MLB offseason about to heat up

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MLB offseason about to heat up

While football -- both NCAA and NFL -- has dominated the attention of the sports world of late, the baseball offseason is quietly heating up.

MLB free agency has been active for a few weeks now, and neither Chicago baseball team has made much of a ripple, with the Cubs inking Scott Baker and Dioner Navarro to deals and the White Sox retaining the services of Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd.

The main winter event -- the MLB Winter Meetings -- kicks off next week, starting Dec. 3 and extending until Dec. 6. On the final day of the Winter Meetings, the Rule 5 Draft will take place, allowing teams to select players who are not protected on 40-man rosters.

Here's how the rest of the MLB offseason will play out (ht to MLBTR for the breakdown):

--Nov. 30: Deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players (explanation)
--Dec. 3-6: MLB Winter Meetings
--Dec. 6: Rule 5 Draft
--Jan. 18: Teams and players exchange arbitration figures
--Feb. 1-21: Arbitration hearings held in Phoenix
--Mar. 2-11: Teams can renew contracts of unsigned pre-arbitration eligible players

Comcast SportsNet will have you covered all winter with Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, running every Tuesday at 5 p.m. The first episode airs this week.

Adam Eaton leaves White Sox-Mariners finale with bruised right forearm

Adam Eaton leaves White Sox-Mariners finale with bruised right forearm

Adam Eaton left Sunday's White Sox-Seattle Mariners series finale early with a bruised right forearm.

X-rays were negative and he's day-to-day.

The White Sox outfielder was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth inning in his second time at the plate.

He remained in the game to field in the top of the fifth, but was replaced by J.B. Shuck for his next at-bat in the bottom of the inning.

 

White Sox Top Prospects: Jameson Fisher faring well with transition to outfield

White Sox Top Prospects: Jameson Fisher faring well with transition to outfield

Jameson Fisher entered the 2016 MLB Draft with experience at only catcher and first base.

When the White Sox drafted him in the fourth round (116th overall), little did he know he wasn’t going to start off his professional career at either of those positions.

The White Sox transitioned the Southeastern Louisiana product to outfielder. Fisher has a .953 field percentage in 35 games played at left field in the Advanced Rookie Class.

The 22-year-old credits outfield instructor Aaron Rowand and Great Falls hitting coach Willie Harris for helping him with the switch.

Fisher is batting .335/.425/.466 with three homers and 21 RBI this season with the Great Falls Voyagers. His .335 average ranks second on the team and his 12 stolen bases ranks third.

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This season at Southeastern Louisiana, Fisher had the best batting average (.449) and on-base percentage (.577) in college baseball.

Fisher played catcher in 2014 but transitioned to first base following a shoulder injury, which cause him to miss the entire 2015 season.

The White Sox signed Fisher for $485,000 on June 16.

White Sox: Miguel Gonzalez will head out for rehab assignment

White Sox: Miguel Gonzalez will head out for rehab assignment

Miguel Gonzalez will head on a rehab assignment.

The White Sox pitcher has been on the 15-day disabled list since August 12 with a right groin strain.

Manager Robin Ventura said Gonzalez pitched in a simulated game on Saturday and it “went well.”

“Everything’s good,” Ventura said. “Next step is he’s going to go out and see how that goes.”

After a bullpen session on Wednesday, Gonzalez said he felt “a lot better” and “didn’t feel anything” while throwing in the bullpen.

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If all goes according to plan, Gonzalez would be one of a few roster moves after Sept. 1.

How the White Sox will balance the rotation in his return is uncertain.

“We talk about that all the time,” Ventura said, “just being able to find the right spot to put a guy in, if a guy’s gonna come out of it, if we’re just gonna leave everybody in there and do it.”

Gonzalez is 2-6 this season with a 4.05 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 19 games (18 starts).