Word on the Street: Dj vu with Sox, Damon, Matsui

Word on the Street: Dj vu with Sox, Damon, Matsui

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010
5:45 PM

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White Sox again exploring signing Matsui, Damon

When Jim Thome departed before the 2010 season the White Sox targeted both Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon but lost out on both. According to sources, both players are back on the radar screen, but they are likely to hold off until next month on any such moves, as the Dec. 2 non-tender date will send more free agents onto the market.

Matsui earned 6 million with the Los Angeles Angels last season. He was limited by injuries but still played 145 games, hitting .274 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs. He could be used in the outfield or designated hitter. The same holds true for Damon, who seems unlikely to to return to Detroit. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Chris Sale to start, Phillies interested in Quentin?

After an impressive stint as a reliever for the White Sox last season, Chris Sale said he's ready to start if that's what the team wants him to do. With Jake Peavy not expected back in April, Sale may get the chance to join the rotation in spring training.

In addition, rumors suggest that the Philadelphia Phillies have kept a close eye on Carlos Quentin and could be interested in trading for the White Sox outfielder if Jayson Werth departs via free agency. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Owner of Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in NYC declares bankruptcy

The owners of Michael Jordan's The Steakhouse NYC, which overlooks the famed lobby of Grand Central Terminal, are bankrupt. No, not His Airness; the restaurant group just licenses Jordan's name.

The Glazier Group, which owns the New York steakhouse and six Strip House restaurants, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Southern District Court on Monday, Crain's New York Business reported. (slashfood.com)

Joakim Noah launched his own web site on Wednesday.

Derrick Rose for NBA MVP?

When the Bulls point guard wondered why he couldn't be MVP of the league back on Sept. 27, many might have laughed. But, according to K.C. Johnson, maybe it's not so far-fetched after all.

Rose is currently averaging career-highs with 24.7 points and 9.2 assists per game through Tuesday night and has guided the Bulls to a 6-3 record without Carlos Boozer. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Blackhawks summer trade analysis: Part Five

In the fifth installment of their Blackhawks makeover breakdown, chicagonow.com looks closely at the trade that send Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager to the Atlanta Thrashers. Why did they do it? What did they gain from it and how do the early returns look? (chicagonow.com)

Hoffpauir is a Ham Fighter

Former Cubs first baseman Micah Hoffpauir, once considered a potential replacement for Derrek Lee, has signed to play in Japan. His new team is the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Pacific League.

Hoffpauir had another good season at Triple-A in 2010 but struggled with the Cubs in just 52 at-bats hitting .173.246.231. (rotoworld.com)

Morning Update: Bulls fall to Blazers; Could Chris Sale be on the move?

Morning Update: Bulls fall to Blazers; Could Chris Sale be on the move?

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Report: Talks surrounding Chris Sale intensifying between White Sox, Nationals

Report: Talks surrounding Chris Sale intensifying between White Sox, Nationals

The White Sox haven't wavered on their asking price for Chris Sale, and their patience may be paying off.

According to FOX's Ken Rosenthal, trade talks surrounding Sale are intensifying between the White Sox and Nationals that would likely include Washington's two top prospects in RHP Lucas Giolito and OF Victor Robles.

Despite the trade chatter heating up, a source told CSN's Chuck Garfien that the White Sox aren't close to a deal and continue to talk with other teams regarding the White Sox ace.

In an exclusive interview with CSN earlier on Monday, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said trading Sale would be 'very hard' on multiple levels, particularly being satisfied with the package coming back.

Perhaps it's only a matter a time before Sale gets traded, but the White Sox have made it clear they won't make a deal unless they're maximizing their return.