The White Sox announced the cuts of 14 players following Monday's 1-0 loss to Cincinnati, including a few notables.
Ozzie Martinez was eliminated from the competition for a bench spot, as the infielder acquired from Miami as compensation for Ozzie Guillen was optioned to Triple-A. Martinez was hitless in 10 spring at-bats, drawing a walk while striking out three times. With Eduardo Escobar tearing up the Cactus League, there was little chance Martinez would've leapfrogged him in the battle for the last spot on the bench.
Nestor Molina was optioned to Double-A Birmingham, where he'll begin the 2012 season. Given the 23-year-old has only started five games above Single-A, that was to be expected, and it should put a damper on the probably-too-high expectation that Molina could see time in the majors this year.
Jhan Marinez, Anthony Carter, Deunte Heath, Donnie Veal, Simon Castro, Pedro Fernandez, Charlie Leesman were optioned to Triple-A, eliminating any chance they'll start the year in the major-league bullpen. All seven were longshots for the role anyway.
Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson were among those reassigned to minor league camp. Both outfielders had good showings in big league camp, impressing both at the plate and in the field.
Jose Quintana was optioned to Double-A Birmingham and Michael Blake and Tyler Kuhn were sent to minor league camp to round out the roster moves. The Sox now have 37 players in major-league camp.
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.
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.