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.