Word on the Street: Sox open to offers for Buehrle?

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Word on the Street: Sox open to offers for Buehrle?

Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010
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Metrodome roof collapses; Bears-Vikings game in jeopardy?

The inflatable roof at the Metrodome collapsed after a winter storm dumped 17 inches of snow accompanied by wind gusts of 30 mph on Saturday. The Vikings-Giants game that was originally scheduled to be played there on Sunday has been moved to Monday night in Detroit. Roy Terwillinger, chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facility says that he is confident that the roof can be repaired in time for next week's Bears-Vikings game scheduled to take place at the Metrodome. That gives crews eight days to repair three panels and re-inflate the roof.

Sox listening to offers for Buehrle?

The Boston Globe is reporting that the White Sox will listen to offers for ace Mark Buehrle, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Sox. Buehrle has 10-5 protection, however if he should waive those rights it is possible that teams may try to work out a long-term deal for him in conjunction with a trade. (Boston Globe)

Rodgers suffers concussion

The Packers suffered yet another devastating injury on Sunday as QB Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of the game in the second quarter after suffering his second concussion of the season. Rodgers was 7 of 11 for 46 yards prior to leaving the game. After his loss, the Packers faltered and fell by a final of 7-3 to the Detroit Lions. The victory was only the Lions third on the season.

Rodgers first concussion occurred in an overtime loss to Washington in October. He was able to play the following week. (Chicago Tribune)

Anthony wants to go to New York

There has been yet another twist in the Carmello Anthony saga. The Nuggets star is now reportedly saying he will only sign a long-term extension if he is traded to the New York Knicks. Anthony also said that he does not think the Nuggets will trade him anywhere where he would not accept an extension. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Nationals targeting Lee

Former Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee is reportedly being targeted by the Washington Nationals for their first base vacancy. Lee would provide strong defense and clubhouse leadership to the squad. Aside from Lee, the Nationals are also said to be in the running for Adam LaRoche.

"We will explore both options, so it expands our pool a little bit more," Nats GM Mike Rizzo said. "I don't ever want to feel rushed to do a deal. I think when you feel rushed to do a deal, you make a deal that you may not have wanted to do. So we are going to look at our options. We feel there are still good options out there, and we will see where they take us." (MLB.com)

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."