White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox officially kicked off spring training with their first practice under manager Robin Ventura. And as Chuck Garfien reports from Arizona, everything is different.

The early returns on Ventura are positive, Jake Peavy is finally healthy and Chris Sale showed up to camp bulked up -- well, kind of.

Kenny Williams is accepting of whatever his future holds, whether that's accomplishing his goal of winning multiple titles or being shown the door. The quote at the end of Garfien's piece from Williams about what he would do if he was let go is pretty great.

Ventura likes to use the word "obviously," which puts him in the category of "every other manager or coach" in sports.

Could Brent Morel be primed for a breakout season? At the least, there's reason to believe that his September stats could carry over to 2012.

David Kaplan and Chicago Tribune Live debated our All-Chicago Team for 2000-2011, taking specific umbrage with our selection of Geovany Soto over A.J. Pierzysnki. I responded to Kap here, explaining our decision to go with Soto.

One area the in which the White Sox shouldn't be criticized is the way they've handled their closers since the Billy Koch trade. There's been plenty of turnover, yes, but that's a good thing for a few reasons.

Potpourri: Larry at South Side Sox wrote about the Ryan Braun loophole, Jim teased the cover of White Sox Outsider 2012, Austin Jackson's trying to cut down on his strikeouts and a "mistake" forced Bobby Jenks to have life-saving surgery in late December.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.

Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.

Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”

Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.