Player News - White Sox

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Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports that "several teams" have upped their trade offers for Jose Quintana in the last week.

This has the feel of a White Sox leak that they hope results in actual improved offers from clubs. Regardless, the situation with Quintana does figure to come to a head soon with spring training not too far away. The Astros, Yankees and Pirates have been the three teams most often connected to Quintana, but Levine notes that there are others interested. For what it's worth, Levine says the "smart money" is on the left-hander being traded prior to spring training.
Source: CBS Chicago
Jan 15 - 3:38 PM

White Sox and RHP Zach Putnam avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.12 million contract.

It's the reliever's second year of arbitration eligibility. Putnam boasts a career 3.33 ERA and will be ready for spring training following August elbow surgery.
Jan 13 - 4:08 PM

White Sox and RHP Miguel Gonzalez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.9 million contract.

Gonzalez was surprisingly cut loose by the Orioles last spring but caught on quickly in Chicago and held a 3.73 ERA over 135 innings. He was arbitration-eligible for the final time.
Jan 13 - 4:06 PM

White Sox and 3B Todd Frazier avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $12 million contract.

Frazier smacked a career-high 40 home runs for the White Sox last season, although he batted only .225/.302/.464 overall. He'll be looking to improve that line in 2017 in what will be his walk year.
Jan 13 - 1:07 PM

White Sox and LHP Dan Jennings avoid arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

He made $810,000 last year and gets a nice bump in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The 29-year-old lefthander comes off an excellent season in which he put up a 2.08 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. He has a 2.74 career ERA in 233 games. Despite his effectiveness he has tallied only one save and 20 holds spread over five seasons.
Jan 12 - 7:39 PM

White Sox and RHP Jake Petricka avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $825,000 contract.

He made $535,000 last year and gets a nice raise in his first shot at arbitration. He has been a middle-innings workhorse out of the bullpen in his White Sox career. He registered a 3.63 ERA over 62 games in 2015 but he pitched in only nine games in 2016 due to a hip injury. His rather pedestrian strikeout rate makes him an unlikely candidate for a set-up or closing role.
Jan 12 - 7:27 PM

White Sox signed INF Everth Cabrera to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cabrera hasn't been with a major league club since 2015. He spent last year playing in his native Nicaragua for Indios del Boer. The 30-year-old infielder was an All-Star for the Padres in 2013 and led the NL with 44 steals in 2012.
Jan 7 - 11:26 PM

RHP Jorge Rondon has signed a one-year contract with Japan's Chunichi Dragons.

The White Sox released him from his minor league contract so he could go play overseas. The 28-year-old appeared in two games for the Pirates last season but spent most of the year with their Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis. Rondon made his big league debut with St. Louis in 2014.
Jan 7 - 8:51 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Astros continue to talk to the White Sox and remain one of the "most serious suitors" for Jose Quintana.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Wednesday that the Astros were among the teams still talking to the White Sox about the left-hander. The 27-year-old owns a career 3.41 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 7.4 K/9 and would slot in with Dallas Keuchel at the top of the Astros' starting rotation.
Jan 7 - 10:00 AM

White Sox claimed OF Willy Garcia off waivers from the Pirates.

Garcia has flashed some upside in the minors, but he's coming off a season where he batted just .245/.293/.366 with six homers in his first full year at Triple-A. The 24-year-old is likely in line for more seasoning even with the White Sox' dire outfield situation.
Jan 6 - 2:31 PM

White Sox signed 3B/OF Cody Asche to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Asche, 26, is a career .240/.298/.385 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. He should stand a decent shot at an Opening Day roster spot in Chicago as a backup at third base and the corner outfield spots.
Jan 6 - 2:12 PM

White Sox signed C Geovany Soto to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says Soto will make $2 million if on the big league roster and that the deal also includes an option for a second year. Soto, who previously played for the White Sox in 2015, was limited to 26 games with the Angels last season due to knee issues. Still, he would seem to be in a great position to make the Opening Day roster with Chicago and maybe even start.
Jan 5 - 11:08 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Pirates and Astros remain in talks with the White Sox regarding a potential Jose Quintana trade.

The Yankees are also reportedly interested in Quintana, though Rosenthal relays that they appear to be a "longshot" at this point due to the White Sox asking price for the 27-year-old southpaw. Should nothing materialize to their liking in the near future, the Sox could hold off on moving Quintana until closer to the summer trade deadline.
Jan 4 - 5:44 PM

Bryan Hoch of writes that the Yankees continue to have dialogue with the White Sox about left-hander Jose Quintana.

The Yankees haven't been willing to meet the understandable high asking price for Quintana thus far, but Hoch notes that pitching is the priority as the club prepares for spring training. "I think we'll stay engaged in the marketplace, and over time, if we do match up favorably with anybody where we can get what we want and they get what they want, then yes, we'll try to pull something down," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on MLB Network. In addition to discussing Quintana, Hoch notes that the Yankees have shown at least some level of interest in free agent right-hander Jason Hammel. As of now, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, and CC Sabathia are the only pitchers who will go into spring training assured of rotation spots with New York.
Jan 4 - 3:39 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the White Sox have received "due diligence" calls on Todd Frazier.

Teams have put out feelers for Frazier but teammate Jose Abreu seems to be drawing more interest. Cafardo speculates that Frazier's impending free agency (he'll hit the market after next season) could be holding teams back from pursuing him. Frazier enjoyed a career year in 2016, slugging 40 homers and 98 RBI to go with 15 stolen bases.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 06:21:00 PM

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