The Yoenis Cespedes saga is finally over, as the 26-year-old signed a four-year, 36 million deal with Oakland. The White Sox never were serious about signing him, especially for that money and without a real place to put him.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are expected to sign 19-year-old Cuban Jorge Soler for a deal reportedly worth around 27 million. The White Sox were probably in on Soler, too, perhaps more so than Cespedes. But while Soler would've instantly become the team's best prospect, the Sox probably weren't in the market to commit 27 million to a 19-year-old who hasn't seen a pitch in the United States yet. Don't get me wrong, it's great for the Cubs to land Soler, but the Sox don't have as much wiggle room.
Oh, and speaking of the Cubs, they won't be playing in U.S. Cellular Field any time soon, no matter what some rumors may say.
In something that actually pertains directly to the White Sox, Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein ranked Addison Reed No. 81 on his top 101 prospects list. The White Sox are the only team in the AL Central not represented in Goldstein's top 20, while Kansas City, Minnesota and Detroit all have multiple prospects on the list.
Jon Garland agreed to a minor-league deal with Cleveland, pending a physical, which seems about right for a guy coming off rotator cuff surgery. If Garland does pitch for the Indians this year, it won't be right out of the gate. But it's good to see Garland land somewhere -- he's only 32, and when healthy, teams could do worse than using him as a durable back-end starter.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox have lined up their first three starting pitchers of the spring starting with Carson Fulmer on Saturday afternoon.
The team's 2015 first-round draft pick received the nod as the White Sox open their exhibition schedule against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. CST.
Jose Quintana pitches Sunday at home against the Colorado Rockies while Lucas Giolito is set to start at the Cubs on Monday. Fulmer — who went 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in 11 2/3 innings in 2016 — likened the start to pitching against the Dodgers in a night game last spring in front of a sellout crowd at Camelback Ranch.
"I'm definitely honored," Fulmer said. "It's great. I feel like the coaching staff here stresses that in order to be a good player, you have to put yourself in situations that you are uncomfortable with. I'm not saying I'm uncomfortable with it but it was definitely a unique situation where I can go out there and help us win. So, spring training and the season, our goal is to win and I feel like with the coaching staff putting us young guys in that situation, I think it's going to benefit us."
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Fulmer is also excited to face his counterpart Saturday, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
"That's awesome," Fulmer said. "I've been watching him pitch since I was a little kid. I'm definitely pumped to see him out there. It's going to be awesome.
"He's one of the best pitchers in baseball. I mean, he's a pitcher that you look up to and for me, it's going to be awesome. I hopefully can keep the scorecard or something."
The White Sox also announced Friday they have signed 25 players to one-year contracts, including Fulmer. Carlos Rodon's one-year deal for $600,000 is the highest of the bunch.
With the news that the White Sox will retire Mark Buehrle's jersey this summer, we replay Chuck Garfien's 2011 interview with Buehrle who recalls all the big moments of his White Sox career: the perfect game, no-hitter, World Series save, his first and only home run, sliding on the tarp during rain delays and much, much more.
Also, John Buehrle (Mark's dad) joins Chuck and Ryan McGuffey to talk about the jersey retirement and Buehrle's White Sox career. Chuck and Ryan also share their favorite Buehrle stories.
Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast here: