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Youk's agent won't rush to make a deal

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Youk's agent won't rush to make a deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kevin Youkilis may be the most talked about free agent third baseman, but his representative isnt in a rush to complete a deal.
Agent Joe Bick arrived at the winter meetings on Monday and stayed away from specifics as he discussed Youkilis. The White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies are believed to have the most interest in Youkilis, who had 15 homers and 46 RBIs after came to South Side in a trade in late June.
But Bick remained vague as he talked about when or where his client will land and how much it will take to get him there, aside for an allowance that Youkilis is also open to playing first base.
Whatever it takes to get the right deal in place, Bick said. Certainly everybody would rather have it happen sooner than later, but it doesnt always work out that way. Were prepared to do a deal when the right deal is there.
Youkilis played through several bumps and bruises after he joined the White Sox last season.
He appeared in 80 of the teams 90 games after the June 24 trade brought him over from the Boston Red Sox even though he had bursitis in his right knee and battled several other nagging injuries.
But Bick said his client is in good health for the first time in three offseasons. Youkilis had surgery on his thumb at the conclusion of the 2010 seasons and underwent hernia surgery after 2011.
Its the best that hes been in several years, Bick said. Completely healthy. The good news is he hasnt spent a minute this winter rehabbing anything. Feels good. Feels strong. Everything is going great.
Youkilis, 33, said in early October he believed his health is on the right track.
Hopefully I have some good years to still play the game, Youkilis said. I hope to play a few more years and hopefully good quality years of playing.

A great escape and a positive 'learning moment' for Lucas Giolito

A great escape and a positive 'learning moment' for Lucas Giolito

So often in this rebuilding season, Rick Renteria has talked of "learning moments," and as is evident from the team's win-loss numbers and many other statistics, those "learning moments" have largely ended in negative results.

It's not to say the lessons haven't been valuable ones, and growing pains now could lead to big-time success down the road, when the White Sox shift from rebuilding mode to contention mode.

But Tuesday night in Detroit, one young player, a significant piece of the team's long-term plans, succeeded in such a moment. And it looked like a step forward for a guy who's called himself one of the most inconsistent pitchers in baseball this season.

Lucas Giolito looked like he was heading for another disappointing outing early, when he relinquished a three-run lead in the first inning, allowing three runs that grew his first-inning ERA on the season to 8.63. But he settled down nicely from there, allowing just two base runners over the next four innings and allowing the White Sox to jump back ahead, which they did, leading 6-3 by the time Giolito's biggest challenge came around.

The Tigers loaded the bases to start the bottom of the sixth, putting three on with nobody out for Giolito, who has been susceptible to the big inning often this season, including in his previous start, when he gave up six runs in the second inning against the New York Yankees.

Renteria could've pulled the plug there and brought in a fresh reliever to try and limit the damage and keep his team's three-run lead alive. Instead, he allowed Giolito to stay in — another example of certain developmental things being more important than wins and losses this season — and the right-hander rewarded him. Giolito got a shallow flyball, a strikeout and a popup on the infield to end the inning with no runs scoring.

Giolito was obviously happy about that, and cameras showed him sharing a smile with Renteria in the dugout.

The White Sox won the game and now have a 6-2 record in Giolito's last eight starts. They're .500 (12-12) in his 24 starts this season, an interesting note, if not a terribly meaningful one, considering the team's overall record is 33 games below the .500 mark.

These "learning moments" have defined this developmental season on the South Side, and often they've come with the caveat of growing pains and the promise of a better tomorrow, despite a somewhat painful present.

This moment, though, came with a very visible sign of things moving in the right direction for Giolito. It doesn't mean Giolito will take off from here. But it's a good sign and something the White Sox have to be happy about as Giolito continues to develop at the major league level.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Will the White Sox call up Jimenez and/or Kopech this season?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Will the White Sox call up Jimenez and/or Kopech this season?

With Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech dominating in Triple-A, we tackle the No. 1 question on the mind of every White Sox fan: Are either or both of the White Sox top prospects going to play in the majors this year?

Chuck Garfien, Vinnie Duber and Slavko Bekovic give their takes and predictions. Plus, which other minor leaguers should be called up in September?

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