From the weekend:
We polled you about your thoughts on Ozzie Guillen, and 75 percent of responders (as of late Sunday) said they couldn't care less about what the former White Sox manager has to say. Only 11 percent of responders thought Guillen is still relevant in Chicago. While those results are hardly scientific, that big a gulf tells me a good portion of Sox fans are sick and tired of Ozzie Guillen.
But, as you can tell by the video on the right, he'll stick around in the headlines until he has to depart for Marlins spring training.
Jose Canseco last played in the majors with the White Sox in 2001, but that's not stopping him from attempting yet another comeback effort to make the majors.
The Marlins emerged as the pretty clear favorites to sign Yoenis Cespedes and offered him a six-year contract. Meanwhile, the Cubs reportedly are making an aggressive push to sign 19-year-old outfielder Jorge Soler, so the White Sox may get shut out in whatever efforts they may have made to sign a Cuban defector this offseason.
Has Alexei Ramirez' offense peaked? I argued it has, but that's really not a big deal, because he still provides a ton of value.
And there's something that could keep Addison Reed from having a breakout 2012: Consistency with his slider.
Carlos Rodon’s next start will be with the White Sox.
The 24-year-old southpaw will make his season debut this week, though manager Rick Renteria didn’t give a definitive answer on when it’d be. But he’s likely lined up to pitch Wednesday or Thursday against the New York Yankees.
“I haven’t played here all year,” Rodon said. “I’m going to be a little geeked up and ready to go. Plus I get to face the Yankees, a good team, good swinging bats there.”
Rodon, who has been on the DL with bursitis in his left shoulder since the start of the season, has been sorely missed for a White Sox rotation that’s struggled mightily over the last month. White Sox starters have a 5.32 ERA in their last 30 games with only six quality starts.
Renteria said he’s hoping Rodon can bring some stability.
“We’re glad he’s healthy, we’re glad he’s back,” Renteria said. “We’re hoping he could kind of calm the waters a little bit in the rotation a little bit once he gets to his spot. He’s been down a while so hopefully he can settle into his role quickly, be effective and help us our moving forward.”
His numbers in three rehab starts in Triple-A Charlotte weren’t all that great, but in his final one on Friday, he struck out seven batters and threw 91 pitches. Rodon said that he felt comfortable with his pitches and that his slider was back with an increased velocity.
The only thing that’s left to do is go out and pitch.
“A lot of these guys, once they get back up to where they should be I think they feel a little bit more comfortable up here,” Renteria said. “They’re adrenaline is gonna be a little high. Hopefully it works to his advantage.”