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Sox have until Friday to offer arbitration to four

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Sox have until Friday to offer arbitration to four

The White Sox have a little more than 24 hours left to offer contracts to their four arbitration-eligible players.
By 11 p.m. (CST) Friday night the team must decide whether to tender contracts to second baseman Gordon Beckham, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, first baseman Dan Johnson and starting pitcher Philip Humber.
With 10 players under contract for 89.95 million and limited payroll available, the White Sox might non-tender both Johnson and Humber, though general manager Rick Hahn declined to say Thursday until he spoke to players about what direction the club will go.
We have talked to some agents this week about what were thinking and where things are likely headed so its not going to come as a shock in the end, ultimately, if we decided to not tender anybody, Hahn said.
Beckham, who is in his first season of arbitration eligibility, is likely to earn around 3 million next season, while De Aza, also eligible for the first time, could earn at least 1-1.5 million.
With limited flexibility and what appears to be a full starting rotation ahead of him, Humber might not fit into the teams plans with a 1 million-plus salary. With Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn ahead of him at first base and designated hitter, Johnson, who is likely to earn at least 1 million, might be too costly for the budget-conscious White Sox.
Humber, who threw a perfect game in Seattle on April 21, went 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA. He was removed from the starting rotation in early August and only appeared in two games after Aug. 31.
Johnson hit 28 home runs at Triple-A Charlotte but only got 22 at-bats with the White Sox after he was promoted to the big leagues on Sept. 1.

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.