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Brett Lawrie believes White Sox roster is 'World Series caliber'

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Brett Lawrie believes White Sox roster is 'World Series caliber'

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brett Lawrie has some pretty high expectations for the 2016 White Sox and that’s before they signed Jimmy Rollins.

The new second baseman said Monday he thinks the White Sox have the talent requisite for winning it all this season. An hour later, the White Sox added Rollins, a former National League MVP, on a minor-league contract with an invite to big league camp. Same as new teammate teammate Todd Frazier said Sunday, Lawrie, who was acquired from the Oakland A’s for two minor-leaguers in December, likes the look and feel of the White Sox roster.

“We’ve got so much talent, it’s World Series caliber, 100 percent,” Lawrie said. “It’s just about refining that and coming together as a group and having some fun out there and that’s one of the biggest things. Any time we play against the White Sox, you know who’s over there and the damage that they can do.”

With an entirely new infield, White Sox manager Robin Ventura intends to use the spring to get his charges accustomed to one another. Whether it’s Rollins or Tyler Saladino at shortstop, Lawrie at second and Frazier at third, White Sox players have to get a feel for one another, one of Ventura’s goals of camp. He said Monday he’ll give them ample opportunities to do so. While he stopped short of Lawrie’s World Series assessment, Ventura said he’s enthusiastic about the team in front of him.

“We like the guys that we have,” Ventura said. “Everybody wants to make predictions and everything else, but it depends on how we play. We want to get them focused on baseball down here, hungry to win these games first.”

Beyond Rollins — who’s expected to arrive in camp on Thursday — the White Sox potentially could be in line for another addition. General manager Rick Hahn said he’s not ready to designate his roster as finalized. Recently, Hahn has dropped more than a few hints he’s still searching for complementary pieces and one direction the White Sox could go would be the addition of an outfielder.

“We’re looking for any way to get better,” Hahn said, when asked if he liked to add another outfielder. “The final couple spots on the roster will come down to a combination of platoon advantage, speed, defense and positional flexibility.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Any more additions could add some height to Lawrie’s already impressive 41-inch vertical leap (and his 66-inch box jump). Asked a second time, the energetic second baseman — with his self-described “Canadian fire” and “hockey player mentality” — doubled down on his World Series-caliber comment.

“No doubt,” Lawrie said. “That’s the thing about baseball, anything can happen. It’s a long year, it's definitely a marathon not a sprint and we just have to come together as a group and have some fun and just enjoy each other’s company and go play baseball.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.