Youk's agent won't rush to make a deal


Youk's agent won't rush to make a deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kevin Youkilis may be the most talked about free agent third baseman, but his representative isnt in a rush to complete a deal.
Agent Joe Bick arrived at the winter meetings on Monday and stayed away from specifics as he discussed Youkilis. The White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies are believed to have the most interest in Youkilis, who had 15 homers and 46 RBIs after came to South Side in a trade in late June.
But Bick remained vague as he talked about when or where his client will land and how much it will take to get him there, aside for an allowance that Youkilis is also open to playing first base.
Whatever it takes to get the right deal in place, Bick said. Certainly everybody would rather have it happen sooner than later, but it doesnt always work out that way. Were prepared to do a deal when the right deal is there.
Youkilis played through several bumps and bruises after he joined the White Sox last season.
He appeared in 80 of the teams 90 games after the June 24 trade brought him over from the Boston Red Sox even though he had bursitis in his right knee and battled several other nagging injuries.
But Bick said his client is in good health for the first time in three offseasons. Youkilis had surgery on his thumb at the conclusion of the 2010 seasons and underwent hernia surgery after 2011.
Its the best that hes been in several years, Bick said. Completely healthy. The good news is he hasnt spent a minute this winter rehabbing anything. Feels good. Feels strong. Everything is going great.
Youkilis, 33, said in early October he believed his health is on the right track.
Hopefully I have some good years to still play the game, Youkilis said. I hope to play a few more years and hopefully good quality years of playing.

White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs


White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs

Chuck Garfien, Slavko Bekovic and Chris Kamka react to the national media blunders that failed to recognize the White Sox as 2005 World Series champions. 

Later, the guys discuss Jerry Reinsdorf's comments about cheering for the Cubs and break down what it takes to beat the Indians. 

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

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

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Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”