The trade deadline is 10 days away, which means that over the next 10 days we could see a number of Cubs and White Sox players on their way out of town. That’s just the position both teams are currently in, as slim playoff odds and rebuilds firmly plant both organizations as sellers this summer.
Though apparently not everybody agrees with the common sense logic of that equation.
Thanks to the Stanley Cup Final, the NBA Finals and the World Cup I haven’t spent nearly as much time paying attention to the White Sox as I normally do. And I’m grateful for it because, if you haven’t noticed, the White Sox haven’t been all that good lately.
Since improving to 31-30 earlier this month the Sox have gone and lost 11 of their last 15 games, falling all the way to last place in the AL Central, and honestly, I’m not sure they’re going to bounce back.
We already know how he’ll look in the uniform
Just over a year ago I was still covering Illinois sports at The Champaign Room, and the Illini actually had a good baseball team. This meant that, for the first time ever, I was actually paying close attention to college baseball. (I used to spend some time watching the College World Series during the summer, but never too closely.)
Illinois had qualified for a regional that could have sent them to the College World Series, and it was news to follow for the site. So I began watching college baseball when I could. The Illini wouldn’t get out of their regional, thanks to Tyler Beede (who was taken with the 14th pick by San Francisco last night) and Vanderbilt ending their run.
But during that time I came across a pitcher named Carlos Rodon.
The big news at the start of SoxFest on Friday was that Robin Ventura had signed a mystery extension with the White Sox. We don’t know how long the extension is for, or how much money Ventura is getting, but he’s signed it. The White Sox swear.
What stood out to me on the first day of SoxFest, though, was the fact that Ventura’s extension may not be the last bit of breaking news from the Sox this winter.
When the Sox missed out on Masahiro Tanaka I figured that would be the end of the offseason for the team. Rick Hahn practically said so himself on SportsTalk Live Wednesday.
Now it appears that may not actually be the case.