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Nats view Danks as backup plan to Gio?

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Nats view Danks as backup plan to Gio?

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Ken RosenthalNationals also want Gonzalez, view WhiteSox's Danks as Plan B. After missing out on Buehrle, LH starter remains Nats' priority. MLB
Dec 16 via Twitter for MacFavoriteRetweetReply
On one hand, this makes sense. No team has met Kenny Williams' exorbitant demands for John Danks yet, and if Washington misses out on its top two lefty targets, maybe they get desperate and meet the White Sox asking price.

On the other hand, Williams has shown an affinity for trading with teams he's dealt and had a good experience with before, be it Arizona, Toronto, Philadelphia, etc. Williams, though, didn't have a very good experience trying to deal with Mike Rizzo and the Nationals last summer when rumors swirled the Sox acquired Edwin Jackson with the intention of flipping him to Washington for Adam Dunn.

But when Washington came back asking for Jackson, Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers, any chance of a Dunn deal fell through and the Sox kept Jackson (who, for the record, was great down the stretch in 2010).

Maybe a weak trade market for Danks would force Williams to talk with the Nationals, though.

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.