White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

So Prince Fielder is a Tiger. It's still stunning to type that. We put together a list of the best tweets in the aftermath of the bomb being dropped, with my favorite being: "PRINCE IS GONNA PLAY SECOND - IT WILL BE NO WORSE THAN RABURN REALLY"

I looked at a few areas in which Fielder's signing will impact the White Sox, leading off with a hope the team hits a bunch of ground balls to Miguel Cabrera at third base for the next three seasons (until the contract of Victor Martinez runs out). But Ryan McGuffey isn't sold on Detroit's rotation behind Justin Verlander, or Jose Valverde, who won't be perfect again in 2012.

Fornelli looked at the big picture, saying by the time the White Sox are ready to compete again, Detroit will be on the decline. James is similarly patient, although not as enthusiastic about it. And MarkU-God examined what the Fielder deal means for the AL Central, White Sox included.

Agreeing to that nine-year, 214 million contract with Fielder means Detroit is probably out on Yoenis Cespedes, who established residency in the Dominican Republic and was declared a free agent in the span of a few hours Tuesday. On Monday, it was reported the Cubs, Marlins and Tigers were showing the most interest in Cespedes, so in theory, it's down to the Cubs and Marlins for him -- but the Sox may still be lurking.

Joe Girardi jumped on Chicago Baseball Hot Stove to discuss Prince Fielder and a few Yankee-related topics. Strictly speaking as a baseball fan, 2012 is going to be an incredibly fun year to watch Texas, Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Boston and Tampa Bay jockeying for playoff spots. With those six teams looking strong, I'm actually pretty glad that second wild card was added.

Over at Cubs Talk, Tony Andracki has a nice writeup of how the Fielder signing affects the Cubs' chances of dealing Matt Garza to Detroit. If Jacob Turner is off the table, I have to image a deal for Garza is, too. Nick Castellanos and Drew Smyly are both good, but not the return Theo Epstein is likely looking for.

Enough about Fielder. Robin Ventura showed up at the United Center for the "Shoot the Puck" contest. If you missed how he did, here's the video. I was at the game, and was glad to see a warm reception from fans. For the record, I bet Ventura could play a better third base today than Cabrera.

Kyle Williams told the Dan Patrick Show: "When it comes to social media, theres a line and some people crossed it. That's, unfortunately, a nice way of putting it. Reading some of the tweets at him after Sunday's NFC Championship made me want to throw up.

And finally, what's your favorite baseball movie?

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yoan Moncada is still trying to familiarize himself with the White Sox but his new club probably don’t feel all that unfamiliar.

At the very least, the rookie second baseman has a strong support group in his first week of spring training. Whether is a seat next to Jose Abreu in the clubhouse, chats with Jose Quintana on the field, or the comfort provided with a manager who speaks the same language, the White Sox clearly want their prized prospect to adapt to his new team. Already in town for the past few days, Moncada participated in the club’s first full-squad workout on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

“I’m just trying to get to know the culture here, the guys, the staff, the players, how they like to work,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “And so far I’ve been good. Also, the change of the city and state, especially in spring training, I’m getting to know that a little bit better right now.”

Moncada’s comfort is only likely to grow now that Abreu is also in town. The veteran first baseman reported to camp around noon on Saturday (his flight was delayed by weather) and took his physical. Abreu and Moncada played together in 2012 for Cienfuegos and they spent much of the weekend at SoxFest together having fun. Abreu has spoke glowingly about Moncada, who came over from Boston in the Chris Sale trade, and is interested in helping him get comfortable at the big league level. Moncada, who debuted last season, likes having Abreu around.

“That’s a good advantage for me,” Moncada said. “I know him. He knows me. We played together in Cuba. We haven’t yet had the opportunity to practice together. Today was our first day and he wasn’t here, but that’s something that is going to be very good for me.”

So too is the addition of manager Rick Renteria, who is bilingual and addressed his clubhouse in both languages on Saturday. While he’s only getting to know his new teammates and coaches, Moncada is comfortable with the knowledge he can clearly communicate with the man in charge. All those elements should pave the way for Moncada to maximize his development in camp rather than worry about things off the field.

“He’s an excellent manager,” Moncada said. “He can speak both languages, especially Spanish for me, I can communicate with him. That’s a huge advantage for me and I like that. I think that we are going to have a very good season and we are just waiting for the season to start.”