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Word on the Street: White Sox nearly traded Ozzie?

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Word on the Street: White Sox nearly traded Ozzie?

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010
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Alleged Guillen trade to Florida nixed

According to sources from inside the front office for the Florida Marlins, the alleged trade of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for top outfield prospect Mike Stanton was never even discussed.

As Chris De Luca, a staff reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, reports:

"According to major-league sources, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was intent on making Guillen his next manager. Talks, sources say, progressed to the point that there was discussion of executing a trade that would send Guillen, who has a year left on his contract, to the Marlins for 20-year-old outfielder Mike Stanton, who hit 22 home runs and knocked in 59 runs in just 100 games as a rookie this season."

According to the same sources, when Guillen met with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf before the season ended, the Marlins talks died.

Guillen, however, is content on staying with the Sox for '11 and possibly beyond.

''My goal is not to just manage the White Sox one year," he said in De Luca's Sun-Times article. "I hope I finish my career there. I'm open to finishing my career there. It's up to them as to what they do.'' (Chicago Sun-Times and Palm Beach Post)

Cubs add to 40-man roster

Catcher Robinson Chirinos' rapid progression continued Friday as the Major League club selected him for the 40-man roster. The 26-year-old Chirinos set a career high with a .326 batting average in 2010, clubbing 18 home runs and 28 doubles while driving in 74 runs.

Over the past two seasons, the catching prospect has advanced from the Cubs' Single-A level to Triple-A, hitting .312 over that span.

The Cubs also outrighted outfielder Jim Adduci to Triple-A Iowa. The 25-year-old hit .248 last year in 114 games for Iowa in '10, but lead the club with 23 steals. (Cubs.com)

Derrick Rose kicks off acting career

Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose is taking his show to primetime TV. Rose will reportedly make an appearance on CBS' drama "The Good Wife." The show stars Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth and takes place in Chicago, but is filmed in New York. It is unknown if Rose will play himself or not. (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Sky announce new coach

The Chicago Sky annouced Pokey Chatman as the new general manager and head coach for the team. Chatman coached in Russia last year, leading the Russian Spartak Moscow Region to a 16-0 record in the Euroleague. She was head coach of the Louisiana State University's women's basketball team prior to her Euroleague days, and led the Lady Tigers to consecutive NCAA Final Fours.

The Sky finished 2010 with a 14-20 record, good enough for last place in the Eastern Conference. (USA Today)
Sox infielder standing out in Arizona Fall League

Eduardo Escobar, a shortstop in the White Sox's organization, currently stands atop the Arizona Fall League home run chart with three dingers. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two walks in a 15-1 win by his Peoria Saguaros over Phoenix Desert Dogs. (Chicago Tribune)
Sox's Mitchell rehabbing well from injury

Jared Mitchell, one of the White Sox's top outfield prospects, is positive about his return from a devastating ankle injury that cost him all of the 2010 season.

"I haven't lost any speed," he said in a Chicago Tribune article. "Everything will be fine. Right now, my focus will be getting at-bats, getting a chance to play and getting acclimated to the game again."

Mitchell suffered the injury--a tendon tear on the inside of his right ankle--in March, but expects to be fully recovered from the injury and subsequent scar tissue by the start of Spring Training. (Chicago Tribune)

Fox Sports' Whitlock calls for Kelly's job after student death

Jason Whitlock, a columnist for FoxSports.com, is calling for Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly's job after Kelly negligently allowed team manager and videographer Declan Sullivan to stay in a 50-foot tall tower to film practice Wednesday.

Sullivan was up in the tower as hazardous winds whipped around him and eventually caused the tower to crash down, killing the 20-year-old in the process. Whitlock claims it's a head coach's job to put the safety of all students over the course of his practices. (FoxSports.com)

Cubs bullpen catcher cited for possession of marijuana

Corey Miller, the 34-year-old bullpen catcher for the Chicago Cubs, was cited for marijuana possession after a traffic stop on I-80.

The Lincoln County Court records that were originally obtained by Lincoln Journal Star showed that Miller was stopped for speeding when a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in a bag of baby formula and 8.4 pounds of the drug were found in a suitcase. (Chicago Tribune)

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson turned 24 on Saturday and celebrated the occasion with a bang.

Anderson smashed a three-run home run in the first inning against the A's. It was actually his first swing on his birthday. Anderson took the first two pitches before launching the 1-1 pitch over the right field fence.

That home run, Anderson's 13th of the year, gave the White Sox a 5-0 lead. Things took an ugly turn later in the game with Oakland winning 7-6. Dylan Covey left in the fifth with a hip injury, which manager Rick Renteria said will be evaluated tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

Anderson finished 2-for-4 on his birthday. He later added a single, a stolen base and a run in the sixth inning.

Anderon's power surge this year has him on pace to blow past his 17 homers from a year ago. He is four shy of last year's total and has done so in just under half as many plate appearances.

It's only one start, but that's the Lucas Giolito that White Sox fans expected to see this season

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It's only one start, but that's the Lucas Giolito that White Sox fans expected to see this season

The preseason expectations and the results have been drastically different for Lucas Giolito.

Expected to be the best pitcher on the White Sox starting staff, Giolito hasn’t come too close to that title, instead heading into Friday’s doubleheader with the most earned runs allowed of any pitcher in baseball. His walk total has been among the highest in the game all year long, too. And the calls from social media to send him down to Triple-A haven’t been at all infrequent.

But Friday, White Sox fans got a glimpse at what they expected, a look at the guy who earned so much hype with a strong September last season and a dominant spring training.

It wasn’t a performance that would make any reasonable baseball person’s jaw drop. But it was the best Giolito has looked this season. He still allowed four runs on seven hits — as mentioned, not a Cy Young type outing — but he struck out a season-high eight batters. Prior to giving up the back-to-back singles to start the eighth inning that brought an end to his evening, he’d surrendered just two runs.

Most importantly he walked just two guys and didn’t seem to struggle with his command at all. That’s a big deal for a pitcher who had 45 walks to his name prior to Friday.

“You know it was a tough eighth inning, but throughout the whole game, I felt in sync,” Giolito said. “(Catcher Omar Narvaez) and I were working really well, finally commanding the fastball the way I should. Definitely the best I felt out there this year, for sure. Velocity was up a tick. Just felt right, felt in sync. Just competed from there.”

Confidence has never left Giolito throughout the poor results, and he’s talked after every start about getting back on the horse and giving it another try. Consistently working in between starts, things finally seemed to click Friday night.

“It all worked today,” manager Rick Renteria said. “(Pitching coach Don Cooper) says that every bullpen has gotten better, from the beginning to this point. He sees progress. The velocity that he showed today was something that Coop was seeing in his work. You can see that his delivery is continuing to improve. He was trusting himself, really attacking the strike zone, trusted his breaking ball today when he need to and just tried to command as much as he could. Did a nice job.”

Giolito went through this kind of thing last year, when he started off poorly at Triple-A Charlotte with a 5.40 ERA through his first 16 starts. But then things got better, with Giolito posting a 2.78 ERA over his final eight starts with the Knights before getting called up to the big leagues.

This was just one start, of course, but perhaps he can follow a similar formula this year, too, going from a rough beginning to figuring things out.

“I’m not trying to tinker or think about mechanics anymore,” he said. “It’s about flow, getting out there and making pitches. We were able to do that for the most part.

“I’ll watch video and see certain things, and I have little cues here and there. But I’m not going to go and overanalyze things and nitpick at certain stuff anymore. It’s about going there and having fun and competing.”

Maybe that’s the secret. Or maybe this is simply a brief flash of brilliance in the middle of a tough first full season in the bigs.

Whatever it was, it was the best we’ve seen of Giolito during the 2018 campaign. And it was far more like what was expected back before that campaign got going.