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Jose Abreu Joins Relativity Sports

May 14, 2015 10:27 AM

Jose Abreu has changed agents and will now be represented by Diego Bentz and Fern Cuza of Relativity Baseball.

Abreu's contract allows him to opt for arbitration once eligible, in lieu of his contract's remaining guaranteed salaries. That would come after the 2016 season.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

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White Sox Undecided On Rodon's Role Going Forward

May 11, 2015 9:04 AM

The Chicago White Sox haven't yet announced whether Carlos Rodon will remain in the starting rotation.

However, Robin Ventura said Sunday that Rodon won't pitch in the club's upcoming series with the Milwaukee Brewers after tossing 108 pitches during his first Major League start on Saturday.

"He'll need some days off," Ventura said.

Rodon made three relief appearances before starting this weekend.

Monitoring his innings is something Chicago is undoubtedly doing. If Rodon were to remain in the rotation going forward, he figures to make around 25 starts. If he averaged six innings per appearance, he'd finish the season having pitched around 160 innings.

"Right now, he's just pitching. I think that's where he's at. He's happy to be here in the big leagues," said Ventura of Rodon. "And he has the ability. That's why he's here.

"You're also somewhat protecting the amount of usage you're going to get out of him over the course of the year, so there's some factors that go into it for him and his learning curve and things like that. There's more to it than he's just ready to go."

Scott Merkin/MLB

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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Carlos Rodon To Make First Start For White Sox Saturday

May 7, 2015 12:28 PM

Carlos Rodon will make his first Major League start on Saturday when the Chicago White Sox face off against the Cincinnati Reds.

Rodon, Chicago's first pick in last June's draft, has worked out of the bullpen three times. In 6 1/3 innings, he has allowed nine hits and two runs with four walks and four strikeouts. He has a 2.84 ERA.

"It should be fun," Rodon said. "I don't think anything really changes. Pitching is pitching no matter what role it is. You must pour it in the zone, so we prepare the same way. There is nothing different."

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

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Abreu: Blame Players, Not Ventura For Struggles

May 4, 2015 8:40 AM

Jose Abreu came to the defense of his manager on Sunday as the Chicago White Sox continue to struggle.

Robin Ventura has taken the brunt of the criticism. The White Sox are 8-14 and occupy last place in the American League Central.

"If the people want someone to blame, it's the players, not Robin," Abreu said.

Abreu, who was the AL Rookie of the Year and finished fourth in the MVP voting last season, is hitting .267/.323/.523 with five home runs and 15 RBI.

Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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White Sox-Orioles Will Play In Empty Stadium

Apr 28, 2015 5:03 PM

The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox will play Wednesday at Camden Yards in a game that will be closed to the public.

The revised plan was announced Tuesday after widespread public unrest in Baltimore forced a postponement of a White Sox-Orioles game for the second consecutive day.

The Orioles also announced that their upcoming weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays, which originally was scheduled to be played in Baltimore, instead will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Orioles will play as the home team in the three-game series, which begins Friday.

ESPN

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White Sox-Orioles Game Postponed Due To Safety Concerns

Apr 28, 2015 8:31 AM

Monday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles was postponed because of safety concerns after riots broke out near Camden Yards.

Rob Manfred, at the stadium for a previously planned visit, said Tuesday night's game between the Orioles and White Sox could be moved if safety continued to be an issue.

Rioters looted stores and threw rocks and bricks at Baltimore police about three miles from the stadium in the wake of the mysterious death of Freddie Gray. He died April 19 after suffering a severe spinal injury in police custody.

The Orioles announced the postponement about 40 minutes before game time. About 1,000 fans were inside the stadium at the time, and many gates already had been closed.

ESPN

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Cain Believes Bad Blood With White Sox Is Over

Apr 27, 2015 8:04 AM

Lorenzo Cain is ready to move on after the Kansas City Royals brawled with the Chicago White Sox in the series opener on Thursday night.

Several players were suspended by Major League Baseball following the incident.

"I think we got all our emotions out that night and I think it's over and done with," Cain said. "I think we're going to try to go out here and go back to just playing baseball and leave it at that."

The brawl began when Yordano Ventura grabbed a seventh-inning grounder from Adam Eaton and the two exchanged words before Eaton was thrown out at first. Eaton had to be restrained from Ventura, who was ejected from his second straight start. Players from both dugouts and bullpens then ran onto the field for a fight that lasted several minutes.

Associated Press

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MLB Disciplines Seven Players For Royals-White Sox Incident
Seven players have received suspensions and undisclosed fines for their roles in Thursday's game.

Press Release

Rodon Bringing Plus-Slider To White Sox
The White Sox have promoted Carlos Rodon, who will make his Major League debut as some point this week.

Mike Bertha/MLB

White Sox To Add Carlos Rodon To Pitching Staff
Top pitching prospect Carlos Rodon will begin in the White Sox' bullpen.

ESPN.com

White Sox Need Starter Sunday, But It Won't Be Rodon
Robin Ventura said Wednesday that the starter would come from Chicago's active roster, which means Jose Quintana or Hector Noesi will get the start.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

White Sox Claim Kyle Drabek
Kyle Drabek, 27, was once regarded as one of baseball's top 30 prospects by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Samardzija To Start Opener For White Sox
The right-hander, acquired from the Athletics in a December trade, will replace Chris Sale, who has been scratched from the honor because of a fractured bone in his right foot.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

White Sox Sign Eaton To Five-Year Extension
White Sox lead off hitter Adam Eaton has signed a new five-year, $23.5M deal.

ESPN.com

Sale Won't Pitch Opener For White Sox
Chris Sale fractured a bone in his right foot at the start of spring training.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Giants, White Sox, Yankees Pursued Jason Heyward Trade
The Braves ultimately traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Samardzija, White Sox Haven't Discussed Contract
The White Sox acquired Jeff Samardzija from the Athletics via trade and the belief at the time was that Chicago would attempt to lock him up over the long-term.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Blue Jays Sign Dayan Viciedo
Dayan Viciedo hit 21 home runs for the White Sox last season.

ESPN.com

Former White Sox Star Minnie Minoso Dies At 90
Minnie Minoso became the first black MLB baseball player in Chicago in 1951.

ESPN.com

Chris Sale Injures Foot In Home Accident
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale will miss at least three weeks of training after landing wrong on his foot getting out of a truck.

ESPN.com

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Samardzija Open To Long-Term Deal With White Sox
Pitcher Jeff Samardzija is a year away from free agency.

MLB.com

White Sox Bring Beckham Back On $2M Deal
Chicago traded Gordon Beckham to the Angels in August, but decided to bring the infielder back.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

White Sox Sign Penny, Soto To Minors Deals
Geovany Soto appeared in just 24 games with the Rangers and Athletics last season.

Associated Press

Jeff Samardzija Will Earn $9.8M In 2015
The White Sox acquired Jeff Samardzija in a trade with the Athletics earlier this offseason.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

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