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Sox Drawer: How Close was Peavy to Cubs?

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Sox Drawer: How Close was Peavy to Cubs?

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
6:30 PM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

Not sure how many Cubs fans read the Sox Drawer, but a warning to those who do: The following sentence from Jake Peavy could be hazardous to your health.

My agent called me and said, This trade to the Cubs is about to go down, its about to get done, Peavy said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet about his near trade last winter to the North Side. In the next couple of days, we basically agreed on a deal. I was excited about the opportunity.

But as we know, that opportunity never materialized.

Talks between the Padres and Cubs broke down. The same with the Padres and White Sox later that May after Peavy vetoed the deal, preferring to stay in the National League for the moment. However, Kenny Williams made one last attempt to pry Peavy loose last July, and just minutes before the trade deadline, Peavy gave the Padres the green light to send him to the Sox.

But how fortunes would have changed had Peavy gone to the Cubs ...

I knew I was getting ready to leave San Diego, Peavy recalled. It was just inevitable, and I was excited about going to a great city and great franchise. I dont want to sit here because were arch rivals and talk bad about the Cubs. Theyve got a great franchise and history and I was excited about being a part of that, but it didnt work out and Im certainly glad about where I am today.

Peavy is from the South. Does he have a little South Side in him?

There is, Peavy said with a laugh. You know what I love about the White Sox, they seem to be a blue collar team. We dont have any prima donnas, no pretty boys. Were just a bunch of good ol boys who dont mind getting dirty. If you look at the past, Carlton Fisk, even our manager Ozzie, were just a bunch of good ol boys.

Ozzie Guillen, a good ol boy? Thats a first.

I think we embrace the people of the South Side of Chicago, and certainly that relates to where I come from for sure.

Jake admits that hes a fiery guy, which just so happens to be a trait shared by his catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, and his manager, who can occasionally be a bad good ol boy.

Does Peavy expect to see some problems from time to time?

It certainly has all the capabilities to," he said. "Im passionate and believe what I believe, and A.J. and Ozzie are the same way. But at the end of the day, we love one another. Its all going to be in good fun, if anything was to happen. But Ill certainly back down to anything from my manager. Hes the one in charge. But Im going to speak my mind in a respectful way, Ill promise you that.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox slugger Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

Why Yoan Moncada's hot streak is important for the White Sox confidence and his

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Why Yoan Moncada's hot streak is important for the White Sox confidence and his

HOUSTON -- Don’t think the White Sox front office isn’t enjoying every second of Yoan Moncada’s tear.

Everyone can breathe a little easier knowing there are fewer questions for baseball’s top prospect to answer headed into 2018. Pleased as they’d been with Moncada’s patient plate approach, the club desired a breakthrough before Oct. 2 for the confidence boost it would provide him alone. Moncada continued a torrid run on Wednesday night that should have him bristling with poise when he arrives in Glendale, Ariz. next February. He homered as the White Sox fell 4-3 to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

“We’ve been looking for him to continue to try and make adjustments,” manager Rick Renteria said. “There was probably a point there where people were a little concerned. Truthfully, when you see some of the talent these kids have, you recognize that their skillset is going to play up, it’s just a matter of getting the repetition.”

The White Sox have been impressed with Moncada’s improved awareness as he gains more experience.

One area in which Moncada has made the most gains is pitch recognition. The book has been that second baseman has had trouble with offspeed since he arrived in 2016, hitting .154 against sliders and .238 against curveballs entering Wednesday, according to Brooksbaseball.net.

But Moncada is trending upward. The first-pitch slider from Astros starter Brad Peacock that Moncada ripped for a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fourth inning was his fifth hit of the trip on a slider or curveball in 11 at-bats. On the trip, Moncada -- who has 189 plate appearances this season -- is hitting .415/.477/.683 with three homers, eight RBIs and 12 runs in 41 plate appearances.

[MORE: Jose Abreu's gift to Yoan Moncada just keeps on giving

Given Moncada’s struggles in a brief 2016 tryout with the Boston Red Sox, having success is certainly helpful as he won’t head into another offseason wondering when it might happen for him. Moncada doesn’t compare the two situations because of playing time -- he was limited to 20 plate appearances over a month in 2016. But he agrees his recent play is good for the psyche.

“It’s important for my confidence, especially thinking about next year,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “With this run, I have been able to have more confidence and believe in myself and my talent, and I think that’s something I can carry into next season.”

“This offseason is going to be different because I’ve been able to play almost every day. I have more confidence in myself. I know the game better. Last season I had an opportunity to be at this level a little bit, but it wasn’t the same. This year is the opposite because I’ve been playing a lot and have been able to handle good and bad stretches at this level.”

While a reduction in strikeout-rate is still needed to be more effective, Moncada has begun to establish himself as a major league hitter. It’s exactly how teammate and mentor Jose Abreu hoped Moncada would spend his time this season.

“He has to get to know a lot of things at this level,” Abreu said through an interpreter. “The game, the pitchers, the culture here -- there’s a lot of little things he has to get to know here. The way you can work through it is give your best every day and try to learn as much as you can and try to use all your knowledge and to pool your knowledge on each play in the game. That’s the only way you can get results and you can build on those results and this experience for the future. I think he’s finally doing it and that’s important for him and for us thinking of the next season and beyond.”

Renteria not only likes the pitch recognition but the way that Moncada has tried to hit through the shift several times against Houston. Though the White Sox never wavered, they’re certainly happy to see Moncada produce the way they thought he eventually would.

“He’s starting to slow it down a little more,” Renteria said. “He’s starting to see more of the landscape and making adjustments in general. It’s been a good run for him. We thought he would show signs of growth at the end of the season and he’s doing that.”

Look away, White Sox fans: Chris Sale makes history

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Look away, White Sox fans: Chris Sale makes history

This one may sting a bit, White Sox fans.  

On Wednesday evening, former White Sox ace Chris Sale accomplished a feat that no other American League pitcher has since 1999. The current Red Sox left-hander whiffed his 300th batter of the season, becoming the first A.L. hurler since Pedro Martinez to do so. 

Sale reached the impressive milestone in a dominant eight-inning, 13-strikeout gem. Vintage. 

Overall on the season, he's posted a 2.75 ERA with opponents hitting a mere .203 against him. Before his postseason debut in October, Sale has a shot at leading two franchises in season strikeout totals: 

The consolation on the South Side is that the prized prospect acquired in the Sale blockbuster had a pretty nice night himself. Yoan Moncada drilled a two-run blast in Houston, his seventh since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte on July 19. 

The great trade debate wages on.