Williams coy on Cespedes, Soler

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Williams coy on Cespedes, Soler

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White Sox TalkWilliams, when asked about Cespedes and Soler: "Who are they? Are they any good? Should we be scouting them?" SoxFest
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Williams then declined to answer the fan's question about the pair. Either the Sox payroll actually is maxed out, or Kenny Williams wants others to think that to keep the team's interest in CespedesSoler out of the headlines. Or maybe the Sox actually aren't in on either Cuban defectors and Williams didn't want to let that fan down.

Either way, it's worth noting that Williams rarely talks about potential transactions, even if numerous reports have the Sox interested in that player. That he was playing coy doesn't answer any questions, and no outcome of the CespedesSoler sweepstakes should surprise anyone.

As White Sox bats heat up, Todd Frazier feeling like himself after bumpy start to 2017

As White Sox bats heat up, Todd Frazier feeling like himself after bumpy start to 2017

Three games do not a comeback make, but Todd Frazier is feeling like his normal self again.

Frazier’s been battling a host of health-related issues since the start of 2017, including injuries to his finger and oblique that hampered him in the spring and most recently a bout with the flu that cost him six of eight games and saw him lose 10 pounds.

But the last three games have been more like it for Frazier, as the White Sox third baseman has gone 4-for-12 with five RBIs, four runs scored, three doubles and a pair of walks. In Tuesday’s win over the visiting Kansas City Royals, Frazier had a pair of doubles, matching his total from his previous 12 games.

“It was weird to start off with the finger on something weird that happened last year and that turned into a cast. And then the oblique. It has been a crazy ride,” Frazier said after Tuesday’s game. “That’s why this game you’ve got to work your butt off in the offseason and be ready now, and I feel like I’m getting back to where I need to be.

“I feel fine. I’m good. I’m trying to lift as much as I can. Maybe a little soreness from lifting trying to gain some muscle and some weight back. Trying to eat as much as I can too as well.”

The time off would be enough to knock someone off their game, but Frazier — who posted career lows with a .225 batting average and .302 on-base percentage last season — was still looking to heat up after struggling to produce through the season’s first few weeks. In his first 10 games, the veteran third baseman slashed just .091/.189/.212 with just three hits and one RBI.

So Frazier has been studying up. The entire White Sox lineup has feasted in the first two games of the current series against the Royals, combining for 22 runs on 29 hits. But Frazier credited his personal success to some of the work he’s been doing.

“Just doing my homework,” he said Wednesday. “I’m just trying to go back and understand what I did in the other years  that made me hit the ball better. Talk to the coaches. At the end of the day, it’s mental, that’s all it is. You’ve been hitting for all these years now, just got to understand to focus.

“We see these pitchers a lot. People always told me, ‘You’ve got the upper hand, you see these guys all the time.’ So let’s start figuring out what they’re throwing.”

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Tuesday night, Frazier served as the White Sox designated hitter, the second time he’s been in the lineup but not in the field this season, matching the number of times he played DH in 2016, his first year with an American League team.

While it presented a change of pace, Frazier had a positive review of something he hasn’t done very often.

“I liked it. Every once and a while I think you need a day like that,” he said. “I think we’ve got a lot of guys that can do it. It was good to get Matt (Davidson) in there at third base, get his body going a little bit out in the field a little bit more. It’s like, ‘You got a day off, you’re DH’ing.’ Not really. You’ve got to keep the body moving, keep staying loose. It worked out well for everybody.

“I did a little heavy lifting in the legs the day before, and Rick (Renteria) didn’t even know about that. I was a little sore, and I was like, ‘Good, I got a little DH spot today,’ which was great for me, and now I can focus on defense, as well.”

In baseball, fortunes can change on a daily basis, so who knows if this will be the start of a surge for Frazier or just a brief spike in a long season. But if the White Sox can get Frazier and the rest of the lineup to keep hitting like they have the past few games, it could mean big things.

“Everybody focused and prepared,” Frazier explained when asked about the big run totals in the last few games. “I think the little things, guys getting here earlier, guys wanting to get out there and take extra work, and the focus and determination that we’ve got going right now is pretty nice. Nobody’s trying to do too much.

“You see our plate approach, you see guys hustling out balls. You watch guys like Avi Garcia, he’s got two big infield singles for him. At the end of the year, you look back at some things like that, a guy hits a one-hopper to second base and beats out a ball. That takes your average from .250 to .260 if you get three or four of those. Examples: Leury Garcia beating out a ground ball, getting a play overturned because of hustle. We don’t lack that this year, and I think that’s something big that we’re working on.

“Win, lose or draw, we’re going to give 100 percent. We know we’ve got Rick Renteria coming in here telling us ‘Nobody’s feeling sorry for you. So pick yourself up. We’re professionals. We’re White Sox.’ I think that’s what we’re going by right now.”

David Robertson: Ownership has always been Derek Jeter's dream

David Robertson: Ownership has always been Derek Jeter's dream

Derek Jeter reportedly is about to fulfill his post-retirement dreams as part of the Miami Marlins ownership group. Jeter's former teammate couldn't be happier for him.

White Sox closer David Robertson said that the future first-ballot Hall of Famer has long shared the hope he'd one day become an owner. Jeter has accomplished that goal as he's reportedly part of a group that includes former Florida governor Jeb Bush that on Tuesday placed the highest bid and agreed to purchase the Marlins for $1.3 billion.

"I know that’s always been a dream of his,” Robertson said. “People would ask him all the time, ‘What are you going to do when you’re done playing baseball?’ He said, ‘I want to own a team.’ So now it’s going to be everything from the office. I’m excited to see it happen.”

A 14-time All-Star, Jeter reportedly earned $265 million during a 20-year playing career, according to baseball-reference.com. After retiring in 2014, Jeter also started The Players Tribune, a successful website dedicated to athletes’ first-person stories. While Bush, who had an unsuccessful run to be the Republican Presidential candidate in 2016, is expected to be the controlling party of the group, Jeter is reportedly expected to have an active role.

“He’s been around a long time and I don’t think there’s any facet of the game he doesn’t know,” Robertson said. “I think him being an owner fits for sure.

“He’s a pretty smart individual. I’m just excited for him.”

Jeter and his partners reportedly beat out a bid by a group that included Hall of Famer Tom Glavine.