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Alex Avila Signs Deal With White Sox

Nov 25, 2015 4:36 PM

The Chicago White Sox have signed Alex Avila to a one-year contract.

The deal is worth $2.5 million.

Avila, 29, was limited with the Detroit Tigers last season due to injury.

His father, Al Avila, is the general manager of the Tigers, having replaced Dave Dombrowski in August.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Keeping Tabs On Jeff Samardzija

Nov 19, 2015 8:43 AM

The Chicago Cubs are looking to add a starting pitcher this offseason and are keeping tabs on Jeff Samardzija.

Samardzija and Theo Epstein were "hanging together" on Wednesday night, according to a report.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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White Sox Hire Rick Renteria As Bench Coach

Nov 10, 2015 5:25 PM

The Chicago White Sox have hired Rick Renteria as their new bench coach.

The club also announced that Greg Sparks will be the new assistant hitting coach.

Renteria last served as the manager of the Chicago Cubs in 2014 before he was replaced by Joe Maddon this past season. He also was the manager for Team Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He has three years of bench coach experience with the San Diego Padres, from 2011 to 2013.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor

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White Sox Haven't Ruled Out Re-Signing Alexei Ramirez

Nov 9, 2015 4:54 PM

The Chicago White Sox declined Alexei Ramirez's $10 million option last week, but they haven't ruled out re-signing the infielder.

"Essentially the decision made is we weren’t going to pay Alexei $10 million for 2016," Rick Hahn told CSN Chicago. "We haven’t closed the door on potentially bringing Alexei back. He served us extremely well for eight years in a White Sox uniform and obviously middle infield is a position of interest for us going into the offseason. We’ll continue talking to his guy. Nothing has been shut for the future just yet."

The market at shortstop is fairly thin this offseason, so Ramirez could receive several offers.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Alex Gordon Likely To Opt For Free Agency

Oct 31, 2015 3:35 PM

Alex Gordon is not expected to exercise his $14 million player option with the Kansas City Royals.

The Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros are among teams rumored to have interest in Gordon.

Gordon is likely to receive an offer in the four-year range.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mets Expected To Be Players For Ian Desmond

Oct 30, 2015 7:42 AM

Many believe the New York Mets will be players for Ian Desmond on the free agent market.

The Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins could also be in the running to sign the shortstop.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Samardzija Has No Plans To Re-Sign With White Sox

Oct 20, 2015 7:16 AM

The Chicago White Sox will offer Jeff Samardzija a qualifying offer, but he has no intention of re-signing with the club.

In his lone season with the White Sox, the right-hander had a 4.96 ERA, 163 strikeouts and 49 walks in 214 innings.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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White Sox To Retain Robin Ventura As Manager

Oct 2, 2015 8:21 PM

Rick Hahn expects Robin Ventura to return next season as manager of the Chicago White Sox.

Hahn said bench coach Mark Parent's contract will not be renewed and that assistant hitting coach Harold Baines has requested to move into an ambassador role. Ventura and the rest of the staff are expected back.


''Obviously, everyone with this organization is extremely disappointed with the way the season has played out,'' Hahn said. ''We have already begun the work of trying to address several of the areas in which all of us need to improve in order to get us to the level that we want to get to for the future.''


During Ventura's 2012 debut, Chicago went 85-77 and led the AL Central most of the season before faltering late and finishing behind Detroit.

Brian Sandalow/Associated Press

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor

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Jose Abreu Wants To Improve English, Leadership Role

Sep 30, 2015 5:18 PM

Jose Abreu wants to extend his leadership abilities with the Chicago White Sox even further and will make an attempt to learn English this winter.

"That's my goal. I want to be a leader and I know that for that, I have to learn the language," Abreu said through an interpreter Tuesday. "And that's my focus for this offseason. It's one of the things that I have on my list. I know if I can learn a little bit more of the language, I can express myself in a better way with my teammates and my coaches. It's going to help our relationship."

Robin Ventura has said Abreu's leadership skills are evident in his work ethic, even with his limited grasp of English. But he applauds Abreu's desire to learn more.

"It's a good thing to hear because we know how he operates," Ventura said. "We know how he comes in every day and how he prepares and how he plays the game. Any time a guy like that wants to step up and lead, we're happy to hear that."

Doug Padilla/ESPN

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Jeff Samardzija's Market Value May Have Reduced

Sep 9, 2015 7:40 AM

Jeff Samardzija, 30, is on his way to throwing 200-plus innings for the third-straight season, but his market value may have decreased as free agency approaches.

Earlier this season Homer Bailey's six-year, $105 million contract seemed like a good reference point for the Chicago White Sox right-hander. James Shields' four-year, $75 million deal may be more realistic now.

Samardzija has a 4.87 ERA, and 146 strikeouts in 188.1 innings this season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Robin Ventura Campaigns For Job Despite Losing Season
The White Sox have failed to meet expectations, but Robin Ventura said he still has passion for his job and wants to return in 2016.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

White Sox Claim Mike Olt Off Waivers From Cubs
The Cubs had designated third baseman Mike Olt for assignment last Monday.

Alexei Ramirez Hopes To Return To White Sox
The White Sox hold a $10 million option on Alexei Ramirez for 2016 with a $1 million buyout.

Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune

White Sox Pull David Robertson Off Waivers
The Yankees claimed David Robertson off waivers, but the White Sox have pulled the reliever back.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Sale Third Pitcher To Allow One Or Fewer Hits, Strike Out 15 In 2015
Chris Sale struck out 15 batters in seven innings of one-hit ball. He is just the third pitcher this season to strike out at least 15 and allow one hit or fewer, joining Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer.

ESPN Stats & Info

David Robertson Calls Mike Scioscia 'Bush League'
David Robertson called Mike Scioscia "bush league" for his handling of a replay review during Wednesday night's game between the White Sox and Angels.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

White Sox Looking To Add Pieces For 2015 And Beyond
The White Sox have lost eight of their last 11 games, but they refuse to throw in the towel.

Daryl Van Schouwen/Chicago Sun-Times

White Sox Sign John Maryberry, Jr.
The Mets released Mayberry, Jr. after acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson via trade last month.

RealGM Staff Report

Mark Buehrle Has 'Special Feeling' About Blue Jays
He ended up in the World Series with the White Sox the last time he felt this way.

Associated Press

Pitching Coach Will Influence Where Samardzija Signs
Unless he agrees to an extension with the White Sox, Jeff Samardzija will become a free agent at season's end.

David Laurilla/FanGraphs

White Sox Promote Nick Hostetler To Scouting Director
Nick Hostetler's predecessor, Doug Laumann, is moving into a new role as senior adviser to scouting operations

John Manuel/Baseball America

White Sox Pursuing Hitter; Looking At Cespedes, Upton
The White Sox are pursuing a hitter ahead of Friday's non-waiver deadline, a reversal in what their approach was expected to be.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

White Sox Waiting To Decide On Jeff Samardzija Trade
It was reported on Monday that the Blue Jays have shown the most interest in the right-hander of any club.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Blue Jays Showing Strongest Interest In Jeff Samardzija
It was reported last week that the White Sox have become "increasingly willing" to move Jeff Samardzija, who is owed $9.8 million this season and will become a free agent this winter.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Astros Discussed Samardzija With White Sox Before Kazmir Deal
Houston ultimately opted to make the deal for Scott Kazmir because they were more comfortable with the Oakland Athletics' asking price.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

White Sox Now Listening To Trade Offers
The White Sox are open to "listening" to trade offers after a series loss to the Royals over the weekend.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yost, Ventura Agree On One-Inning For Sale
Chris Sale threw 115 pitches through seven innings on Saturday.

Samardzija Doesn't Want White Sox To Trade Him
The White Sox may have already decided to field offers for Jeff Samardzija, but the right-hander hopes the club is given a full season before a final evaluation is made.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

White Sox Won't Dismantle At Trade Deadline
With a few weeks to go before the non-waiver trade deadline, the White Sox aren't expected to dismantle before July 31.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

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