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Robin Ventura ready to roll with White Sox changes

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Robin Ventura ready to roll with White Sox changes

DETROIT -- This particular team won’t entirely stay intact but White Sox manager Robin Ventura knows most of his roster is here for the foreseeable future.
 
Sure, the White Sox may make changes and will almost certainly be a seller before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, but several veterans have long-term deals that would make them difficult to move. The White Sox manager sees the majority of a 32-40 group is what he’ll work with the rest of this season and in the future. Therefore, on Thursday Ventura said he’s tasked with making sure his team doesn’t quit and that they work to improve as soon as possible.
 
“There might be a change here and there but you have the people you have unless you can move them,” Ventura said. “Those are the facts. Right now we’re going to have to figure out a way for this group to get better."
 
“You have to keep them together, keep them pointed in the right direction and there’s an element in here that you don’t want them to cave into it.”
 
Take a look at the White Sox roster and you’ll notice there aren’t many easy fixes. Melky Cabrera is locked in for two more seasons at an average of $14 million per. Adam LaRoche has a year left on a $25-million deal. Adam Eaton is in the first season of a five-year deal. And the White Sox don’t exactly have prospects knocking down the door.
 
While they may trade Alexei Ramirez or Jeff Samardzija next month, the White Sox aren’t headed for a big housecleaning. Despite their losing ways, Ventura has maintained his calm external demeanor. But in no way does he intend to let the White Sox fall off a cliff and head for 100 losses.
 
“You continue to compete and you have to be able to come out here,” Ventura said. “You practice right, you get the right mentality going and you go play. And there has to be that expectation there. There is a professionalism that goes with it and whether it’s going good or bad, you better be coming out ready to compete.”
 
“I get my point across and these guys know that and there’s moments that are louder than others. There’s moments that are more poignant than others. But in the end, this is professional baseball and there are standards that are there and I’m trying to make sure those are met. And when they’re not, it becomes a tougher conversation with guys. You’re upfront and they know what’s expected.”

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.