Closer not a priority for White Sox

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Closer not a priority for White Sox

The White Sox have saved up some money in the last few weeks, possibly enabling them to make a move on the free agent market. Thankfully, it doesn't sound like they're going to pick up a closer.

In his weekly mailbag, MLB.com's Scott Merkin answered a question about the Sox possibly going after Ryan Madson or Francisco Cordero by writing the Sox are content with one of Addison Reed, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton filling the 2012 closer role. That's good news -- spending money on a closer at this point would be frivolous.

Don't get me wrong, Madson's a good reliever who, performance-wise, would help most any bullpen. But he could earn around 10 million per year in his next contract, and that's not money the White Sox should shell out to a guy who's averaged about 1.4 WAR per season over the last four years.

Cordero isn't close to being worth that kind of money, and he's a prime candidate for a regression from his 2.45 ERA in 2011.

If the Sox do spend money, there are better ways to go about it. Like spending it on Yoenis Cespedes.

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Today on CSN: White Sox tangle with Dodgers in spring training game

Today on CSN: White Sox tangle with Dodgers in spring training game

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