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White Sox could further explore Robertson trade in offseason

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White Sox could further explore Robertson trade in offseason

MINNEAPOLIS -- His placement on revocable waivers didn’t catch White Sox closer David Robertson by surprise.

Almost everyone lands on the waiver wire in August.

But Robertson said Tuesday he didn’t expect his name would be made public as several outlets reported, including CBSSports.com and USA Today. The New York Yankees’ claim of Robertson -- who signed a four-year, $46 million deal with the White Sox in December -- surfaced before the 2 p.m. EST deadline Monday for the teams to complete a trade.

Ultimately, the White Sox pulled Robertson off waivers as the teams didn’t reach a deal in time. Robertson said he didn’t worry much about a potential trade and mostly was amused by everyone else’s reaction. He’s also not surprised the White Sox may have gauged interest and wouldn’t be shocked if he’s made available this offseason, either.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in this clubhouse who’s not on the list,” Robertson said. “Usually that stuff just comes and goes.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, they’re dangling me out there probably hoping to get some kind of huge trade involved and getting rid of a lot of money and getting two of this and that.’ Every team does it. For me, it wasn’t a big worry. My first year I was worried, but every year you’re on it.”

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Robertson probably didn’t expect to be in this position after he first signed with the White Sox. After all, he hoped he could help them be in the thick of a pennant race in part because of a revamped bullpen.

While everything has worked out in that regard -- Robertson is 6-3 with 27 saves and a 2.60 ERA in 48 games -- the White Sox still have several big questions to address this offseason. It sounds if general manager Rick Hahn is open to using a number of avenues to resolve his club’s issues. One of those routes could involve making Nate Jones the closer and unloading Robertson for salary relief and prospects or major league ready talent.

“There’s no sacred cows,” Hahn said. “Everything is on the table and we are looking at everything.”

Robertson is aware.

He’s set to earn $11 million next season, $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. Jones, who has 15 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings, earns $600,000 this season, though he’d be due a raise for 2016. But the difference in salary, the lack of a trade clause and the potential for players in return for a position the White Sox are suddenly comfortable with have Robertson alert about his situation -- even a potentially funky reunion with the Yankees.

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“Anything can happen,” Robertson said. “Those GMs are going to be wheeling and dealing, talking to everybody else, always trying to get better and take the next step. If it ends up being moved for them to do that, then they’re going to do it. There’s nothing I can say about, nothing I can do about it. I’m here to play, show up, do my job. I feel like the rest of that they handle.

“That would have been really weird to go back there. I would have been like ‘Ahhh, I was just here.’ Whatever. It was funny. It was funnier hearing people. Don’t worry about it -- it’s the waiver wire.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

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White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.