Word on the Street: Quentin on the trade block?

Word on the Street: Quentin on the trade block?

Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
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Quentin on the trade block?

Amidst a flurry of moves, the White Sox are looking to continue their busy offseason by actively searching for takers for the services of veteran outfielder Carlos Quentin.

After signing Adam Dunn and re-signing team leaders Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski, the Sox are now searching for at least one reliever and dangling Quentin as trade bait. Philadelphia is said to be interested, but right now, the Sox are asking for too much according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. (MLBTradeRumors.com)

Pujols to the Cubs?

Maybe it's not as crazy as it seems. Kevin Baumer of Business Insider's Sports Page believes Albert Pujols signing with the Chicago Cubs is not out of the realm of possibility. If Pujols doesn't sign an extension, his contract will expire after the '11 season and in free agency, Baumer feels the Cubs have the best chance of throwing the most money at him. As he says, a lot of the big market teams (Boston, Yankees, White Sox, Phillies) each have extremely expensive options at first base locked in for a couple of years at least, which leaves the Cubs as one of the best suitors to give the superstar "Alex Rodriguez money". (BusinessInsider.com)
Buehrle a hero

Veteran White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle has agreed to pay all the veterinary costs for a dog found with an arrow through its abdomen Thursday in Alton, Ill. The dog's owners were tracked down, but they had no way of paying off the estimated 2,400 in veterinary bills. Buehrle, being the big dog lover that he is, caught wind of it and agreed to pay all expenses. (Riverfront Times)

Patriots without big tackler Sunday

The New England Patriots are already going to be playing the Chicago Bears in frigid and snowy conditions Sunday, conditions conducive for running the football. But, now they are going to have to try to defend one of the NFL's hottest teams without one of their leading tacklers.

Linebacker Brandon Spikes has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Spikes, a rookie, is the Patriots' second-leading tackler. (Chicago Tribune)

Crawford closing in on record

Blackhawks fans know goaltender Corey Crawford has been on a hot streak lately, but just how hot is almost shocking. The 25-year-old rookie has won seven consecutive decisions and one more would tie him with Denis DeJordy for the Blackhawks' longest win streak for a rookie goalie.

Crawford gets the start Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks. CSN's coverage begins at 9:30. (CSNChicago.com)

Lions end fined for hit on Cutler

Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril was fined 15,000 for his roughing the passer penalty on Jay Cutler in the Bears' win over the Lions on Sunday. (Chicago Tribune)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.

Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.

The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.

Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.

Take a listen to the latest episode below:

Preview: Confident Fire face tough test vs. FC Dallas Thursday on CSN

Preview: Confident Fire face tough test vs. FC Dallas Thursday on CSN

The Chicago Fire are on a three-game winning streak, but those wins have come against struggling teams. FC Dallas, Thursday’s opponent, provides a different level of opposition.

Dallas won the Supporters’ Shield and the U.S. Open Cup last year and was the last team in Major League Soccer to lose this season, only getting knocked off for the first time Saturday against San Jose.

The Fire host Dallas at Toyota Park on CSN with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. with Fire Pregame Live. The Fire (6-3-3, 21 points) have more points, but Dallas (5-1-4, 19 points) has played two fewer games.

“You can test yourself against one of the best teams in the league and kind of gauge where you’re at,” Fire defender Brandon Vincent said. “We’re confident and we want to go out there and battle with them.”

Vincent has been part of a defense that has two straight shutouts, although those came against the two-worst goal-scoring teams in the league in Colorado and D.C. Dallas’ attack isn’t the most prolific in the league (14 goals in 10 games), but is very dangerous on the counter.

“They have a ton of attacking talent,” goalkeeper Matt Lampson said. “They’re actually just a solid team throughout and we expect a very hard game, but we are a completely different team. I think we’ve started to prove that and it’s going to be a very good game.”

While the defense will be busy containing Maxi Urruti (6 goals, 2 assists), midfielder Kellyn Acosta has been a crucial two-way player for Dallas. The 21-year-old has become a key player in the middle with playmaker Mauro Diaz, who was third in MLS with 13 assists last year, still out with an Achilles tendon injury.

Dallas has allowed the fewest goals in the league this season, seven through 10 games. Both centerbacks, Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman, have emerged as national team prospects for the U.S.

Dallas has the talent, experience and credentials of a top team. The Fire are new to being a contender. Vincent and Lampson, both in their second years with the Fire, said they haven’t seen the team have this much confidence since they joined the team.

“This is something special,” Lampson said. “That just proves that guys like Juninho, Dax (McCarty) and Bastian (Schweinsteiger) coming in, the culture has completely changed and we have guys who will do anything to win. When you have every guy on the team that’s like that, then you’re going to get results, you’re going to have confidence when you play well and everybody on the field is going to play for each other.”

Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas

Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.

TV: CSN Chicago

When: Coverage begins 7 p.m. Thursday with Fire Pregame Live

Records: Fire (6-3-3, 21 points), FCD (5-1-4, 19 points)