The White Sox added to their bullpen on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal with right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario, according to a baseball source. Completion of the deal is pending a physical.
If you fail to see the logic in Paul Konerko accepting a limited role on a White Sox roster that already has Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn as first basemen/DHs, compare it to Tony Perez returning to Cincinnati to finish his Hall of Fame career with the Reds.
The White Sox are happy to welcome Paul Konerko back to the South Side for one more season, but they must now configure their bench with as much versatility as possible.
Though the Astros still have seven months to determine whom they'll take at No. 1, North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon has established himself as the frontrunner. Owner of a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, Rodon topped NCAA Division I with 184 strikeouts last spring and led the Wolfpack to their first College World Series appearance in 45 years.
White Sox captain Paul Konerko will return to play next season. The six-time All-Star will remain with Chicago on a one-year, $2.5 million contract, with $1 million of it deferred until 2021.
As the Winter Meetings approach, the White Sox appear to still have a few more questions than answers regarding the roster makeup for 2014.
The White Sox avoided arbitration with catcher Tyler Flowers on Monday, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $950,000 deal.
When Washington, Ill., mayor Gary Manier was reached by phone Wednesday night, he had no idea of the $100,000 personal commitment made by Jim and Andrea Thome and the Thome family to help rebuild a city devastated by tornadoes on Nov. 17.
Approximately one month ago, Gary Matthews Jr. was speaking to a group at the University of Texas about African-Americans in baseball, and specifically Jackie Robinson's historic dreams regarding this exact topic. Toward the end of this speech, Matthews Jr. brought up his family.
White Sox Charities made a significant, six-figure contribution to the Ronald McDonald House associated with Lurie Children's Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in support of pediatric oncology research and families impacted by cancer, but their support goes well beyond this important donation.
A two-time American League MVP, Frank Thomas finished his illustrious 19-year career with a .301 average, 521 homers, 1,704 RBIs and 1,494 runs scored.
Tim Raines is a candidate on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the seventh year. The Class of 2014 will be announced on Jan. 8.
The newest list of candidates for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 is headlined by players who not only dominated their era, but stars who put up numbers that made history. But beyond those elite names are other players up for enshrinement in Cooperstown for the first time.
Though Paul Konerko seemingly understands that a return to the White Sox would mean a reduced role, Frank Thomas -- who was teammates with Konerko in Chicago from 1999 to 2005 -- feels a bench role doesn't suit Konerko and isn't right for what he has meant to the franchise.
In a letter to season-ticket holders, the White Sox thanked fans for their loyalty and support, said the 99-loss 2013 season was "unacceptable" and vowed to be "competitive again, and soon."
Jerry Reinsdorf has been owner and chairman of the White Sox since 1981 and has held the same position with the NBA's Bulls since 1985. Under his watch, the two teams have combined to win seven league championships -- six with Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson and the Bulls, and the 2005 World Series with the White Sox.
The White Sox raised their 40-man roster total to 39 by purchasing the contracts of infielder Carlos Sanchez and outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday and claiming infielder Jake Elmore off of waivers from the Astros.
One by one, the 12 players seated at a long table in the U.S. Cellular Field Conference and Learning Center on Tuesday evening read off his name and announced the college or university where he was about to sign a letter of intent.
There has been no official decision reached by Paul Konerko regarding his return for a 16th year as part of the White Sox. But general manager Rick Hahn reiterated Tuesday that he expects a decision from the White Sox captain before the Dec. 9 start of baseball's annual Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla.
If Hector Santiago was given the choice to pitch winter baseball, he would be throwing off the mound right now in Puerto Rico. Instead, Santiago is fixing up his new place in Goodyear, Ariz., and taking a little down time after throwing a career-high 149 innings during the 2013 season.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said that the intensity of trade talks definitely has picked up in recent days.
With the White Sox picking third overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, they expect to get an impact player. But they also are planning how to use an increased bonus pool for the rest of the Draft.
With the Canberra Cavalry representing Australia in the 2013 Asia Series and the Perth Heat idle, the third week of Australian Baseball League play saw the Sydney Blue Sox sweep the Brisbane Bandits and the Adelaide Bite take two of three from the Melbourne Aces.
Yes, Tim Anderson committed 19 errors at shortstop in just 63 games for Class A Kannapolis. But that short season of work didn't stop Anderson from believing shortstop remains his best position. The White Sox stand in agreement with the 20-year-old.
Curtis Granderson, in conjunction with his Grand Kids Foundation, hosted the inaugural Grand-Giving Fundraiser to benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository on Wednesday night. Before the festivities began, the left-handed-hitting outfielder addressed what was important to him in this current free-agent process.
If White Sox manager Robin Ventura wants bench coach Mark Parent to add an extra job responsibility to his list of duties, a task something along the lines of attitude developer, for lack of a better description, then Parent is ready to be that guy. "As far as the whole clubhouse, we lost a little bit of [edge]," Parent said.
Paul Konerko could return for a 16th season with the White Sox in what figures to be his 18th and final year as a Major Leaguer. That decision now appears to rest with the White Sox captain, based on comments made by general manager Rick Hahn to reporters Tuesday afternoon at the General Managers and Owners Meetings.
One of the things that has kept Minnie Minoso feeling young is the chance to watch other ballplayers from Cuba. He beamed when the White Sox won the World Series in '05 with Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez as leaders of the pitching staff. He welcomed Alexei Ramirez in '08 and Dayan Viciedo in '10, and was front and center when the team announced its deal with Jose Abreu.
The White Sox unveiled their 2014 Cactus League schedule on Monday. The club will begin spring play on Feb. 28 against the Dodgers.
While it's expected that a more experienced catcher will be added to the White Sox mix, there's not only a chance that the White Sox could venture forth with Tyler Flowers and Josh Phegley but that Flowers could return as the team's starting catcher.