White Sox winter meetings recap: Day 1

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White Sox winter meetings recap: Day 1

The first day of the winter meetings in Dallas passed by without anything concrete happening, but the groundwork appears to be laid for Mark Buehrle to leave the White Sox.

Chuck Garfien says Miami is still the frontrunner to sign Buehrle, despite that Robin Ventura, Kenny Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf want the lefty back. Ventura actually ran into Buehrle on the street in New York City, of all places, and implored Buehrle to return.

But Buehrle could get a four-year deal, possibly for a total close to the four-year contract extension he signed with the White Sox in 2007. That's a price tag the Sox won't -- and shouldn't -- meet.

The Twins reportedly jumped into the Buehrle sweepstakes, although they aren't considered a major player. As it stands, the Marlins, Nationals and Rangers are likely the three teams with the best shot to land Buehrle.

Late in the evening, a rumor popped up that the Cardinals could try to deal Kyle Lohse to make room for Buehrle in their rotation. That probably won't happen, though.

In non-Buehrle news, the asking price on John Danks and Gavin Floyd remained high Monday. The Yankees aren't willing to trade either Manny Banuelos or Jesus Montero, both blue-chip prospects, for Danks. Williams doesn't appear to be at the winter meetings to set the market on pitching, instead, he's letting the market dictate itself. And until the pitching market is more clear, he's going to demand all of the tea in China for Danks or Floyd.

Minnie Minoso received just nine of 16 votes from the special "Golden Era" veterans' committee, falling three votes short of a worthy induction into Cooperstown. Jerry Reinsdorf was stunned by the result.

White Sox pitchers and catchers report Feb. 23, with the first full-squad workout Feb. 28 and the first spring training game March 5 of next year. About a month before spring training, the White Sox will host a 2005 World Series reunion of sorts at SoxFest.

Around the division: Minnesota made an odd move, re-signing Matt Capps to a deal worth a minimum of 4.75 million for 2012. There's a 6 million option for 2013 as well. While 4.75 million isn't much, the Twins don't have unlimited cash and could've spent it better than on a guy who posted a negative WAR last year.

And finally, Kansas City is reported to have interest in A's starter (and two-time former White Sox farmhand) Gio Gonzalez and Tamps Bay's James Shields. The Rays asked for an exorbitant return for Shields, and it's hard to see Kansas City dealing away star prospect Wil Myers in any deal this winter.

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Todd Frazier wasn’t pleased with a call Saturday afternoon that led to the first ejection of his career.

It’s not that the White Sox third baseman is arguing about whether or not he deserved to get thrown out in the seventh inning of a 10-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. Frazier is more miffed by first-base umpire Sam Holbrook’s initial ruling --- that his throw pulled Jose Abreu off the bag --- and the determination by replay officials that the call was correct.

Frazier was ejected shortly after word arrived that the call stands, which means officials in New York didn’t believe they have enough evidence to overturn the original ruling. That fact bothered Frazier, who was charged with an error and began to speak his mind. White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected shortly thereafter for the third straight home game.

“It’s just frustrating with the technology we have today,” Frazier said. “It’s just crazy. It boggles your mind. It really does. You know -- I’m the one. I’m vocal. I’m emotional. But when it’s wrong, 100 percent wrong. I saw it on the MLB Network. I saw it in our cameras and our computers. I just don’t understand how we can see it and they can’t see it in New York. It’s just, it’s frustrating as all hell to be honest with you. It turned into a big inning. We were down a lot, don’t get me wrong. But still, Jake (Petricka) is pitching his heart out and next thing you know he gives up an unearned run and two more runs. So it’s really not that hard. Honest. It’s not that hard.”

Renteria raced onto the field in an attempt to save Frazier from a quick ejection, but didn’t have enough time. It was the third home game in a row in which a White Sox player was ejected for the first time in their career. Tim Anderson got the boot on Friday night after he argued with plate umpire Jim Wolf. And Avisail Garcia got tossed from the June 15 series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Renteria said taking into context who his players are and their track record made him want to further defend their actions.

“I don't ever go into a situation arguing with someone to get thrown out,” Renteria said. “I don't. I think what happens is, like anybody emotionally, when you start talking and expressing yourself, you have a tendency to get heated. You don't plan on doing that. I certainly don't go out there planning on having that happen. I think what happens, and I think it's just human nature, you start thinking about the whole situation, you're losing a player. You're losing a guy that's supposed to be in there for the next two, three innings to help you maybe continue to chip away. Our team has been fighting every day, since day one of spring training. I don’t care what our record is, I don't care what the score is, we fight. And when you take one of those pieces out of the lineup, you get pissed.”

Even though he had a chance to cool off, Frazier still felt the same after the contest. He stuck his head into the team’s video room after the game to check out the play. Teams have a variety of angles from which they can determine whether or not to challenge a call. They also have the option of taking a freeze frame and magnifying the picture, which left no doubt in Frazier’s mind that the call was incorrect.

“Like I said just frustrating,” Frazier said. “It’s just not that hard. And with all the technology like I said, I don’t mean to repeat ourselves, but with all the technology and 8 different angles it’s just one of those things where I just can’t let that go. It turned into a huge inning. You never know. We were down 6 we coulda came back. You gotta be 100 percent. You gotta be 100 percent right on that and I really don’t think he was.”