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Robin Ventura announces he will not return as White Sox manager in 2017

Robin Ventura announces he will not return as White Sox manager in 2017

Robin Ventura said Sunday that he has decided not to return as manager of the White Sox.

"I just feel it's the right thing," Ventura told reporters after the team's 6-3 loss to the Twins. "It's more of a personal decision than anything."

Stay with CSN for more updates throughout the day on this developing story.

White Sox were reportedly one of four teams other than the Brewers to make an offer to Yasmani Grandal

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White Sox were reportedly one of four teams other than the Brewers to make an offer to Yasmani Grandal

The White Sox are still supposedly in the hunt for the two big free agents fishes of this offseason, but they also made an offer to catcher Yasmani Grandal.

That's what Robert Murray of The Athletic is reporting.

Apparently, the White Sox were one of four teams to offer a multi-year deal to Grandal, along with the Mets, Angels and Twins. He wound up with the Brewers on a one-year deal worth at least $18.25 million ($16 million for 2019 and a $2.25 million buyout if the mutual option for 2020 isn't picked up).

Back in December, it was reported that the White Sox were "looking at" Grandal as a potential upgrade at catcher. Apparently, that resulted in a contract offer to the 30-year-old.

The offer obviously wasn't accepted, but is another sign of the White Sox trying to be active this offseason and showing some willingness to spend money.

 

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It's not exactly a play-by-play, but Rick Renteria gives some insight into White Sox meeting with Manny Machado

It's not exactly a play-by-play, but Rick Renteria gives some insight into White Sox meeting with Manny Machado

We don't know too much more today than we did yesterday about Manny Machado's meeting with the White Sox from back in December, the first stop on his free-agent tour that has still yet to yield a decision on where the 26-year-old superstar will be spending the better part of the next decade.

But someone's talking about it.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was asked about that meeting Wednesday while at a community event ahead of this weekend's SoxFest, and he provided if not details at least a characterization of how the meeting went.

"Listen, Rick (Hahn, general manager) and the front office put a great presentation together for them," Renteria told reporters, including MLB.com's Scott Merkin. "It was very detailed. I would say this: If I was on the other side, I would have been very, very impressed.

"I thought it was a great meeting, great young man. We expressed our interest. We talked about what we are as an organization. And we looked forward. ... You just don't know yet where things will fall. I thought it was a very positive meeting for all parties involved."

Renteria also revealed that Jose Abreu was involved in the meeting with Machado, which if nothing else perhaps provides some insight into how the White Sox view Abreu as a part of their long-term plans.

"Manny spent a lot of time talking to (Abreu)," Renteria said, according to The Score's Bruce Levine. "I think he spent time getting to know us and vice versa. I thought for me it was a very positive meeting with us for all parties involved. Our industry will paint a portrait of everyone in a particular way. What you are looking at is a player who has great talent and has the ability to impact any club. Nothing is done. We will see what happens and, hopefully, we will be a part of that and move on from there."

So that's not exactly a play-by-play of what went down that day at Guaranteed Rate Field. But those are the first public comments we've heard about the meeting from the White Sox, making them decently noteworthy.

Of course, the White Sox and the rest of the baseball world are still waiting on Machado to make up his mind. The South Siders' offer — which Levine once more described as seven years long and worth $175 million — is the only one that's been reported on, leaving it up to the imagination what other offers Machado could be mulling. Those numbers associated with the White Sox reported offer are far from the beginning-of-the-offseason expectations of what kind of deal Machado would receive. But with the White Sox competing perhaps exclusively with the Philadelphia Phillies for Machado's services, the idea of him receiving a record-breaking contract seems less and less likely as the days move along. Though it's that which could be extending this saga, with Machado's agent waiting for an offer more to his liking. Whether he'll get one from the White Sox, Phillies or those mystery teams that keep floating around out there remains unknown.

What seems like a decently safe bet is that things won't be wrapped up when SoxFest commences Friday afternoon. While a surprise Machado introduction in front of the sold-out crowd would be a moment for the ages, Renteria hasn't been clued in that something like that is coming.

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