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White Sox expected to add to 40-man roster


White Sox expected to add to 40-man roster

The White Sox are expected to add four players to their 40-man roster on Tuesday in order to protect them in next months Rule 5 draft.

Pitchers Andre Rienzo and Santos Rodriguez, outfielder Jared Mitchell and catcher Josh Phegley -- all of whom ended the 2012 season at Triple-A Charlotte -- should be added to the White Sox 40-man roster, which currently has six spots available.

Rienzo, a right-hander who earlier this season was suspended 50 games for use of performance enhancing drugs, struck out 113 batters in 103 13 innings.

He and Rodriguez both pitched in the Arizona Fall League this offseason. Rodriguez, a left-hander struck out 69 batters in 71 13 innings this season, was named to the AFL rising stars team earlier this month.

The 23rd overall pick of the 2009 draft, Mitchell hit .237 with 11 homers and 67 RBIs in 130 games between Double-A Birmingham and Charlotte.

Phegley, whom the team selected 38th overall in the 2009 draft, only hit .266 with 48 RBIs at Charlotte last season but threw out 30 of 65 stolen base attempts.

Players who were 19 or older when they were signed and have been in the minors for four years and players who were 18 or under with at least five years in the minors must be added to the 40-man roster or they become eligible for the Rule 5 draft.

Held on the final day of the winter meetings, the Rule 5 draft allows teams to pluck unprotected minor-leaguers out of other organizations systems for the bargain cost of 50,000.

Players selected in the draft are immediately added to the drafting teams 40-man roster and then must remain on the 25-man major-league roster all season long. Draftees can be waived by their drafting club and if they clear waivers must be offered back to their original club for 25,000.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'


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


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.