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White Sox release 2016 broadcast schedule; CSN to air 107 games

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White Sox release 2016 broadcast schedule; CSN to air 107 games

The White Sox released their television broadcast schedule for the 2016 season on Tuesday and Comcast SportsNet will air 107 games.

CSN will air the White Sox Opening Day matchup in the Bay Area against the Oakland Athletics on April 4 at 9:05 p.m. CSN will also broadcast the White Sox home opener against the Cleveland Indians on April 8 at 3:10 p.m.

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New White Sox broadcast Jason Benetti will be joined alongside Steve Stone for 78 of 81 home games, as well as a three-game series in Toronto (April 25-27). Ken "Hawk" Harrelson returns for his 32nd season in the White Sox television booth. Harrison will have the play-by-play call for all road games (excluding Toronto in April), the White Sox home opener and the Cubs vs. White Sox two-game series at U.S. Cellular Field (July 25-26).

Here is the complete CSN broadcast slate:

1.    Mon, April 4             9:00 pm           @ Oakland (Road Opener)

2.    Wed, April 6             9:00 pm           @ Oakland                                  

3.    Thu, April 7              2:30 pm           @ Oakland

4.    Fri, April 8                3:00 pm           vs Cleveland (Home Opener)

5.    Sun, April 10           1:00 pm           vs Cleveland

6.    Mon, April 11           3:00 pm           @ Minnesota

7.    Thu, April 14            12:00 pm         @ Minnesota

8.    Fri, April 15              6:00 pm           @ Tampa Bay

9.    Sun, April 17           12:00 pm         @ Tampa Bay

10. Mon, April 18           7:00 pm           vs Los Angeles Angels

11. Thu, April 21            1:00 pm           vs Los Angeles Angels

12.   Fri, April 22             7:00 pm           vs Texas

13.   Sun, April 24          1:00 pm           vs Texas

14.   Mon, April 25         6:00 pm           @ Toronto

15.   Wed, April 27         6:00 pm           @ Toronto

16.   Thu, April 28          6:00 pm           @ Baltimore

17.   Fri, April 29             6:00 pm           @ Baltimore

18.   Sun, May 1             12:30 pm         @ Baltimore

19.   Tue, May 3             7:00 pm           vs Boston

20.   Thu, May 5             7:00 pm           vs Boston

21.   Fri, May 6                7:00 pm           vs Minnesota

22.   Sun, May 8             1:00 pm           vs Minnesota

23.   Tue, May 10           7:00 pm           @ Texas

24.   Wed, May 11          1:00 pm           @ Texas

25.   Fri, May 13             6:00 pm           @ New York Yankees

26.   Sat, May 14            12:00 pm         @ New York Yankees

27.   Wed, May 18          7:00 pm           vs Houston

28.   Thu, May 19           7:00 pm           vs Houston                           

29.   Fri, May 20             7:00 pm           vs Kansas City

30.   Sat, May 21            1:00 pm           vs Kansas City

31.   Mon, May 23          7:00 pm           vs Cleveland                         CSN+

32.   Tue, May 24           7:00 pm           vs Cleveland                         CSN+

33.   Thu, May 26           7:00 pm           @ Kansas City

34.   Fri, May 27             7:00 pm           @ Kansas City

35.   Sun, May 29          1:00 pm           @ Kansas City

36.   Mon, May 30          12:00 pm         @ New York Mets             

37.   Tue, May 31           6:00 pm           @ New York Mets

38.   Fri, June 3              6:00 pm           @ Detroit

39.   Sat, June 4             3:00 pm           @ Detroit

40.   Tue, June 7            7:00 pm           vs Washington

41.   Wed, June 8          7:00 pm           vs Washington

42.   Fri, June 10            7:00 pm           vs Kansas City                     CSN+

43.   Sun, June 12         1:00 pm           vs Kansas City

44.   Tue, June 14         7:00 pm           vs Detroit

45.   Wed, June 15        7:00 pm           vs Detroit

46.   Fri, June 17            6:00 pm           @ Cleveland

47.   Sat, June 18          5:00 pm           @ Cleveland

48.   Tue, June 21         6:00 pm           @ Boston

49.   Wed, June 22        6:00 pm           @ Boston

50.   Fri, June 24            7:00 pm           vs Toronto                             CSN+

51.   Sat, June 25          1:00 pm           vs Toronto

52.   Tue, June 28         7:00 pm           vs Minnesota                        CSN+

53.   Wed, June 29        7:00 pm           vs Minnesota

54.   Fri, July 1                7:00 pm           @ Houston

55.   Sat, July 2              3:00 pm           @ Houston

56.   Mon, July 4            1:00 pm           vs New York Yankees        

57.   Tue, July 5             7:00 pm           vs New York Yankees

58.   Fri, July 8                7:00 pm           vs Atlanta                              CSN+

59.   Sun, July 10          1:00 pm           vs Atlanta

60.   Fri, July 15             9:00 pm           @ Los Angeles Angels

61.   Sat, July 16            8:00 pm           @ Los Angeles Angels

62.   Mon, July 18          9:00 pm           @ Seattle

63.   Wed, July 20          2:30 pm           @ Seattle

64.   Thu, July 21           7:00 pm           vs Detroit

65.   Fri, July 22             7:00 pm           vs Detroit

66.   Sat, July 23            6:00 pm           vs Detroit

67.   Mon, July 25          7:00 pm           vs Cubs

68.   Wed, July 27          7:00 pm           @ Cubs

69.   Fri, July 29             7:00 pm           @ Minnesota

70.   Sun, July 31          1:00 pm           @ Minnesota

71.   Tue, Aug 2             6:00 pm           @ Detroit

72.   Thu, Aug 4             12:00 pm         @ Detroit

73.   Fri, Aug 5                7:00 pm           vs Baltimore

74.   Sun, Aug 7             1:00 pm           vs Baltimore

75.   Tue, Aug 9             7:00 pm           @ Kansas City

76.   Wed, Aug 10          7:00 pm           @ Kansas City

77.   Fri, Aug 12             6:00 pm           @ Miami

78.   Sat, Aug 13            6:00 pm           @ Miami

79.   Tue, Aug 16           6:00 pm           @ Cleveland

80.   Thu, Aug 18           6:00 pm           @ Cleveland

81.   Fri, Aug 19             7:00 pm           vs Oakland                            CSN+

82.   Sun, Aug 21          1:00 pm           vs Oakland

83.   Wed, Aug 24          7:00 pm           vs Philadelphia

84.   Thu, Aug 25           7:00 pm           vs Seattle

85.   Sat, Aug 27            6:00 pm           vs Seattle

86.   Tue, Aug 30           6:00 pm           @ Detroit

87.   Wed, Aug 31          12:00 pm         @ Detroit

88.   Thu, Sept 1            7:00 pm           @ Minnesota

89.   Fri, Sept 2               7:00 pm           @ Minnesota

90.   Sat, Sept 3              6:00 pm           @ Minnesota

91.   Mon, Sept 5            3:00 pm           vs Detroit

92.   Tue, Sept 6             7:00 pm           vs Detroit

93.   Fri, Sept 9               7:00 pm           vs Kansas City

94.   Sat, Sept 10           6:00 pm           vs Kansas City

95.   Tue, Sept 13          7:00 pm           vs Cleveland

96.   Wed, Sept 14         7:00 pm           vs Cleveland

97.   Thu, Sept 15          1:00 pm           vs Cleveland

98.   Fri, Sept 16             7:00 pm           @ Kansas City

99.   Sat, Sept 17           6:00 pm           @ Kansas City

100.  Wed, Sept 21        6:00 pm           @ Philadelphia

101.  Fri, Sept 23           6:00 pm           @ Cleveland

102.  Sat, Sept 24          6:00 pm           @ Cleveland

103.  Mon, Sept 26        7:00 pm           vs Tampa Bay                       CSN+

104.  Tue, Sept 27         7:00 pm           vs Tampa Bay                       CSN+

105.  Thu, Sept 29         7:00 pm           vs Tampa Bay

106.  Fri, Sept 30           7:00 pm           vs Minnesota                        CSN+

107.  Sun, Oct 2             2:00 pm           vs Minnesota

 

*Times and networks subject to change.*

Would potential bargains like Mike Moustakas or Carlos Gonzalez make sense for White Sox?

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Would potential bargains like Mike Moustakas or Carlos Gonzalez make sense for White Sox?

The 2017-18 baseball offseason continues to be, well, the 2017-18 baseball offseason, even with spring training games being played in Arizona and Florida.

A bunch of names remain on the free-agent market, including All-Star players who thought they would be in for big multi-year contracts. But as teams continue to deny the wishes of guys who expected to get big deals, the suggestion that those players might end up needing to take one-year offers if they want to play during the 2018 season is becoming a more common talking point.

So with potential bargains to be had for some pretty big-name players, do the White Sox jump into the waters and try to lock up a potential future piece on the cheap? Though they aren’t expected to contend this season, the White Sox have been mentioned in a pair of recent reports surrounding a pair of All-Star position players: Mike Moustakas and Carlos Gonzalez.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi wrote last week that the White Sox are a potential fit for Moustakas, who has sat and watched as former Kansas City Royals teammate Eric Hosmer received a huge contract from the San Diego Padres. Moustakas set a new Royals record last season with 38 home runs but has yet to find a team.

The White Sox, connected to Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado earlier this offseason, seem to have a current big leaguer or highly ranked prospect locked into almost every position on the diamond for the foreseeable future, but third base isn't necessarily one of them. Jake Burger was last year’s top draft pick, though there’s speculation he could slide over to first base. The team still envisions him as a big league third baseman, for what it’s worth.

Moustakas is 29 and already has seven big league seasons under his belt, including a pair of All-Star appearances and a pair of trips to the World Series, including the Crowns’ championship back in 2015. His 38 homers and 85 RBIs in 2017 were both career highs. He slashed .272/.314/.521, the final of those three numbers the best mark of his career.

Moustakas has rarely hit for average or reached base at too high a clip, though those recent power numbers would be intriguing at a hitter-friendly park like Guaranteed Rate Field, where he has 10 career dingers, 26 career RBIs and a .249/.308/.456 career slash line as a visitor.

Certainly Moustakas would be a buzz-worthy addition, and if the White Sox could get him for a good value thanks to this slow-moving market, that adds incentive to bring him aboard. A short contract would have even more incentive for the rebuilding White Sox, who would have the option to either sign him to a long-term deal or deal him away in a deadline deal depending on his immediate production levels.

But for fans hoping the White Sox will spend big on a third baseman in one of the next two offseasons — Machado is a free agent next winter, and Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado is set to hit the market the winter after next — slotting in an outside addition at the hot corner now could impact those plans.

Gonzalez is a completely different story, a three-time All Star during his 10-year big league career who is just three seasons removed from a 40-homer campaign in 2015. The 32-year-old Gonzalez also has a trio of Gold Gloves to go along with his 215 career home runs. FanRag’s Jon Heyman listed the White Sox as a possible landing spot for CarGo this weekend.

But his walk year in Colorado was not a very good one by his standards. In 136 games for a Rockies team that ended up in the playoffs, he slashed .262/.339/.423, all those averages way down from his usual level of production. And his power numbers plummeted to 14 homers and 57 RBIs after he combined for 65 homers and 197 RBIs in 2015 and 2016.

The good news for the White Sox is that down year makes Gonzalez far more affordable. Should he command only a one-year contract, the White Sox could take a flier, stick him in the outfield — which still has an unresolved spot with few strong offensive options for center field — and trade him should he bounce back in a big way. Or, at 32, perhaps he’s a guy the White Sox could opt to keep around should he prove valuable and the rebuild continues to move along ahead of schedule.

Gonzalez seems the less risky move at this point, as Moustakas could still be looking for a multi-year contract. But the White Sox have plenty of financial flexibility and flexibility in their decision-making should they add either guy and he proves worthy of a midseason deal or a long-term look.

White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

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USA TODAY

White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

PHOENIX, Ariz. — One of the White Sox prized prospects will be on the shelf for a little while.

Outfielder Micker Adolfo has a sprained UCL in his right elbow and a strained flexor tendon that could require surgery. He could avoid surgery, though he could be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Though he hasn’t received the same high rankings and media attention as fellow outfield prospects Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, Adolfo is considered a part of the White Sox promising future. He’s said to have the best outfield arm in the White Sox system.

Adolfo had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .264/.331/.453 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 112 games with Class A Kannapolis.

Adolfo, along with Jimenez and Robert, has been generating buzz at White Sox camp in Glendale, with a crowd forming whenever the trio takes batting practice. Earlier this week, the three described their conversation dreaming about playing together in the same outfield for a contending White Sox team in the future.