'Chicago Baseball Hot Stove' returns to Comcast SportsNet

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'Chicago Baseball Hot Stove' returns to Comcast SportsNet

Comcast SportsNet has announced the return of "Chicago Baseball Hot Stove" for its second season, beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:00 p.m. and will be co-hosted by David Kaplan and Chuck Garfien.

Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will be a LIVE, weekly series dedicated to White Sox and Cubs offseason activities, along with full coverage and discussion of all the key moves and news around Major League Baseball.

Commentary and insight will be provided from Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney and White Sox Insider Dan Hayes, plus special weekly guests from the localnational baseball scene.

The half-hour studio show will closely examine and address each offseason move in "WhiteSoxTalk" and "CubsTalk" segments, providing up-to-the-minute baseball news, insider reports, interviews, highlights and expert analysis from baseball figures across the country.

In addition, the panel will profile the top available free agents and showcase the best MLB player tweets each week.

From Nov. 27 through the start of spring training, Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will air every Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m., except Dec. 4 when the show airs at 4:30 p.m. LIVE from the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN with coverage from Garfien, Mooney and Hayes.

Additional re-airing will take place during the week and you can get listing updates at CSNChicago.comtvlisting.

Also, CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with a LIVE CHAT every Tuesday, beginning at 5:00 p.m letting fans interact directly with the Chicago Baseball Hot Stove crew and guests through Twitter by using the hashtag HotStove -- along with the Twitter handles of Kaplan (@thekapman), Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), Mooney (@CSNMooney), Hayes (@DanHayesCSN), Cubs (@CubsTalkCSN) and White Sox (@WhiteSoxTalkCSN) -- to take fan questions and share their opinions.

In addition, CSNChicago.com will launch a Chicago Baseball Hot Stove page that will include video, polls, news and a Twitter module, aggregating all WhiteSoxTalk, CubsTalk, and HotStove tweets.

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.