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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox held a conference call with Dayan Viciedo and translator Jackson Miranda in which the Cuban right fielder said he reached out to Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler and doesn't feel any pressure to replace Carlos Quentin.

According to CSNChicago's David Kaplan, the White Sox likely were Kerry Wood's fallback option if he wasn't able to work out a deal with the Cubs. That tells us the White Sox do have some money to spend.

The White Sox are still listening to offers on Gavin Floyd, although their asking price is high. With Edwin Jackson still available via free agency, any team that wants Floyd should probably make a run at Jackson first.

Toronto was mentioned as a team that's had intermittent talks with the White Sox regarding Floyd. On Tuesday, the Blue Jays officially released Mark Teahen, paying him 5.5 million to not play for them in 2012.

Jerry Reinsdorf wants to see scouts be up for Hall of Fame induction. Hard to disagree with that idea.

Kenny Williams' son Kyle is playing in the NFC Championship this weekend for the 49ers. CSNChicago's Gail Fischer caught up with Kenny at the Bulls game, who joked he doesn't want to give away his travel plans in case somebody wants to break into his home and wear his world series ring and defrost some lobster again.

Jim has an extensive look back at the disappointing career of Scott Ruffcorn and points out that the last 21 first-round picks of the White Sox have amassed a grand total of 4.3 WAR (via Baseball-Reference). Yikes. No pressure, Chris.

James looks at the Gavin Floyd trade rumor and Dayan Viciedo's recruitment of Cespedes and Soler. In examining the difference between Floyd and some combination of Dylan Axelrod and Zach Stewart, James nails it with this line:

"And if you prefer to go by pitcher wins, that's going from 11 wins, to an article by Joe Posnanski explaining the problems with going by pitcher wins."

Around the division:

Victor Martinez tore his ACL and may miss the entire 2012 season. That brought about a few knee-jerk "is Detroit in trouble?" thoughts around the Internet, but the Tigers are still easily the best team in the division so long as they bring in someone to protect Miguel Cabrera. Tom Fornelli at South Side Aslyum agrees.

Tigers blog Bless You Boys looks at the impact of the injury and has some quotes from Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski on the Martinez situation.

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says now is the time for the Royals to lock up Alex Gordon long-term. Neutrally, yeah, they should do that, but the thought of Gordon (who legitimately deserved some MVP votes last season) terrorizing the AL Central for the better part of the next decade is a little scary.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen