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White Sox finalize 25-man roster

White Sox finalize 25-man roster

CATCHERS

No. 38 Omar Narvaez

Bats: L  |  Throws: R

Ht: 5-11  |  Wt: 215

Age: 25  |  Service Time: 0.089

The second-year catcher not only became a comfortable target for pitchers last season, he also proved to have a steady eye at the plate with 14 walks vs. 14 strikeouts.

No. 18 Geovany Soto

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 225

Age: 34  |  Service Time: 9.096

The steady veteran is an improvement over the ’16 duo when it comes to framing. Injuries have limited him to 56 games per year the last five season, including 26 in 2016.

INFIELDERS

No. 79 Jose Abreu

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 255

Age: 29  |  Service Time: 3.00

Rebounded over final 52 games after dealing with myriad distractions. Hit .340/.401/.557 in final 227 plate appearances to reach 100 RBIs in third straight year.

No. 18 Tyler Saladino

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 200

Age: 27  |  Service Time: 1.087

An impressive glove no matter where plays, showed steady progress at the plate in his second year. Hit .294/.323/.406 in 191 plate appearances after becoming a starter.

No. 7 Tim Anderson

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 185

Age: 23  |  Service Time: 0.115

Proved to be a formidable player despite his relative inexperience. Has room to improve. Team recently extended him potentially for eight years and $50.5 million.

No. 21 Todd Frazier

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 220

Age: 31  |  Service Time: 5.071

Potential trade candidate offered a significant upgrade at the hot corner. Provided leadership and steady defense as well as career best in homers (40) and RBIs (98).

No. 24 Matt Davidson

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 230

Age: 26  |  Service Time: 0.145

Finally found the groove the club had long hoped for last season before he broke his foot. Should get a chance to prove his value during the club’s rebuild.

No. 5 Yolmer Sanchez

Bats: S  |  Throws: R

Ht: 5-11  |  Wt: 185

Age: 24  |  Service Time: 1.134

Middle infielder should get a fair amount of playing time with Brett Lawrie gone. Had a nice spring, hitting .305/.354/.542 with three home runs.

OUTFIELDERS

No. 26 Avisail Garcia

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-4  |  Wt: 240

Age: 25  |  Service Time: 3.167

Hope is he can find a medium between how he hits with runners in scoring position (.355/.421/.538) and without runners on (.217/.268/.354).

No. 64 Jacob May

Bats: S  |  Throws: R

Ht: 5-10  |  Wt: 180

Age: 25  |  Service Time: 0.00

Speedy, switch-hitting outfielder comes from strong baseball bloodline. Outstanding overall spring helped him win job over recently traded Peter Bourjos.  

No. 53 Melky Cabrera

Bats: S  |  Throws: L

Ht: 5-10  |  Wt: 210

Age: 32  |  Service Time: 10.148

Bounced back from dismal start to 2015 season with consistent all-around offense. Free agent to be could be dealt before deadline if he performs once again.

No. 25 Cody Asche

Bats: L  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 205

Age: 26  |  Service Time: 3.045

Seeking a fresh start, left-handed stick showed versatility in the field and some power. Could work his way into good playing time if he stays consistent.

No. 28 Leury Garcia

Bats: S  |  Throws: R

Ht: 5-8  |  Wt: 170

Age: 26  |  Service Time: 2.025

Rick Renteria loves the versatility and speed he provides them. Can play all over the infield and should see time in center field alongside May.

STARTING PITCHER

No. 62 Jose Quintana

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 220

Age: 28  |  Service Time: 4.133

A first-time All-Star last season, the southpaw is one of the most consistent pitchers. Team-friendly contract also makes him one of the most tradable.

No. 33 James Shields

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 215

Age: 35  |  Service Time: 10.125

One of the game’s most dependable starters, he’s looking to bounce back from a dismal season. Posted a 6.77 ERA in 22 starts after he was acquired from San Diego.

No. 45 Derek Holland

Bats: S  |  Throws: L

Ht: 6-2  |  Wt: 215

Age: 30  |  Service Time: 7.120

The lefty is hopeful he, Don Cooper and training staff can keep him healthy and on the same path as when he produced 7.6 WAR from 2011-13.

No. 58 Miguel Gonzalez

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 170

Age: 32  |  Service Time: 5.084

A late spring addition in 2016, he flourished after adding the cut-fastball to his repertoire. Free-agent-to-be posted a 3.03 ERA over his last 11 starts (65 1/3 innings).

*No. 55 Carlos Rodon

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 235

Age: 24  |  Service Time: 1.168

Plan that has been slowed by injury called for him pitching 200 innings and making 32 starts. Team has identified the former 1st-rounder as a building block.

No. 68 Dylan Covey

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-2  |  Wt: 195

Age: 25  |  Service Time: 0.000

Rule 5 draft pick is most successful when he’s attacking down in the zone. Must stay on big league roster or be offered back to his original club.

RELIEF PITCHER

No. 65 Nate Jones

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-5  |  Wt: 220

Age: 31  |  Service Time: 5.000

Hard-throwing right-hander is potential trade bait. Not only has he been dominant since returning from Tommy John, but also is on a great contract.

No. 30 David Robertson

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 5-11  |  Wt: 195

Age: 31  |  Service Time: 8.070

The subject of myriad offseason rumors, could provide an attractive option to a team in need at an affordable rate after last postseason’s bullpen craze.

No. 57 Zach Putnam

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-2  |  Wt: 220

Age: 29  |  Service Time: 3.135

Limited to 25 games last season before he needed surgery to remove elbow chips, the righty has averaged 9.6 strikeouts per nine in his career.

No. 52 Jake Petricka

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-5  |  Wt: 220

Age: 28  |  Service Time: 3.044

A valuable arm the previous two seasons, Petricka was limited to eight innings by a hip injury. Has throw well this spring and appears to be healthy again.

No. 43 Dan Jennings

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 210

Age: 29  |  Service Time: 3.171

Put together his most complete season as he continued to make strides against left-handed hitters. Finished with a 2.08 ERA in 60 2/3 innings.

No. 34 Anthony Swarzak

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-4  |  Wt: 215

Age: 31  |  Service Time: 5.024

Former starting pitcher is throwing harder than ever. Struck out 16 batters in 12 2/3 innings this spring. Offers length out of the bullpen.

No. 66 Michael Ynoa

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-7  |  Wt: 210

Age: 25  |  Service Time: 0.113

Tall righty displayed some serious stuff in his rookie campaign. But he needs to cut down on the walks if he wants to have success in sophomore season.

* Denotes disabled list

White Sox Talk Podcast: Everything we learned from Rick Hahn at the G.M. Meetings

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Everything we learned from Rick Hahn at the G.M. Meetings

Chuck Garfien speaks with Vinnie Duber who is covering the G.M. Meetings in Arizona where Rick Hahn spoke with the media for the first time in the offseason.

Why Vinnie's big takeaway is "don't take anything off the table" this offseason for the White Sox (1:45), Hahn talks about signing premium free agents and the Machado experience (6:00), weighing defense vs. hitting for who they get to play right field (9:10), would they move Yoan Moncada from third base if they signed a certain free agent?(11:45), where are things with Jose Abreu (21:00) and more.

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No move is off the table for White Sox this offseason

No move is off the table for White Sox this offseason

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — What exactly will the White Sox do this offseason? If you have access to some truth serum, you’ve got a decent shot at finding out.

Despite the seemingly public nature of the White Sox pursuit of Manny Machado last winter, Rick Hahn doesn’t really talk about specific targets. So there was no word from the general manager Tuesday on whether there actually exist attempts to lure Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg or your heretofore unnamed favorite free agent to the South Side.

But there was one big takeaway from Hahn’s roughly 45-minute session with reporters at the GM meetings: No move is off the table for the White Sox this winter.

We’ve long analyzed whether Player X fits better than Player Y, whether the White Sox are looking for a long-term piece or should be targeting short-term pieces, whether it makes any sense to pursue a player who plays a position the White Sox already have spoken for, et cetera, et cetera.

Well forget about all those disclaimers. There seems to be no door Hahn’s front office is going to close in the name of improving this team.

Just go down the list of potential additions the White Sox could make this winter, and you’ll see what I mean.

Short-term additions are on the table

Are the White Sox, who have long touted the importance of long-term fits, still shying away from shorter-term additions? No. Long-term additions are better, but … 

“We're getting closer to the point where it makes more sense to have one- or two-year fixes in place. Ideally, we want to find a way to add to the core, guys that are going to be here for a long time and continue to grow with what we've already accumulated. In reality, that's a little easier said than done, so some of the improvements may come on a shorter-term basis.

“Yeah, we've gotten to that point where it does make some sense to add a couple of those types.”

Older veterans who haven’t always seemed like the best fit for a young, rebuilding team? Now that the White Sox are nearing their transition from rebuilding to contending, those guys become realistic options. On the table.

A trade for a player with one year of control (like Mookie Betts) is on the table

Would the White Sox trade for a player with just one season of club control remaining on his contract? Yes. Guys with more control are better, but … 

“You want guys who are going to fit for the long-term,” Hahn said. “We want to add a guy who's got a three-, four-, five-, six-year window of control, where he's going to continue to improve and he's going to grow with this young core. Those guys aren't so easy to acquire.

“Short of that, we're going to look for guys who can certainly make you better in the short-term but ideally have a little back-end control. If those don't exist, if we don't come across the right fit, then we'd be open to a one-year improvement knowing that with where we've put ourselves economically, we might have the ability to retain that player when they hit free agency.”

Interesting, considering the Boston Red Sox might be dealing away Mookie Betts in their quest to get under the luxury tax. Betts seems set on heading to free agency after next season, meaning whichever team acquires him would only be doing so for one year. But the White Sox could use a player of that caliber in their lineup and a player of that caliber in right field. Sounds like they wouldn’t exactly lack confidence in their ability to make his stay last more than just one year, either. On the table.

A right fielder who plays suboptimal defense (like Nicholas Castellanos) is on the table

Speaking of right field, just how important the White Sox add a right fielder who can play some defense? Very. But … 

“It’s a legitimate consideration. We don't want to send somebody out there and it's going to, you know, tax our center fielder too much or tax the pitchers too much by not making plays,” Hahn said. “So it's a legitimate consideration.

“I pause half a step because we have discussed some pretty good offensive contributors who might not quite be up to snuff to what you want defensively that conceivably at some point in the offseason we wind up saying, ‘They're the best option, so let's move on it.’ So I don't want to just say it's the end all be all.”

Interesting, considering that the top outfielder on the free-agent market fits the description of someone who swings a difference-making bat but might not be “up to snuff” defensively. Castellanos’ offense is not a question, and while his defense is probably not as bad as his reputation would lead you to believe, the reputation exists for a reason. Putting him in the same outfield with work-in-progress Eloy Jimenez would be less than ideal. But putting their bats in the same lineup might be too much to pass up. On the table.

A professional DH (like Edwin Encarnacion) is on the table

When adding a designated hitter, do the White Sox want someone who has plenty of DH-ing experience and could DH on an everyday basis? No. But … 

“We're not eager to get locked in with someone positionally who can only DH,” Hahn said. “I think having a guy who can fill that role but also go out and play a defensive position would be a net greater benefit. We're talking about generic, hypothetical players.

“If you're talking about a guy Nelson Cruz, yeah, you're OK with that guy just being a DH. If you're talking about lower caliber guy than that, then maybe you want them to add some defensive value, as well, to move them around the diamond and get other guys off their feet from time to time.”

Ideally, the White Sox would like some versatility. It’d be nice to have a Cruz-esque thumper at DH, too. One of those exists on the free-agent market in Edwin Encarnacion. On the table.

A player who plays position the White Sox already have (like Anthony Rendon) is on the table

And what about Rendon? He’s the top position player on the free-agent market. He also plays third base, the same position Yoan Moncada does. Moncada had himself a terrific year playing third for the White Sox. Would they change his position for a second straight season? They don’t want to. But … 

“In terms of moving Yoan, that's not a goal. We're not looking to move him,” Hahn said. “We think he's a really, really good third baseman and will be that for a long time.

“When we have players with flexibility and athleticism, you at least consider different permutations. We wouldn't be doing our job if there was a way for us to get better that we just ruled out because we have set at a certain spot.”

Interesting. Rendon seems like the type of player you rearrange your defense for. He’s one of the best hitters in the game and would accomplish the White Sox goal of adding a premium talent to their rebuilding project. Moncada’s versatility could play a big role in that. On the table.

Top-of-the-rotation pitchers (like Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg) are on the table

What kind of starting pitchers are the White Sox looking for this winter? Top-of-the-rotation guys or middle-of-the-rotation guys?

“We have room for improvement in both spots,” Hahn said. “We'll continue the trade and free-agent market for all different types of starters, and any ones that we feel are going to make us better both short- and potentially long-term, we'll be in on.”

That’s extraordinarily all-encompassing, but instead of viewing it as the White Sox not saying much, view it as there being many different possibilities. Cole and Strasburg fit the mold of top-of-the-rotation arms, as do fellow free agents Madison Bumgarner and Dallas Keuchel. Zack Wheeler and Jake Odorizzi might be more of the middle-of-the-rotation types. All of them and more are on the table.

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That’s a breakneck assessment of the situations, but the takeaway remains: No move appears to be off the table for the White Sox in this stage of the offseason, and that ought to have folks looking for big splashes at every turn pretty excited.

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