Mark Buehrle is one of Ozzie Guillen's favorite players. So no surprise that when the free agent negotiating window opened last week, the Marlins were one of the first teams to come calling, hoping to sign the longtime White Sox southpaw. Tuesday, Miami was Buehrle's first stop on his free agent tour, a journey that will make several stops around the country before all is said and done. The Nationals, Rangers, Yankees, and Red Sox have also expressed interest in Buehrle, according to a source. His hometown Cardinals might enter the picture at some point as well.
If you're wondering where the White Sox are in this equation, despite reports, they're still in the mix, but likely won't enter the game until the 9th inning, just like they did last year with Paul Konerko and AJ Pierzynski. Obviously, things are different this time around. The White Sox were adding payroll last year as opposed to subtracting. With big market teams like New York and Boston kicking the tires on Buehrle, it won't exactly help matters if they end up making offers. However, Buehrle has expressed his desire to stay with the White Sox from day one. His love for the organization runs deep. That's what the White Sox have in their favor.
Over the next month you'll hear stories about Team X going after Buehrle, or Team Y being hot on his trail. But, when it comes down to it, the Buehrle game is not going to be decided until that final inning, probably around the MLB winter meetings, starting December 5th in Dallas. In that final frame, the White Sox will be in position for an at-bat, maybe even the last one. What will they do with it when the time comes? That's the mystery. Stay tuned.
The White Sox announced on Friday they have named former MLB infielder Chris Getz as Director of Player Development.
Getz replaces Nick Capra, who after five seasons in his position was named the White Sox third base coach on Oct. 14.
The 33-year-old Getz has spent the last two years with the Kansas City Royals as a baseball operations assistant/player development in which he assisted in minor-league operations and player personnel decisions.
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“I'm excited about the opportunity to help teach and develop young talent in the organization where my professional career began,” Getz said in a press release. “I was drafted twice, worked through the minor leagues, and reached the major leagues with the White Sox. Through this journey, I was able to gain an understanding of the individuals within this organization, who I respect greatly. The director of player development is an important role, and the health of the minor-league system is vital for major-league success. I look forward to putting my all into making the White Sox a strong and winning organization.”
White Sox Senior VP/general manager Rick Hahn added: “We are pleased to add Chris’ intellect, background and energy to our front office. He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago.”
Getz, originally a fourth-round selection by the White Sox in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Michigan, played in seven MLB seasons with the White Sox (2008-09), Royals (2010-13) and Blue Jays (2014).
Getz had a career slash line of .250/.309/.307 with three home runs, 111 RBI and 89 stolen bases.
In our next installment of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien is joined by Chris Kamka and Slavko Bekovic to discuss how White Sox fans are dealing with success on the North Side.
Later, White Sox fan and CSN producer Ryan McGuffey talks about his experience producing Cubs content. Finally, Cubs fan Nate Poppen shares his thoughts on Frank Kaminsky wearing a Steve Bartman jersey to the United Center before a Bulls-Hornets preseason game.
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