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Alex Gordon: 'White Sox were definitely interested'

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Alex Gordon: 'White Sox were definitely interested'

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Though he mostly avoided the rumors during free agency, Alex Gordon said Saturday he was very aware the White Sox had interest in him.

Sitting at his stall in the cushy and newly renovated clubhouse at Surprise Stadium, the Kansas City Royals veteran outfielder said the White Sox were one of his strongest suitors in the offseason. Ultimately, Gordon got his wish and returned to Kansas City, the only team he’s ever known. He signed a four-year, $72-million deal in January.

“Sox were definitely interested,” Gordon said. “They were up there. I like them, yeah. But it worked out the way it was supposed to. They were definitely in there though.

“(Kansas City) was my No. 1 option.”

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Hard to fault Gordon, who turned 32 last month.

The Royals drafted the Nebraska product with the second pick in 2005. He reached the big leagues in 2007 and bore witness to six straight losing seasons. The Royals averaged a 70-92 mark in that span.

But everything has changed for the better since 2013, including two straight American League pennants and a World Series title last season. Now, Gordon has a chance to spend his entire career around the “family”-like atmosphere the Royals have created.

“After every conversation I had with (agent Casey Close) it was always, ‘Have the Royals said anything?’” Gordon said. “This is where I grew up. Its where I wanted to be. Coming from the bad times to really cherish the good times, why not stay here?”

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There were plenty of rumors about where Gordon may land in December and January. At first it looked as if the sides may not reunite. Then the White Sox entered the fray. And then a report surfaced that the White Sox were confident about their chances of landing either Gordon or Yoenis Cespedes.

Gordon said he stayed out of the process and trusted Close.

“It was different,” Gordon said. “It was something I’ve never experienced, but the whole time I was just telling myself to be patient and not get frustrated with the process. I’ve got a really good agent. He took good care of me and kept me in the loop the whole time. But it ended up the way I wanted it to end up.”

Michael Kopech electric in start vs Pawtucket

Michael Kopech electric in start vs Pawtucket

The Charlotte Knights took on the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday night in a high-profile minor league game due to White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech being on the mound. 

Kopech, the 22-yearold old flame throwing right-hander, has been collecting impressive strikeout totals but has struggled with his control. He had issued 15 walks over his last five starts, and prior to Thursday's game his ERA was 4.48. But Kopech shined in all facets against Pawtucket.

In six innings of work, Kopech allowed one earned run on seven hits, and had nine strikeouts. But the most important part of his game was that fact that he only issued one walk in the start.

Prior to Thursday's game, Kopech had 122 strikeouts and 57 walks over 88.1 innings pitched. If he continues to cut down his walks he will become a very efficient pitcher in the future. 

But the performance is important in the context of the White Sox losing season, as a lack of control is perhaps the last thing holding Kopech back from being able to make his major league debut.

 

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.