Peavy: Ozzie leaving "needed to happen"

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Peavy: Ozzie leaving "needed to happen"

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune talked to Jake Peavy, whose loyalty to pitching coach Don Cooper was called into question earlier this week.

"Coop and I have an open relationship," Peavy told the Tribune. "There was one time where I disagreed about something he said about me being on and off after coming back from the surgery, and I told him about it."

Peavy goes on to compliment Cooper, noting that the White Sox wouldn't have won a World Series without the work he and Mark Buehrle put in.

There's a lot of good stuff in the article, but one other note: Peavy said it was best for both sides for Ozzie Guillen to leave, mentioning a deteriorating relationship with the former Sox manager toward the end of his tenure. That's not an entirely surprising revelation -- if Peavy had beef with any Sox coach, it looks like it was Ozzie, not Cooper.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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