MLB offseason about to heat up


MLB offseason about to heat up

While football -- both NCAA and NFL -- has dominated the attention of the sports world of late, the baseball offseason is quietly heating up.

MLB free agency has been active for a few weeks now, and neither Chicago baseball team has made much of a ripple, with the Cubs inking Scott Baker and Dioner Navarro to deals and the White Sox retaining the services of Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd.

The main winter event -- the MLB Winter Meetings -- kicks off next week, starting Dec. 3 and extending until Dec. 6. On the final day of the Winter Meetings, the Rule 5 Draft will take place, allowing teams to select players who are not protected on 40-man rosters.

Here's how the rest of the MLB offseason will play out (ht to MLBTR for the breakdown):

--Nov. 30: Deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players (explanation)
--Dec. 3-6: MLB Winter Meetings
--Dec. 6: Rule 5 Draft
--Jan. 18: Teams and players exchange arbitration figures
--Feb. 1-21: Arbitration hearings held in Phoenix
--Mar. 2-11: Teams can renew contracts of unsigned pre-arbitration eligible players

Comcast SportsNet will have you covered all winter with Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, running every Tuesday at 5 p.m. The first episode airs this week.

Preview: White Sox aim to extend winning streak vs. Tigers today on CSN

Preview: White Sox aim to extend winning streak vs. Tigers today on CSN

The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Derek Holland (2-2, 1.99 ERA) vs. Michael Fulmer (2-1, 2.88 ERA)

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Late runs push White Sox past Tigers as winning streak hits five

Late runs push White Sox past Tigers as winning streak hits five

DETROIT — Geovany Soto broke open a tie game with a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Friday night at Comerica Park.

Anthony Swarzak pitched two scoreless innings for the White Sox, who won their fifth straight.

Tigers reliever Alex Wilson allowed two hits and two unearned runs in the eighth. Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos committed two errors in the inning, and three in the game, leading to Soto's go-ahead hit.

Former Tigers pitcher Mike Pelfrey started for the White Sox and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out two.

Detroit got to Pelfrey early, jumping out to a 2-0 first-inning lead on Justin Upton's bases loaded, two-run single. The Tigers loaded the bases again that inning, but Jim Adduci grounded into a double play to end the threat.

The White Sox answered in the top of the second, getting back-to-back home runs from Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia off Detroit starter Matt Boyd to tie the score at 2.

The White Sox took a 3-2 advantage in the third on Garcia's RBI single, and the Tigers tied it on Victor Martinez's RBI single in the fifth.

Melky Cabrera began the top of the eighth with a single, and Frazier reached base on Castellanos' first error of the inning. Garcia followed with a hard hit ball to third, which Castellanos could not handle, loading the bases.

After Wilson induced a double play, with the runner being forced out at home, Yolmer Sanchez received an intention walk to reload the bases. Soto then delivered the big hit.

Tim Anderson added a two-run homer in the ninth to extend the lead to 7-3.

Boyd pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He stuck out five and walked two.