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White Sox were close to landing Wood

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White Sox were close to landing Wood

Imagine Kerry Wood in a White Sox uniform. That's probably a nightmarish image for some Cubs fans, and a confusing one for some Sox fans who have spent the last 15 years poking fun at Wood's durability.

It almost happened. According to CSNChicago.com's David Kaplan, had Wood not come to terms with the Cubs, he would've signed a deal with the White Sox. When the Cubs upped their offer, Wood decided to stay on the North Side.

Kaplan reports theSox "have long respected Wood," and would've given him an opportunity to close with Sergio Santos shipped off to Toronto. That's interesting -- the Sox, at least outwardly, have seemed content with using one of Addison Reed, Matt Thornton or Jesse Crain in the ninth inning in 2012. But maybe an opportunity to add a well-respected veteran -- and needle their neighbors to the north -- was too good to pass up.

For Wood, the White Sox would've made a lot of sense if he wasn't pleased with the Cubs' offer. He could still pitch and stay in Chicago, where he's started a charity and put down roots. And, theoretically, it wouldn't hurt his long-term standing with Cubs fans -- after all, Ron Santo played a season for the White Sox.

The White Sox don't need to spend money on the bullpen, although bringing in a veteran like Wood to help Reed along wouldn't have been a bad move. What this does tell us is that the Sox do have some money to spend after dealing away Carlos Quentin and Jason Frasor, and they may be willing to spend it.

Sox fans, would you have liked to see Wood on the White Sox? Would you have taunted Cubs fans about it without mercy?

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.

The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.

Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.

After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.

It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.

Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.


With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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