Cespedes may become free agent soon

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Cespedes may become free agent soon

Rumors are still circulating around Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

The 26-year-old is brimming with athletic talent and may become a free agent as soon as Jan. 15, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

When -- and really, if -- he becomes a free agent, the White Sox very well may have interest. Marlins beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez said at least six teams will be in on Cespedes and it's not unreasonable to think the Sox are part of that group.

With Carlos Quentin gone, only Alex Rios, Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo remain in the Sox' outfield. Cespedes would probably need some time to sharpen his skills in Triple-A before joining the big-league club, but could conceivably have an impact in 2012.

De Aza and Viciedo have shown they deserve full-time spots, but the reality is they could still experience some growing pains. De Aza is no spring chicken (he will turn 28 in April), but he has only 346 major-league at-bats to his name.

Plus, if Rios doesn't bounce back from his horrid 2011 campaign, he could easily be a candidate to find some bench time to let Cespedes play.

Plus, as WhiteSoxTalk's JJ Stankevitz has already brought up, the fact Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez are both Cuban may be a big influence on Cespedes wanting to come to the South Side.

Frisaro believes Cespedes could be had for somewhere around four years and 32 million, a rather reasonable price considering he was originally asking for eight years and 60 million.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here