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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the White Sox have signed right-hander Miguel Gonzalez to a one-year contract.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo says the deal is worth $4.75 million. Gonzalez began the 2017 season with the White Sox before getting traded to the Rangers at the August 31 waiver deadline. He struggled badly in Texas and ultimately finished the year with an underwhelming 4.62 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 100/55 K/BB ratio in 156 total innings. The veteran right-hander can work as a stopgap for Chicago's rotation in 2018 while the club's younger starters continue to work out the kinks.
Jan 11 - 11:47 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the White Sox and Marlins recently discussed a potential Christian Yelich trade.

The White Sox would certainly have the prospects to get something done. However, Crasnick adds that the discussions "failed to advance beyond the routine dialogue stage" and that rival executives ultimately think the Marlins will hang on to Yelich. The 26-year-old outfielder is guaranteed $44.5 million through 2021 and his contract includes a club option for 2022.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 10:48:00 AM

According to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score, the White Sox and Cubs are both "still in on conversations" about Orioles infielder Manny Machado.

Levine is a Chicago-based baseball analyst, which is why this report is centered on the two Chicago teams. There are believed to be at least six other clubs trying to land Machado, including the Cardinals, Red Sox, Phillies, Yankees, and Diamondbacks. Jim Bowden of The Athletic and Sirius XM has heard from sources that there is doubt as to whether Orioles owner Peter Angelos would approve any trade involving his 25-year-old superstar, but Baltimore's front office has apparently kept the phone lines open. Machado is scheduled to hit the open market next winter and will almost certainly climb out of the O's price range as a free agent.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 05:13:00 PM

White Sox selected outfielder Carlos Tocci from the Phillies with the fourth pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Rangers.

Tocci, who was signed out of Venezuela at age 16, hit .307/.362/.398 as a 21-year-old in Double-A last season. He's not going to develop much power, so he's probably not a future regular. Still, he could be a nice reserve outfielder in time and he's polished enough that it wouldn't be too difficult to carry him now.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:42:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Orioles "are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can move him by the end of the week."

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote late Wednesday night that the White Sox have emerged "as the most aggressive suitor" for Machado and Nightengale confirms that the Pale Hose have presented the strongest offer so far to Baltimore, however the Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also in the mix on this. Machado is an elite-level talent and he is only 25 years old, but the star third baseman can become a free agent after the 2018 season and the Orioles clearly don't think they can afford to lock him up to a long-term deal. A trade of Machado might kick off a larger rolling rebuild effort for the O's front office. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, and Adam Jones are all entering walk years.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 04:01:00 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the White Sox "emerged Wednesday as the most aggressive suitor" for Manny Machado.

Chicago isn't quite ready to contend and Machado can become a free agent after the 2018 season, but Rosenthal hears that the White Sox would quickly attempt to sign Machado to a long-term deal if they were able to land him. There's also the possibility, per Rosenthal, that the White Sox could flip the star third baseman to another club -- maybe the Yankees? -- to further stack their loaded farm system. Baltimore probably wouldn't do a direct trade with New York. Machado is also known to be drawing serious interest from the Giants, Red Sox, and Cardinals.
Source: The Athletic
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:57:00 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in Orioles star Manny Machado.

The rich get even richer? New York just acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, but that trade required more of a financial commitment than a haul of young talent and the Yankees still have a loaded farm system to pull off this kind of deal. Olney says the White Sox are also interested in Machado, and the Cardinals are known to be in the hunt as well. Machado has averaged 35 home runs and 92 RBI per year since 2015 and he's a tremendous defender at both shortstop and third base, but he can become a free agent after the 2018 season.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 06:22:00 PM

The White Sox have hired Omar Vizquel as the new manager for Class A Winston-Salem.

The news was reported last month and it's now official. Vizquel served as the Tigers' first base coach for the last four seasons. He interviewed for the team's vacant manager job following Brad Ausmus' exit, but the club ultimately hired Ron Gardenhire. Vizquel, who is on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, played two seasons with the White Sox from 2010-2011. He'll be tasked with working with the promising prospects in Chicago's system.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 12:37:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the White Sox have signed Welington Castillo.

It's a two-year, $15 million contract with an $8 million club option for a third year, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The White Sox were one team that had a starting catcher job open and they've landed one of the best free agent backstops available. Castillo hit .282/.323/.490 and slugged 20 home runs over just 96 games this past season with the Orioles and has averaged 16.5 homers over the last four campaigns.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 01:11:00 PM

Mike Curto, the broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainers reports that Mark Lowe and Jean Machi have been traded to the White Sox.

No word yet on anything becoming official or a potential return for the Mariners. Both veteran right-handers have struggled this season. Lowe owns a 6.23 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 37/20 K/BB ratio across 39 innings at Triple-A Tacoma.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 07:41:00 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand hears that Tyler Clippard might be moving to the White Sox.

He's included in the nearly-completed trade sending Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle to New York. It would mostly be a salary offset, as Clippard is a 32-year-old impending free agent making $6.15 million and the White Sox are trying to stack young talent. Clippard has a 4.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 42/19 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings this season out of the Yankees' bullpen.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 10:34:00 PM

Yankees pitching prospect Ian Clarkin may be heading to the White Sox, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

He would be part of the return package for Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle. Clarkin, the 33rd overall pick in 2013 out of a San Diego high school, boasts a 2.61 ERA over 72 1/3 innings (13 starts, one relief appearance) this season for High-A Tampa. Yankees top outfield prospect Blake Rutherford is also rumored to be part of the deal.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 10:29:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that 2016 first-rounder Blake Rutherford "will be the prized Yankees prospect going to the White Sox" in the yet-to-be announced trade for Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle.

The names of minor leaguers are beginning to leak out, so this one is probably quite close to being completed. Rutherford, the No. 18 overall pick last year out of a high school in California, owns a .302/.364/.443 batting line over his first 104 professional games. The 20-year-old outfielder is currently stationed with the Yankees' Low-A Charleston affiliate in the South Atlantic League. He was ranked the No. 37 prospect in all of baseball this spring by MLB.com.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 10:16:00 PM

Cubs acquired LHP Jose Quintana from the White Sox for OF Eloy Jiménez, RHP Dylan Cease, 1B Matt Rose, and INF Bryant Flete.

The first big trade-deadline domino has fallen, with the defending World Series champs securing a top-flight starting pitcher as they aim to rebound from a disappointing first half. Quintana owns a 4.49 ERA in 104 1/3 innings this season, but he was in a nice groove leading into the All-Star break and the 28-year-old left-hander carries a very team-friendly contract that could keep him in a Cubs uniform through 2020. In return, the White Sox get more high-upside talent for their suddenly-stacked farm system. Jimenez is among the top prospects in the sport, and Cease was recently rated the Cubs' No. 2 prospect by Baseball America.
Thu, Jul 13, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox have agreed to a deal with top Cuban free agent Luis Robert.

The deal is expected to be somewhere between $25 and $30 million, meaning the total outlay for the White Sox in the deal after taxes will be over $45 million. It's a huge get for the White Sox, as the 19-year-old outfielder is considered to be an elite-level talent.
Sat, May 20, 2017 03:39:00 PM

Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that the Cardinals and White Sox are viewed as the favorites to sign Cuban outfielder Luis Robert.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan is hearing the same, and he's been told by two sources that Robert has already picked a team and is expected to sign soon after he's officially eligible on Saturday. Passan also reports that Robert's price tag could approach $25 million, and that would come with a 100 percent overage tax, leaving the potential total cost in the $50 million range. The 19-year-old Robert, a center fielder, is considered an elite young talent.
Fri, May 19, 2017 08:55:00 AM

Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that the White Sox and Cardinals held private workouts for Cuban outfielder Luis Robert in the past week in the Dominican Republic.

Robert also worked out for the Padres in the last week, which had been reported previously, and he's known to have auditioned for the A's, Reds and Astros, too. Badler notes that Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak was in attendance for Robert's workout for St. Louis and White Sox vice president Ken Williams and GM Rick Hahn were at the outfielder's workout for Chicago. Robert is eligible to sign with a major league club on May 20 and he's going to cost a pretty penny.
Mon, May 8, 2017 07:08:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports free agent RHP Mike Pelfrey is close to signing with the White Sox.

Pelfrey was let go by the Tigers late in spring training. The 11-year veteran recorded a thoroughly mediocre 5.07 ERA last season but can at least eat innings for the White Sox while Carlos Rodon works his way back from a biceps injury. There's no fantasy intrigue here.
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 02:24:00 PM


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