The White Sox added depth at first base and in the outfield, signing 29-year-old Conor Jackson to a minor league deal and optioning him to Triple-A Charlotte. Jackson, once regarded as a top prospect while with Arizona, had just three hits in 33 at-bats with the Rangers this spring before he was released.
Jackson spent the majority of his 2011 season with Oakland, posting a .315 OBP with five home runs for the A's. He also appeared in 12 games with Boston with a .227 OBP.
From 2006-2008, Jackson was a solid offensive player for Arizona, compiling a .371 OBP thanks to nearly as many walks (166) as strikeouts (184). But he came down with a case of valley fever in 2009 and hasn't been the same since -- his batting eye (74 walks, 96 strikeouts) has been as good as ever, but his hitting ability has escaped him (.232 batting average, eight home runs).
Jackson will presumably join Greg Golson and Jordan Danks in Charlotte's outfield, although he may see some time at first base if Dan Johnson ends up DH'ing for the Knights.
When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.
That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.
One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.
Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.
Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.
This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).
The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.
Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).
Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)
He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).
He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00). Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).
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