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White Sox hope Mike Olt can fill possible infield vacancy in 2016

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White Sox hope Mike Olt can fill possible infield vacancy in 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The White Sox have begun the search to fill one of two possible vacancies on the left side of the infield for 2016 when they claimed Mike Olt off waivers.

The former Cubs third baseman was claimed on Saturday and is expected to join the White Sox soon, though a specific arrival hasn’t been determined. Olt, 27, has a .158/.245/.333 slash line with 13 home runs and 119 strikeouts in 314 major league plate appearances, including 16 with the Cubs this season. The White Sox have been happy with the defense provided by rookie Tyler Saladino but he could slide to shortstop in 2016 if Alexei Ramirez becomes a free agent.

“(Olt is a) third baseman, power bat,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “And I think we’ve been kind of searching for that and we are going to see how it goes. I think we are fairly intrigued by having him here and getting him going. Hopefully he can make it by this weekend or the start of next week.”

In a previous attempt to fill their void at third, the White Sox acquired Matt Davidson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Addison Reed in December 2013. Davidson has hit 43 homers at Triple-A Charlotte the past two seasons but he also has struck out 351 times, including 187 this season.

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Beyond that, the White Sox have Nick Delmonico (.695 OPS at Double-A) and Trey Michalczewski (.735 OPS at Single-A with 34 doubles).

To fill next season’s void, the White Sox could attempt to acquire a third baseman in an offseason trade or sign someone from a relatively thin free agents class that includes Juan Uribe, David Freese and Mike Aviles.

But for now Olt is expected to get a look over the team’s final 28 games. Ventura hopes a change of scenery might spark Olt.

“There was a fit there,” Ventura said. “It’s something about getting him in here and seeing what can happen.”

The Cubs acquired Olt as part of a package from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Matt Garza in July 2013. Olt hit .160/.248/.356 with 12 homers but also struck out 100 times in 258 plate appearances in 2014. The Cubs designated him for assignment on Monday after they acquired Austin Jackson from Seattle.

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