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White Sox Talk Podcast: Rick Hahn says to expect things to be a lot more interesting at next year's Winter Meetings

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Rick Hahn says to expect things to be a lot more interesting at next year's Winter Meetings

On Day 3 of the MLB Winter Meetings, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn came on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about the White Sox offseason plans and their future.  

Among the topics: the trade market for Jose Abreu, rebuilding the bullpen and possible free-agent pitchers the White Sox might sign (Garfien gives Hahn a couple suggestions). Hahn also explains why next offseason the White Sox will be more active with moves, and he promises to come on a future remote White Sox Talk Podcast as long as there is karaoke. Then, Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago joins the podcast to talk about Jerry Reinsdorf saying it will be “a joke” if Jim Thome doesn’t make the Hall of Fame on the first ballot and why the White Sox likely won’t trade for Manny Machado.

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez debuts at Birmingham

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez debuts at Birmingham

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

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez made his much-anticipated debut after working his way back from an injury to his pectoral muscle. The White Sox top-rated prospect didn't get a hit, going 0-for-3 in Birmingham's 8-3 loss, but he did have a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Zack Collins had two walks in the game. Jordan Guerrero gave up six runs on nine hits in three innings of work.

Class A Winston-Salem

Blake Rutherford followed up a three-double day Wednesday with four hits Thursday. He also drove in four runs and scored a run. Micker Adolfo homered, with the quartet of Adolfo, Rutherford, Luis Alexander Basabe (who walked three times) and Gavin Sheets combining for eight RBIs in a 9-5 win.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit and a run scored and Gonzalez added a walk in Kannapolis' 8-3 win.

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.