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With only a few weeks remaining until pitchers and catchers report to camp and local media outlets pretend that truck day is ‘a thing’, there are still a handful of big name players left on without a job for 2012. Of those, the likes of Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson will eventually find themselves a big league deal somewhere, even if the dollar value and team don’t match their early winter ambitions. Others available players, particularly relievers, who hoped for a nice deal from someone may end up settling for a minor league deal or split contract on a team in need of bullpen help. I’d throw names like Chad Durbin, Mike Gonzalez and Juan Cruz into this category.
But what of the bigger name position players still looking to catch on somewhere? In the winter of 2009-10 Jermaine Dye was coming off of a .250/.340/.453 year where he hit 27 homers for the Chicago White Sox. The assumption was that Dye was looking for a bigger payday than team’s were willing to offer and, finding his optio...
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There is no doubt that a dominating closer is an invaluable asset to a team. When opponents hear “Enter Sandman” at Yankee Stadium, they know that they’re going to have to get through veteran closer Mariano Rivera (which is no easy task) in order to avoid a loss. Similarly, Los Angeles Dodgers’ closer Eric Gagne saved 84 games in a row, which I’m sure didn’t do very much...
Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn is coming off a disastrous 2011 campaign in which he batted just .159 and struck out 177 times. The designated hitter has gotten himself into better shape this offseason, and he's hoping 2012 is a season of redemption.
Addison Reed's fast track through the Minor Leagues in 2011 has landed the young right-hander, drafted in the third round by the White Sox in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, in the mix to be the closer on Chicago's South Side this season.
There is no doubt that a dominating closer is an invaluable asset to a team. When opponents hear “Enter Sandman” at Yankee Stadium, they know that they’re going to have to get through veteran closer Mariano Rivera (which is no easy task) in order to avoid a loss. Similarly, Los Angeles Dodgers’ closer Eric Gagne saved 84 games in a row, which I’m sure didn’t do very...
The Chicago White Sox have signed first baseman Dan Johnson to a minor league deal on Wednesday, according to the St. Petersburg Times.Johnson is best known for the three-run home run he hit on the final day of the regular season last year against the New York Yankees that led to a playoff birth for the Tampa Bay Rays.The 32-year-old hit .119 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in 84 at bats last season.
The Tribune's Mark Gonzales answers questions about Chris Sale's durability and the role that's best suited for him and the direction of the Sox, as well as a passionate plea for massive rebuilding from a long-time Sox fan.Sale's durability, the Sox's direction and much more.
Dan Johnson is mobbed by his teammates in the dugout after his dramatic ninth-inning home run Sept. 28 tied the score and sent the game into extra innings. ROGER MOONEY Dan Johnson, whose two-out, two-strike, ninth inning home run on the final night of the regular season…
For a White Sox team fighting for a chance to compete, though, that feeling of togetherness might be as crucial as any powerful cleanup hitter or lockdown eighth-inning reliever.
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In his session with the media before the start of SoxFest Friday at the Palmer House, new White Sox manager Robin Ventura was self-deprecating to a fault, well aware he has big shoes to fill as a media personality in replacing Ozzie Guillen.
"I was just as big a fan as anybody of his press conferences.…
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Dan Johnson will be remembered for hitting a few dramatic game- and season-saving home runs, including a tying shot on the 2011 season's final night.
White Sox fans will see red at Sunday home games when the Sox wear a 1972 throwback uniform.
The classic and popular red pinstripes, donned by manager Chuck Tanner's team that included Dick Allen, Bill Melton, Wilbur Wood, Carlos May, Rich Gossage and Terry Forster, will bring back 40-year-old memories of a team that gave the world champion Oakland A's a run for their money...
New bench coach Mark Parent is determined to get the White Sox away from their typical station-to-station approach on the basepaths as well as help limit the opposition's ability to run wild.