White Sox see potential in newly acquired Tekotte


White Sox see potential in newly acquired Tekotte

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Blake Tekotte had a difficult 2012 campaign but Rick Hahn likes the potential the young outfielder he acquired on Wednesday brings.

The White Sox sent right-handed pitcher Brandon Kloess to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon, hours after the general managers meetings began, in exchange for Tekotte.

Even though Tekotte struggled in 2012 with hamstring injuries and a poor overall season at the plate -- he hit .243 with nine homers at Triple-A Tucson -- Hahn said he would have a shot to be the teams fourth outfielder next season. Tekotte, who was designated for assignment by the Padres on Nov. 2, has been added to the White Sox 40-man roster.

He had a down year last year, Hahn said. But he can run a little bit, play some defense, nice line drive stroke, can get on base. We still view him as a prospect, but he has to bounce back from some injuries and some swing adjustments he made last year.

A third-round pick in 2008 out of Miami, Tekotte, 25, has played in 30 major league games since 2011 and carries a .163 career average in 49 at-bats.

Tekotte hit .285 with 19 homers and 67 RBI in 2011 at Double-A San Antonio.

Kloess, 27, was 6-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 73 23 innings last season between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. A minor-league free agent in 2009, Kloess struck out 70 batters and walked 30.

The White Sox now have 34 players on their 40-man roster.

Has Jose Quintana's slow start to the season affected his potential trade value?

Has Jose Quintana's slow start to the season affected his potential trade value?


Jose Quintana has not started his 2017 campaign as many White Sox fans had hoped or expected.
Through nine games the 2016 All Star has posted just two wins and watched his ERA climb to 3.92 after Wednesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. 
This past offseason, Quintana was frequently mentioned as a possible trade piece for the White Sox who if moved might have brought in other key pieces for the retooling South Siders, much like Chris Sale and Adam Eaton did. 

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Have Quintana’s early season struggles impacted his trade value?
White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti weighed in while appearing on Wednesday’s edition of SportsTalk Live.
“Somebody's trade value isn’t contingent necessarily on what he’s doing right now,” Benetti said. “I mean general managers are smart enough to know Jose Quintana is worth X over the course of time and a lot of what trade value has to do with, is what other teams need. So as injuries continue to pile up to other pitchers, if we’re talking about the value of a starting pitcher, the market has as much to do with that as his performance in one specific game.” 
Listen to what else Benetti had to say in the video above. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.

Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.

The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.

Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.

Take a listen to the latest episode below: