White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox signed Dan Johnson to a minor-league deal and invited him to spring training. The former Rays pinch-hit hero will likely spend most of 2012 with Charlotte, only warranting a call-up if Paul Konerko gets hurt or Adam Dunn is really bad.

Chuck Garfien spoke to Cliff Politte and Neal Cotts about life after baseball, and as it turns out, the pair of relievers both had hip surgeries after their careers ended. Politte's stuff about the end of his career is tough, because things went downhill so quickly for him -- from a 2.00 ERA in 2005 to an 8.70 mark in 2006 before he was eventually released.

Gordon Beckham also told Garfien he feels like he's finally fixed his issues from the past two years, specifically detailing some tweaks to his swing that he believes will help him in 2012.

If Robin Ventura is serious about having no problems benching a struggling player, it'll be a significant departure from the last few years of the Ozzie Guillen era, in which struggling hitters were given a leash so long that it'd only be yanked when they were on the precipice of qualifying for the worst offensive season in major-league history. Jim offered up his take on the subject of negative WAR and the White Sox as well.

I agree with James' assessment of a take on Paul Konerko's comments, while Sir White Sox Observer also looked at a few projections for the White Sox.

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Today on CSN: White Sox tangle with Dodgers in spring training game

Today on CSN: White Sox tangle with Dodgers in spring training game

The White Sox battle the Los Angeles Dodgers, and you can catch all the action right now on CSN.

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