Word on the Street: Guillen on FOX, Cora leaving?

Word on the Street: Guillen on FOX, Cora leaving?

Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010
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Ozzie Guillen back on FOX World Series crew, Cora continues interviewing

While White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will once again serve as an analyst for Fox Sports during the World Series, his bench coach, Joey Cora, has taken the next step towards becoming Brewers manager.

On the same day Joey Cora met with Milwaukee owner Mark Attansio to discuss the Brewers' vacant managerial position, Guillen was hired for the second consecutive season to serve as an analyst on the FOX pregame and postgame shows for the World Series with Chris Rose and Eric Karros.

Cora is one of four finalists to be the next Brewers manager. He met with general manager Doug Melvin last week. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Bulls eyeing Eastern Conference Championship?

With all the new additions to the Chicago Bulls--including first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau--the team is gearing up for a run at the Eastern Conference title.

They will have to go through the new powerhouse in Miami, as well as the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic, two very solid and successful teams. But, as Chicago star point guard Derrick Rose says in the story from thonline.com, don't count the Bulls out. (thonline.com)

Age may be catching up to Urlacher

Bears superstar linebacker Brian Urlacher, now 33, is dealing with playing in the NFL at such an advanced age, and his play may be suffering.

Urlacher missed all last season with a wrist injury and has a few nagging injuries right now that could be hindering his play. He recorded 33 tackles in the season's first three games, but had just 18 tackles in the three games after. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Noah returns to practice

Bulls center Joakim Noah made his return to practice after missing the final two preseason games with the flu and is gearing up for the regular season opener Wednesday.

"I didn't feel great, but I got through it," Noah said. "I'm not 100 percent. But I'm feeling better and we got a couple days. I'm very excited for the season to start." (Chicago Tribune)
Blackhawks reassign Brophey to Rockford

Forward Evan Brophey was reassigned by the team to Rockford of the AHL Sunday after making his NHL debut with the Hawks Saturday. He was just up to fill in for an injured Tomas Kopecky, who was battling an upper-body injury. (Chicago Tribune)

Will the Heat match the '95-96 Bulls 72-10 record?

No, according to Bob Matthews on DemocratAndChronicle.com, who previews the NBA season. Matthews believes it looks like the record is safe for at least another year. (DemocratAndChronicle.com)

Ex-Hawk Burish apologizes for his video game performance
Adam Burish, who played for the Hawks last year in their Stanley Cup Championship season, made a public apology to a fan who was playing NHL 11 from EA Sports and was apparently unable to score because of Burish's character in the game. (Chicago Tribune)

White Sox avoid arbitration with Todd Frazier, four pitchers

White Sox avoid arbitration with Todd Frazier, four pitchers

The White Sox agreed to one-year contracts with five players on Friday, including a $12-million deal for Todd Frazier.

Frazier established a franchise record for home runs by a third baseman in 2016 when he blasted 40 in his first season with the White Sox. A free agent after the 2017 season, Frazier hit .225/.302/.464 in 666 plate appearances, drove in a career high 98 runs and produced 2.4 Wins Above Replacement, according to fangraphs.com. 

Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez is set to earn $5.9 million this season. The team also agreed to deals with relievers Dan Jennings ($1.4 million), Zach Putnam ($1.1175 million) and Jake Petricka ($825,000).

The White Sox acquired Frazier in a three-player trade from the Cincinnati Reds in December 2015. It's expected they would try to trade Frazier, who has hit 104 homers since 2014 and participated in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby three consecutive years, before the Aug 1 non-waiver trade deadline as part of the club's rebuilding efforts. 

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Gonzalez went 5-8 with a 3.73 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) after he was signed to a minor-league deal in early April. 

Jennings posted a 2.08 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. 

Putnam had a 2.30 ERA in 27 1/3 innings with 30 strikeouts before he had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. 

Petricka was limited to nine appearances before his season was ended by hip surgery.

Both Petricka and Putnam are expected to be ready for spring training.

Top White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada impresses club at minicamp

Top White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada impresses club at minicamp

It was a limited look, but Yoan Moncada made a strong first impression on the White Sox this week.

Acquired from the Boston Red Sox last month in the Chris Sale trade, Moncada arrived in Glendale, Ariz., earlier this week with the franchise hopeful he'd offer a glimpse of the skills that earned him the designation as baseball's top prospect.

Moncada didn't disappoint, either, as he had White Sox evaluators excited throughout a three-day hitters camp. Whether it's his physicality, how he carried himself or his baseball IQ, White Sox staffers couldn't have been happier about their first experience with their new prized possession.

"(Moncada) looks like a linebacker, but he moves like a wide receiver," player development director Chris Getz said. "He's got good actions. He's obviously a switch hitter. He's got power. He can hit. He's got a good smile. He seems to be enjoying himself out here, he interacts well with his teammates.

"So far it has been very impressive, and we look forward to seeing more."

Hitting coach Todd Steverson said Moncada, 21, looked every bit the part when he first observed him from across the hall at the team's facility. Steverson spoke to friends in the scouting community and wasn't the least bit surprised when he encountered the 6-foot-2, 205-pound second baseman. Moncada was just as impressive on the field with his skills and effort, Steverson said.

"This is a large specimen right here," Steverson said. "He's put together pretty well.

"On defense it looks like he has some really good hands.

"He got in the box and he hadn't swung for a while. But still, you could tell he had good hands going through the zone, has a nice approach and wants to work real hard."

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Moncada's fancy tools have been well publicized since he received a $31.5-million signing bonus from the Red Sox in March 2015.

MLB.com graded Moncada's hit tool at 60 on the 20-80 scouting scale while his base running is 65 and arm is 60. Moncada's power received a 55 grade, and his fielding is 50. Moncada received an overall grade of 65, which suggests he has the ability to be a perennial All-Star and worth 4 Wins Above Replacement, according to fangraphs.com.

But the White Sox weren't just impressed with Moncada's physical ability.

One of manager Rick Renteria's top objectives for the camp was to emphasize fundamentals and what's important to the team. Renteria wanted to identify specific game situations and how players are expected to handle them so they're well prepared for the future. Moncada handled that area well, too.

"Yoan is a very knowledgeable baseball player who has experience on a multitude of levels," amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler said. "In the brief time we had with him this week, he showed a tremendous ability to drive the ball the opposite way as well as drive balls to the gap and out of the ball park from both sides of the plate. That ability will help him handle and any all situations that Ricky asks him to do at the plate. Defensively his hands and feet are very good and will have no problem there. He's a bright hard-working kid that is part of a bright future for the organization."