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White Sox Talk Podcast: Playoffs? Dan Plesac says White Sox could compete for wild card in 2018

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Playoffs? Dan Plesac says White Sox could compete for wild card in 2018

Playoffs?

On Day 1 of the Winter Meetings, MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac joins Chuck Garfien on the White Sox Talk Podcast to talk about the White Sox rebuild. Plesac raves about the team's future, talking at length about White Sox prospects Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, and goes as far as saying that the White Sox could compete for a wild-card spot in 2018.

Plesac also uses his incredible photographic memory to recall specific at-bats he had in career against Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Cal Ripken, Rafael Palmiero and Mo Vaughn.

You’ll also hear White Sox general manager Rick Hahn speak with reporters about trade talk picking up since arriving at the Winter Meetings. And A.J. Pierzynski talks about being named a White Sox team ambassador and wanting to call a game this season alongside Hawk Harrelson.

It's all below in the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast:

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.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Three-double day for Blake Rutherford

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Three-double day for Blake Rutherford

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Class A Winston-Salem

Blake Rutherford banged out three doubles in Winston-Salem's 14-4 win, another offensive outburst for the mashin' Dash. Micker Adolfo also had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Gavin Sheets had a hit, Alex Call had two hits and two RBIs, and Joel Booker had a double. Dylan Cease pitched, allowing four runs in his five innings, but he also struck out seven batters. He's got a 3.45 ERA in three starts.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had two hits, a double, an RBI and a run scored in a 9-2 win. Daniel Palka had a hit and a walk. Thyago Vieira gave up another run in his one inning of work, with his ERA at 11.37 in 6.1 innings.

Double-A Birmingham

In the final game before the arrival of Eloy Jimenez, Seby Zavala had two hits, a double and a walk in an 8-1 loss. Zack Collins was 0-for-4 and is hitting just .071 on the season.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez had two hits, including a double, in a 5-1 loss.