Yu Darvish signed a six-year, 60 million deal with Texas, meaning he very well could make his much-anticipated major league debut against the White Sox in a nationally-televised Sunday night game. Quick! Let's get those Yu Darvish puns out of the way (I feel awful about roughly 100 percent of these): Yu gotta be bleepin' me! Yu can put it on the board, yes! Yuuuuuu crank dat soulja boy Never gonna give Yu up, never gonna let Yu down Do Yu believe in miracles? Yes!
The Red Sox are interested in Gavin Floyd, for what it's worth. Given that the White Sox asking price is reportedly pretty high, I wouldn't count on a deal getting done involving Floyd with any team, be it Boston, Toronto or some other club. Fornelli seems to think there's a little more to these latest Floyd rumors, given the dormant nature of Sox news in the last few weeks.
Eighteen-year-old Cuban lefty Gerardo Concepcion declared for free agency, and the White Sox are listed along with the Yankees, Rangers, Cubs and Phillies as teams interested in signing him. Concepcion is a "finesse pitcher" according to Phil Rogers, which is code for "doesn't have great stuff." Still, he'd probably rate as the second-best pitching prospect in the Sox organization behind Nestor Molina.
Ozzie Guillen and the Marlins are likely to be the subject of Showtime's documentary series "The Franchise" this year, if you're still interested in his day-to-day activities.
Dayan Viciedo isn't entering a contract year, explains Jim at South Side Sox. There's been some confusion regarding Viciedo's contract status after his original four-year deal runs out following the 2012 season, but the Sox will have him under team control for six years beginning in 2012.
James hopped over to Southside Showdown to write an extensive argument as to why the White Sox won't be very competitive in 2012.