On Friday, the San Diego Padres introduced Manny Machado as the franchise's new cornerstone. For as joyous as the occasion was in San Diego, where hope is on the rise, it was disappointing for fans of the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox seemed like the favorites for Machado throughout much of the winter, yet were unwilling to meet his asking price.
Nevest Coleman was a well-respected groundskeeper for the White Sox when he was wrongly arrested in connection with a rape and murder in 1994. He was freed in November and will return to his old job March 26, 2018.
In their days of trying to win in the moment and the future, there is one thing that will connect the eras: The Gillaspie family. Third baseman Conor was part of the White Sox from 2013-2015 when the team was operating under the “win now” philosophy in which they were collecting major league players in hopes of a playoff run. Two years later the White Sox reflect their new philosophy through another Gillaspie, this time 24-year old first baseman Casey. He’s headed to the team in exchange for big league reliever Dan Jennings in the latest move to build up the minor league system by general manager Rick Hahn.
Chris Sale is 27 years old, averages 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings and will make an average of just $17.1 million over the next three seasons. Little wonder, then, that he was at the center of so much trade speculation once the Chicago White Sox deemed it wise to deal him.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura would not commit to Miguel Gonzalez remaining in the rotation after a rocky outing Monday in Toronto.