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Peavy humbled by TakeJake campaign


Peavy humbled by TakeJake campaign

Jake Peavy knows what hes up against in the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. In what can be considered a two-player race for the American League winner, its Peavy and White Sox fans against Yu Darvish, who not only draws Texas Rangers fans, but the entire nation of Japan.

Despite the White Sox impressive public relations efforts, thats a pretty daunting disadvantage to overcome before voting ends today at 3 p.m.

Its almost like going against Elvis Presley on American Idol, Peavy said Thursday before the White Sox series finale against the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field. Voting against Japans biggest star, we understood what was going on.

What has been going on has been a lot of fun for Peavy, though he said being promoted as an individual makes him uncomfortable. And the White Sox have gone all out in promoting him.

From a series of videos to the takejake hashtag campaign on Twitter with matching TakeJake T-shirts to an onfield plea from Chris Sale on Wednesday, Peavy has become the center of attention on the South Side and beyond.

Its humbling, it really is, Peavy said. Its uncomfortable to ever promote yourself in anything you do, and I certainly made that clear to them from the get-go. But its been overwhelming to see the support.

The latest promotional video played on the U.S. Cellular Field videoboard prior to Wednesdays game featured Gordon Beckham impersonating Peavy. Though the voice wasnt perfect, Beckham captured many of Peavys mannerisms and catch phrases in the 2-minute video.

Peavy hadnt seen the video ahead of time, but has heard plenty about it since its airing.

Everybody I know on Twitter or who follows me has commented on Gordon, Peavy said. Everybodys having fun with it, from us to the fans to the front office.

Peavy has repeatedly said its an honor to be considered for the All-Star Game, which is Tuesday in Kansas City. If hes able to beat out Darvish it would be his third such trip to the Midsummer Classic, and first in the American League.

Just to be in consideration for the All-Star Game with all Ive been through here, it means a lot to me to ever be back in this position again.

White Sox reportedly one of teams 'expressing interest' in Christian Yelich, but does a trade for Marlins star make sense?


White Sox reportedly one of teams 'expressing interest' in Christian Yelich, but does a trade for Marlins star make sense?

A big offseason splash for the rebuilding White Sox?

After being rumored to potentially trade for Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado last month during the Winter Meetings, the next name on many fans' offseason wish list is Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

Yelich is an intriguing candidate for the obvious reason that he's really good, but he also has an uncommon amount of team control remaining on his contract, as many as five years, to be exact. It all adds up to him being a far better fit for a rebuilding team like the White Sox than the aforementioned Machado, who is slated to hit free agency after the upcoming 2018 season.

According to a Friday report from Jon Heyman, the White Sox are one of many teams "expressing interest" in Yelich, who figures to be on the trading block soon given the Marlins' activity this offseason. The Fish, now headed by Derek Jeter, have already traded away several All-Star players, with Giancarlo Stanton going to the New York Yankees, Marcell Ozuna going to the St. Louis Cardinals and Dee Gordon going to the Seattle Mariners. Yelich, who would figure to fetch a hefty return package, is speculated to be the next to go, along with catcher J.T. Realmulto. Yelich's agent told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick a couple days ago that Yelich's relationship with the Marlins is "irretrievably broken."

Joining the White Sox on Heyman's reported list are the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres.

That's obviously a lot of competition, but the White Sox and their stacked farm system would figure to line up well with any team looking to move a star major leaguer for a big package of prospects. With all the minor league talent general manager Rick Hahn has acquired over the past year-plus, there are more highly touted players than there are spots in the White Sox lineup and rotation of the future, meaning some of those players could eventually turn into trade candidates.

But the key word there is "eventually," and it might speak to why a Yelich trade doesn't quite make sense for the White Sox right this moment.

The White Sox aren't expected to contend for a championship in 2018, and that could very well be the case in 2019, as well. This year and perhaps the next will be dedicated to waiting for all these young players to develop, and when that process concludes, Hahn and his front office will have a far better idea of what they have and what holes they need to fill — be that through a big free-agent signing or a trade. But the team hasn't reached that point yet.

Of course, there's plenty to love about Yelich. The 26-year-old already has five big league seasons under his belt, with a collective .290/.369/.432 slash line and a combined 146 doubles in those years. Plus, the power numbers have spiked in the last two seasons, with 21 homers and 98 RBIs in 2016 and 18 homers and 81 RBIs last season. He's also a Gold Glove winner in the outfield and has that alluring contract that thanks to an option could keep him away from free agency until after the 2022 season, definitely past when the White Sox hope to be perennial contenders.

A hypothetical trade for Yelich makes much more sense than one for Machado, that's for sure. But the White Sox still have spent a lot of time and effort carefully laying rebuilding plans, and those plans would need to be drastically altered, one would assume, in order to land a Fish like Yelich. It makes far more sense for the White Sox to exercise the patience that Hahn preached at the Winter Meetings and wait to see exactly what they have — and where — with their mountain of prospects.

Meet the Prospects: Evan Skoug

Meet the Prospects: Evan Skoug

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Evan Skoug

Skoug, the 22-year-old catcher, was a seventh-round pick of the White Sox in last summer's draft.

A Libertyville native, Skoug played his college ball at TCU, where he and the Horned Frogs made three consecutive College World Series appearances in the last three years. During his final season at TCU, Skoug slashed .272/.378/.544 with a whopping 20 homers and 71 RBIs.

After joining the White Sox organization, Skoug played 21 games with Class A Kannpolis, only picking up 10 hits — but two homers and two triples — in his 76 plate appearances.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Skoug rated as the No. 24 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Skoug in the video above.