Chicago White Sox Wiretap

Todd Frazier Sought Extension Prior To Trade

Apr 26, 2016 9:31 AM

Todd Frazier sought a contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds prior to his trade to the Chicago White Sox, according to a report.

Jon Heyman reports that Frazier and his representatives at CAA "made many proposals" to the Reds about a long-term deal. One of the deals was in the seven-year, $100 million range.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor

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White Sox Place Adam Eaton On Paternity List

Apr 10, 2016 1:40 PM

The White Sox placed outfielder Adam Eaton on the paternity list Sunday and recalled right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa from Double-A Birmingham.

The White Sox announced earlier Sunday that Eaton's wife, Katie, gave birth to the couple's first child -- a boy, Brayden, who weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Eaton left the team Saturday to be with his wife.

ESPN.com

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White Sox, Chance The Rapper Near Ambassador Deal

Apr 7, 2016 9:12 AM

The Chicago White Sox are close to signing Chance The Rapper to an ambassador deal that will pay him to be part of club activities aimed at helping to market the team to a younger audience, according to sources.

Brooks Boyer, the team's senior vice president of sales and marketing, would not confirm any details of the pitch that was made to Chance, a 22-year-old Chicago native.

On Wednesday afternoon, the team revealed that Chance The Rapper designed three new White Sox hats that are limited to 2,000 and will be available at the team's home opener Friday.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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White Sox To Sign Miguel Gonzalez

Apr 4, 2016 7:53 AM

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to sign Miguel Gonzalez to a Minor League contract.

Gonzalez was released by the Baltimore Orioles late last week.

The Orioles made him a "competitive" offer to pitch in the minors, but he apparently felt he had a better opportunity waiting for him elsewhere.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Signing

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White Sox To Start Jimmy Rollins At Shortstop

Mar 30, 2016 4:57 PM

The Chicago White Sox plan to start Jimmy Rollins at shortstop on Opening Day.

The club announced on Wednesday that Rollins' contract would be purchased from Triple-A Charlotte.

Rollins, 37, entered Wednesday batting .354 (17-for-48) this spring with four home runs and 13 RBIs.

Andrew Simon/MLB

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White Sox Have No Plans To Trade Chris Sale

Mar 21, 2016 8:05 AM

The Chicago White Sox have no plans to trade Chris Sale, according to multiple sources.

Rick Hahn has received a few calls about the team's ace as Opening Day nears.

Sale's name has come up in trade rumors once again after a Friday outburst in which he ripped executive vice president Kenny Williams after the retirement of Adam LaRoche.

"He has an opinion, he has a right to talk about it and I don't think that's going to stop as far as guys having opinions and speaking their minds," Robin Ventura said.

Sale, who turns 27 next week, has a 2.91 ERA and 1,011 strikeouts in 883.1 career innings, all with Chicago.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Reinsdorf Declares LaRoche Saga Over

Mar 21, 2016 12:36 AM

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf says he has met with Adam LaRoche and the team and is declaring the saga over.

LaRoche abruptly retired Tuesday after he was told by executive vice president Kenny Williams that his 14-year-old son wasn't allowed to be in the clubhouse.

ESPN.com

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Chris Sale: White Sox Were Lied To By Kenny Williams

Mar 18, 2016 4:41 PM

Chris Sale claims that he and his Chicago White Sox teammates were lied to by executive vice president Kenny Williams.

Sale spoke to the media with two Adam LaRoche jerseys hanging in his locker, including one signed by the player's 14-year-old son, Drake.

Williams has told three different stories on why the decision was made to limit Drake's access to the clubhouse, according to Sale. The decision prompted LaRoche to leave the team and a contract that would have paid him $13 million this season.

"Somebody walked out of those doors the other day and it was the wrong guy," Sale said.

Sale contends that Williams has contradicted himself, first saying that players complained about LaRoche's son being in the clubhouse, then saying it was coaches who spoke against it and then saying the decision came down from ownership.

"We got bald-faced lied to by someone that we trust," Sale said.

"This isn't us rebelling against rules; this is us rebelling against B.S.," he added.

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Adam LaRoche: Vice President Said Son Wasn't Welcome

Mar 18, 2016 4:37 PM

Adam LaRoche issued a statement via Twitter on Friday regarding his decision to retire this week amid reports that the Chicago White Sox didn't son his teenage son around the club.

LaRoche said in the statement that before he signed his two-year, $25 million contract last year, "my first question to the club concerned my [son Drake's] ability to be a part of the team. After some due diligence on the club's part, we reached an agreement" and there were no problems with his son's presence in the clubhouse in 2015.

White Sox vice president Kenny Williams then advised LaRoche this spring that he had to "scale back" the amount of time his son spent in the clubhouse.

"Later, I was told not to bring him to the ballpark at all," LaRoche said. "Obviously, I expressed my displeasure toward this decision to alter the agreement we had reached before I signed with the White Sox."

LaRoche said in his statement that the 2016 season "was likely to be the last year of my career, and there's no way I was going to spend it without my son."

ESPN

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White Sox Considered Boycott To Support Adam LaRoche

Mar 17, 2016 12:59 PM

Chicago White Sox players considered not playing in Wednesday's spring training game in support of former teammate Adam LaRoche, according to sources.

LaRoche retired earlier this week after president Ken Williams told him that he had to limit the time his 14-year-old son, Drake, spent with the team.

Robin Ventura intervened and persuaded the players, who were united in support of LaRoche, to play the game against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to the sources.

LaRoche, 36, walked away from a contract that would have paid him $13 million this season.

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Adam LaRoche Retired Because White Sox Didn't Allow Son In Clubhouse
Adam LaRoche decided to retire, leaving millions of dollars on the table, because the White Sox told him that his son was no longer welcome in the clubhouse.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Adam LaRoche Retires, Leaves $13M On Table
Rick Hahn said Adam LaRoche told his teammates in a clubhouse meeting and was asked to reconsider, which the GM characterized as a "personal decision."

ESPN

White Sox Release Mike Olt
The 27-year-old has hit .168/.250/.330 with 16 home runs in 400 Major League plate appearances.

Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune

Austin Jackson Agrees To One-Year, $5M Deal With White Sox
The addition of Austin Jackson gives the White Sox needed outfield depth.

ESPN.com

Adam Eaton Apologizes For Tweet About Race During Oscars
Adam Eaton has apologized for a tweet he posted during Sunday's Academy Awards telecast.

Associated Press

White Sox Made Two-Year Offer To Dexter Fowler
The White Sox reportedly made a two-year contract offer to Dexter Fowler before he re-signed with the Cubs.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Rollins Signs Minor League Deal With White Sox
If added to the 40-man roster, Jimmy Rollins will receive a one-year, $2 million deal.

Associated Press

White Sox Not Longer Pursuing Ian Desmond
While the White Sox made an effort to sign Ian Desmond, USA Today reports that those efforts are unlikely to result in a contract agreement.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

White Sox Linked To Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond has lingered on the free agent market longer than expected.

Andrew Simon/MLB

White Sox Agree To Minors Deal With Travis Ishikawa
Travis Ishikawa had previously agreed to a similar deal with the Mariners, but it fell through.

Scott Merkin/MLB

White Sox Agree To Contract With Mat Latos
The White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with Mat Latos, according to a source.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

White Sox Seek Left-Handed Outfield Bat
A trade with the Dodgers for Andre Ethier has been mentioned as a possibility.

Phil Rogers/MLB

White Sox Exploring Trade For Andre Ethier
The White Sox are exploring a trade for Andre Ethier, but it's unclear if they'll find a match with the Dodgers.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Frank Thomas Returns To White Sox As Special Consultant
Frank Thomas is returning to the White Sox as a special consultant to business operations.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Cubs, White Sox Continue To Monitor Dexter Fowler
Dexter Fowler, who will turn 30 in March, had one of his best seasons in 2015.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Alexei Ramirez Will Earn $3M With Padres
The deal includes an mutual option worth $4 million with a $1 million buyout.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Yoenis Cespedes May Be Close To New Deal
The Mets, Braves, and White Sox are known to have interest in signing Yoenis Cespedes.

MLB.com

Mark Buehrle Isn't Planning On Pitching In 2016
Mark Buehrle isn't ready to announce his retirement, but he currently isn't planning on pitching in 2016, according to a report.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

2016 Hall Of Fame Class To Be Announced This Week
Ken Griffey Jr. may be the first player to be unanimously elected by the eligible voters.

MLB.com

White Sox Haven't Closed Door On Re-Signing Alexei Ramirez
The White Sox have added a pair of infielders this offseason, but they haven't closed the door on re-signing Alexei Ramirez.

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