The White Sox had their nine-game winning streak snapped Saturday in an extra inning loss to the Seattle Mariners.
With another day game Sunday, manager Robin Ventura is inserting a bunch of backups into the starting lineup.
Here's the way the Sox will line up in the series finale against the Mariners:
1. Brent Lilllibridge - CF
2. Gordon Beckham - 2B
3. Adam Dunn - 1B
4. Dayan Viciedo - DH
5. Alex Rios - RF
6. Kosuke Fukudome - LF
7. Alexei Ramirez - SS
8. Tyler Flowers - C
9. Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Chris Sale is on the mound for the Sox. He struck out 15 Rays in his last outing.
It's Day 2 of the Winter Meetings. USA Today's Bob Nightengale joins Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber.
Nightengale shares his thoughts on what starting pitcher is the right fit (2:00), the message the Grandal signing sends to the rest of the league (6:00), predictions for who the White Sox will sign this week (12:00) and when the Sox window is open (13:30).
Plus, he shares some memories of past Winter Meetings including his favorite cocktail napkin trade and the best late-night stories from past years (16:00).
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
White Sox Talk Podcast
As the budget-conscious Cubs figure out their 2020 payroll, an NL West team has emerged in the race to sign free agent Nicholas Castellanos.
According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal (subcription required), a team interested in Castellanos views the Giants as the top-bidder for the outfielder's services.
The Giants recently named Cubs front office assistant Scott Harris as their general manager, so San Francisco has some ties to Castellanos. The Giants 2020 luxury tax payroll is currently projected to be $186 million (per Roster Resource) so they could sign Castellanos without going over MLB's $208 million threshold.
Castellanos was a stellar addition last season after the Cubs acquired him at the trade deadline. He posted a .321/.356/.646 line with 16 home runs and 21 doubles in 51 games. That performance upped the 27-year-old's value entering free agency.
The Cubs are looking to get under the luxury tax threshold to avoid being penalized a second straight season. Signing Castellanos would complicate this, but the Cubs are still pursuing him, as they could potentially sign him and clear payroll in a corresponding move.
But if it turns into a bidding war, the Cubs may find themselves unable to bring Castellanos back.