White Sox winter meetings recap: Day 2


White Sox winter meetings recap: Day 2

The White Sox pulled off the first big trade of the winter meetings, shipping Sergio Santos north of the border to Toronto for minor league starter Nestor Molina.

Kenny Williams mentioned the word "rebuilding" in talking to the media following the trade, although in the same interview mentioned he didn't anticipate trading any more of his major-league pitching. CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien put together a fine writeup on the trade, also noting that Williams doesn't see a likely scenario in which Mark Buehrle returns.

Santos called in to Chicago Tribune Live and detailed how his golf game went downhill after finding out about the trade, although it sounded like he hit his best shot of the day immediately after he got the call.

Toronto's brass had a heated debate over whether they should deal Molina, who posted phenomenal numbers last year but is the source of some disagreement between prospect gurus Kevin Goldstein and John Sickels.

The majority of White Sox Talk readers polled want to see Addison Reed close next year, with Jesse Crain receiving the second-highest number of votes. Matt Thornton didn't get the same amount of support.

Garfien interviewed Robin Ventura on Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, covering a wide array of topics. Ventura reiterated his hope that John Danks and Gavin Floyd will both be in his team's rotation next year. He also added in a separate interview that Adam Dunn can expect to play the field a little more in 2012 than he did in 2011.

Earlier in the day, Carlos Quentin hoped for a quick resolution to the trade rumors involving him, and in the early evening reports surfaced of interest in the right fielder from Boston and Baltimore.

If Quentin is dealt, it could open the door for Aaron Rowand to return as a backup, which got some impassioned responses on our Facebook page.

And, last but not least, we learned Buehrle narrowed his search to five teams, with the Marlins, Nationals and Rangers still the leading candidates.

Stay with White Sox Talk throughout the week for all the latest rumors, transactions and analysis.

White Sox Talk Podcast: How Sox fans are dealing with Cubs success


White Sox Talk Podcast: How Sox fans are dealing with Cubs success

In our next installment of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien is joined by Chris Kamka and Slavko Bekovic to discuss how White Sox fans are dealing with success on the North Side.

Later, White Sox fan and CSN producer Ryan McGuffey talks about his experience producing Cubs content. Finally, Cubs fan Nate Poppen shares his thoughts on Frank Kaminsky wearing a Steve Bartman jersey to the United Center before a Bulls-Hornets preseason game.

Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast here:

White Sox coaching staff will rely more heavily on statistics

White Sox coaching staff will rely more heavily on statistics

Statistical analysis will weigh more heavily on the White Sox coaching staff’s daily decisions after Joe McEwing was elevated to Rick Renteria’s bench coach on Friday.

McEwing -- whose influence led to a 957 percent increase in defensive shifts utilized from 2013-16 -- replaces Renteria, who was named the team’s new manager on Oct. 3 after Robin Ventura announced he wouldn’t return.

Former player development director Nick Capra replaces McEwing as third-base coach while Curt Hasler was promoted from minor-league pitching coordinator to replace bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen.

McEwing’s promotion is another sign the franchise will stress the use of statistical analysis when constructing its lineup, etc., a move Ventura suggested was in progress when he said the White Sox needed a new voice. Renteria likes how he worked with McEwing last season and suggested analysis would have a big impact on their day-to-day operations.

“All the information that is provided to us plays an important part in how we move forward,” Renteria said. “We look at outcomes, which are the statistical analysis aspects. But then we are also trying to stay ahead of the curve. We do a lot of video work, trying to see if guys are changing their approaches. In terms of the shifts, we did incorporate shifts, but we also did some modifications as was to be expected when you see guys changing approaches with two strikes and things of that nature or runners in scoring position -- all those different aspects that come into play.”

Similar to many organizations, the White Sox have drastically modified how they align themselves defensively over the past four seasons under McEwing and general manager Rick Hahn. According to FanGraphs, the White Sox went from being ranked 27th in shifts implemented in 2013 to ninth by 2014 with an increase from 102 to 588. The White Sox shifted 1,079 times last season and McEwing has been instrumental in that transformation, several team sources said. It’s reasonable to expect analysis will be used more often in lineup construction and game strategy under Renteria, too. He didn’t shy away from the use of statistical analysis when he managed on the other side of town in 2014, Cubs third-base coach Gary Jones said last week.

“It’s part of our daily preparation,” Jones said. “Rick is good with it as we are right now. It was definitely a part of the equation, no doubt.”

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Renteria cited familiarity when asked why he didn’t go outside of the organization for coaching staff hires. McEwing has long been held in high regard within the franchise and interviewed for managerial openings in Houston and Texas in 2014. Renteria suggested McEwing’s work ethic -- and how he works -- had a big impact on his promotion.

“Having sat side by side (with McEwing) going over a lot of game reviews and studying the opposition and setting up defense, I got to know him quite well,” Renteria said. “He’s a hard worker. He’s in there early looking for anything that will give us an edge. His managing experience and coaching experience also allows him an opportunity to be able to serve me well.

“It’s a good fit. We both are kind of high energy. Joey might be a little higher energy than me and I didn’t think that was possible. He brings a lot to the table.”

The White Sox announced the rest of its staff -- first-base coach Daryl Boston, pitching coach Don Cooper, hitting coach Todd Steverson, assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks and bullpen catcher Mark Salas -- would return in 2017.