White Sox

Marlins are frontrunners to sign Buehrle

582486.png

Marlins are frontrunners to sign Buehrle

DALLAS -- Will Mark Buehrle reunite with Ozzie Guillen in Miami?

Believe it or not, this scenario could be getting closer to becoming a reality.

With the MLB winter meetings starting Monday in Dallas, the Marlins appear to be the most likely destination right now for the veteran lefty pitcher. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Marlins' offer to Buehrle is considered "a very strong one," and likely has Miami as the current frontrunner to land the most coveted free agent pitcher on the market, with a reported 14 teams going after him.

However, the Marlins biggest stumbling block is Buehrle's desire for a no-trade clause. The Marlins have never granted any of their players a no-trade, but as a source put it, "there's always a first."

While the Marlins have the lead, they will have some competition this week. The Texas Rangers are said to be "extremely interested" in Buehrle, according to a source. The Washington Nationals are right up there as well. Even the Twins and Royals made contact this past week, but will only get into the game if the price for Buehrle drops, which doesn't seem likely or even possible at this point.

As for the White Sox, they remain in the background, in a quiet holding pattern until they know exactly where they're going. Despite not making an offer and having limited conversations with Buehrle and his agent in the past few weeks, the White Sox still have some things going for them if they choose to enter the Buehrle sweepstakes:

Since Buehrle has 10-5 rights with the White Sox, if he re-signs, a no-trade clause automatically kicks in.

Despite offers from other teams, Chicago weighs heavily in the mind of Buehrle, who has expressed his desire to remain with the White Sox.

And there's also the Jerry Reinsdorf factor, who could give GM Kenny Williams and assistant GM Rick Hahn the go-ahead to enter the game at the last minute.

Will Buehrle stay or will he go?

We could know in the next few days.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

abreu-218.jpg
USA TODAY

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

anderson-1012.jpg
USA TODAY

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: