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Alexei Ramirez meets with potential suitors, still open to White Sox

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Alexei Ramirez meets with potential suitors, still open to White Sox

BOCA RATON, Fla. — He’s open to a reunion with the White Sox, but Alexei Ramirez won’t wait around for them, either.

The free agent shortstop has begun to explore his market as he’s set to meet with two potential suitors at the General Manager’s meetings on Tuesday, according to a major league source.

The San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays are among the clubs believed to be interested in Ramirez, who lives about an hour away from the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Miami. Ramirez became a free agent at 11:01 p.m. CST on Friday after the White Sox — his only team for the past eight seasons — declined his $10 million club option last Wednesday.

Though the White Sox sound as if they’re ready to entrust the job to Tyler Saladino, GM Rick Hahn said Monday they haven’t ruled out bringing back Ramirez, who hit .249/.285/.357 with 10 homers and 62 RBI in 622 plate appearances.

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“We haven’t closed the door on potentially bringing Alexei back,” Hahn said. “He served us extremely well for eight years in a White Sox uniform and obviously middle infield is a position of interest for us going into the offseason. We’ll continue talking to his guy. Nothing has been shut for the future just yet.”

Hahn said last week’s move partly was about cost — that the White Sox didn’t want to pay Ramirez $10 million this season.

An All-Star in 2014, Ramirez was weighed down by personal issues for the first three months of the season and produced one of the worst performances in baseball. He rebounded nicely in the second half, but still was only worth minus-0.5 Wins Above Replacement.

But given his second-half performance, the White Sox potentially could bring Ramirez back on a lesser deal. As much as Ramirez desires to return to the only baseball home he knows, there’s some belief the veteran will find far too rich a market to accept a discounted deal.

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“He’s a proven commodity and (you have) a decent idea of what you’re going to get going forward,” Hahn said Monday. “Again, it’s a fairly scarce position, so I’m sure his market will be strong.”

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.

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Tonight, White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte (44-52) will go head-to-head with the Pawtucket Red Sox (45-49) on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m.

Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (2-5, 4.88 ERA) faces William Cuevas (5-3, 3.21 ERA) at BB&T Ballpark. The flame-throwing Kopech is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in his last start when he completed six innings of work and allowed only four hits and one earned run.

Kopech has been inconsistent for the Knights this season, but leads the International League with a whopping 122 strikeouts. He had a forgettable month of June, when he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA, but he looks to be getting on the right track recently.

Charlotte’s batting lineup is highlighted by White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has performed well since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham in mid-June. The powerful hitter has a .283/.348/.483 slash line with three home runs in 60 at-bats with the Knights.

Reliever Ian Hamilton (2.71 ERA), who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 18 White Sox prospect, has served as the team’s closer since his June promotion to Triple-A. The 23-year-old has converted four of five save opportunities with Charlotte, making him a player to monitor during tonight’s game. He has 10 strikeouts with only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.