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Can Chris Sale Improve in 2016?

Can Chris Sale have the best year of his career in 2016? FanGraphs believes so, as they are projecting a 6.7 WAR for him in the upcoming season. Sale accumulated a 6.2 WAR last year, the highest of his career thus far, along with career-bests of 2.60 xFIP, 1.81 BB/9 and an 11.82 K/9. Sale — “The Condor” — is a sabermetrician’s dream subject, as advanced statistics tell...
Via Baseball Essential
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

KATOH Projects: Chicago White Sox Prospects

Last week, lead prospect analyst Dan Farnsworth published his excellently in-depth prospect list for the Chicago White Sox. In this companion piece, I look at that same Chicago farm system through the lens of my recently refined KATOH projection system. There’s way more to prospect evaluation than just the stats, so if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you read Dan’s...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Chicago White Sox Minor Leaguer Breaks Into Pittsburgh Business To Eat Pizza And Take A Nap

People commit crimes for all sorts of reasons, but a break in is usually done in order to steal something of significant value. That was not quite the case during a break in at a Pittsburgh-area business recently. Over the weekend, former Chicago White Sox minor league pitcher Cory McGinnis broke into Eyeflow Internet Marketing. What in the world is he going to steal at an internet...
Via FatManWriting
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NIU shows off White Sox-inspired baseball uniforms

When it comes to the major college sports, baseball is usually the one looked over the most simply because a lot of the big talents go straight to the major leagues. Despite that, the athletes that go to college still take it very seriously and on Sunday, the Northern Illinois baseball team was rewarded with some pretty awesome uniforms. The Chicago White Sox revealed their new spring...
Via Campus Sports Net
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox: Make or Break Season for Robin Ventura

If there is anyone on the hot seat headed into the 2016 season its Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura. Since Ventura was named manager before the 2012 the Sox have had exactly one winning season and that was in Ventura’s first season. 2016 is the last season on Ventura’s current contract and if he wants any chance of being extended the Sox will need to improve significantly...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Robin Ventura not worried his contract status with the White Sox

After back-to-back fourth place finishes in the AL Central, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura could be coaching for his job in 2016.But that doesn't seem to faze him.In speaking with CBS Chicago at SoxFest, Ventura talked about being in the final year of his contract and how that affects him.“Regardless of outside pressures you want your team to win,” the manager said....
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox eye AL Central, not Cubs, as their competition

CHICAGO (AP) To Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, his team's main competition comes from all across the AL Central, not across town from the Cubs. Hahn and manager Robin Ventura kept touting the club's offseason moves, especially the acquisition of slugging third baseman Todd Frazier and second baseman Brett Lawrie, on Saturday at the White Sox fan convention. The...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Lamb signs minor league deal with White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have added left handed pitcher Will Lamb to their organization via a minor league deal. Lamb, 25, is a left handed pitcher who spent five years in the farm system of the Texas Rangers. Last year he compiled a 4.42 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP across 57 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He is expected to start the 2016 season at the minor league level for the White Sox.    
Via Tireball.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ventura heading into final year of contract with White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) White Sox manager Robin Ventura is entering the final year of his contract. He is looking for his first playoff appearance since he took over, and general manager Rick Hahn thinks his team should contend in the tough AL Central. For the 48-year-old Ventura, it's just business as usual. The former major league infielder brushed aside any talk of added pressure on the...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Chicago White Sox ZiPS Projections

Dan Szymborski released his annual ZiPS Projections for the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday and with it he is predicting an 81-81 record for the south siders. While this would be a five win improvement from last year, a .500 record would have kept the White Sox in fourth in the AL Central division and five games away from a wildcard in the American League. Position Player Takeaways...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Chicago White Sox

Other clubs: Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Red Sox. The White Sox have seen their lowly regarded farm system weakened by the Todd Frazier deal, but they still have a few guys at the top who could be impact players. This system’s biggest strength is in its depth of depth pieces, including a lot of bullpen arms and bench players that still have some upside if things break...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Chicago White Sox shouldn’t rush Carson Fulmer

This week the Chicago White Sox invited 20 minor league players to spring training, some of those fighting for actual spots on the 40, or even 25-man roster. One big name getting an invite was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 draft by the South Siders, Carson Fulmer. The Vanderbilt product impressed throughout the postseason tournament in 2015 – his team eventually losing in...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – Chicago White Sox

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Chicago White Sox. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile: Brett Lawrie by George Bissell

The move to Chicago and a return to second base could combine to make Lawrie an undervalued fantasy asset in 2016.
Via Baseball Prospectus
9 days ago  |  Discuss

What can we expect from Carlos Rodon in 2016?

Heading into the 2016 season many are wondering just what to expect from Carlos Rodon. In 2015 Rodon made his Chicago White Sox debut, less than a year removed from the White Sox selecting him with the third overall pick in the previous MLB Draft. Starting out of the bullpen, a trademark strategy of the […]
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox: 5 Reasons Why Not Getting Cespedes Is OK

Another isportsweb columnist for the Chicago White Sox wrote an article last week on why the White Sox should’ve splurged and signed Yoenis Cespedes. To summarize his points, the Sox have made a lot of moves this offseason to allow them to compete in a stacked AL Central, but Cespedes is coming off a great season that includes playoff experience and would be worth the high price...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox, reliever Matt Albers agree to 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox and reliever Matt Albers have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $2.25 million and includes a club option for 2017. The 33-year-old right-hander will receive $2 million next season. The White Sox hold a $3 million option for 2017 with a $250,000 buyout under the terms of the deal announced Thursday. Albers made Chicago's opening day...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas AG declares DFS Illegal Citing Nolan Ryan Punching Robin Ventura

Texas has joined New York on the list of states that consider daily fantasy illegal. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton ruled Tuesday that the daily betting games made popular by Fan Duel and DraftKings involve significant elements of chance, not just skill, are therefore constitute gambling. From ESPN: “It’s my duty as Attorney General to look to the law, as passed by the people’s...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox mascot available to solve your Valentine’s Day gift delivery problems

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and it’s time to starting thinking about what to get for that special someone in your life, and how to deliver that gift to them. The Chicago White Sox have an idea to kill two birds with one stone, and not how you might expect. The team is offering a $250 package complete with two tickets, a scoreboard message, chocolate, an autograph...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox hires ESPN’s Jason Benetti to call home games for Hawk Harrelson

If you’ve watched ESPN’s college basketball and football coverage, then you may have seen and heard Jason Benetti call games on its various networks. Now Chicago White Sox fans will have the opportunity to get to know Benetti this season. The team has named him to call a majority of their home games in place of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson who will focus on the road games in 2016...
Via Awful Announcing
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Todd Frazier’s one-year-old is already a home run hitter

The Chicago White Sox recently acquired star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds and are very excited to see what he brings to the team. Frazier is known for being a power hitter and won the Home Run Derby last season. Not only is Todd a home run hitter, his one-year-old son, Blake, is also making a name for himself as a home run hitter. Frazier’s son starred in...
Via Campus Sports Net
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox acquire Todd Frazier in three-team mega deal

The Cincinnati Reds have traded Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal which saw them acquire infielder Jose Peraza, outfielder Scott Schebler, and infielder Brandon Dixon. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the third party in the deal, and they landed pitcher Frankie Montas, infielder Micah Johnson, and outfielder Trayce Thompson. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was...
Via The Comeback
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Samardzija’s rumored contract is a problem for MLB

Nothing that Jeff Samardzija has done in his career as a starting pitcher would indicate that he’s worth a five-year deal worth somewhere between $80 million-$100 million. Really, it’s not even close. This needs to be said because three reports/projections over the last few weeks have suggested that Samardzija will probably get something in that range. Back in November, Tim...
Via Sportsnaut
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox pitcher has car stolen after being demoted

Chicago White Sox pitcher Scott Carroll was expected to be called up to the majors when rosters expanded on September 1st. He wasn’t, only getting called up from AAA Charlotte on Wednesday. He’d been up and down between the majors and AAA all year so an early callup was expected. But when Carroll finally got back to Chicago, he received an unwelcome surprise – his car was...
Via The Outside Corner
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox failed to upgrade where they needed to upgrade

On Tuesday night, the Chicago White Sox got shredded by the Oakland Athletics, 17-6. The game was a complete farce – Jeff Samardzija allowed ten runs, and recorded only nine outs. Daniel Webb recorded one out, allowed three hits, six runs (four earned), and walked three. Two position players – Leury Garcia and Alexei Ramirez – pitched for Chicago, and didn’t allow a run...
Via The Outside Corner
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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