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White Sox signed C George Kottaras to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kottaras hopped between three different organizations in 2014, appearing in only 18 games at the major league level. He'll be depth at catcher for the Pale Hose.
Dec 18 - 2:43 PM

White Sox signed LHP Zach Phillips to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Phillips spent last season in Japan but made just nine appearances, posting a 3.27 ERA. The 28-year-old will give the Pale Hose some left-handed relief depth.
Dec 15 - 10:23 PM

White Sox signed OF Melky Cabrera to a three-year, $42 million contract.

The deal was reported late Saturday night and is now official after Cabrera passed a physical. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the contract includes a limited no-trade clause. Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays and should fit nicely in the No. 2 spot in the White Sox' lineup.
Dec 15 - 6:29 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Melky Cabrera's three-year deal with the White Sox will be for $42 million.

Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com first reported the deal late Saturday night and now we have more details. Cabrera reportedly entered the offseason looking for a four- or possibly five-year contract, but the $14 million average annual value of his deal with the White Sox isn't bad. Chicago will now likely trade Dayan Viciedo.
Dec 14 - 9:56 AM

Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports that the White Sox have agreed to a three-year contract with Melky Cabrera, pending a physical.

Exact terms aren't yet known, but the contract is expected to the in the $45 million range. It was reported on Friday that the Mariners made a three-year offer, but Cabrera apparently preferred the offer he got from Chicago. The 30-year-old batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays and further strengthens Chicago's lineup. Throw him in with the additions of Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, and Adam LaRoche and it's clear the White Sox intend to go for it in 2015.
Dec 14 - 12:24 AM

Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that the Mariners have offered Melky Cabrera a three-year contract.

The financials aren't known, but the three-year offer isn't a surprise since it's been reported the M's are hesitant to extend a four-year pact Cabrera's way. The Orioles are also reportedly willing to give Cabrera a 2-3 year deal, as it remains to be seen if the outfielder will be able to land the four-year contract he desires. The Royals have also been in on Cabrera but might be priced out of the competition.
Dec 12 - 5:11 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles would consider Melky Cabrera on a 2-3 year contract.

Like the Mariners, the Orioles would be a opposed to a four-year pact for Cabrera, but they'd be interested in him on a shorter deal. Cabrera is reportedly seeking a five-year contract in the $60 million range, but it's not sounding like anyone will be willing to meet those demands. That said, Cabrera is probably the best free agent bat still available, so he might choose to wait it out for the best possible deal.
Dec 12 - 10:02 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have "not made recent progress" in trade talks for Dayan Viciedo.

MLB.com's Scott Merkin reported earlier Thursday that the Mariners were in "serious talks" with the White Sox for Viciedo, but it appears those negotiations have stalled. Viciedo slugged 21 homers in 2014, but that came with a .231 batting average and .281 on-base percentage. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason.
Dec 11 - 8:03 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune writes that the Mariners "appear unwilling to move beyond three years" for free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Dutton says Melky is seeking a five-year contract in the $60 million range. The M's are exploring other options to fill their corner-outfield need, including Dayan Viciedo of the White Sox. Cabrera, 30, batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays.
Dec 11 - 4:00 PM

MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports the Mariners are in "serious talks" for White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo.

Merkin says Chicago is targeting a Seattle reliever for the return. Viciedo slugged 21 homers in 2014, but that came with a .231 batting average and .281 on-base percentage. He also rates very poorly on defense.
Dec 11 - 1:21 PM

White Sox acquired LHP Dan Jennings from the Marlins for RHP Andre Rienzo.

Jennings posted a spectacular 1.34 ERA in 40 1/3 innings this past season for the Marlins. It's another nice addition to the quickly-improving White Sox bullpen.
Dec 11 - 12:17 PM

White Sox signed RHP David Robertson to a four-year, $46 million contract.

The deal was agreed to late Monday night and has now been made official after Robertson passed his pre-signing physical. The 29-year-old closer is due to make $10 million in 2015, $11 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017, and $13 million in 2018. He owns a 2.81 career ERA and saved 39 games for the Yankees in 2014.
Dec 10 - 5:37 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are showing increased interest in a trade for Dayan Viciedo.

The Mariners have been linked to Viciedo in the past and they are revisiting the possibility as they attempt to land a right-handed bat to play right field. Switch-hitter Melky Cabrera is another possibility, but talks with the free agent outfielder appear stalled at the moment. Viciedo turns 26 in March and batted .231/.281/.405 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI this past season.
Dec 10 - 8:28 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the White Sox are telling teams that Dayan Viciedo is available.

Viciedo is currently in line to start in left field for the Sox, but they'd like to upgrade the position and would also prefer to add more bullpen help. The Cuban defector has a sub-.300 OBP in his career and is a butcher in the outfield. However, he has a pair of 20-homer seasons under his belt and has hit .291/.331/.507 in his career versus lefties, so he's a useful piece if deployed correctly.
Dec 9 - 9:46 PM

White Sox acquired RHP Michael Ynoa and RHP Jeff Samardzija from the Athletics for INF Marcus Semien, RHP Chris Bassitt, 1B Rangel Ravelo, and C Josh Phegley.

Ynoa was once a highly-coveted international player, signing a record $4.25 million contract with the A's as a 16-year-old in 2008. But the shine has worn off over the years as he has battled injuries and ineffectiveness. Ynoa, now 23, owns a 4.81 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 9.4 K/9 in 161 career major league innings. He has not risen above High-A ball.
Dec 9 - 12:40 PM


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