From the weekend:
We'll find out how much momentum Tim Raines has for a Hall of Fame bid today. Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times says Raines will get 52 percent of the vote, which would be a fairly encouraging number.
Yoenis Cespedes is expected to hit free agency sometime in the near future. The White Sox have been linked to the Cuban phenom, although whether they'll use some of the money they saved in the last few weeks on Cespedes is unknown.
The White Sox will give wounded veterans a chance to attend the team's fantasy camp in Arizona this week. Awesome.
Mark Buehrle won't be able to live in Miami-Dade County thanks to a law that prohibits ownership of pit bulls in the county. Welcome to Miami.
We passed along a couple of notes from Baseball America on the pair of prospects the White Sox acquired from Toronto in the Jason Frasor deal -- the analysis on Myles Jaye has me at least a little bit intrigued.
Alejandro De Aza struggled in the Dominican Winter League regular season, but that's not a development to be too concerned about.
Shel Silverstein was a White Sox fan. That's a neat note from South Side Sox.
Around the division:
Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella is expected to be 100 percent for spring training following offseason hip surgery. I don't know why, but he seems like someone who's going to be a pest against the White Sox.
Jack Morris isn't a Hall of Famer in my book, so I'm not too broken up about him running out of chances for induction.
The White Sox had a little fun with the Crosstown Cup trophy after securing it for the third consecutive year.
Well, at least one player did for sure: Left fielder Melky Cabrera, according to first baseman Jose Abreu, drank some beer out of the trophy after the White Sox beat the Cubs, 3-0, Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox retained the Crosstown Cup by virtue of winning the season series in 2014 (three wins, one loss), splitting in 2015 (three wins, three losses), and assuring themselves of at least a split in 2016 (two wins with two games to play).
This isn’t like a college football rivalry trophy that gets passed between campuses every year. And baseball players generally aren't keen to over-emphasize four or six games over the course of a 162-game season.
But the Crosstown Cup is still a trophy, and it’s one White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton appreciated receiving again.
“Any time you win an award — I don’t care if my grandma gives me an award during checkers, I’m excited,” Eaton said. “I don’t really care. But if you play for anything there’s some extra emphasis there. I definitely do think guys take pride in it for sure. But more pride in it that our side of town is happy with us in that sense that we’ve taken the cup back.
“You don’t want to put too much emphasis on any particular series. But at the same time, if it makes our fans happy that we got the cup back then that’s what we do.”
With the Aug. 1 trade deadline right around the corner, a new name has been added to the mix.
James Shields, who was acquired by the White Sox in early June, is reportedly available for trade, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, after the 34-year-old right-hander has pitched his way into the trade market with his latest hot streak.
The White Sox traded for Shields in an effort to strengthen their rotation and alleviate some pressure off a taxed bullpen, but with the team six games back for the division lead and the final wild card spot, it would be wise of the White Sox to take advantage of this pitcher's market and flip Shields for assets that can help them in the future.
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After a rough start in Chicago, Shields has turned in five quality starts in his last five outings, which included a stellar performance in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Cubs. He also owns a 1.71 ERA across his last six starts.
The biggest question will be, which team wants to take on Shields' contract?
He still has two years remaining on a four-year, $75 million deal he inked with the San Diego Padres in 2014. It's worth noting Shields has an opt-out clause after this season, and a club option to return in 2019.
The White Sox will "probably" place second baseman Brett Lawrie on the disabled list before Wednesday’s Crosstown game at Wrigley Field, manager Robin Ventura said.
Lawrie initially was diagnosed with a tight left hamstring July 21 against the Detroit Tigers, causing a firestorm of speculation he had been traded when he was removed from the game. He was initially considered day-to-day after undergoing an MRI on Friday, and manager Robin Ventura said before both Monday and Tuesday’s games against the Cubs he could’ve been available in an emergency.
But Lawrie suffered a setback sometime Tuesday, and with two games under National League rules at Wrigley Field requiring more bench pieces, Ventura didn’t want to head to Clark and Addison short-handed.
“It just seemed like he was going backwards today, during the game, of his knee,” Ventura said. “There's no way you can go over there and play the National League rules with nobody on the bench.”
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Infielder Carlos Sanchez was removed from Triple-A Charlotte’s game Tuesday night and is expected to replace Lawrie on the White Sox roster.
Lawrie is hitting .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs and 22 doubles over 94 games this season.
Tyler Saladino has done well in his short stint in the starting lineup since Lawrie’s injury, going 4-15 with a walk. His walk-off single on Monday netted the White Sox their third win in what now is a four-game winning streak, the team’s first since May 6-9.