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Cespedes may become free agent soon

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Cespedes may become free agent soon

Rumors are still circulating around Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

The 26-year-old is brimming with athletic talent and may become a free agent as soon as Jan. 15, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

When -- and really, if -- he becomes a free agent, the White Sox very well may have interest. Marlins beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez said at least six teams will be in on Cespedes and it's not unreasonable to think the Sox are part of that group.

With Carlos Quentin gone, only Alex Rios, Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo remain in the Sox' outfield. Cespedes would probably need some time to sharpen his skills in Triple-A before joining the big-league club, but could conceivably have an impact in 2012.

De Aza and Viciedo have shown they deserve full-time spots, but the reality is they could still experience some growing pains. De Aza is no spring chicken (he will turn 28 in April), but he has only 346 major-league at-bats to his name.

Plus, if Rios doesn't bounce back from his horrid 2011 campaign, he could easily be a candidate to find some bench time to let Cespedes play.

Plus, as WhiteSoxTalk's JJ Stankevitz has already brought up, the fact Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez are both Cuban may be a big influence on Cespedes wanting to come to the South Side.

Frisaro believes Cespedes could be had for somewhere around four years and 32 million, a rather reasonable price considering he was originally asking for eight years and 60 million.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Could the White Sox season start in Arizona without fans?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Could the White Sox season start in Arizona without fans?

When the MLB season will start is still up in the air, but could they play without fans?

Chuck Garfien is joined by Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka to discuss what that would look like, and take voicemails from fans on if they would like a baseball season with no fans at the stadiums.

(1:50) - How much things have changed since Feb. 3

(10:44) - What does baseball with no fans look like?

(16:15) - The summer heat in Arizona might be a problem

(20:12) - Fans just want baseball, and if that means no fans, then so be it

(26:40) - Is it even safe for players to be next to each other?

(30:50) - If baseball does start, that means the world would be in a better place

Listen here or below.

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Scott Podsednik's base stealing set Paul Konerko up for home runs

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Scott Podsednik's base stealing set Paul Konerko up for home runs

The White Sox knew the first month of their 2005 schedule would be crucial because 22 of their first 28 games were against American League Central opponents.

But no one could have predicted that they’d obliterate their division en route to an unlikely 21-7 start.

After a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals in early May, the White Sox improved to 18-4 against their own division, an incredible pace that put them 4.5 games up on the Minnesota Twins, who weren’t exactly playing poorly.

But after a heavy divisional start, the schedule was about to flip wildly. Now the White Sox had to prove they could beat the rest of the American League. The next 25 games on the schedule were against non-A.L. Central opponents. In fact, other than a three-game series against the Indians in early June, 37 of their next 40 games were against non-divisional opponents.

No sweat.

Starting off in Toronto from May 6-8, the White Sox kept rolling. With Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez starting to pitch deeper into the games, manager Ozzie Guillen was able to keep red-hot Jon Garland in his comfortable spot deeper in the rotation. The White Sox won the first two games in Toronto, and while they may have had a reputation for winning one-run ballgames, the ’05 team was also capable of beating you by lighting up the scoreboard.

That’s what happened on Saturday, May 7, as Garland failed to get out of the sixth inning for the first time all season. It didn’t really matter because he had been spotted a 10-2 lead as the White Sox pounded Blue Jays starter Ted Lilly for six runs in just 1.2 innings. The home run list was long and included Tadahito Iguchi, Aaron Rowand, Juan Uribe and two from Paul Konerko, who hadn’t gone deep since Apr. 19.

But it was Scott Podsednik who stole the show, as he swiped four bases in the 10-7 win, tying a White Sox single-game record.

“He’s a true leadoff guy,” Paul Konerko told the Chicago Tribune. “There aren’t many guys in the game who get on base and can change the pace of what’s going on out there. Pitchers are throwing over to first because he’s stealing bases. Pitchers are making bad pitches because they’re worried about him.”

Both of Konerko’s home runs that day came after Podsednik successfully stole both second and third base.

This was just the latest fun way in which the White Sox beat a team that season -- and they were already 23-7 on the year.

The next day on the calendar was Sunday, May 8 and Mark Buehrle was on the mound so you knew there was a good chance the White Sox could get to St. Petersburg, Fla. in time for a late dinner.

Buehrle entered that start with a 34-game streak of pitching at least six innings and the White Sox were looking for their second eight-game winning streak of the season.

Again, it was May 8.

Here’s what Guillen’s lineup looked like:

LF Scott Podsednik
SS Juan Uribe
DH Carl Everett
1B Paul Konerko
CF Aaron Rowand
RF Jermaine Dye
C A.J. Pierzynski
3B Joe Crede
2B Pedro Lopez

Anyone remember Pedro Lopez?

The White Sox-Blue Jays game from May 8, 2005 will air Monday at 4 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago. For the full White Sox Rewind schedule from the 2005 season, click here.