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Word on the Street: Sox looking to trade Floyd?

Word on the Street: Sox looking to trade Floyd?

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
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Floyd on the block

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd is reportedly on the trading block as the MLB GMs meet in Orlando, Fla., this week.

Floyd has a contract through the 2012 season with a club option for 2013, but the 27-year-old starter may still be dealt nonetheless. He had a 4.08 ERA last year with the Sox and according to Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald, the South Siders may deal Floyd to the Rockies for 25-year-old third baseman Ian Stewart, who hit 18 homers in 121 games last year. Floyd would likely be a good fit in Colorado, posting a career-best 49.9 percent groundball rate in the '10 season.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, however, believes the Brewers, Yankees, Rangers, Marlins, Nationals, Astros, Pirates, Diamondbacks and Dodgers are also expected to have interest in Floyd besides the Rockies. (MLB Trade Rumors, Daily Herald)

Cubs close to a trade?

Not to be outdone by their Chicago counterparts, the Cubs are reportedly close to a deal with the Texas Rangers. 25-year-old first baseman Chris Davis is the main component of the deal, as the Cubs are wanting to diminish their gaudy payroll, not add to it, which means a trade would help fit that bill rather than signing an expensive free agent. The Rangers are also in need of a catcher and the Cubs have two talented catchers in the minor leagues in Welington Castillo and Robinson Chirinos.

Davis is a power-hitting left-handed bat, exactly the type of player the Cubs have expressed interest in. He only hit .192 with 1 HR in 45 games last year, but hit 21 homers just two short years ago. (Cubbies Crib, SB Nation Dallas)

Four Bulls on All Star Ballot

Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah highlighted the Bulls' representatives on the NBA All Star Ballot. Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer are also on the list. Voting began Thursday at bulls.comvotebulls or at NBA Arenas and extends through Jan. 23.

The All Star game starters will be announced Jan. 27. (Chicago Tribune)

Sox keying in on Olivo

With A.J. Pierzynski filing for free agency, the White Sox need somebody to fill the hole at catcher and rumor has it they might be turning to Miguel Olivo, who began his Major League career with Chicago in 2002.

Pierzynski was a clubhouse leader, but only threw out 26.5 percent of would-be base stealers last year. Olivo, on the other hand, threw out 42.3 percent of runners, second only to Yadier Molina (48.5) in the Majors. Olivo also provided some offense, smacking 14 homers in '09. (Chicago Tribune)

Yankees extend invite to Piniella

Former Cubs manager Lou Piniella has been invited to Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium next year. Piniella played outfield for the Yankees for most of his career, and was part of the World Series champion 1977-78 teams. He also managed the Bronx Bombers after his playing career was over.

Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said Piniella will "always be a consultant for me." (Chicago Tribune)

Bears somehow avoiding injury bug

It has been a truly crazy year in the NFL, including on the injury format. Alex Marvez on FoxSports.com breaks down how the injury bug has hit the league, as 311 players have been placed on the injured reserve list through 10 weeks, 34 more than last season (277). The Bears fall in the "Fit as a Fiddle" category, as they've been relatively unscatched this year. The only notable IR player is Hunter Hillenmeyer.

The Vikings are in what Marvez calls the "Stable Condition" category while Green Bay falls under "Intensive Care" and the Lions are in the worst shape, falling under the "On Life Support". (FoxSports.com)

White Sox Talk Podcast: Jeff Passan explains why White Sox have the best farm system in baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Jeff Passan explains why White Sox have the best farm system in baseball

After speaking with 24 people in baseball (GMs, farm directors and scouts), Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports made a conclusion: the White Sox have the best farm system in baseball. On the podcast, Chuck Garfien speaks with Passan about his specific findings and how the next few years might play out for the franchise.

How many of the White Sox prospects have to be a success for the rebuild to work? Will Michael Kopech or Alec Hansen have the better major league career? Will the Cubs one day regret trading Eloy Jimenez? Will the White Sox be willing to spend big money to land a player like Manny Machado? Who will be the White Sox closer in 2019? Who might the White Sox draft in 2018?

The answers to these questions and many others on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Minor league notes: Eloy Jimenez isn't 'going to throw' away his opportunity

Minor league notes: Eloy Jimenez isn't 'going to throw' away his opportunity

A strong work ethic is one reason the White Sox are very excited about the possibilities that Eloy Jimenez presents.

Not only is the Double-A Birmingham outfielder extremely talented, he accompanies it with nonstop work. Jimenez’s Winston-Salem teammates and coaches praised the youngster for the serious effort he puts forth in the batting cage. One White Sox staffer watched Jimenez in batting practice last Sunday — he slugged more than 850 feet worth of home runs the night before — and noted how the No. 7 prospect in baseball was working on hitting curveballs. Jimenez said cage work is a vital part of his everyday routine.

“The most important thing before the game for me is to get in the cage, do my work, do my thing,” Jimenez said. “That is the biggest thing for me. I think that has worked for me in the game. That’s why I’m working hard every day in the cages.

“It’s time to go to work. I joke outside the cage but inside the cage I’m just thinking what I’m going to do. What is the spot I do damage? What is the spot I need to work more? That is the time for that I feel.”

Jimenez said his parents — mother Adelaida Solano, father Luis Jimenez and “baseball dad” Amauris Nina — instilled in him a strong work ethic. Though he believes he’s talented, Jimenez thinks it would only take him so far and wants to do everything he can to become a major leaguer.

“My dad all the time says if you want to be the best you need to work like you want to be the best,” Jimenez said. “All the time my mom said if you’re going to do something, do what you love and work hard for that.

“(Amauris) says you need to work like you don’t have anything, like nobody knows you. Work like that. No matter what they tell you outside the field, you need to work every day.

“If God gave me the opportunity I’m not going to throw it away. I’m just going to work hard to be one of the best players in baseball.”

Clarkin keeps busy

Winston-Salem pitcher Ian Clarkin hopes to return sooner than later from a strained right oblique that has kept him sidelined since July 23. Acquired from the Yankees on July 18, Clarkin has been on the disabled list since Aug. 1.

Along with his rehab work, one way the right-hander — the No. 23 prospect in the organization — has kept busy by growing a mustache. Clarkin has also paired up with Dash outfielder Jameson Fisher, the No. 26 prospect, to receive tips on how to grow and maintain it. Fisher has an 80-grade mustache on the 20-80 scouting scale and the two have lockers next to one another. But Clarkin isn’t very satisfied with his soup strainer, which has been growing for three weeks.

“This is a weird phase I’m going through,” Clarkin said. “Nothing growing in the middle, I need to do something.

“I gotta figure out what we’re doing. I like it, but we’re in a weird phase.”

Say, that’s not …

Jake Peter has done his best Yoan Moncada impersonation since he was promoted last month, including wearing the White Sox second baseman’s No. 10 at Triple-A Charlotte. Peter entered Sunday hitting .306/.358/.495 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 120 plate appearances at Charlotte. He was the organization’s co-minor league player of the month in July with Jimenez.

“He’s a great ballplayer,” Double-A manager Julio Vinas said of Peter. “He’s a grinder and he gives you everything he has got. He was having quality AB s and he’s got so many tools. What’s great about him is anywhere you put him he plays solid defense.”

Peter is in his fourth season with the organization after the White Sox drafted him in the seventh round in the 2014 draft out of Creighton. He’s excited by the influx of talent and said it should create good competition with the players who were already here.

“We’re seeing all the great players coming in, and all of the great players we’ve already had it’s just going to make us better because it will create more competition and make us push each other,” Peter said.

Polo on the mark

Don’t overlook Tito Polo because he was the third minor leaguer to come over in the Yankees deal and currently isn’t part of MLB.com’s top-30 organizational prospect list. That’s the advice of Double-A announcer Curt Bloom, who calls Polo a strong defender, and Clarkin, who played with the center fielder for part of the 2016 season at Single-A Tampa.

“Tito has an unbelievable amount of talent and people are going to be surprised what he has in store,” Clarkin said. “He’s a good hitter, he can hit for power, he runs really well, he has a great arm and he’s a good defensive player, which everyone saw in the WBC. He’s going to surprise a lot of people with his talent.”