Twins sign Josh Willingham

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Twins sign Josh Willingham

Per a report, Minnesota has signed outfielder Josh Willingham, effectively ending Michael Cuddyer's (and maybe Jason Kubel's) with the Twins.

Willingham has been consistently average to above average for the last six seasons, posting a WAR between 2.1-3.0 every season since 2006. His OPS during those seasons has never fallen below .810, although his value has been brought down by generally below-average defense.

This is pretty meaningless, but in 60 career plate appearances against the Sox Willingham owns a .619 OPS. The bigger story in terms of against-the-Sox splits is that they may not have to face Cuddyer or Kubel as members of the Twins as much anymore.

In 585 career plate appearances against the Sox, Cuddyer has a .817 OPS with 19 home runs. While Cuddyer's been good, Kubel's been great against the Sox, hitting 22 home runs with an .896 OPS in 303 plate appearances. Hopefully, for the White Sox sake, both of those guys will be out of the division.

Update: MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger is reporting a deal with Willingham isn't done, but expects one to be completed tomorrow.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Will more dominoes fall after Adam Eaton trade?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Will more dominoes fall after Adam Eaton trade?

In the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, CSN's Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with White Sox GM Rick Hahn following the trade of Adam Eaton to the Nationals, which brought more top prospects to the South Side. Will more dominoes fall as the Sox go into a full rebuild?

Hahn says they expect to compete for championships within five years! Chuck also chats with new manager Rick Renteria, who tells us what he hopes to get out of his club in 2017 and beyond.

Plus, Insider Dan Hayes and Siera Santos join the crew to breakdown the timeline of getting some of these new pieces to the major leagues.

Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast here:

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