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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)

Did the Yankees just copy the White Sox in their quest to sign Manny Machado?

Did the Yankees just copy the White Sox in their quest to sign Manny Machado?

"It's a copycat league," you'll often hear. And now the White Sox are getting copied. Kind of.

The White Sox raised a few eyebrows last weekend with their surprising trade for Yonder Alonso. Alonso, acquired from the Cleveland Indians, brings a ton of positives to the 2019 and 2020 White Sox. Their lineup needed a boost, and he gives it one. Their clubhouse needed some more veteran leadership, and he brings that. He allows Jose Abreu to take better care of his body and could have long-term benefit as a positive influence on young players.

But everyone looked past all that and noticed that he also happens to be Manny Machado's brother-in-law.

Machado is one of the two free-agent superstars the White Sox are pursuing, along with Bryce Harper, and the popular opinion on social media was that the South Siders brought in Alonso to help with their pitch to Machado. Heck, they announced the trade just two days before Monday's meeting with Machado.

Rick Hahn shot down all that, saying this was a baseball move, and the benefits of Alonso's arrival, independent of his relationship with Machado, are listed above.

But now the New York Yankees, just two days before their meeting with Machado, have gone and done something similar, hiring Carlos Beltran as a special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman. Why is it similar to the White Sox acquisition of Alonso? Machado's agent used to represent Beltran.

If it's not coming through, this all a bit joking, of course. Hahn had a laundry list of reasons the White Sox traded for Alonso, and Beltran has his own appeal to any team after his lengthy big league career and his recent role as a veteran leader with the Houston Astros during their championship season.

But the coincidences — or conspiracies, if you will — are a little fun to point out.

Alonso and Beltran are assets to their respective teams. But if they can help sway Machado, well that will go down as a nice added benefit.

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Top White Sox stories of 2018: Adam Engel's week of home-run robberies

Top White Sox stories of 2018: Adam Engel's week of home-run robberies

As the new year approaches, we're counting down the top White Sox stories from 2018.

Somewhat quietly, Adam Engel was a Gold Glove finalist in center field this fall.

But he had one week in August that was anything but quiet, and that week alone might have put him in the running for the annual fielding award.

In the span of seven days, Engel made a trio of jaw-dropping home-run robberies against the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.

First, on Aug. 6, he stole one away from Yankees hitter Greg Bird.

He followed that up the very next night, with this robbery of a home run off the bat of Kyle Higashioka. This theft came right near the "The Catch" sign in center field and brought to memory Dewayne Wise, who made, under the circumstances, the best catch that Hawk Harrelson had ever seen.

White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez really appreciated that one.

"I just wanted to take off my glove," he said through a team translator that day, "and go out there and kiss him."

And if that wasn't enough, Engel stole the show (literally) in the Sunday afternoon game Aug. 12, this thievery of Indians slugger Yonder Alonso — now one of Engel's White Sox teammates — the best of the bunch.

While Engel's offensive production has been slow to come along, his defensive ability has never been questioned, and spectacular plays like this show how valuable his glove can be to the White Sox moving forward.

"That’s something I take a lot of pride in, show up every day and trying to help the team win in any way that I can," Engel said that Sunday. "Defensively, it’s something I know I can count on. Just make sure to try to work on that every day. Make sure I stay sharp, and offensively hopefully I can get it going."

A season's worth of high-quality defense got him the title of Gold Glove finalist, but this week in August surely brought his skill to the attention of the baseball world.

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