighted by David Price, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann

    SB Nation "The World Series is over and Major League Baseball officially shifts into the hot stove season on Monday, beginning with dozens of players hitting free agency the morning after the World Series ends. It's a loaded free agent class highlighted by ace starting pitchers and a few impact position..." November 02

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: RHP Hector Noesi expected to sign with KIA Tigers in Korea.

  • White Sox Claim Jacob Turner From Cubs

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox have claimed right-hander Jacob Turner off waivers from the Cubs, according to the club’s transactions page at MLB.com. Turner, 24, didn’t pitch in the Majors this season, spending most of the year on the 60-day disabled list due to a strained right flexor tendon and right shoulder..." October 28

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends DraftKings partnership, says fantasy sports ‘not gambling’

    New York Daily News "Rob Manfred isn't a participant in daily fantasy leagues, but Major League Baseball's commissioner reiterated his support for the industry and the league's partnership with DraftKings. "I really don't have regrets about our involvement with fantasy," Manfred said. "I think that fantasy is an..." October 27

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred wants MLB to hire more minority managers

    SI "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants the league to hire more minority managers and coaches, the Associated Press reports. “We have had a year where our numbers are down in terms of the diversity that we have in some of our key positions,” Manfred said “I think it’s incumbent upon us to come up..." October 27

  • What would Jackie Robinson say about lack of minority managers in MLB?

    Sporting News "One. Forty-three years after Jackie Robinson made what would be his last public appearance at Riverfront Stadium during the 1972 World Series, there is just one manager Latino or African-American or manager in MLB: Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. Is this..." October 26