Myers excited to play for a winner in White Sox


Myers excited to play for a winner in White Sox

DETROIT -- A long night of travel might have made Brett Myers a little weary, but the White Sox new pitcher said hes energized by his new team.
Myers joined the White Sox on Sunday less than 24 hours after he was acquired along with cash from the Houston Astros for a pair of minor-league pitchers.
The veteran, who will pitch in a setup role in the White Sox bullpen, said he had an idea the Astros wanted to trade him and is happy where he landed.
I didnt know what their plans were, if they could move me or not, Myers said. I was excited when I got the call. A little flustered at first because everything was going so fast, but thats normal with getting traded. It all worked out, I made it here and Im happy to be here.
Myers recorded saves in 19 of 21 opportunities for Houston. But he said he doesnt mind where he pitches with the White Sox, who entered Sunday with 16 more victories than the Astros.
On Saturday, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Addison Reed will remain the teams closer despite blowing two saves on the teams 10-game road trip to start the second half.
Its huge to come to a winning team, thats what you play for, to win games, Myers said. Whenever they call my number, Ill be ready. It doesnt matter. Thats what Im here for.
White Sox general manager Kenny Williams hopes Myers, who has 40 career saves, will have a positive impact on his teams rookie closer. Reed said hes happy to have another veteran around to share insight.
I think it will be good for us, Reed said. Any time we can add a veteran arm and the guy has been around and been successful, it can do nothing but help us.

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yoan Moncada is still trying to familiarize himself with the White Sox but his new club probably don’t feel all that unfamiliar.

At the very least, the rookie second baseman has a strong support group in his first week of spring training. Whether is a seat next to Jose Abreu in the clubhouse, chats with Jose Quintana on the field, or the comfort provided with a manager who speaks the same language, the White Sox clearly want their prized prospect to adapt to his new team. Already in town for the past few days, Moncada participated in the club’s first full-squad workout on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

“I’m just trying to get to know the culture here, the guys, the staff, the players, how they like to work,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “And so far I’ve been good. Also, the change of the city and state, especially in spring training, I’m getting to know that a little bit better right now.”

Moncada’s comfort is only likely to grow now that Abreu is also in town. The veteran first baseman reported to camp around noon on Saturday (his flight was delayed by weather) and took his physical. Abreu and Moncada played together in 2012 for Cienfuegos and they spent much of the weekend at SoxFest together having fun. Abreu has spoke glowingly about Moncada, who came over from Boston in the Chris Sale trade, and is interested in helping him get comfortable at the big league level. Moncada, who debuted last season, likes having Abreu around.

“That’s a good advantage for me,” Moncada said. “I know him. He knows me. We played together in Cuba. We haven’t yet had the opportunity to practice together. Today was our first day and he wasn’t here, but that’s something that is going to be very good for me.”

So too is the addition of manager Rick Renteria, who is bilingual and addressed his clubhouse in both languages on Saturday. While he’s only getting to know his new teammates and coaches, Moncada is comfortable with the knowledge he can clearly communicate with the man in charge. All those elements should pave the way for Moncada to maximize his development in camp rather than worry about things off the field.

“He’s an excellent manager,” Moncada said. “He can speak both languages, especially Spanish for me, I can communicate with him. That’s a huge advantage for me and I like that. I think that we are going to have a very good season and we are just waiting for the season to start.”