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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

John Danks allowed three runs in two innings in a 6-2 loss to the Angels. Gordon Beckham did get a pair of hits from the No. 2 spot, though, a day after having two pretty poor at-bats. Fornelli has some good quick hits on Tuesday's action.

Danks, who will almost certainly be the team's opening day starter, tried to explain his rough outing:

In the game, the White Sox shifted their infield for Albert Pujols, which is refreshing to see.

Jesse Crain and Danks also talked about the differences between Robin Ventura and his staff and Ozzie Guillen and his staff -- one of which they didn't mention could be a curbing of intentional walks.

Going back to Monday's spring training opener, Jim ran down some positives and negatives while James offered up some thoughts as well.

Around the division: Rick Porcello says Jose Reyes is "obviously a good hitter," Kevin Slowey had a typical Kevin Slowey outing, Royals prospect Jake Odorizzi was roughed up and former White Sox great Jeff Gray gave up two runs but earned a save for Minnesota.

Bryce Harper comments on Nicky Delmonico's Instagram, White Sox faithful goes wild

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Bryce Harper comments on Nicky Delmonico's Instagram, White Sox faithful goes wild

On Thursday afternoon, White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico posted a video on his social media accounts (Twitter and Instagram, to be specific) where he is playing wiffle ball on the beach with some White Sox fans.

Free agent extraordinaire Bryce Harper commented, "@nickydelmonico This is what it's all about! Love this brotha!" and White Sox faithful—rightfully so—go very excited at just seeing Harper commenting on the social media account of a current White Sox player.

Some of the best responses from White Sox fans are below:

ericksyndrome: @bharper3407 you can take over the city of Chicago 👀

mattthew_smith: @bharper3407 don’t play with my emotions Bryce. I need this 😂 #GoSox

pgrizzy20: @bharper3407 Bryce for the love of God please come win a WS on the south side with us!

r_baker_11: @bharper3407 THIS HAS TO MEAN SOMETHING

boomzdaddy: @bharper3407 change the recent mold as a star and go to a team where YOU will be the main reason they become great again in the greatest city in the country, Chicago. #whitesox

New report offers details on White Sox quest to land Bryce Harper

New report offers details on White Sox quest to land Bryce Harper

LAS VEGAS — Want some details about the White Sox pursuit of the biggest name on this winter's free-agent market and one of the best players in baseball?

Well, USA Today's Bob Nightengale offered some tidbits about the quest to bring Bryce Harper to the South Side.

The White Sox — who one analyst called the front runner in the Harper derby Wednesday — featured heavily in Nightengale's report from the Winter Meetings chronicling the sweepstakes to hand out what's expected to be the richest contract in baseball history. According to Nightengale, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Scott Boras, Harper's agent, have twice spoken via telephone, an interesting item in the wake of Boras' Wednesday press conference, when he said he always enjoys talking with Reinsdorf.

Nightengale added that the White Sox met with Harper on Nov. 19, a sitdown that reportedly included general manager Rick Hahn, executive vice president Ken Williams and Hall of Famer Jim Thome. Then there was this line, make of it what you will.

"Reinsdorf was not at the meeting, and still has not granted permission for Williams and Hahn to negotiate a contract."

So what's all this mean?

Well, it's just the latest reported example of the White Sox commitment to landing a big fish like Harper, to add a 26-year-old superstar to their rebuild effort and watch their highly touted prospects grow up around him, turning Chicago's South Side baseball team into a perennial championship contender.

Though teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Yankees, the Cubs and, to an extent, the Philadelphia Phillies can pitch win-now rosters, the White Sox future-focused pitch seems to be working. Hahn talked Wednesday about the positive feedback he's received from the other side of the table when it comes to the White Sox talking up Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease and Luis Robert. That quartet has played a grand total of four Major League Baseball games, but the future is so bright, it seems to be drawing the attention of some of baseball's big names.

What's been made abundantly clear at these Winter Meetings is that the White Sox are going to be aggressive in their pursuit of a player that fits their long-term plan. And Harper (not to mention his fellow mega free agent Manny Machado) certainly fits the long-term plan. Being aggressive also means being willing to pay the big bucks these kinds of players command, and the White Sox certainly seem willing to do that, too.

That doesn't mean they'll make the biggest offer, of course, because there are other teams out there willing to do that, too. Nightengale added that the Phillies are still the favorites in the Harper derby. They've vowed to spend "stupid" this offseason.

And so maybe the White Sox go to Glendale, Arizona, for spring training without Harper in tow. But what they will remain is serious about making this rebuilding effort yield a winner. This latest report is just the latest example of that here in Vegas.

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