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White Sox still listening to offers on Floyd

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White Sox still listening to offers on Floyd

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Jon MorosiGavin Floyd's price tag remains high, sources say. WhiteSox and BlueJays have discussed him off and on.
Jan 17 via txtFavoriteRetweetReply
As things stand, the market worked against the White Sox in trying to deal Gavin Floyd and previously John Danks thanks to Oakland flooding the market with inexpensive young pitching. Teams in the market for a non-free agent starter could look to the Athletics -- or Padres and Mariners, in the case of Mat Latos and Michael Pineda -- to fill that need.

But with pitchers like Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt still on the market, the pendulum may shift back to free agency for teams looking to add an arm. It's mainly Jackson that should work against a Floyd trade, though.

Consider this: Jackson is about seven months younger than Floyd and has shown some real improvement in the last year and a half, while Floyd has hit his ceiling (that ceiling is still good, mind you). Floyd, if his 2013 option is picked up, will make 16.5 million over the next two seasons.

Even this late in the free agent cycle, Jackson should command more than an average of 8.25 million over a two-year deal (maybe two years, 22 million?). But what incentive would a team have to meet the high demands of the White Sox when they can just spend around 6 million more to sign Jackson without surrendering a surplus-value giving prospect?

If Toronto -- or any other team -- is set on adding someone to their starting rotation, it should be Jackson, not Floyd.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

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

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.