Inside Look: Jerry Reinsdorf to air March 14 on CSN

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Inside Look: Jerry Reinsdorf to air March 14 on CSN

Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf will be the next featured guest on Comcast SportsNet's monthly interview series "Inside Look" with the program debuting Wednesday, March 14 at 7 pm. Comcast SportsNet's Chuck Garfien will host.

The person who brought more championships to the city of Chicago than anyone else will discuss, among other topics, the White Sox World Series championship, the Bulls' six NBA titles in the 1990s, Derrick Rose and Michael Jordan. And there's also a surprise visit from Jim Thome, who has a job waiting for him with the White Sox when he retires.

There's some great stuff in here from Reinsdorf, who says of the 2005 White Sox that the championship really didn't sink in until the parade.

"There were two million people, there wasn't one arrest, there wasn't oneincident. You could see the love coming to the players from those people.Then there were people coming up to me telling me they had gone to the cemeteryand decorated their parents or grandparents graves. You could go to anycemetery in Chicagoand the graves were decorated with White Sox paraphernalia. And then thenext spring a gentleman came up to me in the parking lot and said my fatherdied 15 minutes after the last out, he knew and he died happy. Thosethings will never, ever leave me."

And on landing Derrick Rose:

"Two monthsbefore (the NBA Draft Lottery), John Paxson and I were talking and Paxson said,'Where are we going to get a point guard? We've got to get a pointguard. I said, 'I don't know, we'll win the lottery, we'll take DerrickRose. Iknew he was going to be a very good player. I can'tsay I expected him to be an MVP in his third year. What's really good isthat he's grounded. He really hasn't changed since he got here. Hecomes from a solid background. He was protected when he was growingup. He is a lot like Michael in that he just wants to win basketballgames."

Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Jerry Reinsdorf on thefollowing datestimes: Wednesday, March 14 at 11:30pm - Friday, April 6 at 4:30pm - Wednesday,April 11 at 2:30pm - Friday, April 13 at 4:30pm - Sunday, April 15 at 8pm - Wednesday, April 18at 11pm - Thursday, April 19 at 4:30pm - Sunday, April 22 at 2pm and 8:30pm - Wednesday,April 25 at 9pm.

White Sox avoid arbitration with Todd Frazier, four pitchers

White Sox avoid arbitration with Todd Frazier, four pitchers

The White Sox agreed to one-year contracts with five players on Friday, including a $12-million deal for Todd Frazier.

Frazier established a franchise record for home runs by a third baseman in 2016 when he blasted 40 in his first season with the White Sox. A free agent after the 2017 season, Frazier hit .225/.302/.464 in 666 plate appearances, drove in a career high 98 runs and produced 2.4 Wins Above Replacement, according to fangraphs.com. 

Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez is set to earn $5.9 million this season. The team also agreed to deals with relievers Dan Jennings ($1.4 million), Zach Putnam ($1.1175 million) and Jake Petricka ($825,000).

The White Sox acquired Frazier in a three-player trade from the Cincinnati Reds in December 2015. It's expected they would try to trade Frazier, who has hit 104 homers since 2014 and participated in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby three consecutive years, before the Aug 1 non-waiver trade deadline as part of the club's rebuilding efforts. 

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Gonzalez went 5-8 with a 3.73 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) after he was signed to a minor-league deal in early April. 

Jennings posted a 2.08 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. 

Putnam had a 2.30 ERA in 27 1/3 innings with 30 strikeouts before he had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. 

Petricka was limited to nine appearances before his season was ended by hip surgery.

Both Petricka and Putnam are expected to be ready for spring training.

Top White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada impresses club at minicamp

Top White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada impresses club at minicamp

It was a limited look, but Yoan Moncada made a strong first impression on the White Sox this week.

Acquired from the Boston Red Sox last month in the Chris Sale trade, Moncada arrived in Glendale, Ariz., earlier this week with the franchise hopeful he'd offer a glimpse of the skills that earned him the designation as baseball's top prospect.

Moncada didn't disappoint, either, as he had White Sox evaluators excited throughout a three-day hitters camp. Whether it's his physicality, how he carried himself or his baseball IQ, White Sox staffers couldn't have been happier about their first experience with their new prized possession.

"(Moncada) looks like a linebacker, but he moves like a wide receiver," player development director Chris Getz said. "He's got good actions. He's obviously a switch hitter. He's got power. He can hit. He's got a good smile. He seems to be enjoying himself out here, he interacts well with his teammates.

"So far it has been very impressive, and we look forward to seeing more."

Hitting coach Todd Steverson said Moncada, 21, looked every bit the part when he first observed him from across the hall at the team's facility. Steverson spoke to friends in the scouting community and wasn't the least bit surprised when he encountered the 6-foot-2, 205-pound second baseman. Moncada was just as impressive on the field with his skills and effort, Steverson said.

"This is a large specimen right here," Steverson said. "He's put together pretty well.

"On defense it looks like he has some really good hands.

"He got in the box and he hadn't swung for a while. But still, you could tell he had good hands going through the zone, has a nice approach and wants to work real hard."

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Moncada's fancy tools have been well publicized since he received a $31.5-million signing bonus from the Red Sox in March 2015.

MLB.com graded Moncada's hit tool at 60 on the 20-80 scouting scale while his base running is 65 and arm is 60. Moncada's power received a 55 grade, and his fielding is 50. Moncada received an overall grade of 65, which suggests he has the ability to be a perennial All-Star and worth 4 Wins Above Replacement, according to fangraphs.com.

But the White Sox weren't just impressed with Moncada's physical ability.

One of manager Rick Renteria's top objectives for the camp was to emphasize fundamentals and what's important to the team. Renteria wanted to identify specific game situations and how players are expected to handle them so they're well prepared for the future. Moncada handled that area well, too.

"Yoan is a very knowledgeable baseball player who has experience on a multitude of levels," amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler said. "In the brief time we had with him this week, he showed a tremendous ability to drive the ball the opposite way as well as drive balls to the gap and out of the ball park from both sides of the plate. That ability will help him handle and any all situations that Ricky asks him to do at the plate. Defensively his hands and feet are very good and will have no problem there. He's a bright hard-working kid that is part of a bright future for the organization."