White Sox trade Santos to Toronto

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White Sox trade Santos to Toronto

The White Sox made the first big trade of this week's winter meetings, sending closer Sergio Santos to Toronto for minor league pitcher Nestor Molina. Molina, 22, spent last year between Single-A and Double-A in the Blue Jays organization.

This move appears to signal the start of a re-stocking project of the minor leagues. The Sox are roundly considered to have the thinnest farm system in baseball, and adding Molina begins the process of re-building the team's prospect base.

Molina posted some fine numbers last year in the minors for Toronto, posting an incredible strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Dealing Santos doesn't have much to do with money. His contract was very team-friendly, especially considering the exorbitant prices teams are playing for relief pitching this offseason. The move was about improving the minor leagues. It probably won't be the only one of that kind Williams makes this winter.

The White Sox have plenty of other options to close out games between Addison Reed, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton (assuming he's not traded).

Do you like the move? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here