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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox and John Danks agreed to a reported five-year, 65 million contract extension. The first to report the deal was Doug Seyller on twitter, which was then confirmed by CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien.

For the record, Sellyer's been the first to report a bunch of White Sox news in the last few years, including last July's Edwin Jackson trade and the first Jake Peavy trade in 2009. Who's his source? Chuck says it's God.

The exact terms of the deal probably won't be known until Danks takes his physical after Christmas. For a few nuts and bolts of Danks' tenure with the White Sox, check out this post.

Robin Ventura -- in full costume for an on-stage appearance at The Goodman -- explained why Danks is so important to the White Sox.

Back in November, Kenny Williams wouldn't rule out not dealing Danks or Gavin Floyd, although he alluded to a high level of interest in both of the pitchers.

In non-Danks White Sox news, the team reportedly held a workout with Cuban defectorsensation Yoenis Cespedes. It's unlikely the Sox have any real interest in him, given the expected price tag. The money committed to Danks probably won't increase any chance the Sox land Cespedes, either.

Around the division:

Minnesota is reportedly close to signing starter Jason Marquis. The 33-year-old righty has dealt with some injury issues in the last two seasons, but as recently as 2009 he was a well above-average pitcher.

The Royals signed former Twins reliever Jose Mijares to a one-year deal. Mijares, 27, is coming off a career-worst season with Minnesota after putting together solid campaigns in 2009 and 2010.

Also concerning the Royals, the Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger tries to calm the outrage over the team's signing of Yuniesky Betancourt.

Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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