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Fire's C.J. Brown to retire after 2010 season

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Fire's C.J. Brown to retire after 2010 season

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010
2:55 PM

CSNChicago.com

The Fire announced today that C.J. Brown will retire at the end of the 2010 season. The last remaining member of the 1998 double-winning team will end his 13-year playing career following the Fires 2010 regular season finale against Chivas USA on Saturday. Brown has appeared in 370 games across all competitions for the Fire, by far the most appearances in the clubs history.

"Making the decision to retire was tough because this team is like a family to me," said CJ Brown. "I've been a part of this club since 1998. I feel like I grew up here in Chicago. My family was formed here - I met my wife in California, but my marriage, my kids - everything has happened here in Chicago. But, I think it's just time for me to move on and do something different in my life. I want to thank the fans, the club, and all the teammates I've played with over the years. You've meant everything to me."

Brown was drafted number one overall in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft out of San Jose State University and made an immediate impact on the Fire expansion side, appearing in 17 games during the club's inaugural season. The stout defender helped lead the club to the American "Double," winning MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup in the club's first year.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Albert Almora Jr. ready for an everyday spot in the lineup?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Albert Almora Jr. ready for an everyday spot in the lineup?

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Adam Jahns (Chicago Sun-Times), Connor McKnight (670 The Score) and Phil Thompson (Chicago Tribune) join David Kaplan on the panel.

The Cubs offense comes alive with Albert Almora, Jr. leading off. Is it time to make him the everyday centerfielder? 

Plus Mitch Trubisky says this week’s minicamp is the most he’s been coached in his career. So how long will it take him to master Matt Nagy’s new offense?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

In two separate trades, White Sox send Tyler Saladino to Milwaukee and bring back Trayce Thompson

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In two separate trades, White Sox send Tyler Saladino to Milwaukee and bring back Trayce Thompson

The White Sox made a pair of surprising moves Thursday, sending one player out of town and bringing a familiar face back to the organization.

Infielder Tyler Saladino was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations, and outfielder Trayce Thompson was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics, the White Sox sending cash considerations to the A’s in that deal.

Saladino spent the last four seasons on the South Side, putting up a .231/.281/.330 career slash line in his 246 games in a White Sox uniform. Despite his versatility on the infield, he didn’t have much room to play this season, with Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez firmly in place at second base, shortstop and third base, respectively. Saladino made just nine plate appearances in the team’s first 15 games this season.

The 27-year-old Thompson, meanwhile, was just designated for assignment by the A’s, who the White Sox just concluded a three-game set with Wednesday. Thompson made his major league debut with the White Sox in 2015 and played 44 games that season, slashing .295/.363/.533. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the three-team deal that brought Todd Frazier to the South Side.

He started spring training this year with the Dodgers before getting designated for assignment, claimed by the New York Yankees and then claimed by the A’s. He had seven plate appearances with Oakland.

The White Sox did not announce whether or not Thompson will take Saladino’s vacated spot on the 25-man roster. The White Sox have been using Leury Garcia as their fourth outfielder in addition to Nicky Delmonico, Adam Engel and Avisail Garcia. Without Saladino, the White Sox would initially seem to have no reserve infielder, though Leury Garcia has the versatility to play on the infield, as well, meaning Thompson could be the team’s new fourth outfielder and Leury Garcia its new backup infielder.

For the rebuilding White Sox, Thompson becomes another young player who could perform well enough to impress the front office and work himself into consideration for its long-term plans. While the minor leagues is bursting at the seams with talent outfield prospects — Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Micker Adolfo, Luis Alexander Basabe, Blake Rutherford, Luis Gonzalez, Ryan Cordell, Charlie Tilson and Daniel Palka — perhaps Thompson can take advantage of a new opportunity and add his name to that list.