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Marlins are frontrunners to sign Buehrle

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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.

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.