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    White Sox narrowing draft targets

    QUOTE (ChiSoxJon @ Apr 16, 2018 -> 02:06 PM) I'll personally assume these players are: Singer, McClanahan, Mize, Turang, Gorman, Rolison, Kowar, Kelenic, and De Sedas I don't have any inside info, and please correct me if I am wrong, but haven't the Sox been consistently connected with Swaggerty and Bohm as well?
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    Moustakas linked to Sox again

    QUOTE (Lillian @ Feb 26, 2018 -> 05:01 PM) Do you think that he would accept an offer like that? His best offer right now may be free drinks for a beer league softball team.
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    Moustakas linked to Sox again

    QUOTE (CWSpalehoseCWS @ Feb 21, 2018 -> 10:57 PM) Scott Boras would hang up the phone before Hahn could even finish that offer. No chance in hell a Boras client takes such a team friendly deal that will eventually screw him over when he starts entering his mid 30's. Maybe, which is why I said I was making up the numbers. Make them mutual options. Make them for more whatever. It was more the concept than the actual numbers.
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    Moustakas linked to Sox again

    QUOTE (NCsoxfan @ Feb 21, 2018 -> 10:12 PM) This is a super simplistic (maybe bad) way to look at it, but is he worth the expected value of whatever the average second round pick becomes? I’m guessing yes, he’ll probably be better. I think he still works as a pillow contract candidate as well. I know you can't tag him with the QO, but you can trade him midseason and probably get more value, and guys closer to the bigs than they will be able to get with the 2nd round pick. Last year at the break he had .270/25/54 with an OPS of .863. That gets you some talent back. Even significant dropoff from that gets you talent. I'd sign him for 1/15 with an option for year 2 at 18 and year 3 at 22(or something like that, haven't explored it too much). That way the team to whom you are trading him has some more control if they want it.
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    Moustakas linked to Sox again

    Gosh. Geesh. Lots of passion here. Here are some things on which I have an opinion. 1) Moustakas was well above average last year. His power output, XBH, and SLG put him in fairly elite company. He doesn't walk much. If he did he would be in a much higher echelon of player. Frazier had a higher OBP, but give me Moustakas' year every time. Maybe using one statistical category for complete player evaluation isn't the best idea. Ask Shin Soo Choo, or Jason Heyward. 2)Donaldson isn't declining. That's crazy. Citing other examples of people being crazy isn't proof. Donaldson is great, probably, no certainly the best offensive 3B in the AL. I may only put Arenado above him. With his age and cost, he wouldn't be ideal for the Sox situation (mostly due to age), but, he would still be a great signing. 3) I'd be completely cool with waiting a year to sign Arenado. I personally would prefer him even to Machado. 4)Moustakas isn't an ideal fit. He isn't the game changer that some of the others are, but he is a good player and a good fit. He could hit 4 this year, and 5,6 or 7 when the lineup fills out. 5)Signing Moose doesn't preclude the Sox from signing Machado. He would provide some nice insurance in case Manny signs elsewhere, in my opinion. A LH power bat is always welcome in my opinion. Moncada 2B Machado SS Abreu DH Eloy LF Moose 1B Avi RF Castillo C Anderson 3B Tilson/Engel/Leury CF That lineup could score some runs. And could obviously be moved around a bit, but anyway you'd slice it, that could be a tough lineup a year from now. There is probably a 6 and on, but that is more than enough input from the likes of me.
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    Moustakas linked to Sox again

    QUOTE (caulfield12 @ Feb 21, 2018 -> 03:36 AM) http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansa...e201140924.html This gives a lot of insight on how the Padres sold Hosmer and Boras...as it’s the exact same plan we have, with similar smaller market/revenue issues (media markets are different, obviously.) It’s the exact same strategy we laid out for Luis Robert. Hosmer being bilingual was another plus, with all the Latin American prospects in their system, just like the Sox have with the Cubans/Renteria/Santiago brothers. Hosmer’s decision, like most occupational choices, largely rested on the financials. The Padres guaranteed the most money and the most years. They offered an opt-out after five seasons, sweetening the deal. Yet Hosmer said he spent much of the offseason studying the Padres’ minor-league system and learning the tenets of their plan. He watched video of the prospects in their pipeline and discussed them with Padres general manager A.J. Preller and his agent, Scott Boras. Hosmer believed, in time, he could win in San Diego. “The very plan that San Diego has is one that he’s lived through,” said Boras, who earlier described the organization as a “volcano of hot talent lava.” Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansa...l#storylink=cpy With Royals on the sidelines, is anyone interested in Mike Moustakas? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansa...e198736894.html That's all well and good, but mostly they offered the most money.
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    2018 Spring Training notes and random tweets

    QUOTE (elrockinMT @ Feb 16, 2018 -> 04:41 PM) I respect all Sox players and really hope Big Game James is a solid performer this year, but when you see Fernando Tatis Jr listed as #9 on the MLBN prospect list that really stings. What?? This happened??? Why have I not heard about this atrocity!!!!
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    Yu Darvish to Cubs

    QUOTE (soxfan2014 @ Feb 11, 2018 -> 07:05 AM) Their final offer was close to the Cubs offer for Darvish whereas Cubs aren't even talking to Arrieta. I don't get this. What did they know about him that would make them not want to sign him? Injury? Roids? Clubhouse Cancer?
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    Dave Duncan joins White Sox pitching staff

    QUOTE (caulfield12 @ Feb 9, 2018 -> 01:38 PM) http://www.espn.com/mlb/player/splits/_/id/5373/year/2006 Contreras wasn’t the same pitcher after the injury in late May that year. 5.40 ERA after the Break. Buehrle 6.44 after the ASB. Freddy Garcia at 4.12 would have been the best choice, probably. But his k-rate was already dipping precipitously. Jerks went through his own issues in the second half...so our lockdown bullpen disappeared as well (Politte/Cotts, etc.) That doesn't mean they couldn't have dominated in a 1 game wild card matchup. Granted, they were likely too worn out to be effective through out the entire playoffs, but Contreras had 2 starts in September where he went 8 IP, gave up 1 run and K's 8 in one and 9 in the other. Those starts probably win you a wild card game. Garcia threw 2 8 IP 1 hitters in September 2006, without allowing a run in either. He had another start of 7.1 and one of 6.1 IP allowing just a run in each. Those all seem like pretty good starts to me. In September he had an ERA of 2.49 with a BAA of .190, and OPS against .533 and a WHIP below 1. This seems like a guy you want on the mound in a Wild Card game to me. Buehrle didn't have a dominating start in Sept, but I wouldn't bet against him in a big spot. Garland had 2 starts of 6 IP with 1 run allowed. And another of 8.1 IP with 2 ER (3 R). Even Javy Vazquez had 4 starts of 10+ Ks in September (so maybe judging a guy primarily by K rate is a terrible idea), going at least 7 IP in all of them. But in 6 starts he allowed 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 runs. That is a little weird. I stand by my initial thought without even looking at anything. Any of Buehrle, Contreras or Garcia would have given the Sox a chance to win a WC game (and even if you couldn't line it up, neither Garland nor even Vazquez would automatically eliminate you -- though I really wouldn't have trusted Javy in a situation like that). But who knows. They were each capable of throwing a clunker also.
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    Cumulus Media trying to drop White Sox/Bulls from WLS

    WSCR is the best justification there is for paying for SXM radio.
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    Dave Duncan joins White Sox pitching staff

    QUOTE (caulfield12 @ Feb 9, 2018 -> 09:37 AM) What starting pitcher was going to win a wild card game at that point? I know they didn't have great years, but I certainly wouldn't count out Buehrle, Contreras or Garcia coming up big in a one game shot. I always thought that team had enough offense to just carry Anderson's lack of production in CF to have his glove in the lineup. I seem to remember thinking Makowiak cost the team 3-4 games in CF (not his fault, he shouldn't have been in that position).
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    Sox expecting to open '18 with both Avi and Abreu

    QUOTE (Chicago White Sox @ Jan 31, 2018 -> 10:05 AM) This “hate” narrative around here is beyond absurd. The dude was a career negative WAR player up until last year. People can keep ignoring that and the .392 BABIP he had last year all they like, but let’s not act like this guy is a proven superstar or something. There are legitimate red flags with him that have been pointed repeatedly. I have no idea why that offends so many people but it’s getting ridiculous. I’m all for optimism, but there’s nothing wrong with being objective at the same time. OK maybe hate is too strong a word. But the point is, what do you expect of Avi? It seems for many people, if he is not a superstar, he is a failure. He can be a very good productive player with out hitting .330.
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    Sox expecting to open '18 with both Avi and Abreu

    QUOTE (Dam8610 @ Jan 31, 2018 -> 08:44 AM) His BB% increased and K% declined throughout the year, his BB% last year was below his career average, O-swing% was below career average, Z-swing% was well above career average, Z-contact% was well above career average, contact% was the highest it's been since his partial seasons, swstr% was career low. All of those things point to improved plate discipline or the potential for it. His pull rate was well above career average, hard contact rate was well above career average, soft contact rate was well below career average, FB% above career average, IFFB% below career average, he had one of the highest average exit velocities in MLB, and he had some sort of arm injury in July, after which he didn't hit a HR for a month and a half. All of those things point to improved power numbers or the potential for it. Avi could win the MVP, Triple Crown, cure cancer, dress in tights and fight crime by night and control the movement of the heavens and there would still be people that hate him and think he should do more.
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    2018 MLB Draft

    QUOTE (Scoots @ Dec 17, 2017 -> 04:06 PM) The Royals have 5 picks in the first 42...that's nuts I'd bet they'd rather not have the picks and still have Hosmer, Cain and Moose.
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    Our Next Manager?

    QUOTE (FloydBannister1983 @ Oct 31, 2017 -> 02:38 PM) There's plenty of opportunity cost. Jobs will open next year and the year after. If Girardi were to stupidly take a job with the White Sox and then a desirable job opened next year the cost to him to be stuck here would be enormous. Best for him to take a studio job for a year or even two. I agree with the previous people that said he'd manage that team on the north side of Chicago. He doesn't need to take a stepping stone job at this point of his career. Ok, so you think the job on the north side is opening next year? How long is he going to sit on the sidelines? As I mentioned in my previous post, all the high profile, highly desirable jobs have been recently filled or seem completely happy with their managers. I know that can change in an instant, but how bad would Maddon have to be to get fired after next year? Or Francona? Or Roberts? What is the job that he wants so badly that is a year away?