Peavy ready for bounce-back season

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Peavy ready for bounce-back season

By Jake Peavy
Special to CSNChicago.com

With spring training right around the corner, I am ready and eagerly anticipating the fresh start. I love getting back to Spring Training to see all the boys, but the best part is the anticipation that comes with it. Every club and every player has a new beginning and an optimistic outlook on the upcoming season. It's where you can put aside the past and move ahead full speed with excitement and promise of a new season.

Robin Ventura brings a fresh face, energy and style to our club. He was an incredible player who embodied fierce competitiveness and tenacity. He played the game the right way and I am excited about what he brings to our club as our new manager.

I believe the AL Central is a great division, but does not always get the hype deserved. Just look at what the Tigers did last year beating the mighty Yankees, so to speak, in the playoffs. Kansas City has a great squad full of young promising talent, and you can never overlook the left-handed bats that Cleveland sends to the plate. With that being said, we have our work cut out for us to make a run at a division title.

Do I feel we have the talent capable of doing so? Absolutely! However, we do need some great bounce-back years from guys who have performed at All-Star caliber levels in the past, myself included. With finally being healthy and an off season not filled with rehab, I feel I can return to the level of play I have in the past.

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See y'all this weekend at Soxfest 2012.

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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