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Report: Astros trying to acquire Tyler Clippard from White Sox

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Report: Astros trying to acquire Tyler Clippard from White Sox

Tyler Clippard must have really left an impression on the Astros. 

During the White Sox three-game sweep of the Astros last week, the new closer on the South Side notched a save and added another clean inning. Now, according to Ken Rosenthal's report, Houston may be looking to deal for the 32-year-old reliever. 

Although nothing is official yet, Clippard changed both his Twitter and Instagram accounts to note that he pitches for the Astros. 

That's one way to break some news. He also seems to really enjoy golf, FYI. 

Clippard's made just 11 appearances for the Sox, posting a 1.80 ERA with two saves and a 2.4 strikeout to walk ratio. Given the state of the current rebuild, though, Rick Hahn and company have shown little hesitancy to make a move. Case and point is when they acquired Clippard and prospects from the Yankees in exchange for fan-favorite third baseman Todd Frazier, flamethrower Tommy Kahnle and solid closer David Robertson. 

Hahn's phone stays blowing up. Clippard's bags stay packed. 

 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Impressions from Summer Camp

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Impressions from Summer Camp

Live from Guaranteed Rate Field, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber give you the sights and sounds as the White Sox prepare to start the season. They also discuss being amazed at Luis Robert in batting practice, and can the young players of the White Sox impact the 2020 season, with little time to adjust?

(1:50) - How good can the White Sox offense be?

(6:00) - Luis Robert is dominating batting practice

(10:30) - What will the Sox look like after a long layoff

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(14:46) - Gio Gonzalez finally gets his shot with the White Sox

(21:28) - More sights and sounds from Guaranteed Rate Field

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White Sox Insider Notes: Andrew Vaughn expands versatility at third base

White Sox Insider Notes: Andrew Vaughn expands versatility at third base

It’s not uncommon for baseball players to be seen working out at positions they usually don’t play in games. Heck, Jose Abreu somewhat regularly takes groundballs at shortstop.

But in the case of Andrew Vaughn – the White Sox’s No. 3 overall draft pick in 2019 – working out at third base this week, there might be something there. In fact, when Rick Renteria was asked if third base is a position Vaughn can handle, the manager immediately said, “I do.”

“He's got really good feet, his exchange is very good,” Renteria said. “He's got a very good arm. He has all the makings of being able to play that position.”

Someone jumping to major conclusions might suggest that the White Sox are grooming Vaughn to play third base this season in case Yoan Moncada, who is still absent from camp, can’t. While Vaughn having a contribution in 2020 can’t be completely ruled out, it’s important to remember that he didn’t play above High-A ball last season and isn’t being helped by the lack of a minor league season this year. He’s simply one of the high-profile prospects the White Sox are still trying to develop in camp, while also preparing for a regular season.

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“When we got (back to Chicago), the work in terms of trying to get him to have the ability to do a little bit more has come into play,” Renteria said. “So we put him over there with an understanding that we'd continue to work and be mindful obviously of what he's capable of doing. There are several of us that believe he's capable of moving around.”

Ultimately, that’s what this is about. Many within the organization believe Vaughn can be more than a first baseman and the White Sox are using this opportunity to increase his versatility.

“The worst-case scenario would be him just not doing anything,” Renteria said. “Any time you're around baseball, any time you're around the highest level of players that exist in the game, any time you're following routines, things that are helping you learn something about your skill set, it's always a plus.”

It may just be a short three-week period, but the White Sox are trying to maximize Vaughn’s time at Guaranteed Rate Field, knowing developmental time could be limited the rest of 2020. He’s very much in the team’s plans, perhaps even in the short term.

“I look at him as a baseball player. He is a young man that is very bright and that I believe would be able to make adjustments,” Renteria said. “Would anybody say he'll go hiccup free? No. But certainly don't have any lack of confidence in his ability to make a transition should he need to do it. Bare minimum, we allow him to continue to expand his flexibility and value to a ballclub.”

Moncada, Kopech updates

Not much has changed with the two high-profile players that came over in the Chris Sale trade. Neither Moncada or Michael Kopech are currently with the team in camp, but there is some hope that Moncada won’t miss a ton of time.

“Obviously Moncada will be back soon,” pitcher Lucas Giolito said during his Zoom call with reporters Wednesday.

The White Sox haven’t given an official reason for Moncada’s absence, although two unnamed players tested positive for COVID-19 during last week’s intake. Kopech is dealing with a personal issue.

“It's a fluid situation and we'll deal with it as it arises, so I can't really give you any update,” Renteria said about Kopech. “Just to know that we have the ability to have him return with us.”

First intrasquad game plan

Unlike other teams that jumped right into intrasquad games, the White Sox have eased into camp slowly, showing some patience. But that changes Thursday with the first game scheduled for 1:10 p.m. The White Sox will play four innings and the scheduled pitchers include: Steve Cishek, Aaron Bummer, Ross Detwiler, Carson Fulmer and Drew Anderson, although Renteria teased some sort of surprise.

“We got a few sides and then there's a couple guys that we might be able to add,” he said. “That may be your little surprise piece for tomorrow.”

Know this: it will be the most anticipated intrasquad game in White Sox history.

 

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