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MLB Power Rankings: Week 5

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 5

Every Monday throughout the regular season, we'll be ranking all 30 MLB teams -- take a look and offer up your thoughts in the comments or to us on twitter @CubsTalkCSN or @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

Previous rankings: Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4

Tony
JJ Comments 1
Tony: Just wait til Longoria returns and Moore finds it.
JJ: Baseball's best offense, oddly enough thanks no Pujols.
2
Tony: They just keep right on pitching and winning.
JJ: Scuffling lately, still the best team in the AL.
3

Tony: The Bryce Harpers are looking dang good.
JJ: Bryce Harper, like this team, is here to stay.
4
Tony: Rough week for the Chuck Norrises.
JJ: Unbelievable. Pitching has allowed fewest runs in AL.
5
Tony: They're gunnin for that No. 1 spot, Ludacris style.
JJ: Longoria hurts, but Joyce, Pena have been great.
6
Tony: Kemp's UFO has taken off and left him here.
JJ: MLB's highest-scoring offense. Kudos to Greg Walker.
7
Tony: OK. I'm starting to buy in now.
JJ: Falling back to earth, which was inevitable.
8
Tony: Happy now, LewieDavis? You better be.
JJ: Concerns about rotation greater than 9th inning.
9

Tony: Bautista, are you going to show up ever?
JJ: Until pitching comes back to earth, Top 10 team.
10
Tony: Be huge if Scherzer has turned things around.
JJ: Doing just enough right to lead AL Central.
11
Tony: Rivera injury microcosm of pitching woes.
JJ: Still waiting for them to really come alive.
12
Tony: Have to make a move toward contention soon.
JJ: Need Latos to improve to really compete.
13
Tony: Stupid Hamels shoulda kept mouth shut.
JJ: Barry Zito has a 1.76 ERA. It won't last.
14
Tony: Bumgarner is a bonafide star.
JJ: Things finally coming together on 6-game streak.
15
Tony: Pujols will turn it on now. Just watch.
JJ: Solid rotation led by, surprisingly, Joe Saunders.
16
Tony: Need CY back. Like, now.
JJ: With their pitching, eventually they'll win, right?
17
Tony: Starting staff is straight sick...in the bad way.
JJ: Yeah, seriously. Just took 23 from St. Louis.
18
Tony: Just imagine if Bell, Johnson find it.
JJ: Big hole in rotation with Sale moving to 'pen.
19
Tony: Sign D-Lee! No, but seriously, they should.
JJ: Hey! Pujols homered!
20
Tony: Sale move hurts team that has already been falling.
JJ: Lost 5 straight to end the week.
21
Tony: Keep climbing, boys!!
JJ: Colon-McCarthy an oddly effective 1-2 punch.
22
Tony: At least they got Johan a win...
JJ: Nowhere near as good as their record.
23
Tony: Need SP help real bad.
JJ: Pitching'll get better; can they hit around Braun?
24
Tony: This is team wColon as ace, Reddick as No. 3 hitter. Nope.
JJ: Moyer vs. Chipper > Mayweather vs. Cotto. 25
Tony: Altuve the poster boy for upstart 'Stros.
JJ: LaHair building a legit case to start All-Star Game.
26
Tony: Can the offense ever wake up for good?
JJ: King Felix has a 1.89 ERA, as expected.
27

Tony: They were always better than that 12-gm losing streak.
JJ: Starting to come together, will move up soon. 28
Tony: Made the right move with Figgins.
JJ: Inching toward averaging 3 runsgame.
29

Tony: Maybin's hitting again, but Luebke's down.
JJ: Awful news about Luebke.
30

Tony: Sad offense takes hit with Morneau injury.
JJ: No starter has an ERA below 4.60.

Prized White Sox prospect Andrew Vaughn wraps up stint with USA Baseball

Prized White Sox prospect Andrew Vaughn wraps up stint with USA Baseball

As the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 draft, Andrew Vaughn’s first full season in the minors this coming season will be one of the biggest storylines in the big picture of the White Sox rebuild in 2020.

Before that season begins for Vaughn, he got some international experience playing for USA Baseball at the Premier12 tournament. The Premier12 served as the first Olympic qualifying tournament.

Vaughn played in all eight games for the American team which was comprised of minor leaguers not currently on MLB 40-man rosters. He split time between first base and DH and was often in the middle of the order.

In eight games Vaughn hit .321/.367/.357. He had just one extra base hit, a double, in 30 plate appearances.

The lack of power might be somewhat concerning, but he certainly showed contact and on-base skills against quality, experienced competition.


As for USA Baseball, the team entered Saturday’s bronze medal game against Mexico knowing the winner would qualify for the Olympics. The Americans led 2-1 entering the ninth inning, but gave up a home run to send the game to extras. Mexico won with a bases-loaded walk-off single in the 10th.

The US still has two more chances to qualify for the Olympics. There is an Americas qualifying tournament in March and then a last chance tournament soon after that one. Those take place during spring training so it’s unclear if Vaughn would leave White Sox camp for that.

Tyler Johnson, a White Sox relief prospect, was on the initial roster for the tournament, but left the team due to a minor injury.

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Jose Abreu accepts qualifying offer, returns to White Sox on one-year deal

Jose Abreu accepts qualifying offer, returns to White Sox on one-year deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It’s almost like Jose Abreu never left.

He was only a free agent for a week and a half, Abreu bringing his brief time away from the White Sox to an end Thursday, when he accepted the qualifying offer of a one-year deal with $17.8 million.

It’s not the multi-year contract that was expected, but MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported that the sides will continue to discuss a long-term pact. Still, the decision is a rare one, with Abreu becoming one of the few players ever to accept the qualifying offer. But he’ll get a nice payday for the 2020 season with a chance to do this whole free-agency thing again a year from now, if he chooses.

There was speculation that Abreu could accept the qualifying offer because of a potentially weak market for his services league-wide. If Abreu rejected the qualifying offer and things fell apart in discussing a multi-year deal with the White Sox, any team that signed him to a contract would have lost a draft pick in doing so. That deterred teams from signing free agents just in the last year, with Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel notably going unsigned until June.

Who knows if that — or just the desire to earn $17.8 million before a potential dip in his annual salary as he ages — had anything to do with Abreu’s decision, but it’s what was being speculated.

Regardless, the White Sox have their first baseman back, great news after he turned in one of the more productive seasons of his six-year big league career in 2019. Abreu led the American League with a career-best 123 RBIs and came three home runs shy of matching a career-high in that category, as well.

Abreu’s return always seemed a foregone conclusion, with the three-time All Star spending the entire 2019 season talking about how badly he wanted to remain on the South Side, going as far as to pledge that if the White Sox didn’t re-sign him, he’d sign himself to a contract and play here anyway.

The feeling was mutual, too, with general manager Rick Hahn, manager Rick Renteria and teammates praising Abreu as a model player and a mentor for the team’s young stars in the making. Eloy Jimenez said Abreu had been like a father during the rookie’s first season in the majors. Abreu revealed that team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf told him he’d never wear another uniform.

He’s as giddy about the team’s future as anyone and has cited the planned shift into contention as the reason he wants to stick around. Tim Anderson said “it’s only right” that Abreu return for 2020, a season in which the long-awaited transition out of rebuilding mode could take place. Hahn said earlier this season that it’s “very likely” Abreu would be around for the franchise’s planned good times.

Abreu’s been incredibly productive at the plate, though his off-the-field contributions are just as important, of course, and he’s been a mentor to players like Jimenez and Yoan Moncada as they’ve gotten their first taste of the major leagues. Luis Robert, the organization’s No. 1 prospect, figures to find his way under Abreu’s wing when he reaches the bigs next season.

Abreu has long seemed to be held in the same esteem as players who have their numbers retired and statues standing at Guaranteed Rate Field, earning the title of “Mr. White Sox” for this generation. It’s no surprise the White Sox are keeping him in that role moving forward as they plan to start seeing brighter days on the South Side.

After capturing the RBI crown, Abreu made his final prediction of the 2019 campaign, saying he did believe he'd be back with the White Sox for 2020. It might not have been terribly difficult to be prescient in this case, but he was nonetheless.

"Everybody knows my wishes and my desire to stay here," he said through team interpreter Billy Russo. "This is an organization I respect. This is an organization I really honor.

"I want to be here, and you know guys, I’ve been telling you that. Hopefully I’m going to be here."

Hope no longer. It might not have gone down exactly as was expected, but Abreu isn't going anywhere.

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