The Yoenis Cespedes saga is finally over, as the 26-year-old signed a four-year, 36 million deal with Oakland. The White Sox never were serious about signing him, especially for that money and without a real place to put him.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are expected to sign 19-year-old Cuban Jorge Soler for a deal reportedly worth around 27 million. The White Sox were probably in on Soler, too, perhaps more so than Cespedes. But while Soler would've instantly become the team's best prospect, the Sox probably weren't in the market to commit 27 million to a 19-year-old who hasn't seen a pitch in the United States yet. Don't get me wrong, it's great for the Cubs to land Soler, but the Sox don't have as much wiggle room.
Oh, and speaking of the Cubs, they won't be playing in U.S. Cellular Field any time soon, no matter what some rumors may say.
In something that actually pertains directly to the White Sox, Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein ranked Addison Reed No. 81 on his top 101 prospects list. The White Sox are the only team in the AL Central not represented in Goldstein's top 20, while Kansas City, Minnesota and Detroit all have multiple prospects on the list.
Jon Garland agreed to a minor-league deal with Cleveland, pending a physical, which seems about right for a guy coming off rotator cuff surgery. If Garland does pitch for the Indians this year, it won't be right out of the gate. But it's good to see Garland land somewhere -- he's only 32, and when healthy, teams could do worse than using him as a durable back-end starter.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.