Word on the Street: Ozzie's job in jeopardy?

Word on the Street: Ozzie's job in jeopardy?

Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011
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Ozzie's job in jeopardy?

In the past year and a half, the Chicago White Sox have made a flurry of moves to improve their roster--adding Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy, Alex Rios and Edwin Jackson and retaining the services of clubhouse leaders Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski. But, according to the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers, it's the move they didn't make that is really saying a lot.

The White Sox have not extended the contract of manager Ozzie Guillen, putting him in a position, as Rogers says, is win or go home. Meaning if the Sox don't win the AL Central next year, at the very least, Ozzie could be just yet another former Chicago manager. (Chicago Tribune)

Bears playoff game set

The NFL playoff schedules are out and the Bears are officially playing Sunday, Jan. 16 at Noon. They will host either Philadelphia, New Orleans or the winner of the St. LouisSeattle game, depending on how next week's slate of games winds up. Since the Atlanta Falcons have locked up the No. 1 seed, they will face the lowest seed remaining in two weeks. (NFL.com)

Toews could return Monday

When Jonathan Toews first went down with injury on Tuesday, everybody feared the worst. The Blackhawks captain was said to miss at least two weeks, but now everything has changed.

CSNChicago.com's Tracey Myers is reporting that Toews may very well play Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

He obviously means a lot to us in a lot of ways and plays in a lot of situations, head coach Joel Quenneville said prior to the Blackhawks game against Anaheim. Were excited about the chance of getting him back. Hes very tough, very competitive. (CSNChicago.com)

Two more added to Bulls' potential trade targets

There has been much talk about the Bulls possibly adding some outside help at shooting guard before the NBA trade deadline, but now Chicago is reportedly throwing small forwards in the mix as well.

Dorell Wright, a SF for the Golden State Warriors, and Omri Casspi from the Sacremento Kings both fit the perimeter shooting the Bulls are interested in.

Wright, who is shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc this season, is a talented defender and athlete and should be a better fit for the Bulls than O.J. Mayo or J.R. Smith, who both demand the ball a lot more.

Casspi, on the other hand, is also shooting 40 percent from the floor and is only earning 1.25 million this season. (Chicago Now blog, True Hoop blog)
Forte cracks 1,000 yard mark

Matt Forte, the multi-dimensional running back for the playoff Chicago Bears, cracked the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the second time in his three-year career. Forte needed only 22 yards in the season's final game in Green Bay, which he got on his third carry of the game. (ESPN)

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

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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.