Short three draft picks, the St. Louis Cardinals are expected to make a big push for Cuban prospect Luis Robert.
The Cardinals and the White Sox are getting most of the attention from media reports regarding Robert's possible destination. The 19-year-old old outfielder will be eligible to sign on Saturday and is expected to sign that day.
Ben Badler of Baseball America mentioned those two teams as the favorites for Robert in a report on Thursday.
"The club that signs Robert will be the team with the owner who is willing to write the biggest check," Badler wrote. "There’s a chance one of the other teams already over their pool could sign Robert, but right now, the evidence points to the Cardinals and White Sox as the favorites."
The Cardinals may be more desperate to write that big check and land a prospect of Robert's status considering they are already down their first three picks in the June draft. Signing Dexter Fowler from the Cubs cost the Cardinals their first-round pick. They also forfeited two picks in the as a penalty for the Astros database scandal. The Cardinals first pick in the draft will be at No. 94.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! also reported that the Sox and Cards are the two favorites. Passan included information about the money being spent, reporting that the bids are expected to be more than $20 million. Current White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada signed for $31.5 million when he signed with the Red Sox.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn previously said the chase for Robert was going to be "robust bidding." The White Sox were among the teams that held a private workout for Robert.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.