Per CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the White Sox have "checked in" on Arthur Rhodes and expressed interest in Mike Gonzalez. These two left-handed relievers would make sense for a bullpen that, as things stand right now, only has one lefty setup man, with that being Will Ohman.
Rhodes was pretty ineffective in his age 41 season last year and was rocked by both lefties and righties during stops with World Series foes St. Louis and Texas. He posted good seasons from 2008-2010, but given his age, the chances he bounces back seem slim.
Gonzalez makes more sense. His best days (which were very good between Pittsburgh and Atlanta) are probably behind him, although he worked out pretty well as a lefty specialist for Baltimore and Texas last year. Like Ohman, if he's used mainly against lefties, he'll be successful -- in 2011, he had a 276 KBB and allowed seven runs in 28 innings pitched against left-handed batters.
If the Sox do sign either of these relievers, it won't be to make a trade of Matt Thornton more palatable, as MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes writes. The White Sox have tried to have multiple lefties for setup situations in the past, and right now, they don't have that. What we can infer about Thornton's status from these rumors, though, is that he's pretty well entrenched as the team's Opening Day closer.
Like he was last year, which led the Sox to sign Ohman. Maybe this year it'll lead them to sign Gonzalez.
The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.
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Game 1 starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (1-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. Matthew Boyd (2-4, 5.36 ERA)
Game 2 starting pitching matchup: Tyler Danish (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Buck Farmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
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Lucas Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter in Game 1 of Thursday's Charlotte Knights doubleheader.
The White Sox top pitching prospect recorded three strikeouts and issued three walks in a 4-0 win.
The Knights' Twitter account posted a video of the final out:
Perhaps the best part? It was against the Syracuse Chiefs, the Washington Nationals' minor league team.
The Nationals selected Giolito with the 16th pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Last offseason, the 22-year-old was traded to the White Sox — along with Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning — as a key component in exchange for Adam Eaton.
The last Knights pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Andre Rienzo on July 25, 2013 against the Indianapolis Indians, which also came in the first game of a doubleheader.