White Sox interest in Pierzynski has limits

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White Sox interest in Pierzynski has limits

Hours before Kevin Youkilis signed with the New York Yankees on Tuesday a report surfaced that the Texas Rangers have interest in A.J. Pierzynski.

And while the White Sox have stated repeatedly this offseason that they wanted to retain both free agents, the teams interest has always been at their own limit.

In other words: wed like you back, but only at this price.

On Tuesday, Youkilis signed a one-year, 12-million deal with the Yankees.

The White Sox had constant dialogue with Youkilis agent, Joe Bick, through the winter meetings last week when they signed Jeff Keppinger to a three-year deal for 12 million.

But even though general manager Rick Hahn had several discussions with Bick and parameters were discussed, the two sides never came close to a deal, according to a baseball source. The White Sox knew where Youkilis stood and Bick was aware what the club had in mind. No further negotiations took place after the White Sox informed Bick they intended to go to their backup plan.

With Tyler Flowers in place and limited payroll available, the White Sox have clearly demonstrated to Pierzynskis agent, Steve Hilliard, theyre prepared to move forward without the veteran.

After Keppingers deal and between 7-8 million in raises due to Gordon Beckham, Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo, the team is closing in fast on last seasons 109 million payroll.

The White Sox would dearly miss Pierzynskis left-handed bat and likely would need to replace him. They also would miss the certainty of a catcher who has averaged 133 12 games the past eight seasons.

But Flowers has 20-homer potential, is a better defender and comes at a cheaper price.

Though Hahn said the White Sox have had very open and honest talks with Hilliard, the likelihood is the discussion is similar to those of Youkilis: heres our offer, take it or leave it.

After he took a discounted salary the last time he was a free agent, Pierzynski wants a fair deal in what could be his last contract. Even though interest in Pierzynski this offseason hasnt been overwhelming, his projected salary, especially after he hit a career-high 27 home runs last season, is far more than the White Sox likely want to pay with Flowers in the fold.

Though theres interest in Pierzynskis return, it might not be long before a report surfaces about the catchers departure.

CSN set to air nine White Sox Spring Training games

CSN set to air nine White Sox Spring Training games

White Sox fans will get an extended look at the team this spring.

The White Sox released their 2017 spring training broadcast schedule on Tuesday afternoon, highlighting that 10 games will be televised from Arizona (nine on CSN). In addition, there will be 15 radio broadcasts on WLS-AM and 12 webcasts on whitesox.com.

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The broadcast team of Jason Benetti and Steve Stone will work all 10 televised games, Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson will serve as the radio broadcasters on WLS-AM and Russ Langer will return for his seventh White Sox spring training for all webcasts.

Here are all nine of CSN's White Sox spring training broadcasts:

- Tuesday, March 14 (3:10 p.m.) @ Mariners
- Friday, March 17 (2:05 p.m.) vs. Cubs
- Monday, March 20 (3:05 p.m.) vs. Dodgers
- Thursday, March 23 (3:05 p.m.) vs. Reds
- Friday, March 24 (3:05 p.m.) @ A's
- Sunday, March 26 (3:05 p.m.) vs. Giants
- Monday, March 27 (3:05 p.m.) @ Dodgers
- Wednesday, March 29 (2:05 p.m.) vs. Padres
- Saturday, April 1 (1:05 p.m.) @ Brewers

Check out the complete White Sox spring training schedule below:


 

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

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.