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Sox Drawer: Buehrle says 'I'll be back'

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Sox Drawer: Buehrle says 'I'll be back'

Mark Buehrle might not be a part of the White Sox anymore, but if you ask Mark, the White Sox will forever be a part of him.

I think Ill always be a Chicago White Sox no matter what happens from here on out, Buehrle said Sunday in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. I kind of told some people, I said, Its just a four-year break. Ill be back before you know it. Maybe Ill be playing, maybe just bugging people in the clubhouse, just coming through getting fat and drinking a beer, having fun and watching the game as a fan. Its just a four-year break, and Ill be back before you know it.

Mark will be 37 at the start of the 2016 season. As recent as last spring, he spoke about retiring. Does he really think hell still be playing after his contract runs out with the Marlins?

Im not going to sit here and say Im going to retire after these four years, or that Im looking for another four-year contract, or a one-year deal, because you know where that got me. If Im feeling healthy in the end, Ill come back and maybe play one more year and finish out in Chicago.

At the end of last season Buehrle says he felt there was a 50-50 chance of re-signing with the White Sox, but as the free agent process evolved he realized it likely wasnt going to happen.

To be honest, it would have been nice to have a last minute offer from them, Buehrle said of the White Sox. But I totally understand their situation. I dont hold any ill will towards them. I dont feel like they owed me to offer me a contract. I just think it was just one of those things where previous moves have been made that caused this to come to an end.

Buehrle said that despite wanting a no-trade clause with the Marlins, he didnt get one.

Were there really 14 teams that expressed interest in him?

It was up there, he said.

It eventually came down to four teams. He says his hometown St. Louis Cardinals did call at one point, but as for reports they were trying to trade either Kyle Lohse or Jake Westbrook at the last minute to make room for him in the rotation, Buehrle called those rumors untrue.

Plenty more was said in the interview. Well air it on Chicago Baseball Hot Stove Tuesday at 5 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen