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White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

First things first, Dan Hayes joined the CSN Chicago White Sox coverage team as our new White Sox Insider. And he picked a pretty good weekend to join us, because...

The White Sox got their third baseman. Kevin Youkilis is coming to the Sox in exchange for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart, netting the White Sox a significant upgrade at third base even if Youkilis doesn't revert to his pre-2012 form. Chuck Garfien has a good take on it: The deal was a steal for the White Sox.

Most fans agree with Garfien in that the deal was pretty good for the White Sox, although one fan was pretty upset Lillibridge was dealt away. And White Sox players -- even Orlando Hudson -- supported the move:

More Youk reaction: Red Sox players on the deal and Brent Lillibridge on being dealt to Boston.

Shockingly, there was baseball played this weekend, and it went pretty well for the Sox. They dropped Friday's game 1-0 as part of a phenomenal pitcher's duel between Chris Sale and Zack Greinke, but rebounded Saturday with an 8-6 win then pulled out a victory in another great pitcher's duel Sunday.

On Sunday, the White Sox welcomed members of the 1972 team back to Chicago, with Dick Allen discussing the "humbling" experience.

Addison Reed is flourishing as the White Sox closer, and has earned the trust of manager Robin Ventura, reports Hayes. Also, Jake Peavy also is no longer held back by his health.

On Friday, the White Sox made a flurry of roster moves: the pain become unbearable for Philip Humber, who was placed on the disabled list, and Jordan Danks won a spot for the time being on the as Kosuke Fukudome was designated for assignment.

Around the division, Cleveland dropped two of three to Houston and was knocked out of first place while Detroit also fell twice in three games to Pittsburgh.

The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm


The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm

The White Sox continued their rebuild Thursday by trading for an intriguing young right-handed pitcher.

The South Siders acquired Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.

The 24-year-old Vieira is a Brazilian native and has only made one appearance in the big leagues, striking out a batter in one perfect inning of work in 2017.

While his career minor-league numbers don't jump off the page β€” 14-19 with a 4.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 13 saves and 7.4 K/9 in 290.2 innings \β€” Vieira has been reportedly clocked at 104 mph with his fastball and was ranked as the Mariners' No. 8 prospect at the time of the deal. He also held righties to .194 batting average in 2017.

Here's video of Vieira throwing gas:

And this may explain why Vieira was even available:

Control has been an issue throughout his career, as he's walked 4.6 batters per nine innings in the minors. He has improved in that regard over the last few seasons, however, walking only 22 batters in 54 innings across three levels in 2017 and he doled out only one free pass in 5.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2016.

What does this deal mean in the big picture for baseball? How did the Sox pull off a move like this while not having to give up a player in return? 

This may help shed light on the situation from Baseball America's Kyle Glaser:

Either way, the White Sox may have just acquired a guy who could potentially throw his name in the hat for "future closer." Or at the very least, throw his name in the hat for "best name."

Is Avi Time coming to an end on the South Side?


Is Avi Time coming to an end on the South Side?

After posting career numbers in 2017, Avisail Garcia is already attracting trade suitors this offseason.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, the Oakland A's have interest in acquiring the outfielder, who would fill the team's need for a right-handed bat. 

The buzz should come as no surprise given Garcia produced a slash line of .330/.380/.506 in his breakout campaign, where he was also named the lone representative for the rebuilding Sox at the All-Star Game. 

Now the question centers on whether GM Rick Hahn, whose phone constantly stays buzzing, sees the 26-year-old as a piece for the future or trade bait. Heading into winter meetings, Hahn reiterated that he would listen to deals involving Garcia and Jose Abreu, especially considering the South Siders are likely still a few years away from seriously competing in the American League. 

With Garcia under club control until 2019 and his value at its peak, now may be the ideal time for Hahn to sell high and stockpile even more prospects for the already talent-rich farm system. The A's currently have four players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100

It may be Avi Time in Oakland.