Signing Yoenis Cespedes would count as making a major splash in the free agent market. The White Sox, needing to cut payroll, weren't expected to make any level of splash in free agency this winter.
But the Sox and Cespedes have been linked for weeks. And today, Kenny Williams said the Sox actually have some money lying around to spend. The Cubs, Marlins, Red Sox and Yankees are all rumored to have interest as well, but none of those teams will have two Cubans in their starting lineup on opening day. Maybe the presence of Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo will be a point in the White Sox favor.
Cespedes is expected to hit free agency sometime in early January, so perhaps he'll become available within the next week. The 26-year-old could find his way into the 2012 Sox starting lineup if the Sox relegate Alex Rios to bench duty or Adam Dunn struggles for the second straight year.
The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.
Coverage for Game 1 begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.
Game 1 starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (1-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. Matthew Boyd (2-4, 5.36 ERA)
Game 2 starting pitching matchup: Tyler Danish (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Buck Farmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
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Lucas Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter in Game 1 of Thursday's Charlotte Knights doubleheader.
The White Sox top pitching prospect recorded three strikeouts and issued three walks in a 4-0 win.
The Knights' Twitter account posted a video of the final out:
Perhaps the best part? It was against the Syracuse Chiefs, the Washington Nationals' minor league team.
The Nationals selected Giolito with the 16th pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Last offseason, the 22-year-old was traded to the White Sox — along with Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning — as a key component in exchange for Adam Eaton.
The last Knights pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Andre Rienzo on July 25, 2013 against the Indianapolis Indians, which also came in the first game of a doubleheader.