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White Sox don't expect much at Rule 5 draft

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White Sox don't expect much at Rule 5 draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The White Sox have one potential option for Thursday mornings Rule 5 draft, but not much else.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he believes rule changes implemented with the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, which allows teams more control over their prospects, limits the crop of potential draftees. Hahns in favor of the change but believes there wont be much talent on the board by the time the White Sox are on the clock Thursday.

Qualified players who are not protected on teams 40-man roster are eligible to be selected by other clubs in the Rule 5 draft for 50,000. Players who were 18 or younger when they were signed and have been in an organization for five seasons or players 19 or older with four seasons must be protected or are exposed to the Rule 5 draft.

Its a different kind of draft now, Hahn said. Its not as fertile as it was before the added protection, which Im fine with. As an organization that has benefitted from being able to have an extra year of development for a player before we have to make that decision to protect them, Id rather have a better chance to get to know my own and protect the right guys than be able to potentially steal a diamond in the rough for 50,000 from another club. Were talking through one thing and well see if that happens.

As for their own?

Last month, the White Sox added five players to their 40-man roster and feel as if they have protected everyone who needs it. One team source said left-handed reliever Daniel Moskos -- the fourth overall pick of the 2007 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates -- could be selected. Moskos struck out 32 batters in 34 13 innings at Triple-A last season.

You never know what tickles someone elses fancy but obviously a big part of a decision to put a guy on the 40 is the expectation he would get picked if you didnt not protect him, Hahn said. So well see. A year ago at this time we had a pretty decent sense that Terry Doyle was going to get selected by Minnesota, which he did, and ultimately got returned. This year I dont have that exact sense. Ive heard a couple of rumored names but well see.

The baseball world reacts to the Yasmani Grandal signing

The baseball world reacts to the Yasmani Grandal signing

The White Sox signing Yasmani Grandal broke suddenly and unexpectedly.

It wasn’t a big surprise that the White Sox would go after him, but the timing and the fact that the White Sox broke the news on their own (a la the Jose Quintana trade) caught people off guard.

Once the dust settled, the White Sox were in the national spotlight as far as the baseball world was concerned.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan got Ken Williams on the record before the White Sox had conference calls on the signing. Williams makes it sound like it’s go-time for the South Siders.


Passan also gave a look at a potential White Sox lineup for 2020 once prospects Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal eventually join. We also made our own.


The Athletic’s Jayson Stark was impressed with how early the signing was. White Sox fans will enjoy that after going through the long, drawn out Manny Machado/Bryce Harper sagas last offseason.

Here are some Grandal stats that should get White Sox fans fired up about his addition (if they weren’t already).


Finally, is it time to talk playoffs? Long way to go, but the White Sox offseason is off to a notable start.


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What does Yasmani Grandal’s addition mean for the White Sox at DH?

What does Yasmani Grandal’s addition mean for the White Sox at DH?

The White Sox have a brand-spanking new catcher.

What they still don’t have is a new designated hitter. Maybe.

Grandal will be the team’s backstop, first and foremost, after signing a four-year deal that at $73 million is the richest in team history, but he might end up helping Rick Hahn solve the equation at DH, too. Like any catcher, he isn’t expected to throw on the gear and squat for nine innings on a daily basis. But he carries a big enough stick that the White Sox will want him in their lineup as often as possible. An appearance at DH every once in a while would be a good way to do just that.

But Grandal might wind up just one part of a multifaceted DH puzzle. He can also play first base, after all, appearing there in 20 games for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019. Jose Abreu is ticketed for the daily duties at that spot in 2020, but Hahn said last week that Abreu will play some DH, like he did in 2019. When Abreu needs a day off his feet, Grandal can play first base.

And then there are the team’s other catchers, James McCann and Zack Collins. While the kind of offensive output they’ll churn out in 2020 remains a mystery — one of the big reasons Grandal’s addition makes so much sense — rosters expanding to hold 26 players could mean they both stay on the big league roster, even with Grandal in the fold. On days Grandal is behind the plate, perhaps Rick Renteria will utilize them as DH options.

"It gives us options there," Hahn said Thursday. "But it's Nov. 21. We've got a lot of offseason left. So let's see what else comes together over the coming months, and if in fact it winds up where Zack or a combination of Yasmani and James in the DH spot is the best option, then we'll see how that works out.

"It's a little too early to say that's exactly how it'll line up come late March."

It’s the rest of that offseason that could present the White Sox with Door No. 3.

Designated hitter has been one of the items on Hahn’s to-do list since the offseason began, and he said just last week that the solution to the hole there — where the White Sox had some of the worst production in the American League — would likely be an external one.

Grandal counts as an external fix, but perhaps there’s a more everyday route the White Sox could go in free agency or via trade to add some thump to the lineup. Grandal is the kind of addition that makes the White Sox transitioning from rebuilding to contending in 2020 look more realistic. While other moves would need to happen to make that more of a certainty, there’s the possibility of the team adding enough that a short-term fix at DH would make sense.

That’s all down the road, of course.

Nothing might be set in stone at DH at the moment, even after Thursday’s big signing. But among the many things Grandal brings to the South Side is that versatility, providing the White Sox with a number of paths to travel down in search of a solution.

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