White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:
The White Sox picked up minor league starters Simon Castro and Pedro Fernandez from San Diego for Carlos Quentin, officially freeing up -- in addition to some cash -- a starting spot in the outfield for Dayan ViciedoAlejandro De Aza. Tom Fornelli some great analysis of the increased roles both players will see in 2012. Castro and Fernandez both struggled in Triple-A in 2011, and while that's concerning, both are low-walk guys who the Sox could mold into quality major-league options.
The other trade news of the weekend involved Jason Frasor being sent back to Toronto in exchange for a pair of low-level minor league pitchers. Dealing Frasor was pretty clearly a salary dump, but in doing so, the Sox freed up over 10 million over the weekend.
That's not an insignificant development, as 10 million per season may be what it takes to sign Cuban free agent Yoenis Cespedes. The White Sox reportedly have serious interest in the outfielder, who is likely to become a free agent fairly soon.
Two more notes on Quentin and Frasor -- first, the trade of Quentin was the second time Kenny Williams and Josh Byrnes have made a swap involving Quentin; and second, the move of Frasor means the Sox, as of right now, will have two open spots in their bullpen going into next season.

The Wizard passed along a pair of notes on Sox prospects Jeff Soptic and Rangel Ravelo, both of whom are a long way off but are somewhat worthy of keeping an eye on in the coming seasons.
James recapped the trades of Quentin and Frasor at White Sox Observer, while Jim at South Side Sox did the same -- even finding video (one of which is awesome) of the two pitchers the Sox got from Toronto.
Around the division:
Royals Review looks at the "bonafide expectations" Kansas City has for 2012. That offense is looking downright scary, and if the Royals can get their starting pitching in order, they'll be right there competing for the AL Central this summer.
And speaking of getting starting pitching in order, Detroit may be interested in trading for the Cubs' Matt Garza. A rotation of Justin Verlander, Matt Garza, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello would be phenomenal, with only the Angels potentially topping it. As it stands, Detroit already has a great rotation, but adding Garza would make them an elite bunch.

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.

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

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

Tim Raines became the 39th former member of the White Sox to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement congratulating Raines on his election.

“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Frank Thomas, who played with Raines from 1991-95, had high praise for his former teammate.

“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”

Thomas also went on Twitter to express his excitement for Raines heading to Cooperstown.

Ozzie Guillen congratulated Raines as well, saying that it was well-deserved.