White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

First, the positive news: Gordon Beckham told MLB.com's Scott Merkin he's already improved his mental approach to the game and is ready for a fresh start in 2012. For someone who's offensive game has been incredibly disappointing in the last two seasons, that's an early good sign -- although, as mentioned in the White Sox Talk post, how he handles his first bout with adversity in 2012 will really let us know if Beckham's mental state has really changed.

Now, the not-so-positive news: One projection system has the White Sox, with their current roster, pegged at 77 wins. It's not a projection that should be taken as gospel at this point, but the real story about it is that the White Sox, before any trade of John Danks, Gavin Floyd or Carlos Quentin, are projected to win 77 games. Larry at South Side Sox did some number crunching as compared to CAIRO and came up with 78 wins.

As noted by The Wizard, last year's early CAIRO projected had the Sox at 84-78.

The Nationals could be a trade partner for Danks, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, although it's possible Kenny Williams would be apprehensive toward dealing with Washington GM Mike Rizzo given their history.

Robin Ventura will have a part in the Dec. 21 performance of A Christmas Carol at The Goodman Theatre. Hopefully his acting cameo won't end in an argument about England's greatest prime minister like a fellow third baseman of his era.

The White Sox lost their lone Aussie, as Shane Lindsay signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers.

And Buddy Groom was either generally forbidden from pitching to Frank Thomas or was just really, really scared of the Big Hurt.

Around the division: LeVon Washington is awesome

Baseball players who are enjoyable follows on twitter include Brandon McCarthy, Logan Morrison and Nyjer Morgan. But the pure entertainment value of Cleveland Indians prospect LeVon Washington may top all of them. This is just one of many great examples:

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LeVon WashingtonTHAT AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN UR MOM WALKS IN AND SEES U TAKING BP IN HER KITCHEN WITH A NERF BAT AN ALUMINUM FOIL WashTime
Dec 16 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply
He's a highly recommended follow if you're a fan of non-sequiters and caps lock. After all, as he says:

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LeVon WashingtonWE ALL GONNA DIE ANYWAY.. MIGHT AS WELL FOLLOW WASH TIME. WHAT U GOT TO LOSE? WashTime
Dec 15 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply
Let's Go Tribe has a pretty great writeup using WashTime tweets as well.

In a less fun development, the Twins could still end up with Michael Cuddyer even after signing Josh Willingham, although Colorado may be Cuddyer's most likely destination. Speaking of Willingham, John Bonnes of Twins Geek ran down a few less-known things about the newest Twin.

How to watch, stream White Sox vs. Yankees

How to watch, stream White Sox vs. Yankees

The White Sox take on the New York Yankees on Tuesday, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.69 ERA) vs. Luis Severino (5-3, 3.30 ERA)

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Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.

Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.

“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.

“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.

“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.

Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.

“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”

In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.

As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.

Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.