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Updated Outlook: Chicago’s Crosstown Cup

For years, Chicago’s Crosstown Cup has seemed like a competition of which bad baseball team was slightly better than the other bad baseball team. Thankfully, it appears that tradition is set to end, and that the rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox will be resurrected with fresh intensity in 2015. After a year that saw both teams go a combined 146-178, 2015 promises...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: White Sox sign George Kottaras

The White Sox have shaken things up this offseason, forcing all eyes of the baseball world on their recent moves. GM Rick Hahn has been as active as any team, spending big on Melky Cabrera, David Robertson, Zach Duke, and trading for Jeff Samardzija. With an improved bullpen, a reliable number two starter, and a big bat, the White Sox decided to add depth by signing catcher George...
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blogger Roundtable: Best Winter Thus Far?

Each week the Batting Leadoff team contributes to a roundtable discussion on one of the game’s most pressing issues. Topics have ranged from the rules governing the international draft to playoff predictions to assessing undervalued free agents.  This week the topic is who has improved the most since the offseason began.   Bryan Holcomb The White Sox have been very active this...
Via Batting Leadoff
12 days ago  |  Discuss

With a flurry of moves, White Sox positioned to contend in AL Central

With the Winter Meetings over and the offseason at the midway point, here is a look at how one of the Indians rivals in the AL Central have fared: CHICAGO WHITE SOX Last season: 73-89, fourth Indians vs. White Sox last two years: 27-11 including 10-9 last year. What they've accomplished The White Sox had plenty of needs going into the offseason and have accomplished nearly all of...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: When Everyone Goes For It

The White Sox are going for it. With the additions of Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson — in addition to prior signings Adam LaRoche and Zach Duke — the Pale Hose have signaled to the rest of the American League Central that they’re not content to rebuild anymore. They might have only won 73 games […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Acquire “Lieutenant” Dan Jennings

The White Sox have made it a point of emphasis to improve their bullpen for the upcoming season and if you watched even one White Sox game last year then you understand why. Having already acquired Zach Duke and closer David Robertson, the Sox took another step toward building a bullpen that can amazingly now be considered…..well, pretty good…..as they have acquired left-handed...
Via Sports Mockery
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox: Reason for Optimism, Temper Expectations

  BEST – After a flurry of winter moves that saw the White Sox acquire left-handed reliever Zach Duke (3 years/$15 million), right-handed closer David Robertson (4years/$46 million), and right-handed starter Jeff Samardzija (via trade with Oakland), there is reason for optimism on the Southside. White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn has done a masterful job at positioning the White...
Via Sports Mockery
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Reasons To Have Optimism For Chicago Baseball

  BEST - With the recent moves by both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox there is finally room for optimism for Chicago baseball. The White Sox have added pitchers Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Zach Duke, and first baseman Adam LaRoche. The Chicago Cubs struck management gold when they signed Joe Maddon days after he left Tampa, then traded for catcher Miguel Montero...
Via Sports Mockery
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox go from cellar dwellers to division contenders in a weekend

Heading into the Winter Meetings in San Diego, the Chicago Cubs were the talk of the town, and with good reason. Ready to take their rebuild to the next level, they’ve been mentioned in connection to the top free agent starts on the market, as well as some significant trade pieces. However, through the first couple of days of the the annual meetings, it has been the Chicago...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox go from cellar dwellers to division contenders in a weekend

Heading into the Winter Meetings in San Diego, the Chicago Cubs were the talk of the town, and with good reason. Ready to take their rebuild to the next level, they’ve been mentioned in connection to the top free agent starts on the market, as well as some significant trade pieces. However, through the first couple of days of the the annual meetings, it has been the Chicago...
Via Bloguin Best
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the White Sox the AL Central Favorites?

Well, it’s safe to say that White Sox general manager Rick Hahn wasn’t kidding when he said that he planned on helping the organization field a competitive team in 2015. While everyone was talking about their crosstown neighbors, the Cubs, the White Sox have put themselves into contention for the Central Crown. That statement is only reinforced if Max Scherzer leaves the Tigers...
Via Baseball Essential
18 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox sign David Robertson for four-years, $46M

The Chicago White Sox appear to be going full in. Fresh off signing former Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, it appears that the White Sox have nabbed late-inning reliever David Robertson on a four-year, $46 million contract. It’s a mighty high price to pay for a reliever that’s recorded a total of 47 career saves, but Robertson has the nastiness to excel in a...
Via Sportsnaut
19 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Making Noise at Winter Meetings, Get Their Closer

The White Sox are making more noise than any other team at the Winter Meetings and appear ready to contend in 2015.  Following reports that the White Sox are close to acquiring Oakland A’s ace Jeff Samardzija, it has just been announced that the White Sox have also signed ex-Yankees closer David Robertson to a 4-year, $40 million deal: The #White Sox sign David Robertson and...
Via Sports Mockery
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Kenny Williams Doesn’t Dismiss The Idea Of Leaving White Sox

Chicago White Sox executive vice president, Kenny Williams, admitted in a report that he has seriously considered leaving the South Siders to pursue other opportunities. Kenny Williams Considers Toronto Williams has been working for the White Sox since 1995 and was the GM when the White Sox won the 2005 World Series. Williams has a pretty solid track record and the rumor that is...
Via Sports Mockery
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox Interested In David Robertson

  VIRAL – The New York Post is reporting that the Chicago White Sox are interested in prize free agent reliever David Robertson. The right hander is looking somewhere in the four-year $50 million in terms of a deal. White Sox Interested In David Robertson It’s no secret the the White Sox need bullpen help after last season. While they added Zach Duke to the mix earlier this...
Via Sports Mockery
20 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
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The best potential values of the MLB offseason

The biggest free agent names and the blockbuster contracts they sign draw the headlines during the offseason. But it’s the players on the lower shelves — the ones you might have to squat down to find and check the labels carefully — that can become the best bargains for MLB teams and thus provide the best values for their new teams. Most of the players listed here are risks...
Via Bloguin Best
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The best potential values of the MLB offseason

The biggest free agent names and the blockbuster contracts they sign draw the headlines during the offseason. But it’s the players on the lower shelves — the ones you might have to squat down to find and check the labels carefully — that can become the best bargains for MLB teams and thus provide the best values for their new teams. Most of the players listed here are...
Via The Outside Corner
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The biggest potential busts of the MLB offseason

It happens every year, MLB teams desperate to inject some life into their World Series hopes throw big money at players and almost immediately come to regret it. No matter how smart we think MLB front offices should be, they continue to make mistake after mistake. Sometimes it can’t be helped, but sometimes it can. These nine players are the players GMs should know better than...
Via Bloguin Best
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The biggest potential busts of the MLB offseason

It happens every year, MLB teams desperate to inject some life into their World Series hopes throw big money at players and almost immediately come to regret it. No matter how smart we think MLB front offices should be, they continue to make mistake after mistake. Sometimes it can’t be helped, but sometimes it can. These nine players are the players GMs should know better than...
Via The Outside Corner
November 19, 2014  |  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...
Via WHYGAVS?
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: November 19, 2014

Following the signings of Zach Duke with the Chicago White Sox and designated hitter Billy Butler with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, here’s the latest MLB Rumors for today: Note: This list of rumors will be frequently updated throughout the day.
Via Baseball Essential
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Finding the Second Left-Hander For the Pirates Bullpen

I was thinking about the need for the Pittsburgh Pirates to add a second left-hander to their bullpen this afternoon on two different occasions. The first was when Zach Duke signed a three-year deal for $15 M with the Chicago White Sox. The Pirates later announced a bunch of minor league signings, with one of them being left-hander Jeremy Bleich. These are two ends of the spectrum...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox agree to 3-year, $15 million deal with left-handed pitcher Zach Duke

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox boosted their bullpen Tuesday, reaching agreement with left-hander Zach Duke on a $15 million, three-year contract. The 31-year-old Duke will get $4.5 million next season, $5 million in 2016 and $5.5 million in 2017. Duke flourished in his lone season with Milwaukee, going 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in a career-high 74 appearances. He joins a bullpen that...
Via AP on Fox
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox sign Zach Duke

The White Sox made their first major move of the off-season on Tuesday when they signed free agent left-handed relief pitcher Zach Duke. The team announced that the deal was for three years and $15 million dollars. Duke will make $4.5 million the first year, $5 million in the second, and $5.5 million in the third and final year. Duke, who will turn 32-years-old in April, appeared...
Via Grab Some Bench
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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