We looked at two projections for Dayan Viciedo, both of which see the new starting White Sox right fielder as being average or slightly above-average offensively.
Chicago Tribune Live looked at the trades of Carlos Quentin and Jason Frasor, both of which were made to save money. The Quentin deal, though, did add a few much-needed arms to the team's farm system. Could that money the Sox saved be used to sign Yoenis Cespedes?
If you're a fan of Radiohead and the White Sox, you'll love this post from U-God at South Side Sox.
Paul Swydan at FanGraphs says the White Sox are stuck trying to rebuild and contend at the same time, which isn't an envious position to be in. It's tough for a team to truly do both, and often if they're trying to rebuild and compete simultaneously, things don't work out too well.
Around the division:
Tony Andracki of Cubs Talk says the Tigers have the best package of players to offer for Matt Garza. That's bad news for the short term -- the Sox have a good rotation, but not one that could likely compete with a Detroit five of Garza, Justin Verlander, Doug Fister (all of whom can be considered aces), Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello.
Speaking of Cubs connections in the division, Cleveland reportedly has some level of interest in former North Side first baseman Carlos Pena.
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.