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Scott Hairston signs minor-league deal with White Sox

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Scott Hairston signs minor-league deal with White Sox

Scott Hairston will attempt a comeback with the White Sox next season.

The veteran outfielder -- who could be the third member of his family to wear a White Sox uniform -- signed a minor-league deal with the club on Wednesday.

The contract doesn’t include an invite to spring training for Hairston, who sat out the 2015 season.

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Hairston, 35, has produced a .242/.296/.442 slash line with 106 home runs in 2,660 big league plate appearances. His best season came in 2012 when he blasted 20 homers and produced a .803 OPS for the New York Mets. Hairston last played in 2014 when he had 87 plate appearances for the Washington Nationals.

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Both his father and grandfather played for the White Sox.

Sam Hairston was the first African American player signed by the White Sox. He appeared in four games in 1951 and played in the team’s farm system from 1950-60.

Jerry Hairston Sr. played for the White Sox from 1973-77 and from 1981-89.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported the signing. 

White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez likely to be shut down until spring training

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White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez likely to be shut down until spring training

Eloy Jimenez will be ending his winter ball a bit earlier than expected. 

According to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score, the White Sox are likely to shut down Jimenez (quad injury) until spring training.

As Levine points out, the White Sox top prospect was scheduled to be shut down next week.

James Fegan of The Athletic reported on Saturday that Jimenez had been dealing with a quad injury and was day-to-day, so it's no surprise the White Sox want to play it safe with a guy they believe has superstar potential.

In eight games, Jimenez hit .448/.500/.759 for Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League.

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White Sox acquire first baseman Yonder Alonso from Indians

White Sox acquire first baseman Yonder Alonso from Indians

After a lot of rumors and not many moves at the Winter Meetings, the White Sox made a notable trade after everyone left Las Vegas.

The White Sox traded for first baseman Yonder Alonso from Cleveland. The team announced the move on Saturday.

“Alonso provides a proven offensive performer from the left side of the plate and he also brings a veteran presence both on and off the field,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a press release. “Yonder has a solid reputation around the league as a professional and a great teammate.” 

Now that the trade is official, one thing worth noting with Alonso is that he is the brother-in-law of Manny Machado. This is after the White Sox were reportedly set to meet with Machado next week.

Outside of his connection to Machado, the trade is an odd fit without the context of the entire offseason yet. Alonso is 31 and coming off a bit of a down year by his standards. He hit .250/.317/.421 with 23 home runs and 83 RBIs last season with the Indians. The year before that he was an All-Star for the first time in his career while splitting the season between the Mariners and A's.

However, Alonso's 83 RBIs in 2018 were a career high. He is under contract for $8 million in 2019 and has a $9 million option (that includes a $1 million buyout) for 2020.

The intriguing part of this is that it brings into question Jose Abreu's future with the White Sox. There have been rumors about the Cuban first baseman potentially being involved in a trade this winter. Alonso's addition means something has to give with the first base/DH situation. After non-tendering Matt Davidson because he fell behind Abreu and Daniel Palka as players who only fit those two spots, adding another in Alonso wouldn't make sense unless Abreu or Palka are on the move.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale said that the White Sox have no intention of trading Abreu, for what it's worth.

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