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Word on the Street: White Sox nearly traded Ozzie?

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Word on the Street: White Sox nearly traded Ozzie?

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010
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Alleged Guillen trade to Florida nixed

According to sources from inside the front office for the Florida Marlins, the alleged trade of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for top outfield prospect Mike Stanton was never even discussed.

As Chris De Luca, a staff reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, reports:

"According to major-league sources, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was intent on making Guillen his next manager. Talks, sources say, progressed to the point that there was discussion of executing a trade that would send Guillen, who has a year left on his contract, to the Marlins for 20-year-old outfielder Mike Stanton, who hit 22 home runs and knocked in 59 runs in just 100 games as a rookie this season."

According to the same sources, when Guillen met with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf before the season ended, the Marlins talks died.

Guillen, however, is content on staying with the Sox for '11 and possibly beyond.

''My goal is not to just manage the White Sox one year," he said in De Luca's Sun-Times article. "I hope I finish my career there. I'm open to finishing my career there. It's up to them as to what they do.'' (Chicago Sun-Times and Palm Beach Post)

Cubs add to 40-man roster

Catcher Robinson Chirinos' rapid progression continued Friday as the Major League club selected him for the 40-man roster. The 26-year-old Chirinos set a career high with a .326 batting average in 2010, clubbing 18 home runs and 28 doubles while driving in 74 runs.

Over the past two seasons, the catching prospect has advanced from the Cubs' Single-A level to Triple-A, hitting .312 over that span.

The Cubs also outrighted outfielder Jim Adduci to Triple-A Iowa. The 25-year-old hit .248 last year in 114 games for Iowa in '10, but lead the club with 23 steals. (Cubs.com)

Derrick Rose kicks off acting career

Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose is taking his show to primetime TV. Rose will reportedly make an appearance on CBS' drama "The Good Wife." The show stars Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth and takes place in Chicago, but is filmed in New York. It is unknown if Rose will play himself or not. (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Sky announce new coach

The Chicago Sky annouced Pokey Chatman as the new general manager and head coach for the team. Chatman coached in Russia last year, leading the Russian Spartak Moscow Region to a 16-0 record in the Euroleague. She was head coach of the Louisiana State University's women's basketball team prior to her Euroleague days, and led the Lady Tigers to consecutive NCAA Final Fours.

The Sky finished 2010 with a 14-20 record, good enough for last place in the Eastern Conference. (USA Today)
Sox infielder standing out in Arizona Fall League

Eduardo Escobar, a shortstop in the White Sox's organization, currently stands atop the Arizona Fall League home run chart with three dingers. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two walks in a 15-1 win by his Peoria Saguaros over Phoenix Desert Dogs. (Chicago Tribune)
Sox's Mitchell rehabbing well from injury

Jared Mitchell, one of the White Sox's top outfield prospects, is positive about his return from a devastating ankle injury that cost him all of the 2010 season.

"I haven't lost any speed," he said in a Chicago Tribune article. "Everything will be fine. Right now, my focus will be getting at-bats, getting a chance to play and getting acclimated to the game again."

Mitchell suffered the injury--a tendon tear on the inside of his right ankle--in March, but expects to be fully recovered from the injury and subsequent scar tissue by the start of Spring Training. (Chicago Tribune)

Fox Sports' Whitlock calls for Kelly's job after student death

Jason Whitlock, a columnist for FoxSports.com, is calling for Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly's job after Kelly negligently allowed team manager and videographer Declan Sullivan to stay in a 50-foot tall tower to film practice Wednesday.

Sullivan was up in the tower as hazardous winds whipped around him and eventually caused the tower to crash down, killing the 20-year-old in the process. Whitlock claims it's a head coach's job to put the safety of all students over the course of his practices. (FoxSports.com)

Cubs bullpen catcher cited for possession of marijuana

Corey Miller, the 34-year-old bullpen catcher for the Chicago Cubs, was cited for marijuana possession after a traffic stop on I-80.

The Lincoln County Court records that were originally obtained by Lincoln Journal Star showed that Miller was stopped for speeding when a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in a bag of baby formula and 8.4 pounds of the drug were found in a suitcase. (Chicago Tribune)

Up close, White Sox see same big potential Cubs forecasted for Dylan Cease

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Up close, White Sox see same big potential Cubs forecasted for Dylan Cease

The Cubs made the Jose Quintana deal knowing it would have been more difficult to give up Dylan Cease if he was already performing at the Double-A level, and that the White Sox organization would be a good place to continue his education as a young pitcher.

While Eloy Jimenez keeps drawing ridiculous comparisons – the running total now includes Kris Bryant, Miguel Cabrera, Edgar Martinez and David Ortiz – Cease is more than just the other name prospect from the deal that shocked the baseball world during the All-Star break.

“We still project him as a starter,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said during this week’s GM meetings in Florida. “He certainly has the stuff where it’s easy to envision him as a potential dominant reliever. But to this point – for the foreseeable future – we deal with the starting and continue to develop him as a potential front-end arm.”

The Theo Epstein regime still hasn’t developed an impact homegrown pitcher, but that hasn’t stopped the Cubs from winning 292 games, six playoff rounds and a World Series title across the last three seasons, while still being in a strong position to win the National League Central again in 2018.

Without Quintana and his affordable contract that can run through 2020, Epstein’s front office might have been looking at the daunting possibility of trying to acquire three starting pitchers this winter.

While surveying a farm system in the middle of a natural downturn, Baseball America ranked seven pitchers on its top-10 list of prospects from the Cubs organization: Adbert Alzolay, Jose Albertos, Alex Lange, Oscar De La Cruz, Brendon Little, Thomas Hatch and Jen-Ho Tseng.

So far, only Alzolay, an Arizona Fall League Fall Star with seven starts for Double-A Tennessee on his resume, and Tseng, who made his big-league debut in September, have pitched above the A-ball level.

Cease – who went 0-8 with a 3.89 ERA for Class-A Kannapolis in his first nine starts in the White Sox system – has a 100-mph fastball and a big curveball and won’t turn 22 until next month. That stuff allowed Cease to pile up 126 strikeouts against 44 walks in 93.1 innings this year, putting him in the wave that includes Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Michael Kopech and Alec Hansen.

“Ideally, we have a lot of guys we project to be part of the future, very good, championship-caliber rotation,” Hahn said. “In an ideal world, there’s not going to be room at the inn for all of them. You only have five in that rotation and some of these guys will wind up in the bullpen. In reality, as players develop, you’re going to see some attrition.”

One spot after the White Sox grabbed Carlos Rodon with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, the Cubs did Kyle Schwarber’s below-slot deal, using part of the savings to buy out Cease’s commitment to Vanderbilt University ($1.5 million bonus for a sixth-rounder) and supervise his recovery from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Cease was never going to be on the fast track to Wrigley Field, and now the White Sox hope he can be part of the foundation on the South Side, where it’s easier to sell a rebuild after watching the Cubs and Houston Astros become World Series champions.

“It doesn’t change really for us internally in terms of our commitment or focus or our plan or our timeline or anything along those lines,” Hahn said. “I do think, perhaps, it helps the fan base understand a little bit about what the process looks like, where other teams have been and how long the path they took to get to the ultimate goal of winning a World Series (was). In Chicago, many fans saw it firsthand with the Cubs.

“There are certainly more and more examples in the game over the last several years to help sort of show fans the path and justification for what we’re (doing).”

The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm

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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 — 14-19 with a 4.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 13 saves and 7.4 K/9 in 290.2 innings \— 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."