Word on the Street: Former White Sox in trouble

Word on the Street: Former White Sox in trouble

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

Former White Sox exec, scouts indicted on federal fraud charges

Three former Chicago White Sox employees were indicted on Wednesday on federal fraud charges for allegedly accepting kickbacks totaling roughly 400,000 from signing bonuses of Latin American prospects. A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment, released by the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago on Wednesday, alleging that former White Sox senior director of player personnel David Wilder and former Latin American scouts Victor Mateo and Jorge Oquendo defrauded the team of money and "honest services" by receiving kickbacks from the bonuses issued to 23 prospects between December 2004 and February 2008.
The 17-page indictment claims that the trio embellished the scouting reports of several teenage Latin American prospects to boost their signing bonuses. The larger checks issued to those prospects enabled the three to pocket more money from those players, according to the indictment. (Major League Baseball rules prohibit employees from receiving any money or other compensation from players.) (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

Cubs trading Kosuke Fukudome to Red Sox for Daisuke Matsuzaka?

The Cubs and Red Sox have discussed a deal that would send outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to Boston in exchange for starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka but no deal is imminent right now.

Matsuzaka had an injury-plagued season in 2010, finishing 9-6 with a 4.69 ERA in 25 starts. the right-hander has two years and nearly 19 million left on his contract. (csnne.com)

Jerry Angelo impressed with how Bears took down Bills

It was a game that could have gone either way, and in the end we did what we needed to do. Knowing how to finish is a sign of a good football team," Angelo told ChicagoBears.com "It was certainly good to see our offense utilize all of our personnelrunning backs, tight ends and wide receivers. We also saw Jay Cutler do an outstanding job of improvising, particularly on some real nice runs that allowed us to keep drives alive. There were a lot of good things. Hopefully were going to continue to grow as a team, and Im looking forward to playingourdivisional opponent, the Minnesota Vikings." (chicagobears.com)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.

Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.

Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”

Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.