We looked at two projections for Dayan Viciedo, both of which see the new starting White Sox right fielder as being average or slightly above-average offensively.
Chicago Tribune Live looked at the trades of Carlos Quentin and Jason Frasor, both of which were made to save money. The Quentin deal, though, did add a few much-needed arms to the team's farm system. Could that money the Sox saved be used to sign Yoenis Cespedes?
If you're a fan of Radiohead and the White Sox, you'll love this post from U-God at South Side Sox.
Paul Swydan at FanGraphs says the White Sox are stuck trying to rebuild and contend at the same time, which isn't an envious position to be in. It's tough for a team to truly do both, and often if they're trying to rebuild and compete simultaneously, things don't work out too well.
Around the division:
Tony Andracki of Cubs Talk says the Tigers have the best package of players to offer for Matt Garza. That's bad news for the short term -- the Sox have a good rotation, but not one that could likely compete with a Detroit five of Garza, Justin Verlander, Doug Fister (all of whom can be considered aces), Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello.
Speaking of Cubs connections in the division, Cleveland reportedly has some level of interest in former North Side first baseman Carlos Pena.
Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox are about to roll through Chicago's South Side.
At the tail end of the holiday weekend, Sale and Co. will return to the place he called home for seven years.
Sale was initially scheduled to start in the series opener Monday against longtime teammate Jose Quintana, but the Red Sox will now throw out David Price in his 2017 debut.
The 28-year-old Sale is slotted in for Tuesday night's outing.
Asked how emotional he'll be returning to Chicago, Sale brushed it off:
"I don't have time to think about that right now," he said. "Get ready for it like any other start. I've pitched there a lot so I should be alright."
Sale last pitched Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, picking up his fifth win of the season with 7.1 strong innings. It was also the first time Sale didn't strike out at least 10 batters in a start since his 2017 debut on April 5, going eight straight starts with double digit whiffs.
On the season, Sale is 5-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 0.81 WHIP averaging a ridiculous 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Sale leads the league in games started, innings, strikeouts, WHIP and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching).
The big southpaw appeared in 228 games for the White Sox — including 148 starts — posting a 74-50 record with a 3.00 ERA, 1.065 WHIP and 1,244 strikeouts in 1,110 innings.
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.
Coverage for Game 1 begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.
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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