White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

The White Sox Opening Day roster is set, with Eduardo Escobar, Nate Jones and Zach Stewart winning the three spots up for grabs on the team. Jones was the most surprising selection; the 26-year-old hasn't pitched an inning above Double-A in his career. But he has more upside than his competition (Brian Bruney, Eric Stults), and as the last man out of the bullpen, there's not much harm in bringing him to Texas.

Conor Jackson was signed to a minor-league deal and will provide organizational depth in the outfield as well at first and third base. The former Arizona top prospect was cut from Rangers camp, paving his way to the White Sox.

Your game recaps: The Sox mustered just two hits in a loss to Kansas City on Friday, John Danks had a successful outing in his final spring tuneup Saturday and Dayan Viciedo hit his first home run of the spring in a 13-run outburst Sunday.

Adam Dunn's final Cactus League line: .255.415.569, 14 walks, 10 strikeouts, 5 home runs. And that's a pretty good reason for optimism.

Speaking of optimism, Kenny Williams is brimming with it. The White Sox GM also took batting practice.

The Sox probably can't afford to lose one of their five starters to stay in contention. That makes the health of Jake Peavy one of the most important storylines in 2012, if it wasn't already.

Ever wondered what Wilson Betemit and Jim Thome have in common when it comes to home runs? Chris Kamka has the answer and more in his 10 "useless but interesting" spring training facts.

The Sox won't face Yu Darvish in this week's opening series against Texas. In other news: OPENING WEEK IS THIS WEEK.

Around the division: Ubaldo Jimenez did this.

Judge for yourself. The video doesn't really tell us much, although I find it hard to believe Jimenez won't be suspended for what appeared to be a pretty intentional beanball (although he says otherwise).

In non-brouhaha news, Drew Smyly won Detroit's fifth starter gig, Kansas City hasn't named Joakim Soria's ninth-inning replacement and Minnesota looks to have a pretty deep bench.

Morning Update: Bulls fall to Blazers; Could Chris Sale be on the move?

Morning Update: Bulls fall to Blazers; Could Chris Sale be on the move?

Five Things to Watch: Bulls in Detroit for fourth game in five nights on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks host Coyotes tonight on CSN+

Despite Chris Sale rumors, White Sox say they have contingencies in place for a rebuild

Kenley Jansen? Wade Davis? Cubs keeping an open mind for the ninth inning

Slow start to fourth dooms Bulls in loss to Blazers

Back from scary concussion, Leonard Floyd playing like franchise pass rusher Bears craved

Scott Darling takes the reins for Blackhawks in Corey Crawford’s absence

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf knows 'it will be very hard to trade' Chris Sale

Cubs: The next steps for Kyle Schwarber

Rajon Rondo used foul language with Bulls assistant coaches following loss to Mavs

Report: Talks surrounding Chris Sale intensifying between White Sox, Nationals

Report: Talks surrounding Chris Sale intensifying between White Sox, Nationals

The White Sox haven't wavered on their asking price for Chris Sale, and their patience may be paying off.

According to FOX's Ken Rosenthal, trade talks surrounding Sale are intensifying between the White Sox and Nationals that would likely include Washington's two top prospects in RHP Lucas Giolito and OF Victor Robles.

Despite the trade chatter heating up, a source told CSN's Chuck Garfien that the White Sox aren't close to a deal and continue to talk with other teams regarding the White Sox ace.

In an exclusive interview with CSN earlier on Monday, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said trading Sale would be 'very hard' on multiple levels, particularly being satisfied with the package coming back.

Perhaps it's only a matter a time before Sale gets traded, but the White Sox have made it clear they won't make a deal unless they're maximizing their return.