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New report says forget about that eight-year, $100 million deal for Eloy Jimenez

New report says forget about that eight-year, $100 million deal for Eloy Jimenez

If you were hoping the report that the White Sox were close to giving Eloy Jimenez an eight-year, $100 million deal before he even saw a major league pitch was true, well The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal has some bad news for you.

Rosenthal sent out a pretty emphatic tweet Friday morning calling Hector Gomez's report from earlier this week "inaccurate" and "unrealistic."

Certainly Rosenthal's point that these types of deals are few and far between is a good one, and the first thing that popped into most observers' minds when seeing Gomez's initial report was that it seems like an awful lot of money and an awful lot of time to give a player with zero major league experience.

That being said, it wasn't the craziest suggestion. The White Sox believe the sky is the limit for Jimenez and that he can be one of the game's elite talents. Giving him an eight-year contract now would keep him under team control for one more year than the current situation, and that could end up extending the White Sox contention window with Jimenez in his prime. And if Jimenez lives up to the sky-high expectations, it's possible the White Sox could see some savings with even a $100 million investment, a total that would count as the largest contract handed out in team history but could still potentially be less than he would earn through the arbitration process and in the first year of a free-agent deal in 2026. An average annual value of $12.5 million counting against the luxury tax could also help the White Sox afford higher-priced players as they look to add via free agency in the coming years.

But all those benefits aside, the risk would still be a sizable one, and that's part of the reason this could be described as "unrealistic."

So perhaps this was just a blip on the more expected road to Jimenez's major league debut, expected to come before the end of April.

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Lucas Giolito goes to injured list, Sox bring Carson Fulmer and Ryan Cordell up from Triple-A

Lucas Giolito goes to injured list, Sox bring Carson Fulmer and Ryan Cordell up from Triple-A

Lucas Giolito will miss some time after straining his hamstring in Wednesday's game.

The White Sox placed the right-handed starting pitcher on the 10-day injured list ahead of Thursday's series-opener in Detroit. They also brought up relief pitcher Carson Fulmer and outfielder Ryan Cordell to take the roster spots of Giolito and outfielder Daniel Palka, who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Giolito exited Wednesday's start after just 2.2 innings after tweaking his hamstring on a third-inning pitch. He was doing quite well in his second start of the season against the Kansas City Royals, with five strikeouts and no hits allowed before his early departure.

Giolito spoke with reporters Thursday morning in Detroit, saying the strain isn't too serious and that he expects to miss just one or two starts.

As for who will start in Giolito's stead, that remains to be seen. His turn in the rotation won't come until Monday's game that begins a series against the Baltimore Orioles. Fulmer arriving from Charlotte, however, points to Manny Banuelos being taken out of the major league bullpen to start in Giolito's place. Banuelos has had success as the White Sox long man so far this season, with a few effective multi-inning outings under his belt. Fulmer hasn't made a start since the White Sox moved him to the Charlotte bullpen last season but could serve as a replacement long man in the short term. This is Fulmer's second call-up this season, he was on the roster for one day earlier this month, pitching three innings of relief against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Meanwhile, Cordell arrives to take the place of Palka, who picked up his first hit of the season Wednesday after starting in a dreadful 0-for-32 slump. He was sent down after the game with the task of figuring things out at the Triple-A level. While the White Sox could have opted to slide Adam Engel into an everyday role in the big league outfield, it appears Cordell might get his shot at more frequent big league playing time. He was in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers. Cordell made the Opening Day roster but only got six at-bats (homering in one and doubling in another) and was sent down to receive some more regular playing time, which he might now get in the majors.

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White Sox fans troll Royals for hypocritical bat flip tweet

White Sox fans troll Royals for hypocritical bat flip tweet

On Wednesday, White Sox short stop Tim Anderson hit a home run and had an all-time bat flip in response. It was something that fired up the White Sox fanbase and angered their opponents, the Kansas City Royals.

As a result, Anderson was hit by a pitch in his nex at-bat and a big brouhaha followed which led to some ejections, including Anderson who really didn't do anything to warrant it.

Professional athletes debated it on Twitter, but White Sox fans took to the social media platform to expose the hypocrisy from the Royals when they found this tweet from May of last season.

That's right, the Royals glorifying a bat flip on social media. White Sox fans responded in droves.

A lot if it involved hilarious White Sox GIFs, like Tim Anderson's slow clap.

Or White Sox players staring...

Or an eye roll...

Some went direct, calling it for what they believed it to be.

And as our own Chuck Garfien pointed out, there is a bit of irony surrounding this bat flip from last season.

In conclusion, let baseball be fun and let people flip bats. And if you don't want people to bat flip and celebrate home runs, get them out.

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