White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

So Prince Fielder is a Tiger. It's still stunning to type that. We put together a list of the best tweets in the aftermath of the bomb being dropped, with my favorite being: "PRINCE IS GONNA PLAY SECOND - IT WILL BE NO WORSE THAN RABURN REALLY"

I looked at a few areas in which Fielder's signing will impact the White Sox, leading off with a hope the team hits a bunch of ground balls to Miguel Cabrera at third base for the next three seasons (until the contract of Victor Martinez runs out). But Ryan McGuffey isn't sold on Detroit's rotation behind Justin Verlander, or Jose Valverde, who won't be perfect again in 2012.

Fornelli looked at the big picture, saying by the time the White Sox are ready to compete again, Detroit will be on the decline. James is similarly patient, although not as enthusiastic about it. And MarkU-God examined what the Fielder deal means for the AL Central, White Sox included.

Agreeing to that nine-year, 214 million contract with Fielder means Detroit is probably out on Yoenis Cespedes, who established residency in the Dominican Republic and was declared a free agent in the span of a few hours Tuesday. On Monday, it was reported the Cubs, Marlins and Tigers were showing the most interest in Cespedes, so in theory, it's down to the Cubs and Marlins for him -- but the Sox may still be lurking.

Joe Girardi jumped on Chicago Baseball Hot Stove to discuss Prince Fielder and a few Yankee-related topics. Strictly speaking as a baseball fan, 2012 is going to be an incredibly fun year to watch Texas, Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Boston and Tampa Bay jockeying for playoff spots. With those six teams looking strong, I'm actually pretty glad that second wild card was added.

Over at Cubs Talk, Tony Andracki has a nice writeup of how the Fielder signing affects the Cubs' chances of dealing Matt Garza to Detroit. If Jacob Turner is off the table, I have to image a deal for Garza is, too. Nick Castellanos and Drew Smyly are both good, but not the return Theo Epstein is likely looking for.

Enough about Fielder. Robin Ventura showed up at the United Center for the "Shoot the Puck" contest. If you missed how he did, here's the video. I was at the game, and was glad to see a warm reception from fans. For the record, I bet Ventura could play a better third base today than Cabrera.

Kyle Williams told the Dan Patrick Show: "When it comes to social media, theres a line and some people crossed it. That's, unfortunately, a nice way of putting it. Reading some of the tweets at him after Sunday's NFC Championship made me want to throw up.

And finally, what's your favorite baseball movie?

Chris Sale: Trade from White Sox 'bittersweet,' ready to move on with Red Sox

Chris Sale: Trade from White Sox 'bittersweet,' ready to move on with Red Sox

There’s no question he’s excited about the chance to pitch for a perennial playoff team in front of Fenway Park crowds deep into October.

But Chris Sale described the trade that sent him from the White Sox to the Boston Red Sox as bittersweet on Wednesday morning. On his way out of town, Sale, who was traded Tuesday for four minor leaguers, including two elite prospects, credited the White Sox for their support and belief in him from the outset of his career. But while he wishes he could have won a title on the South Side, Sale also said he’s ready to move on.

“It’s exciting for all the reasons I already said,” Sale said. “It’s tough. You build a relationship with these guys and they are like family. Everybody over there is being in your family. You are around these guys probably even more during the year than you are around your family. It’s tough. But knowing what lies ahead makes it a little bit easier for that transition.

“It didn’t work out. I really wish it did. I have nothing but really good things to take from that and I appreciate my time with the White Sox. But I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

After several years of hearing trade speculation, the five-time All-Star said he started to sense the possibility was real a few weeks ago after a conversation with his agent. The chatter began to increase with the start of the Winter Meetings this week and Sale said he was inundated with texts from friends and family in anticipation of where he could be headed. When he learned it was the Red Sox, Sale said was ecstatic to learn he’d be playing for one of the “greatest baseball franchises ever.”

“It’s kind of like being monkey in the middle, you’re just glad when you finally get the ball,” Sale said. “It’s hectic. There’s a lot of speculation. There’s story after story and obviously getting flood with text messages from family and friends. Just to have the whole process out the way and to get back to normalcy will be nice.”

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Many of those messages came from former White Sox teammates. Sale said he and his wife, who is soon due with their second child, spent much of Tuesday looking at old pictures and nostalgia from his White Sox tenure. Though he’s disappointed by the lack of team success with the White Sox, Sale said the team’s support was a critical element to his success.

The White Sox drafted Sale with the 13th overall pick in 2010 and he reached the majors later that season. Though he spent the first two seasons in the bullpen, the team’s plan all along was to make Sale a starting pitcher, something others weren’t certain he could handle. Sale has been an All-Star and also finished in the top six in the Cy Young Award vote in each of the five seasons since he became a starter.

“It didn’t work out the way we wanted it to in Chicago, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a lot of great moments,” Sale said. “I had a very good conversation with Rick (Hahn) yesterday.

“I was in a situation in 2010, how many teams would have done what they did? It’s hard to say now, but probably not very many. They drafted me in the first round when people had questions. They brought me up to the big leagues really fast and people probably had questions. They threw in the rotation and people clearly had questions.

“They were really, they had my back a lot and they gave me opportunities that not a lot of other people would have given me. I’m very thankful for that.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Chris Sale trade

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Chris Sale trade

On the latest episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Dan Hayes break down the White Sox trade of Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox.

Plus, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe provides some insight on what exactly the White Sox got in return for their former ace.

And Rick Hahn talks about just how difficult it was to pull the trigger and trade elite, homegrown talent.

Listen to the latest episode below: