Reason No. 1 why spring training needs to start: Hopefully it'll get Ozzie Guillen out of the news in Chicago.
But for the next few weeks, Ozzie will continue to linger in headlines, for better or for worse. On Friday, the Waddle & Silvy Show reported that he and his coaching staff knew Adam Dunn had some major issues with his swing a few days into spring training.
"I looked at his swing and I told bench coach Joey Cora going home, 'We've got a big problem,' " Guillen said.
So that begs this question: Why, if Guillen realized Dunn was in for a rough year, did he send him to the plate 496 times, nearly qualifying him to have the worst offensive season of all time? Why didn't Guillen, as Robin Ventura put it, just point to the bench and sit Dunn down?
And, as I've seen some asking on twitter, why can't Guillen just go away and enjoy Miami?
Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.
The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.
Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.
Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.
Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.
White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.