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White Sox looking at pair of lefty relievers?

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White Sox looking at pair of lefty relievers?

Per CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the White Sox have "checked in" on Arthur Rhodes and expressed interest in Mike Gonzalez. These two left-handed relievers would make sense for a bullpen that, as things stand right now, only has one lefty setup man, with that being Will Ohman.

Rhodes was pretty ineffective in his age 41 season last year and was rocked by both lefties and righties during stops with World Series foes St. Louis and Texas. He posted good seasons from 2008-2010, but given his age, the chances he bounces back seem slim.

Gonzalez makes more sense. His best days (which were very good between Pittsburgh and Atlanta) are probably behind him, although he worked out pretty well as a lefty specialist for Baltimore and Texas last year. Like Ohman, if he's used mainly against lefties, he'll be successful -- in 2011, he had a 276 KBB and allowed seven runs in 28 innings pitched against left-handed batters.

If the Sox do sign either of these relievers, it won't be to make a trade of Matt Thornton more palatable, as MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes writes. The White Sox have tried to have multiple lefties for setup situations in the past, and right now, they don't have that. What we can infer about Thornton's status from these rumors, though, is that he's pretty well entrenched as the team's Opening Day closer.

Like he was last year, which led the Sox to sign Ohman. Maybe this year it'll lead them to sign Gonzalez.

Yoan Moncada goes to Carolina Panthers preseason game: 'Don't understand anything'

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Yoan Moncada goes to Carolina Panthers preseason game: 'Don't understand anything'

Yoan Moncada just started his rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte and it didn’t take him long to enjoy a night in Charlotte.

The Knights had a home day game on Friday. Moncada went 1-for-5 in his first game action since suffering a hamstring strain on July 30.

With the Knights game ending in the afternoon, Moncada had the freedom to go to the Carolina Panthers preseason game at night.


The Panthers lost 27-14 to the Bills, but a peak at Moncada’s Instagram story from the day showed he may not have really understood what was going on.


The 24-year-old Cuban was decked out in a Panthers jersey. He still may be learning football though.

 

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The Bill Walton Game

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The Bill Walton Game

Bill Walton called the White Sox/Angels game with Jason Benetti, and for one night baseball broadcasting was turned upside down. Chuck Garfien and Ozzie Guillen talk about what Walton brought to the broadcast. Ozzie speaks with Walton on the pregame show. They play the best Walton clips of the night and much more.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast

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