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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement detailing Ozzie Guillen's departure two games before the end of the 2011 season, saying Guillen "left with our organizations blessing and at my urging." Hopefully, this will keep Guillen from unleashing his wrath via twitter, as he promised over the weekend.

Jake Peavy wrote a blog post for us, and says he's primed for a big year because he hasn't had to worry about any rehab work in the offseason. So that's encouraging.

Chris Sale joined Chicago Tribune Live to discuss his move to the starting rotation, Mark Buehrle's move to Miami, John Danks' contract extension and more.

The White Sox are one of four teams that have shown the "most" interest in 18-year-old Cuban lefty Gerardo Concepcion.

Eighteen players received invites to spring training, including prospects Trayce Thompson and Jake Petricka along with a few potential bullpen candidates headlined by Brian Bruney.

Buddy Bell, Nick Capra and Kirk Champion received promotions in the White Sox player development ranks.

Omar Vizquel inked a minor league contract with Toronto with a spring training invite. If he can play his way on to the roster, he'll probably get some game action as a 45-year-old, which is pretty incredible for a middle infielderthird baseman.

Around the division:

The Tigers are one of three teams leading the chase for Yoenis Cespedes. Signing him would probably be a better move than bringing in Juan Pierre or Johnny Damon, to say the least.

Justin Verlander credited Jose Valverde with his success, which is pretty pointless, because Jose Valverde had nothing to do with his success. And yes, I'm actively ignoring W-L records, because those are pointless.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Don Cooper with the inside scoop on Kopech, Rodon and a dozen other pitchers

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Don Cooper with the inside scoop on Kopech, Rodon and a dozen other pitchers

With some of baseball's top pitching talent in the White Sox system, who better to talk about them than longtime White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper? Coop gives us the goods on Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease, Joakim Soria and many others. He reveals the adjustment Lucas Giolito made last season that changed everything for the young right-hander, the one White Sox pitcher he thinks will make a big jump in 2018, and explains why he thinks the White Sox could surprise people in 2018.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Meet the Prospects: Thyago Vieira

Meet the Prospects: Thyago Vieira

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Thyago Vieira

Vieira, the 24-year-old right-handed hurler, has just one inning of big league ball under his belt.

A native of Brazil, Vieira made his major league debut last season for the Seattle Mariners, pitching one scorless inning — and striking out one batter — in an Aug. 14 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He's since joined the White Sox rebuild, acquired in a November trade that sent international bonus slot money back to the Pacific Northwest.

In the minors last season, Vieira split time between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma, combining for a 4.00 ERA in 54 innings of 41 appearances. He struck out 46 hitters and walked 22. In previous minor league seasons, he showed a good ability to strike out opposing hitters, posting a 10.8 K/9 with Class A Bakersfield in 2016.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Vieira rated as the No. 20 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Vieira in the video above.