Player News - White Sox

Date: Team: Pos:

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Nationals remain in trade discussions with the White Sox for Chris Sale.

They're also talking to the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen. It would seem to be an either/or scenario, as it's hard to see the Nationals having the ammunition to acquire both. Rosenthal notes that the Red Sox are also interested in Sale, though the White Sox would have to lower their asking price to get a deal done.
Dec 3 - 2:54 PM

White Sox non-tendered RHP Blake Smith.

The 28-year-old right-hander appeared in just five games for the big league club in 2016, compiling a 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 1/0 K/BB ratio in 4 1/3 innings. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal with a spring training invite elsewhere.
Dec 2 - 6:58 PM

White Sox and INF Brett Lawrie avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Lawrie will see a massive drop in salary from the $4.125 million that he made in 2016 after hitting just .248/.310/.413 with 12 homers and 36 RBI in 94 games in his first season with the White Sox. Still just 26-years-old, Lawrie is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training and could represent a nice buy-low opportunity in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Dec 2 - 6:53 PM

White Sox and OF Avisail Garcia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Garcia has been a big disappointment to this point, putting up a .250/.308/.380 batting line in his first three full seasons in Chicago. He was arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter.
Dec 2 - 5:44 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are still interested in Chris Sale and Chris Archer.

The Braves have replenished their rotation depth this offseason with the additions of R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia. They might not necessarily be looking to add another starter, but if it's someone on another level like Sale or Archer they'd apparently be open to it. Not surprisingly, Crasnick notes that the Braves prefer Sale. He also says they're "very reluctant" to part with infield prospect Ozzie Albies in any deal but are "getting a lot of hits" on him.
Dec 2 - 10:38 AM

A rival executive told MLB Network's Jon Morosi that the White Sox are more likely to trade Adam Eaton than Jose Abreu at the winter meetings.

The White Sox seem to be in the mode of listening to trade offers for virtually anyone on their roster, but it's not surprising that Eaton appears likelier than Abreu to be dealt. The outfielder should be able to fetch a nice return, as he's a career .284/.357/.414 hitter and is under team control for just $38.4 million through 2021.
Dec 2 - 10:05 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals, Astros, Red Sox, Rangers and Braves "are starting to separate themselves at the forefront" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

Heyman cautions that it "doesn’t mean that any one of these teams is sure to get him, or even that Sale will definitely be traded," but for now it appears it's the aforementioned five clubs involved in the most serious trade talks for the ace lefty. He also lists the Dodgers as a possible suitor for Sale and says the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Giants "look to be on the periphery."
Dec 2 - 9:09 AM

Tyler Saladino said Tuesday that he believes his back issues are under control.

Saladino struggled through back discomfort on and off in 2016 and was eventually diagnosed with a herniated disk in late September, but he's had a fairly normal offseason and expects to be 100 percent leading into 2017. "My back, I feel actually really good right now and strong and all that," said the 27-year-old utilityman. "I haven't had any symptoms. It's actually been the opposite. It has been feeling really good, knock on wood or whatever. It's been a good progression."
Nov 29 - 4:39 PM

Jose Quintana will pitch for Team Colombia in the World Baseball Classic in March.

This, according to his agent, Melvin Roman. Jon Morosi of MLB.com notes that Quintana could potentially start the WBC opener against Team USA. The White Sox are expected to be a seller this offseason, but trade chatter regarding Quintana has been surprisingly quiet thus far. That could obviously change at any time.
Nov 29 - 10:06 AM

White Sox signed C Roberto Pena to a minor league contract.

Pena batted just .235/.273/.376 in 277 plate appearances this past year between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno, affiliates of the Astros. He'll remain nothing more than organizational depth for the Pale Hose.
Nov 28 - 12:25 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the asking price for Chris Sale in trade talks is "maybe even higher" than it was in July.

The likelihood of the White Sox trading Sale seems higher now than it did in July, but there are also presumably more teams in on the bidding. Heyman adds that the hope is the trade talks for the left-hander will pick up during the winter meetings. Sale has finished in the top-six in American League Cy Young voting in all five of his seasons as a starter and is owed just $38 million over the next three seasons.
Nov 25 - 4:12 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Jose Quintana's name hasn't come up in trade talks this offseason.

While Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon have both been discussed as trade candidates this offseason, one GM told Cafardo that Quintana's name has been "conspicuous by his absence" in recent trade rumblings. Quintana is under contract through 2019 and holds a club option for 2020. Coming off his best season (13-12, 3.20 ERA, 181 Ks in 2016), it looks like Quintana will be in a White Sox uniform for the foreseeable future.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 19 - 4:21 PM

White Sox signed INF Jose Vinicio to a minor league contract.

The 23-year-old infielder spent the past seven seasons in the Red Sox organization, most recently hitting .259/.286/.329 with two homers, 17 RBI and seven stolen bases over 70 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. He's nothing more than organizational depth for the White Sox.
Nov 19 - 10:22 AM

White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Brad Goldberg from Triple-A Charlotte.

Goldberg, 26, put up a 2.70 ERA and 51/26 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 relief frames between Double- and Triple-A this past season. He should get his first crack at the majors in 2017.
Nov 18 - 3:15 PM

White Sox purchased the contract of OF Jacob May from Triple-A Charlotte.

May, 24, hit .266/.309/.352 with one homer and 19 steals for Charlotte this past season. He can play all three outfield positions.
Nov 18 - 3:12 PM


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