The Angels have won the Zack Greinke sweepstakes, and if the White Sox are set on adding a starting pitcher before Tuesday's deadline, they'll have to look elsewhere than Milwaukee.
Los Angeles dealt infielder Jean Segura and pitchers Arial Pena and Johnny Hellweg to the Brewers for Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young winner. Segura was rated the team's No. 2 prospect prior to the season by Baseball America -- right behind AL MVP candidate Mike Trout -- while Hellweg and Pena were rates as the organization's Nos. 4 and 9 preseason prospects.
That's a pretty good return for Milwaukee, and one the White Sox may not have been able to match without subtracting from the major-league roster. But few discounted the White Sox chances to land Greinke, given Kenny Williams' reputation for creativity when it comes to making a deal.
There were plenty of reports over the last few weeks detailing the White Sox interest in Greinke, which was rumored to be quite high after the All-Star break.
The White Sox could try to pursue another big-name pitcher on the market, but at this point, they may set their sights on a pitcher such as Clayton Richard, who the team reportedly checked in on earlier in the month.
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.