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Twins sign Josh Willingham

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Twins sign Josh Willingham

Per a report, Minnesota has signed outfielder Josh Willingham, effectively ending Michael Cuddyer's (and maybe Jason Kubel's) with the Twins.

Willingham has been consistently average to above average for the last six seasons, posting a WAR between 2.1-3.0 every season since 2006. His OPS during those seasons has never fallen below .810, although his value has been brought down by generally below-average defense.

This is pretty meaningless, but in 60 career plate appearances against the Sox Willingham owns a .619 OPS. The bigger story in terms of against-the-Sox splits is that they may not have to face Cuddyer or Kubel as members of the Twins as much anymore.

In 585 career plate appearances against the Sox, Cuddyer has a .817 OPS with 19 home runs. While Cuddyer's been good, Kubel's been great against the Sox, hitting 22 home runs with an .896 OPS in 303 plate appearances. Hopefully, for the White Sox sake, both of those guys will be out of the division.

Update: MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger is reporting a deal with Willingham isn't done, but expects one to be completed tomorrow.

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.