White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox held a conference call with Dayan Viciedo and translator Jackson Miranda in which the Cuban right fielder said he reached out to Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler and doesn't feel any pressure to replace Carlos Quentin.

According to CSNChicago's David Kaplan, the White Sox likely were Kerry Wood's fallback option if he wasn't able to work out a deal with the Cubs. That tells us the White Sox do have some money to spend.

The White Sox are still listening to offers on Gavin Floyd, although their asking price is high. With Edwin Jackson still available via free agency, any team that wants Floyd should probably make a run at Jackson first.

Toronto was mentioned as a team that's had intermittent talks with the White Sox regarding Floyd. On Tuesday, the Blue Jays officially released Mark Teahen, paying him 5.5 million to not play for them in 2012.

Jerry Reinsdorf wants to see scouts be up for Hall of Fame induction. Hard to disagree with that idea.

Kenny Williams' son Kyle is playing in the NFC Championship this weekend for the 49ers. CSNChicago's Gail Fischer caught up with Kenny at the Bulls game, who joked he doesn't want to give away his travel plans in case somebody wants to break into his home and wear his world series ring and defrost some lobster again.

Jim has an extensive look back at the disappointing career of Scott Ruffcorn and points out that the last 21 first-round picks of the White Sox have amassed a grand total of 4.3 WAR (via Baseball-Reference). Yikes. No pressure, Chris.

James looks at the Gavin Floyd trade rumor and Dayan Viciedo's recruitment of Cespedes and Soler. In examining the difference between Floyd and some combination of Dylan Axelrod and Zach Stewart, James nails it with this line:

"And if you prefer to go by pitcher wins, that's going from 11 wins, to an article by Joe Posnanski explaining the problems with going by pitcher wins."

Around the division:

Victor Martinez tore his ACL and may miss the entire 2012 season. That brought about a few knee-jerk "is Detroit in trouble?" thoughts around the Internet, but the Tigers are still easily the best team in the division so long as they bring in someone to protect Miguel Cabrera. Tom Fornelli at South Side Aslyum agrees.

Tigers blog Bless You Boys looks at the impact of the injury and has some quotes from Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski on the Martinez situation.

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says now is the time for the Royals to lock up Alex Gordon long-term. Neutrally, yeah, they should do that, but the thought of Gordon (who legitimately deserved some MVP votes last season) terrorizing the AL Central for the better part of the next decade is a little scary.

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Fire dominant against Orlando for seventh straight home win

Blackhawks 2017 NHL Draft capsules: Scouting reports and analysis

Ben Zobrist doubtful for Nationals showdown and where things stand with banged-up Cubs

White Sox upset by the call that led to ejections of Todd Frazier, Rick Renteria

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It sure sounds like Jimmy Butler regrets being labeled as the face of the Bulls franchise

White Sox upset by the call that led to ejections of Todd Frazier, Rick Renteria

White Sox upset by the call that led to ejections of Todd Frazier, Rick Renteria

Todd Frazier wasn’t pleased with a call Saturday afternoon that led to the first ejection of his career.

It’s not that the White Sox third baseman is arguing about whether or not he deserved to get thrown out in the seventh inning of a 10-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. Frazier is more miffed by first-base umpire Sam Holbrook’s initial ruling --- that his throw pulled Jose Abreu off the bag --- and the determination by replay officials that the call was correct.

Frazier was ejected shortly after word arrived that the call stands, which means officials in New York didn’t believe they have enough evidence to overturn the original ruling. That fact bothered Frazier, who was charged with an error and began to speak his mind. White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected shortly thereafter for the third straight home game.

“It’s just frustrating with the technology we have today,” Frazier said. “It’s just crazy. It boggles your mind. It really does. You know -- I’m the one. I’m vocal. I’m emotional. But when it’s wrong, 100 percent wrong. I saw it on the MLB Network. I saw it in our cameras and our computers. I just don’t understand how we can see it and they can’t see it in New York. It’s just, it’s frustrating as all hell to be honest with you. It turned into a big inning. We were down a lot, don’t get me wrong. But still, Jake (Petricka) is pitching his heart out and next thing you know he gives up an unearned run and two more runs. So it’s really not that hard. Honest. It’s not that hard.”

Renteria raced onto the field in an attempt to save Frazier from a quick ejection, but didn’t have enough time. It was the third home game in a row in which a White Sox player was ejected for the first time in their career. Tim Anderson got the boot on Friday night after he argued with plate umpire Jim Wolf. And Avisail Garcia got tossed from the June 15 series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Renteria said taking into context who his players are and their track record made him want to further defend their actions.

“I don't ever go into a situation arguing with someone to get thrown out,” Renteria said. “I don't. I think what happens is, like anybody emotionally, when you start talking and expressing yourself, you have a tendency to get heated. You don't plan on doing that. I certainly don't go out there planning on having that happen. I think what happens, and I think it's just human nature, you start thinking about the whole situation, you're losing a player. You're losing a guy that's supposed to be in there for the next two, three innings to help you maybe continue to chip away. Our team has been fighting every day, since day one of spring training. I don’t care what our record is, I don't care what the score is, we fight. And when you take one of those pieces out of the lineup, you get pissed.”

Even though he had a chance to cool off, Frazier still felt the same after the contest. He stuck his head into the team’s video room after the game to check out the play. Teams have a variety of angles from which they can determine whether or not to challenge a call. They also have the option of taking a freeze frame and magnifying the picture, which left no doubt in Frazier’s mind that the call was incorrect.

“Like I said just frustrating,” Frazier said. “It’s just not that hard. And with all the technology like I said, I don’t mean to repeat ourselves, but with all the technology and 8 different angles it’s just one of those things where I just can’t let that go. It turned into a huge inning. You never know. We were down 6 we coulda came back. You gotta be 100 percent. You gotta be 100 percent right on that and I really don’t think he was.”