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White Sox bring back Floyd; Myers, Youkilis options declined

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White Sox bring back Floyd; Myers, Youkilis options declined

The White Sox 2013 rotation was bolstered significantly on Tuesday when the club not only signed Jake Peavy but also picked up Gavin Floyds option.

The team chose to exercise its 9.5 million option and bring back Floyd. At the same time, the White Sox declined their club options for third baseman Kevin Youkilis (13 million) and reliever Brett Myers (10 million) and bought them out for 1 million and 3 million, respectively.

Floyd went 12-11 with a 4.29 ERA in 29 starts for the White Sox this season.

The dependability offered by Floyd and Peavy, who made a team-high 32 starts in 2012, is needed with 2012 opening-day starter John Danks rehabbing from season-ending surgery.

It gives us some very good depth and allows us to explore other opportunities over the next few months, general manager Rick Hahn said. Absolutely wed prefer to have more depth. Its nice to have some options going forward its nice to be able to insulate yourself.

Hahn said Floyd alleviated concerns about his health when he returned in September from a second stint on the disabled list. After making an adjustment to his delivery, Floyd went 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA over his final five starts of the season.

He is 63-61 with a 4.20 ERA since he first joined the White Sox in 2007 and has averaged 31 starts from 2008-12.

I realize at times hes been a little up and down, Hahn said. But I hope the value (Floyd) brings doesnt go unnoticed. He gives you 180-190 above-average innings in a difficult park to pitch in.

Peavy said hes excited about the prospect of a rotation featuring himself and Floyd, though he wasnt certain it would happen.

I cant say enough about that, Peavy said. I didnt know how that would work out. Gavin is tremendously talented and you saw how he threw the ball down the stretch. I love our starting rotation, I really do. I love what we have and what were building in Chicago.

Hahn said he has expressed interest to the agents for Youkilis and Myers, though he understands both players will test the free agent waters.

An acquisition from the Boston Red Sox in late June, Youkilis hit .236 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs in 80 games for the White Sox.

Myers was acquired from the Houston Astros in late July and went 3-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 35 games for the Sox. The club opted to buy out the 10 million option it held for Myers for 3 million.

Did the Yankees just copy the White Sox in their quest to sign Manny Machado?

Did the Yankees just copy the White Sox in their quest to sign Manny Machado?

"It's a copycat league," you'll often hear. And now the White Sox are getting copied. Kind of.

The White Sox raised a few eyebrows last weekend with their surprising trade for Yonder Alonso. Alonso, acquired from the Cleveland Indians, brings a ton of positives to the 2019 and 2020 White Sox. Their lineup needed a boost, and he gives it one. Their clubhouse needed some more veteran leadership, and he brings that. He allows Jose Abreu to take better care of his body and could have long-term benefit as a positive influence on young players.

But everyone looked past all that and noticed that he also happens to be Manny Machado's brother-in-law.

Machado is one of the two free-agent superstars the White Sox are pursuing, along with Bryce Harper, and the popular opinion on social media was that the South Siders brought in Alonso to help with their pitch to Machado. Heck, they announced the trade just two days before Monday's meeting with Machado.

Rick Hahn shot down all that, saying this was a baseball move, and the benefits of Alonso's arrival, independent of his relationship with Machado, are listed above.

But now the New York Yankees, just two days before their meeting with Machado, have gone and done something similar, hiring Carlos Beltran as a special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman. Why is it similar to the White Sox acquisition of Alonso? Machado's agent used to represent Beltran.

If it's not coming through, this all a bit joking, of course. Hahn had a laundry list of reasons the White Sox traded for Alonso, and Beltran has his own appeal to any team after his lengthy big league career and his recent role as a veteran leader with the Houston Astros during their championship season.

But the coincidences — or conspiracies, if you will — are a little fun to point out.

Alonso and Beltran are assets to their respective teams. But if they can help sway Machado, well that will go down as a nice added benefit.

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Top White Sox stories of 2018: Adam Engel's week of home-run robberies

Top White Sox stories of 2018: Adam Engel's week of home-run robberies

As the new year approaches, we're counting down the top White Sox stories from 2018.

Somewhat quietly, Adam Engel was a Gold Glove finalist in center field this fall.

But he had one week in August that was anything but quiet, and that week alone might have put him in the running for the annual fielding award.

In the span of seven days, Engel made a trio of jaw-dropping home-run robberies against the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.

First, on Aug. 6, he stole one away from Yankees hitter Greg Bird.

He followed that up the very next night, with this robbery of a home run off the bat of Kyle Higashioka. This theft came right near the "The Catch" sign in center field and brought to memory Dewayne Wise, who made, under the circumstances, the best catch that Hawk Harrelson had ever seen.

White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez really appreciated that one.

"I just wanted to take off my glove," he said through a team translator that day, "and go out there and kiss him."

And if that wasn't enough, Engel stole the show (literally) in the Sunday afternoon game Aug. 12, this thievery of Indians slugger Yonder Alonso — now one of Engel's White Sox teammates — the best of the bunch.

While Engel's offensive production has been slow to come along, his defensive ability has never been questioned, and spectacular plays like this show how valuable his glove can be to the White Sox moving forward.

"That’s something I take a lot of pride in, show up every day and trying to help the team win in any way that I can," Engel said that Sunday. "Defensively, it’s something I know I can count on. Just make sure to try to work on that every day. Make sure I stay sharp, and offensively hopefully I can get it going."

A season's worth of high-quality defense got him the title of Gold Glove finalist, but this week in August surely brought his skill to the attention of the baseball world.

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