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White Sox add free agent Austin Jackson to outfield mix

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White Sox add free agent Austin Jackson to outfield mix

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox made a nice addition with Austin Jackson on the way, a former teammate said Sunday.

The veteran outfielder has agreed to a one-year, $5-million deal with the White Sox, the team announced. The club designated Mike Olt for assignment to make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster. Jon Heyman first reported the signing.

Jackson, who finished last season with the Cubs, has the ability to play all three outfield spots, including an excellent center field, according to White Sox catcher Alex Avila. The two played together with the Detroit Tigers from 2010-14.

“He’s a good player,” Avila said. “He’s a very good center fielder, covers a lot of ground. He’s the type of center fielder that you never see him dive because he’s getting to them.

“He’s just a really, really great athlete. There’s a lot of options for him as far as being able to run the ball down, play the outfield.”

Jackson’s signing adds more depth to a thin roster. He produced 2.3 Wins Above Replacement last season for the Seattle Mariners and Cubs, according to fangraphs.com.

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With the expected offensive production of both Adam LaRoche and Avisail Garcia uncertain, Jackson gives White Sox manager Robin Ventura another option to mix into the lineup. Jackson also can spell Eaton in center and is a defensive upgrade over either Cabrera or Garcia in the corners. The move also comes at a time when Eaton is restricted to the designated hitter’s role because the team is being cautious with his throwing shoulder after he had nerve decompression surgery in October. Eaton said he 100 percent expects to be ready for Opening Day and Ventura said he wouldn’t be concerned unless its the final week of the spring and Eaton hadn’t returned to the field. Eaton has continued to throw in morning workouts and said he’s progressing nicely.

“Right now Herm’s not alarmed by it too much,” Ventura said after Sunday’s victory over the San Diego Padres. “I know Adam’s not, either. He’s feeling a lot better today than he was yesterday. Hopefully it’ll continue to improve, but I don’t see it as anything structural.”

Avila felt pretty good about the current roster before Jackson was added.

He signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in late November, well ahead of a series of other moves that has included trades for Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie and the signings of Jimmy Rollins, Mat Latos, Matt Albers and Dioner Navarro.

“Obviously, you could tell the front office has been busy trying to put together a group of guys that they feel is going to win some of those extra balls games, get you to that mark where you need to get to get to the playoffs,” Avila said. “ It’s exciting for players. For players, you should be excited about that because you know you’ve got a backing there from the top as far as we’re committed to win. Now it’s our job to be able to go out there and perform and win and get those W’s. That’ll be a long process over the course of the season. But as a player, it’s exciting when you’re on a team that is committing itself to wanting to win. There’s nothing more you can ask for.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list