With 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez out at least three months following knee surgery, Kansas City could turn to Ivan Rodriguez. The same Ivan Rodriguez who's 40 years old and has a .281 OBP in 44 games with Washington last year.
Of course, catchers just don't grow on trees. But it'd be a shame if the Royals didn't consider former White Sox backup Ramon Castro, who joins Rodriguez as the only other free agent catcher on the market.
While Rodriguez has posted an OBP below .300 in four of the last five seasons, Castro has proven to be a more than capable backup over the last few years. He was fantastic for the White Sox in 2010, mashing lefties to help boost his OPS to .832, serving as the perfect complement to A.J. Pierzynski. He suffered a broken right hand last August, but he should be fully healed from that at this point.
Defensively, Rodriguez is probably still superior to the 36-year-old Castro. And maybe he'd be a better overall fit, especially on such a young team. But still, it'd be a shame if Castro can't find work as a backup somewhere by Opening Day.
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.