Youk's agent won't rush to make a deal

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Youk's agent won't rush to make a deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kevin Youkilis may be the most talked about free agent third baseman, but his representative isnt in a rush to complete a deal.
Agent Joe Bick arrived at the winter meetings on Monday and stayed away from specifics as he discussed Youkilis. The White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies are believed to have the most interest in Youkilis, who had 15 homers and 46 RBIs after came to South Side in a trade in late June.
But Bick remained vague as he talked about when or where his client will land and how much it will take to get him there, aside for an allowance that Youkilis is also open to playing first base.
Whatever it takes to get the right deal in place, Bick said. Certainly everybody would rather have it happen sooner than later, but it doesnt always work out that way. Were prepared to do a deal when the right deal is there.
Youkilis played through several bumps and bruises after he joined the White Sox last season.
He appeared in 80 of the teams 90 games after the June 24 trade brought him over from the Boston Red Sox even though he had bursitis in his right knee and battled several other nagging injuries.
But Bick said his client is in good health for the first time in three offseasons. Youkilis had surgery on his thumb at the conclusion of the 2010 seasons and underwent hernia surgery after 2011.
Its the best that hes been in several years, Bick said. Completely healthy. The good news is he hasnt spent a minute this winter rehabbing anything. Feels good. Feels strong. Everything is going great.
Youkilis, 33, said in early October he believed his health is on the right track.
Hopefully I have some good years to still play the game, Youkilis said. I hope to play a few more years and hopefully good quality years of playing.

Preview: Carlos Rodon makes season debut as White Sox face Yankees on CSN

Preview: Carlos Rodon makes season debut as White Sox face Yankees on CSN

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Confident Jose Quintana gets 'back to who he's always been'

Confident Jose Quintana gets 'back to who he's always been'

The White Sox said all along they were confident Jose Quintana would rebound and now that he has no seems the least bit surprised.

Quintana provided yet another round of proof that he’s far removed from those May woes when he silenced the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. While the left-hander earned a no decision, he was rewarded when the White Sox rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field. Quintana finished June with a 1.78 ERA.

“We have a very good relationship, very good communication,” teammate Jose Abreu said through an interpreter. “When (Quintana) was passing through that, the first two months, I let him know, just keep your confidence, don’t hesitate, do your job, keep working hard because we have confidence in you. Now he’s just showing us what he’s capable of doing and doing what he’s been doing his whole career. We’re glad he’s the same Jose Quintana he’s been the last couple of years.”

Quintana has gone from a period where many of his mistakes got hit to a spot where he’s been borderline untouchable. He limited the second-best offense in the American League to two hits and four walks in 6 1/3 scoreless innings on Tuesday. With good fastball command and a sharp curve, Quintana had New York hitters out of whack.

This is a much different pitcher than the one who was tagged by the Boston Red Sox on May 30, an outing after which he said he was embarrassed. Since losing to Boston, Quintana has lowered his ERA from 5.30 to 4.37. In that span, Quintana has allowed 21 hits and six earned runs with 12 walks and 30 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings.

“Sometime bad games are going to happen,” Quintana said. “But when it happens, I go check the video to see if I’m doing something wrong and try to make adjustments. But I feel pretty good and I have my confidence high and for me I turn the page and focus on the next one.”

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The 2016 All-Star thrived in the few instances when he got into trouble on Tuesday.

He struck out Tyler Austin with two men in scoring position to end the fourth inning and erased a leadoff walk in the fifth with an Austin Romine double play. After Quintana surrendered a two-out double to Judge in the sixth inning, he got Sanchez to pop out to strand the tying run.

Quintana only threw strikes on 55 of 101 pitches on Tuesday. But, of those 55, 10 were swings and misses.

“It's just been him commanding the zone, attacking,” manager Rick Renteria said. “A lot more strikes. He still had some at-bats today where he got to 3-2, but then he'd execute, he'd finish and make a pitch that induced a very weak fly ball or groundballs. That's who he is, I mean you all have seen him like this before. For us it's just seeing him get back to who he's always been.”