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White Sox reportedly making strong bid for Manny Machado

White Sox reportedly making strong bid for Manny Machado

So much for a quiet winter on the South Side. 

Late Wednesday night, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal dropped a bomb on White Sox fans, tweeting that the club has emerged as serious players in the Manny Machado talks: 

USA Today's Bob Nightengale then reported that the Sox offer is the best one the Orioles have received thus far: 

The news comes as a bit of surprise given that the Orioles star has only one year left on his contract, and striking a deal would mean the Sox would have to part with at least one coveted prospect with no guarantee that Machado would stick around. 

Per Rosenthal, the prospects being discussed are Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech, but both would not be included in the same package. Still, a hefty price to pay for the possibility of a one-year -- albeit All-Star caliber -- player. 

As outlined earlier by Vinnie Duber, GM Rick Hahn wasn't keen on the idea of giving up a future piece for a stopgap, but he also wouldn't slam the door on taking a leap of faith to acquire a young, proven player. 

"Sometimes you need to be creative. Sometimes you need to perhaps take a risk," Hahn told reporters Wednesday at the Winter Meetings. "I think it’s probably slightly easier after a player has been part of this organization, understand what we’re about, to extend him as opposed to meeting him cold free agent and trying to sell him on the organization. We’ve had success with both, so we’re not afraid to do either, but perhaps there is a little advantage from time to time to have a guy already be on campus when you’re talking about extending him into the future."

Rosenthal also made mention that if the White Sox couldn't get Machado to sign an extension during the 2018 season, the club could consider moving him to another team to acquire more prospects. 

If indeed Hahn & Co. are willing to take this risk, it seems as if they're banking on their clubhouse culture to convince the star to stay.  

White Sox Talk Podcast: Trayce Thompson - 'This is home'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Trayce Thompson - 'This is home'

Drafted by the White Sox in 2009, Trayce Thompson never wanted to play for another team but the White Sox. 

All that changed in 2015 when he was dealt to the Dodgers in the Todd Frazier trade. Now back with the White Sox, Thompson talks with Chuck Garfien about the trials and tribulations of the last few years, the whirlwind of being on 4 teams in the last 4 weeks, how the White Sox threw him a lifeline bringing him back, how he wants to make the best of this new opportunity and more. 

Take a listen here or in the embedded player below.

Avisail Garcia heads to the DL with a strained hamstring, White Sox bring Daniel Palka up from Triple-A

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Avisail Garcia heads to the DL with a strained hamstring, White Sox bring Daniel Palka up from Triple-A

The White Sox will be without one of their bigger bats for a while.

Avisail Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list ahead of Tuesday afternoon's game with the Seattle Mariners. The night before, Garcia pulled up while running to first base on a ground ball. He remained on the ground for a little while and needed assistance getting off the field and back to the White Sox dugout. The team called his injury a strained hamstring, and that's what forced him to the DL on Tuesday.

"It’s considered mild to moderate," manager Rick Renteria said before Tuesday's game. "So depending on how quickly he’s able to heal and the exercises they do to put him back on track, we’re hoping it’s not a long, extended DL stint. I don’t see it that way, but we’ll see where it’s at in a few days after he’s calmed it down and they’re doing what they need to do with it."

Garcia's quest to repeat his All-Star campaign from 2017 hasn't gotten off to the best start. He's slashing just .233/.250/.315, and while those numbers can of course improve over the course of the season, they look paltry compared to his 2017 slash line of .330/.380/.506, which had him statistically as one of the better hitters in the American League. Of his 17 hits on the 2018 season, just four have gone for extra bases.

To replace the injured corner outfielder on the 25-man roster, the White Sox brought up Daniel Palka from Triple-A. Palka is having a nice start to 2018, slashing .286/.384/.476 with three home runs in 17 games at Charlotte. Last season, he slashed .274/.330/.431 with 12 home runs.

"In terms of Palka, he’s a left-handed bat, obviously his first time in the big leagues. I’m sure we’ll try to integrate him as quick as we possibly can, use him both in the outfield, pinch-hitting, maybe DHing on a particular day," Renteria said. "We’ll try to take advantage of what he brings to the table. We also want to find out what he’s going to be able to do here. He had a nice showing in the spring. Obviously comes with a lot of power, maybe we can take advantage of that a little bit."

The White Sox outfield looks significantly different now than it did just a week ago. The team acquired Trayce Thompson in a trade with the Oakland Athletics, and he's already homered in his return to the South Side. Now with Garcia on the shelf for a while, expect to see more of both Thompson and Palka.

"I think any opportunity, everything is opportunity in the game," Palka said. "You're ready to go at Day 1, so that's the plan.

"Come out Day 1 in whatever role there is, whatever role needs to be filled, just be consistent in that role."