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White Sox Turn $25 Million Into Adam LaRoche

There’s kind of a talking point here, about how much the qualifying offer cost Adam LaRoche a few years ago. Following a career year in 2012, LaRoche was extended a qualifying offer, and a market never developed, so he re-signed with the Nationals for two years and $24 million. LaRoche now is older, and he’s […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Time To Be Smarter About Bullpen Usage

When I saw that the White Sox had signed Zach Duke for three years and $15 million, my first thought had nothing to do with Duke or Chicago. It was, “wow, Andrew Miller and David Robertson are going to get paid.” Though Duke was obviously a much different pitcher in 2014 than he was in […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox Sign First Baseman Adam LaRoche To Two-Year Contract

CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox had one of the majors’ most powerful right-handed bats last season in Jose Abreu. Now they are hoping Adam LaRoche can help balance their lineup. LaRoche has agreed to a contract with the White Sox, a person familiar with the situation said Friday night. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

With LaRoche on Board, How Can White Sox Contend?

If there was doubt that the Chicago White Sox‘s intentions were to set out a winning team in U.S. Cellular Field for the 2015 MLB season, the signing of Adam LaRoche erased that, and showed that Chicago is serious about not only making strides to make October baseball, but also make a run once they make postseason play. LaRoche, one of the better bats that was available...
Via On-Base Talk
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Instant Analysis: White Sox Sign Adam LaRoche

Adam LaRoche, eh? Let’s take a look. Days after signing their first free agent of the 2014-2015 MLB offseason, your Chicago White Sox went out and made a fairly big splash in free agency. For the second time in four years, the south siders have signed a veteran lefty power bat away from the Washington Nationals to come to the American League and serve as the good guys’ designated...
Via Grab Some Bench
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox rumors: free agent overview

It’s not often that a team can boast the fact that they possess arguably the best starting pitcher and hitter in baseball at the same time. But that is exactly where the Chicago White Sox find themselves as they enter this all important off-season that could alter the future of this team for years to come. The only question is what direction will the needle be pointing once the...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox designate Belisario for assignment

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have designated right-hander Ronald Belisario for assignment. Belisario, 31, was 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA and eight saves in 62 relief appearances in his lone season in Chicago. He signed as a free agent in December. The White Sox also purchased the contracts of pitcher Frankie Montas, infielders Rangel Ravelo and Tyler Saladino and catcher Kevan Smith...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox showing interest in outfielder Melky Cabrera

            The Chicago White Sox are excited about their future with rookie Jose Abreu leading the way, but they are looking to make a move or two this offseason to help improve their offense around him. One name that has come up recently in rumors surrounding the White Sox is outfielder Melky Cabrera, who doesn’t appear headed back to the Toronto Blue...
Via Sports-Glory
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Zach Duke got $15 million from the White Sox

Zach Duke signed a three-year/$15 million contract with the White Sox yesterday based on his insane/improbable emergence as a relief ace with the Brewers last year. Neil Weinberg at Beyond the Box Score was apparently fascinated by Duke’s breakout season last year and so he takes a look today at the value of one good year vs. a career of mediocrity. It’s obviously only one season’s...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Sign Andrew Miller Lite(?)

If you’re anything like me, you kind of forgot that Zach Duke was still a major-league baseball player. And in fairness, less than a year ago, Duke no longer looked like a major-league baseball player. So the news that Duke got picked up by the White Sox for three years and $15 million came as […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Zach Duke may have just gotten the most laughable contract of the winter

I think Zach Duke is a fine reliever. I ranked him eighth among all free agent relievers last week. However, for as much as I like Duke, I don’t like him enough to sign him to a three-year, $15 million contract, which the Chicago White Sox just did. Zach Duke's contract is three years for $15 million per the #WhiteSox. — Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) November 18, 2014 The breakdown...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox To Sign Stud Lefty Reliever

Per reports made by Dan Hayes of, it will be announced later today that the Chicago White Sox are to sign stud lefty reliever Zach Duke. #WhiteSox will announce the signing of left-handed reliever Zach Duke later today. — Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) November 18, 2014 The deal is for three years worth a reported $15 million. Duke quietly had a stellar year pitching just...
Via Sports Mockery
8 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Looking to Acquire Catcher Jason Castro?

It’s no secret that current White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers has underwhelmed during his time on the South Side. Flowers, the top prospect the Sox acquired in a 2008 trade with the Atlanta Braves for Javier Vazquez, is a career .218 hitter that strikes out way too much and has been a complete bust. He did post the best season of his career in 2014 however batting .244 with 15 home...
Via Sports Mockery
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Alexei Ramirez be an Overpriced Commodity?

The New York Mets have been linked to Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez in the club’s ongoing search to bring stability to the position. Ramirez has one year remaining on a four-year, $32.5M extension he signed with the Sox in 2011. The 34-year-old is highly heralded, but interested parties should take caution.  The question the Mets must answer prior to moving forward is: “How...
Via Around Citi
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Semien, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper

Semien can provide cheap power and speed at both 2B and MI. Second base isn’t the feeblest of fantasy positions, but it certainly isn’t one where you can sit back and fall into a great player. In our 2014 Second Base Recap we looked back at the top 20 finishers at second from the past season. In that that 11-15 range, the guys who just missed regular startability in 10-team...
Via Baseball Professor
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Agent: Yasmany Tomas Has A Lot More Power Than White Sox’s Jose Abreu

Yasmany Tomas’ agent is really pumping his client’s tires. Jay Alou, who represents Tomas, told reporters Monday at the general managers meetings in Phoenix, Ariz., that the Cuban outfielder stacks up favorably with Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, who just earned American League Rookie of the Year honors. “He’s got more power than Abreu. He’s got a lot more power...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Abreu: Rookie of the Year

What was assumed to be a mere formality was made official on Monday night as Jose Abreu was named the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year. Abreu was the unanimous choice, receiving all 30 first place votes. Matt Shoemaker of the Angels finished a distant second. Abreu becomes the sixth White Sox player to win the award and the first since Ozzie Guillen in 1985. Abreu hit .317...
Via Grab Some Bench
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Abreu, Jacob deGrom win Rookie of the Year awards

Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were named the 2014 AL and NL Rookies of the Year on Monday. Both ran away with the voting in their respective league. The 27-year old Abreu hit .317/.383/.581 with 36 homers for the White Sox, proving himself to not only be the best rookie in the American League, but also one of the best overall hitters. He won the award unanimously, collecting all 30...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Plenty of Rumors, but Tough to see Ramirez Leaving

On the same day Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez received well-deserved Silver Slugger honors, “The Cuban Missile” found himself as part of a different kind of news. On Thursday, Bruce Levine of reported that the seven-year veteran has garnered a lot of interest, and specifically, the Yankees, Dodgers, and Mets have inquired about him. This time of year, different...
Via Grab Some Bench
18 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Injury Update: Chris Bassitt shut down in AFL with foot discomfort

The Chicago White Sox struggled to a 73-89 record this past season in large part due to a pitching staff that was 27th in ERA. Looking to improve the pitching in 2015 might not require many off season moves, should Chris Bassitt make strides in the AFL and next spring. Bassitt looked sharp in six appearances with the White Sox. Although he has been shut down with foot discomfort...
Via Sports Injury Alert
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the opposition: The 2015 Chicago White Sox

Following a 73-89 showing in 2014, the Chicago White Sox do not jump out as a threat to Cleveland in next year’s division race. Such a thought process would be selling the White Sox short, however. Recently, I broke down the brighter-than-expected offseason outlook for the Detroit Tigers, finding even if they lose Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez, Detroit still projects as...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Bell tolls for Chicago White Sox Dayán Viciedo?

As the 2014 MLB season came to a close, the Chicago White Sox prepared for a long winter off season.  With optimism at its highest level since perhaps the 2006 season following a World Series title, Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn seem primed to make a run at the American League Central Division title.  They are a team entering next season with arguably the best starting pitcher ...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Rumors: Alexei Ramirez could be dealt

If there is one player that is proven in the Chicago White Sox lineup, it would be their shortstop, Alexei Ramirez.  He has been a staple in their lineup for the past seven years, and is someone who is under team control until 2016. But even though he is signed with Chicago for the next two seasons, Ramirez is a player that could be traded entering this upcoming offseason.  Not...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul Konerko leaves tribute to family in infield dirt

I’m not going to lie to you, I’m kinda glad the Paul Konerko retirement train left the station long after the Derek Jeter lovefest began. Because after this last weekend of the baseball season, the longtime Chicago White Sox star’s final games have made me feel all the feels. Sox fan Chris Claeys returning Konerko’s 2005 grand slam ball, his new statue at U.S. Cellular Field…that...
Via Hall of Very Good
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

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