Oh, the great names. Aaron Miles. Ross Gload. Kenny Lofton. Josh Paul. Robert Machado. Matt Karchner. And a whole lot of other players who appeared for both the Cubs and White Sox since interleague play began in 1997. Kosuke Fukudome will join that list as soon as he plays in a game for the White Sox.
Three White Sox players with less than five years of service time in the majors cannot be sent to the minors without passing through waivers. But Alejandro De Aza, Brent Lillibridge and Philip Humber all have a good chance to stick with the White Sox in 2012, so losing them via waivers if they struggle isn't a pressing concern.
The Cubs haven't agreed to anything with Jorge Soler, as was reported earlier in the week, and the White Sox reportedly remain interested in the 19-year-old Cuban defector.
U-God at South Side Sox argues why the Cubs playing at U.S. Cellular Field would be a good thing, while Jim runs down some thoughts on Fukudome. Meanwhile, James isn't a fan of Fukudome's defense.
Brandon Warne at Fangraphs asks who baseball's most underrated starter is, and while he began the process with Minnesota's Scott Baker, he concludes that Miami's Anibal Sanchez wins that crown.
Also on the subject of Minnesota, Nick Nelson of Nick's Twins Blog has been running a fantastic series this week looking at some Twins things to watch for. So far, he's looked at Glen Perkins' slider, Danny Valencia's defense and Carl Pavano's strikeouts.
And one more Twins link: Seth Stohs interviewed Terry Doyle on his podcast. There's a little bit in there about the White Sox, with Doyle saying he was itching to get to another system and jumped up screaming when he found out the Twins took him in December's Rule 5 Draft.
27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.
The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.
In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.
Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.
Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.
But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.
While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:
4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen