White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Dayan Viciedo has struggled through most of the month of June, but in one at-bat against David Robertson, he made up for whatever offensive deficiencies he had in the last few weeks. Viciedo's three-run homer brought the White Sox from down 3-1 to up 4-3 in the top of the ninth, and the Sox wound up winning by that score.

Prior to the game, CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes joined David Kaplan to talk Kevin Youkilis and the Yankees on the BMO-Harris Look Ahead:

So that's a pretty good way to start off the four-game series with New York. Alex Rios had another good game, picking up two hits, the latter of which started the three-run ninth inning rally. On the season, Rios is now hitting .305.342.496, which he believes is the product of simplifying his approach at the plate.

For the record, I have Rios as the most surprising player on the White Sox this season -- and he has the majority of votes in our poll, too. Although Jose Quintana would be a fine choice, and plenty are going with Chris Sale. If you haven't weighed in, drop us a line in the comments of that post.

The White Sox purchased the contract of lefty Leyson Septimo from Triple-A Charlotte to replace the recently-DFA'd Will Ohman. Septimo, 26, is a converted outfielder who has gaudy strikeout numbers but some control problems -- although that culminated in a 1.48 ERA with Triple-A Charlotte before his call-up.

Kevin Youkilis expected boos from Yankees fans, which he certainly received when he stepped up to the plate Thursday. These fans probably weren't saying Youuuuuuk, though.

Maybe Dan Patrick should start predicting more things for the White Sox:

Around the division: Cleveland stopped its losing streak at five with a 7-2 win over Baltimore, while Detroit also kept pace with a 5-2 win over the reeling Rays. Kansas City and Minnesota were idle, and in other news Travis Hafner should return to Cleveland's lineup Monday, while the chances of Victor Martinez returning this season remain slim.

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.