White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Chuck Garfien interviewed Don Cooper for Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, with the White Sox pitching coach touching on a number of topics, including 2012's closer. For right now, Cooper doesn't have a favorite in mind, noting that it's too early for him to name a frontrunner. He also touched on the starting rotation, specifically Mark Buehrle, John Danks and Jake Peavy. Check the video to the right and Chuck's story for all of Cooper's comments.

On a lighter pitching staff note, we ran down a list of possible backup ceremonial first pitch-catchers, with Chris Sale the early favorite.

Scott Boras wants to get Edwin Jackson a five-year, 80 million deal -- which isn't outlandishly overpriced, but given the market and the general perception of Jackson around baseball (inconsistency) it's hard to see him getting anything close to that.

And in other odd contract news, the Padres may consider approaching Carlos Quentin about a contract extension before he plays a game with the team.

Jim at South Side Sox has a nice post on Carlos Quentin, comparing his situation going into the 2008 season to that of Alejandro De Aza going into the 2012 season. Jim also brought up the May 25, 2008 game that saw Quentin hit a pair of homers off John Lackey, the last of which was a walk-off shot. I was at that Sunday night game, and it was awesome to see everyone in the park realize "hey, we got a great player here" with two swings of the bat.

James at White Sox Observer notes that the Sox will have some payroll flexibility relatively soon, as in 2014.

Around the division:

MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger writes the Twins probably won't go after Edwin Jackson given his high price tag.

The Indians signed former Royals righty Robinson Tejeda to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training. With all due respect, here's hoping he doesn't make Cleveland's roster -- White Sox hitters have a .582 OPS against the guy in 149 plate appearances over 36 23 innings.

Alan Trammell should be a Hall of Famer. SI's Mel Antonen looks as the cases for and against the former Tiger shortstop's candidacy, with the case for his induction being much more persuasive.

Fast Break Morning Update: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Fast Break Morning Update: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Former White Sox OF Tim Raines elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Between Cubs' victory lap and Hall of Fame vote, Sammy Sosa barely staying in the picture

Bulls' continued inconsistencies 'an issue of focus'

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

Tim Raines shares thank you message after being elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Bulls Talk Podcast: What went wrong for the Bulls against the Mavericks?

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

Big Ten Talk Podcast: Picking contenders and pretenders in the Big Ten title race

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.  Tim Raines finally gets the call from the Hall along with Jeff Bagwell and Pudge Rodriguez.  So when will Bonds and Clemens get in?  Why are Sammy Sosa’s vote totals dropping? The guys debate from former Cub David DeJesus joins the panel to talk Hall of Fame and the 2017 Cubs.

The Bulls lose to a bad Mavericks team. When will GarPax blow it up and start over?

Plus the guys discuss whether or not Antonio Brown will distract the Steelers and if the Falcons defense is the x-factor in the NFC title game.