Posts tagged "cuba"

Cuba Chatter

Cuba Chatter
Now’s a good time to talk about Cuban ballplayers.  As we are grappling with the Oakland A’s surprise signing of promising Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes; a move that, if the player isn’t traded, may help precipitate the Athletics relocation to San Jose (a proposition backed in full by leverage man Jerry Reinsdorf).  As we await the fate of young Cuban... Read more »

Must every market be skewed against the White Sox liking?

Must every market be skewed against the White Sox liking?
The new, markedly prohibitive spending limits on international free agents go into effect on July 2nd.  From that point on, all teams will be restricted to spending $2.9 million for the whole year on foreign amateurs under the age of 23.  The limit will rise incrementally year-to-year. For teams that have invested heavily in the... Read more »

Brent Morel is entrenched; which means....what?

Brent Morel is entrenched; which means....what?
Seeing Adam Dunn and Alex Rios in the Opening Day lineup isn’t going to feel great.  It’ll be a firm reminder that contracts can dictate batting orders, even in extreme scenarios.  The only thing that can stop it from happening is 18 Brent Lillibridge Spring Training home runs.  Swing for the fences, Brent!* But skimming through... Read more »
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Trade rumors put White Sox firmly on the fence

Trade rumors put White Sox firmly on the fence
The White Sox are still listening to offers for Gavin Floyd. Listening, doesn’t necessarily imply anything is actually being said.  It could mean that the White Sox are merely open to receiving chatter.  It could mean that the White Sox are simply laying down on their back, in the middle of a grassy field, chewing on... Read more »

Alright, let's get properly excited about Yoenis Cespedes, if we're going to at all

Alright, let's get properly excited about Yoenis Cespedes, if we're going to at all
Now that Ryan Madson is off the market for the irritatingly great price of 1 year for $8.5 million, the last expensive but undeniably plus reliever is gone.  Unless Kenny Williams signs off on 4-year deal with Francisco Cabrera rights before the doctors realize what’s wrong with him*, the specter of the White Sox panicking... Read more »

Six years ago...and very much right now

Six years ago...and very much right now
On October 26th, 2005, the Chicago White Sox captured their first World Series in 88 years.  For any team, winning a championship is a stand-alone moment in franchise history, but perhaps more so for the White Sox. Their triumph was not a culmination of years of buildup, and despite a formidable 2006 squad, did not... Read more »
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While other White Sox have stumbled, Alexei Ramirez is breaking out

While other White Sox have stumbled, Alexei Ramirez is breaking out
Cue the smoke machines!….or just the lake-effect fog // Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune After going 2-3 with a double, 2 runs scored and 2 knocked in during Thursday night’s 8-2 win over 1st place Cleveland, Alexei Ramirez now has a .750 OPS on the season.  That may be something to write home about in some... Read more »

Conviction of former White Sox scout exec David Wilder can't close the book on shameful chapter

Conviction of former White Sox scout exec David Wilder can't close the book on shameful chapter
For quite a while now–let’s say decades and decades and decades–Latin America has been talent-rich in baseball.  It’s a populous region, and the sport is popular.  There doesn’t need to be much more than that. However, it would be naive to discount that a primary element in its appeal was how cheap it was for... Read more »