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Robin Ventura expects Jimmy Rollins to make White Sox roster

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Robin Ventura expects Jimmy Rollins to make White Sox roster

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmy Rollins is a pretty good bet to make the Opening Day roster for the White Sox, Robin Ventura said Wednesday.

On the eve of the team’s first spring training game, Ventura said he believes Rollins will make the club out of camp.

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The veteran shortstop signed a minor-league deal last week with the White Sox that would pay him $2 million if he reaches the majors. Rollins is competing with Tyler Saladino for the starting shortstop job and could also be used in a utility role. The White Sox open Cactus League play Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I expect (Rollins) to make the team,” Ventura said. “Unless something happens physically where it wouldn’t work.”

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Rollins appeared in 144 games for the Dodgers in 2015. He hit .224/.285/.358 with 13 home runs and 12 steals in 563 plate appearances. Rollins could be considered the leading candidate to win the starting job. But, even if he did get named the starter, Saladino likely would see playing time at short in order to rest Rollins, 37.

“You want to hit it right on the nose where you’re not worrying about (rest),” Ventura said. “You want to get him as much as he can where he’s playing effective and doing all the right things in the first half that you don’t want to hold it all back just for the second half.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.