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Confirmed: Pierzynski agrees to deal, stays with Sox

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Confirmed: Pierzynski agrees to deal, stays with Sox

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
Updated 11:40 PM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

A.J. Pierzynski is back with the White Sox.

A source inside the negotiations has confirmed to Comcast SportsNet that the White Sox catcher has agreed to a 2-year, 8 million deal to return to the South Side.

It ends a wild day of drama surrounding Pierzynski, who was rumored to be on the verge of signing with the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday afternoon.

Pierzynski said all along that he wanted to come back to the White Sox. He didn't need to break the bank, he just wanted a fair deal. With this contract, he showed his loyalty to the team by taking a hefty pay cut from his 6.75 million salary in 2010.

"I'm excited to have AJ back," Jake Peavy told CSNChicago.com. "He is the ultimate competitor and a great teammate to go to war with."

One of the best hitting catchers in the game, Pierzynski struggled at the plate in the first half of last season, batting just .247. But he turned it on in the second half, raising his batting average to .270.

Reached Thursday night for reaction to the Pierzynski deal, Gordon Beckham told Comcast SportsNet, I could not be happier to have a great friend who is an incredible competitor back with the Sox. Im happy he gets to continue his great history in Chicago. I know it means a lot to him, his family, and also his fans, which include my grandmother.

Speaking on a media conference call earlier in the day, Kenny Williams confirmed that the Sox had many conversations with Pierzynski about bringing him back, but wasnt sure if hed have enough money left after taking care of his next priority: re-signing first baseman Paul Konerko.

Were in a holding pattern because to be honest, the next thing I would like to put back in a Sox uniform is Paul Konerko, Williams said Thursday afternoon.

It turns out A.J. beat him to it.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox sluggers Frank Thomas and Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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.