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White Sox name Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech minor leaguers of month

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White Sox name Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech minor leaguers of month

As the White Sox minor-league affiliates wrap up their respective seasons, a couple of top prospects were honored on Tuesday.

The White Sox named Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech their minor league player and pitcher of the month for August and September.

Jimenez, who is currently MLB.com's No. 7 overall prospect, had a batting average of .345 with seven home runs, 19 RBI and 21 runs scored in 30 games between Double-A Birmingham and Single-A Winston Salem.

Jimenez, who was acquired by the White Sox in a five-player deal with the Cubs for Jose Quintana on July 13, was also named to the 2017 Carolina League mid and postseason All-Star teams.

Jimenez finished the 2017 season with a .312/.379/.568 slash line and had 19 home runs and 65 RBI in 89 games.

Kopech, who is MLB.com's No. 12 prospect, went 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA and 38 strikeouts across five starts between Triple-A Charlotte and Birmingham in August and September.

Kopech was recently named the Southern league Most Outstanding pitcher and was also selected to the Southern League mid and postseason All-Star Teams. Kopech compiled a 9-8 record with a 2.88 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 25 starts this season.

The White Sox will welcome both Jimenez and Kopech to Guaranteed Rate Field this week.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Machado Watch continues for White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Machado Watch continues for White Sox

Seth Gruen (Bleacher Report/”Big Ten Unfiltered” podcast), Chris Emma (670TheScore.com) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join Kap on the panel. Machado Watch continues. Will the Orioles actually trade him? Meanwhile, has Alex Cobb’s price tag become too high for the Cubs?

Vincent Goodwill joins Kap to talk Bulls and the guys discuss how much Mitch Trubisky needs to win to help his development.

White Sox reportedly not offering up top prospects for Manny Machado

White Sox reportedly not offering up top prospects for Manny Machado

The Manny Machado saga spins on, though it’s looking far less promising for White Sox fans who wanted to see the Baltimore Orioles’ superstar third baseman come to the South Side this winter.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale chronicled the latest happenings with Machado in an exhaustive Thursday report that heavily featured the White Sox, who apparently have not decided to blow up their rebuilding effort by dealing away multiple top prospects. That’s not happening, per Nightengale, who reported the White Sox didn’t include any of their highest rated guys in an offer that was at one point reported to be the best out there for Machado. Nightengale did still report the White Sox offer as “solid.”

In fact, as Nightengale continued, it seems the White Sox made their offer completely expecting to have Machado for just the 2018 season. Machado is slated to be one of the headliners of next winter’s crazy good free-agent class.

The catch comes, perhaps not surprisingly to those familiar with the Orioles’ reputation, from Baltimore owner Peter Angelos, who is dramatically concerned that the White Sox would acquire Machado simply to flip him elsewhere in a trade — specifically, Angelos worries, to the New York Yankees, the Orioles’ division rivals. Nightengale added that the White Sox have repeatedly assured the Orioles they won’t do such a thing, but Angelos doesn’t seem to be sold.

The big headline for the White Sox, though, from the whole thing is that all this buzz and speculation doesn’t seem to involve them pulling a 180 on what they’ve worked for more than a year to do: gather a ton of highly touted prospects and build a homegrown champion. Michael Kopech, who seemed to fit the Orioles’ wishes as a young controllable pitcher, has been said to be “untouchable.” And if none of the organization’s top prospects were included in the deal, as Nightengale said, it’d be logical to assume that Lucas Giolito wasn’t involved in the team’s trade proposal either.

The White Sox became the buzz of baseball on the final day of the Winter Meetings with reports flying all over the place that they were making the most aggressive push for Machado and that they had made the Orioles the best offer of any team. The initial, middle-of-the-night report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal listed Kopech and Giolito as potential trade chips.

But a trade seemed to make little sense for the South Siders, who would have to give up multiple of their precious prospects — players projected to be the future of the big league team and deliver perennial contention — for nothing more than one guaranteed season of Machado, who is expected to receive a huge payday once he hits the free-agent market. Even with Machado, the White Sox wouldn’t figure to be a championship contender in 2018. That’d be putting all the eggs into one basket, that one season in Chicago would somehow convince Machado to skip the free-agent frenzy and sign with the White Sox.

Simply put, it’d be an incredibly risky move.

But apparently those aren’t the dice Rick Hahn and his front office are ready to roll, which ought to ease the concerns of rebuild fans, even if it might disappoint those who wanted to see Machado come to Chicago.