White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Alejandro De Aza projects to be a pretty valuable member of the 2012 White Sox, assuming he can stay healthy. De Aza, who will turn 28 five days after opening day, should be expected to put up average-to-above-average offensive numbers with good defense. That'll work.

Potential White Sox free agent target Yoenis Cespedes struck out in all three plate appearances in his Dominican Winter League debut, although no level of awful play in the DWL will be enough to lower Cespedes' asking price into the Sox range, most likely.

Justin Verlander has poor nutrition, at least before starts.

Jim looks at why the White Sox are paying John Danks a 500,000 salary next season -- with a 7.5 million signing bonus, of course. Also, if you haven't already, be sure to give @SouthSideSox a follow on twitter -- it's new and improved!

"It feels even weirder to celebrate the ushering in of a possible new age of sound and pragmatic investment by giving a quarter-million dollars to a 16 year-old, but hey, that's baseball." -- Via James' take on the Luis Martinez signing at White Sox Observer.

Around the division:

Justin Morneau is "making progress" and could be 100 percent by the time the Twins kick off spring training in February. That's good news -- no matter how fierce a fan you are, you gotta root for Morneau to come back strong. His post-concussion stuff has been scary, to say the least.

Also, per a report, the Twins will host the 2014 All-Star Game. That means, in the span of 20 years, every team in the AL Central will have hosted the Midsummer Classic: Cleveland (1997), Chicago (2003), Detroit (2005), Kansas City (2012) and Minnesota (2014).

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.