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  1. Hawk Harrelson is, once again, a finalist for the “Ford C. Frick” award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. If he wins the award, he will take what many of us believe to be a rightful place in Cooperstown for his broadcasting achievements. Here’s to hoping we get the pleasure of listening to him give his acceptance speech next August at the Hall of Fame inductions! https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/white-sox/hawk-hall-legendary-white-sox-broadcaster-harrelson-finalist-frick-award
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    Hawk Harrelson wins the Ford C. Frick Award

    Hawk in the Hall; Stoney signed to a new multi-year contract. That would make for a real feel-good for the organization all in one swoop!
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    Successful Plan B; What’s Next?

    Unfortunately, where we stand today, the reasons for pessimism far outweigh the reasons for optimism. Reinsdorf and his FO have no one to blame but themselves for the fan base to have this mindset at this point based on their track record. It’s up to them to do something meaningful to change that mindset. Sadly, second tier names like Ozuna, Castellanos, and Keuchel don’t do much to move the needle on that front. I mean, are these truly the guys we’ve been waiting for to augment this core set of players? These are the guys we want to go up against the likes of the Yankees and Astros with in the postseason during our competitive window? If so, we really better hope the core hits their ceilings.
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    Sox in on Marcell Ozuna? I mean, maybe. Or not.

    I'm still very thrilled about the Grandal addition, as I'm sure all Sox fans are. But it's probably best to be hush-hush on this "it was the biggest deal in the team's history", because that statement is an embarrassment, since it's been beat in prior years by 25 other teams. And speaking of "good talk", that's all your references to "offers" that didn't eventually land the player is - "good talk".
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    Sox in on Marcell Ozuna? I mean, maybe. Or not.

    You mean the $73M deal for Grandal, which only 25 other teams in baseball have signed bigger deals than that? Perfect time for serving up the "Reinsdorf-isn't-cheap" meme.
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    Sox in on Marcell Ozuna? I mean, maybe. Or not.

    Um, yes, I would have had zero problem with the White Sox, FOR ONCE, pay what it takes to bring in a much-needed premium arm into this organization to significantly advance the team's ability to compete for a championship. Premium free agent pitchers ALWAYS sign for this type of money. Always! There are no bargains to be had for the types of Cole and Strasburg. So to always avoid these types of talents because of the sticker shock value of the contract, then the team will always be at a competitive disadvantage. And btw, how has the strategy of never paying for these types of talents worked out for the Sox in recent decades? Can you point me to the multiple championships the team has had employing this strategy? While these contractual numbers seem very large to the average mortal, they aren't in the grand scheme of things when considering how awash in cash MLB is, and that includes the Sox. Reinsdorf could ink one of these contracts in a heartbeat, and the fiscal health of the organization wouldn't take a major hit.
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    Sox in on Marcell Ozuna? I mean, maybe. Or not.

    You have the combination of Reinsdorf whining about his age and wanting to advance to the "winning stage" of things, along with Hahn stating over and over again that they want to remove the narrative that the team won't compete for "premium talent" on the open market, and then crickets on the Cole/Strasburg front.
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    Sox in on Marcell Ozuna? I mean, maybe. Or not.

    "Always"? Why is that? What revenue stream will always be lacking no matter what which will restrict them to always being a "team on a budget"? They just inked a new TV deal, and unless it was for less than the previous one, they now have a top ten TV deal in place (they were 11th with the previous deal). Sustainable winning will take care of the attendance problems. So if you put the TV deal together with improved attendance, what prevents this team from taking it's rightful place as a major market team operating under a major market budget?
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    Sox in on MadBum

    Why oh why oh why can't this team, with all of its money and financial flexibility (which Hahn boasts about, btw) be in on Strasburg. Cole I sort of get because of the strong signals that he wants to play in SoCal, but why not Strasburg? That's the guy you want in this rotation for this upcoming competitive window far more than MadBum or any of these other second tier guys. This is the moment to make a statement and show the seriousness of moving out of the rebuild into full-on competitive mode. I would love to see the Sox make that kind of statement with a Strasburg signing, similar to how the statement would have looked had we signed Machado. But to not even seemingly be in that discussion to pursue him, I don't know, it's just a little disappointing.
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    Joc Pederson - Is it goin down?

    The Sox’ need for Nick’s services severely decreases with a Joc acquisition, which means the team wouldn’t win any $$$$ bidding war, because they wouldn’t need to.
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    Joc Pederson - Is it goin down?

    If you get Joc first, what incentive does Castellanos have to sign here?
  12. The rest of the poster’s message clearly suggested the “I love Jerry Reinsdorf” statement was very much meant tongue in-cheek.
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    Cole Hamels to the Braves, 1 year $18 Million.

    Unprecedented “massive amount of financial flexibility”. AND the Sox are a major market team, with a shiny, new TV deal in place. To NOT be in on either Cole or Strasburg dismisses outright Hahn’s claim that the “money will be spent” on premium talent when the time is right. If they don’t compete for the Coles and Strasburgs of the world now, they never will, which would call into question their true commitment to winning. Wheeler is a nice piece, but he’s not on the level of the other two.
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    Interesting Positions/Titles within the Organization

    Loyalty to the fans has been missing, though, these past 40 years. Bigly!
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    Zack Wheeler Thread

    Well, you’re right about that - Abreu is “just such a good guy”. Nice to see the improvement in your way of thinking on him! But you’ll be also happy to know that money being spent on Abreu is a drop in the pond in the grand scheme of things, what with the new TV contract in place and what not. Still plenty left over to spend on elite talent to help take our Sox to the next level - with Jose, leading the way!
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    One thing I can not get over..

    My glee in watching Cubs fans witness Jimenez and Cease contribute mightily to our next championship will far outweigh any disappointment with what Tatis does with San Diego.
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    Ahhhh, now it’s juiced balls. Got it.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    I love Stoney as an announcer, but I definitely feel his tweets this offseason are very calculated. Which I don’t mind at all, because I’m finding them both informative and indicative to a degree of what to expect this offseason.
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    NOT dealing with Boras has been to the organization’s detriment. He represents more premium talent in the game than any other agent. NOT dealing with him has put the team at a competitive disadvantage for attaining that premium talent.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    Of course he does. He’s quite close with Reinsdorf. His tweets are well-prepared. There is a big name pitcher coming our way - probably Wheeler - and a RF, as Stone indicates in his tweet. That’s likely Castellanos, but who knows. That could turn out to be the big surprise of the offseason.
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    We locked in the guy who just drove in more runs than anyone in Major League Baseball this year, save one, for a mere three years, as our future DH, for years 33-35 of his life. Not years 35-38, or anything like that. All of this “falling of the cliff” nonsense is just that - nonsense - until he gives indication of that offensively. Will the Sox potentially overpay for his production over the next three years? Yeah, maybe. But certainly not enough for anyone to get their undies in a bunch over. And again, what are the comps for a player like Abreu who “declines hard” or “falls off a cliff” at his age?
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    People are acting as if the Sox repurposed the Machado contract and gave it to Abreu. How in the world is this $50M going to even remotely cripple this organization over JUST the next three years, given the current payroll level and the cost-controlled nature of our future stars over that same timeframe? Does this contract preclude us from pursuing the likes of Cole, Strasburg, and/or Rendon this offseason? NO. Does it automatically eliminate us from the Betts sweepstakes next year? NO. Year three? Oh, maybe, I guess, but that would probably be only likely if we actually signed one of those aforementioned whales. Wake me up when the team payroll actually gets close to the league MEDIAN payroll before whining about the impact of this contract over the next three years.
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    Yes, I expect the Sox to bow out of the Cole/Strasburg sweepstakes any minute now as a result of this oh-so-crippling contract.