White Sox

Kenny Williams teases a busier White Sox offseason than usual at GM meetings

Kenny Williams teases a busier White Sox offseason than usual at GM meetings

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Kenny Williams has arrived at the GM meetings. And it sounds like he, and the White Sox, are ready for business.

The team vice president helped to back up the notion that the South Siders are planning an aggressive offseason, saying that they’re here to do business as usual, before an added bonus that ought to get White Sox fans excited.

“Well, more than usual,” he said.

Again, that supports the aggressiveness the White Sox have been pledging since this time a year ago, when it was reported they were chasing the two biggest names on that free-agent market, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. And chase them they did, though both players opted to play elsewhere.

With some huge names on this winter’s market, too, the White Sox could again look to capitalize on the opportunity to add a high-impact “finishing piece” to their rebuilding effort. That’s been a stated goal of Rick Hahn’s throughout this process, and he’s continued to say the White Sox won’t be shy about pursuing those kinds of opportunities.

Does that mean chasing Anthony Rendon this winter? Or Gerrit Cole? Or Nicholas Castellanos? Or a trade with the Boston Red Sox for J.D. Martinez or Mookie Betts? All are varying degrees of fits for a team still looking at things through a long-term lens — but a team that’s also looking to make the jump from rebuilding mode to contending mode.

The GM meetings are rarely the site of wheeling and dealing at such an early stage in the offseason, especially considering the slow pace recent offseasons have gotten off to. But the foundation for a busy winter could be set.

Hahn has laid out his list of objectives already: finding new everyday players in right field and at designated hitter and adding some heft to the starting rotation. That sets up for more business than usual already.

But Williams’ tease of a different kind of offseason for the White Sox could be the biggest hint yet that they are thinking big this winter. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the White Sox easily on your device.

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel took his teammates to task after Monday’s uninspiring 5-1 loss at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.

The White Sox arrived in Detroit in the wee hours Monday morning after losing a hard-fought, extra innings, rain-delayed game vs. the Indians on Sunday, and Keuchel says the team let that carry over into Monday’s game.

Click to download the MyTeams App for the latest White Sox news and analysis.

“I would’ve liked to see the team play better tonight,” Keuchel said. “We just came out flat, and I feel like we stayed flat the whole game.

“We’ve got some guys coming out and taking professional at-bats, being professional on the mound, and doing what it takes to win, and we’ve got some guys kinda going through the motions. So, we need to clean a lot of things up.

“If we wanna be in this thing at the end of the season, we’re going to have to start that now. When you have enough talent to potentially win every game it’s very frustrating when you have games like this and it just seems like we were out of it from the get go... Today was one of the first games I've seen subpar play from everybody."

While that is obviously not the assessment fans want to hear from one of the top free agents the White Sox brought in this season, it’s that leadership that the team coveted so much from Keuchel in the first place. Leading is easy during a hot streak, but it’s more important during losing skids. Keuchel seems to understand that’s what the White Sox need as they try to transition from rebuilding team to playoff contenders.

“There’s going to be a lot of learning curves for this team, just because of the process that this team has been under for the last two or three years, and this is one of them. We faced a challenge tonight and hopefully we can come out tomorrow and strap it up and play some White Sox baseball.”

Tuesday’s expected return of Tim Anderson, whose energy has been noticeably missing since he suffered a groin strain on July 31, should help the team regain that spark. As one of the Sox’ most consistent hitters he should also help the sluggish offense, which has only mustered 11 runs over the last six games.

“We have a great opportunity these next couple of games to get some wins and keep moving the wagons forward,” Keuchel said. “As frustrating as it is tonight, we could very well easily come out tomorrow and play like we’re supposed to and then win the series on Wednesday.”


RELATED: White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

SUBSCRIBE TO THE WHITE SOX TALK PODCAST FOR FREE.

Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

A scary scene unfolded during the 4th inning of Monday’s series opener between the White Sox and Tigers.

C.J. Cron needed to be helped off the field after he got hit by a sharp ground ball while fielding at first base.

Click to download the MyTeams App for the latest White Sox news and analysis.

Cron lay on the ground for several minutes after the play and limped off the field with the help of Tigers staff.

Amazingly, pitcher Daniel Norris was able to corral the ball and tag out Danny Mendick to end the inning.

Cron has been one of the Tigers’ best power hitters, tied for the team league with four home runs.


RELATED: Aaron Bummer latest to join big White Sox contingent on injured list

SUBSCRIBE TO THE WHITE SOX TALK PODCAST FOR FREE.