Player News - White Sox

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Miguel Gonzalez couldn’t get out of his own way Wednesday in the White Sox’s Cactus League loss to the Athletics, giving up nine hits, four runs and one walk over 4 1/3 innings.

He logged four strikeouts before exiting. The A’s came out firing on Wednesday, hanging two runs on Gonzalez in the first and another two in the second. Gonzalez improved as the game went along but by then, the damage had already been done. Gonzalez is penciled in as Chicago’s No. 2 starter but makes for a thoroughly underwhelming fantasy option. His spring ERA sits at a dismal 5.68.
Mar 22 - 8:05 PM

United States manager Jim Leyland said that Nate Jones will not be available for Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico.

Jones threw 19 pitches in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Japan. While he will not be available for Wednesday's championship tilt, Leyland said that all other bullpen hands will be ready to rock 'n' roll as the United States tries to secure its first win in the finals of the spring tournament. The game is set to begin at 9:00 EST.
Mar 22 - 6:16 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the White Sox "continue to work hard" on a possible Jose Quintana trade.

This essentially backs up what was reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. According to Bowden, the Astros and Braves appear to be the top contenders and a trade could happen before Opening Day. In fact, Bowden floats top prospects Frances Martes and Kyle Tucker as part of a return package from Houston. Of course, the White Sox can afford to hold out for a bit until they see an offer to their liking, but clearly Quintana is going to be traded sooner or later as the club moves ahead with their rebuilding effort.
Mar 22 - 2:00 PM

White Sox optioned RHP Tommy Kahnle to Triple-A Charlotte.

Kahnle made 29 appearances out of the White Sox bullpen last season while posting a 2.63 ERA. While the 27-year-old struck out 25 batters in 27 1/3 innings, he also issued 20 walks. He'll serve as bullpen depth in the minors.
Mar 22 - 12:44 PM

White Sox optioned OF Adam Engel to Triple-A Charlotte; reassigned LHP Jace Fry and C Roberto Pena to minor-league camp.

Engel was added to the 40-man roster back in November after batting .259/.344/.406 with seven homers and 45 steals across three levels last season. The 25-year-old speedster could make his major league debut at some point this year.
Mar 22 - 12:40 PM

James Shields struck out six across six shutout frames versus the Rangers on Tuesday.

Shields wasn't great in his other two starts this spring, so this was a nice step forward. He surrendered just three hits and a walk to go along with his six punchouts. The veteran right-hander is looking to bounce back in 2017 after posting an ugly 5.85 ERA in 2016.
Mar 21 - 11:19 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Braves are one multiple teams showing "continued interest" in Jose Quintana.

Passan adds that the Astros and Pirates have also touched base with the White Sox this spring regarding Quintana. The White Sox are willing to deal Quintana at any time, according to Passan, but they are content to wait for the right package given that the lefty is easily the best starter available for trade right now. Quintana is almost surely going to be dealt at some point between now and the trade deadline.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Mar 21 - 10:05 PM

White Sox optioned RHP Carson Fulmer to Triple-A Charlotte; re-assigned RHP Michael Kopech to minor league camp.

The White Sox cut a ton of young talent from major league camp Tuesday, although none of the moves came as a surprise. Fulmer held a 6.14 ERA this spring, although he struck out 15 over 14 2/3 innings. He'll continue to pitch as a starter for now, but some feel he'll eventually wind up in the bullpen. Kopech has arguably the highest upside of any starter in the minors, but he's never pitched above A-ball.
Mar 21 - 4:51 PM

White Sox optioned RHP Lucas Giolito to Triple-A Charlotte.

Giolito put up a 5.59 ERA with six strikeouts over 9 2/3 frames for the White Sox this spring. The top prospect has some things to work on before getting another shot in the majors, but the upside remains sky-high and he should be in the White Sox' rotation at some point in 2017.
Mar 21 - 4:47 PM

White Sox optioned RHP Reynaldo Lopez to Triple-A Charlotte.

Lopez pitched well this spring with a 3.72 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over five starts, which included six shutout innings on Monday. He'll be in the running, along with fellow top prospect Lucas Giolito, to be the first starter summoned from the minors when the White Sox need rotation help.
Mar 21 - 4:45 PM

White Sox optioned 2B Yoan Moncada to Triple-A Charlotte.

Moncada had an impressive first spring training with the White Sox, batting .317/.391/.683 with three home runs over 41 at-bats. Chicago has an opening at second base that Moncada will fill eventually, but he could use a little more seasoning and the White Sox also want to keep him in the minors for a while for service time reasons.
Mar 21 - 4:42 PM

White Sox signed SS Tim Anderson to a six-year, $25 million extension.

Scott Merkin of MLB.com first reported that the two sides were close to a deal while FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Bob Nightengale of USA Today passed along contract details. The deal includes a pair of club options valued at $25.5 million, so the deal could max out at $50.5 million. The White Sox have bought out all of his arbitration seasons and his first two seasons of free agency. While this is a record guarantee for a player with fewer than one year of MLB service time, it could be quite the bargain if he progresses as hoped. The 24-year-old batted .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs and 10 stolen bases over 99 games as a rookie last season. Chicago considers him as an important building block.
Mar 21 - 1:05 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox and Tim Anderson have reached agreement on an extension which is expected to include six guaranteed years.

Scott Merkin of MLB.com first reported that the two sides were closing in on a deal, but now the final details are trickling in. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the deal is worth $25 million, which would be the new record for a player with less than one year of service time. Rays right-hander Chris Archer ($20 million guaranteed) had the previous record. The deal includes a pair of club options which could bring the total value to $51.5 million. An official announcement should come soon.
Mar 21 - 9:02 AM

Reynaldo Lopez allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings in Monday's Cactus League start against the Giants.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Lopez's start was that he walked no one along with his four strikeouts. He's always had good stuff, but his inconsistent control and command have some wondering if he's better suited for the bullpen. He could have fantasy impact there because of his ability to miss bats, but if he continues to throw strikes at this rate, those expectations should rise considerably. Don't be surprised if it's Lopez, and not Lucas Giolito or Michael Kopech, who gets the first chance at a call-up this spring.
Mar 20 - 6:09 PM

MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports that the White Sox are discussing a multi-year contract with Tim Anderson.

The potential parameters of the deal aren't known at this point. Anderson isn't arbitration-eligible until after the 2019 season, but the White Sox obviously see something special in him and want to make a long-term commitment to him. The shortstop batted .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs and 10 stolen bases over 431 plate appearances for the White Sox last season.
Mar 20 - 5:51 PM


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