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Year of the Hamster

White Sox Rumors: [insert bad Price is Right pun here]

New Price: Is not the Price of old, but a guy who’s a reliably safe bet for 20 starts and a 4.00 ERA. | Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

David Price, several semi-trucks full of elbow ice, and prime talent as a sweetener may be available from Boston

We shoot for Marcell Ozuna ... the White Sox deliver Nomar Mazara.

We shoot for Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-Jin Ryu or Madison Bumgarner ... the White Sox deliver ... David Price?

Could be, if you’re to believe the scuttle out there about the...

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Brett Ballantini

Hawk’s in the Hall!

Prime Hawkeroo: Against all odds, the good ol’ boy from Savannah now resides in Cooperstown. | Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Longtime White Sox voice has charmed his way to Cooperstown, YES!

Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, who all of baseball has had a love-hate relationship with for years due to his candor and homerism, was named the 2020 Ford Frick Award winner on Wednesday. The Hawkeroo will be part of the enshrinement festivities in Cooperstown next summer.

The 78-year-old will...

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Brett Ballantini

White Sox News: Nomar Mazara is on his way to the South Side

Platoon star? Mazara joins the White Sox, hopefully as part of a RF duo. | Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images

Steele Walker heads to Texas in an even swap

Multiple sources on both sides of the trade are confirming a Tuesday night swap of Texas Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara for Chicago White Sox outfield farmhand Steele Walker.

While the idea of trading the fastest-rising outfield prospect in the system (Walker) for a player who was a debatable non-tender this fall (Mazara), there’s...

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Rangers trade Nomar Mazara to White Sox for Steele Walker

The Rangers and White Sox have agreed on a trade that will send outfielder Nomar Mazara to Chicago, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Outfielder Steele Walker is going to Texas in return, per MLB.com’s TR Sullivan. This move represents a bet on Mazara’s long-lauded talent for the South Siders, who’ll hope he can finally break out at the plate after languishing just shy of league average to this point of his career. Mazara is just 24 years of age but is already in his...

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Brett Ballantini

White Sox Rumors: Steele for Mazara?

Shallow water: The White Sox cast their line out for a big league right fielder, and may be coming back with ... Nomar Mazara. | Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll take DIMINISHED EXPECTATIONS for $200, Alex

So, in a week our heads have spun from Zack Wheeler to Marcell Ozuna to ... Nomar Mazara.

Nothing wrong with Mazara, although there are still several free agents and trade targets out there who will make a bigger impact on the South Side. Hell, there are even a couple of non-tenders...

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Year of the Hamster

Jerry to Rick: Huh?

Welp: Either the White Sox are REALLY adamant about breaking their own news, or the Ozuna rumors over the weekend were inaccurate. | Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently, Marcell Ozuna will not join the White Sox

Well, just adding to or updating the story from this weekend ...

Apparently, Marcell Ozuna is not joining the White Sox:

Jerry Reinsdorf had a laugh about Marcell Ozuna reports. He said he called Sox GM Rick Hahn and asked him, “Am I having a senior moment? Because I...

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Year of the Hamster

South Side Hit Pen Podcast 2: Did Marcell Ozuna land at O’Hare?

Land of confusion: Marcell Ozuna gets lost in RF after a career in left? The podcast has a plan for that. | Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

And if he did, why, because the Winter Meetings are in San Diego

Episode 2 features editor-in-chief Brett Ballantini and writer Leonard Gore talking over the Marcell Ozuna rumors, options in right field if Ozuna is not coming to the South Side, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Wiffleball, Yasmani Grandal, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Ken Williams, baseball humor, and Leonard...

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Year of the Hamster

White Sox Rumors: Marcell Ozuna is coming! ? !

Conflicting rumors: A solid Latin American source has Ozuna coming to the White Sox. The Score’s Bruce Levine refutes the news. | Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Or ... maybe he isn’t

Saturday morning got off to a hopping start in advance of the Winter Meetings, as a report out of the Dominican Republic surfaced that Marcell Ozuna would sign with the White Sox on Monday.

Marcell Ozuna viaja mañana a EUA, firmara con los White
Sox el acuerdo sera anunciado el Lunes.

— Frank...

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Year of the Hamster

White Sox claim Tayron Guerrero

Power arms, activate: Thyago Vieira leaves for Japan? Simple, claim Tayron Guerrero! | Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Marlins fireballer should see some setup chances


— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) December 6, 2019

It’s not exactly Taijuan Walker or Steven Souza Jr., but the White Sox filled spot No. 37 on the 40-man roster on Friday by claiming right-handed fireballer Tayron Guerrero off of waivers from the Miami Marlins.

What the Boston Red Sox...

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Year of the Hamster

South Side Hit Pen Podcast 1

A year later ... a new podcast!

Hey, over on the sister channel, South Side Hit Pen, the first podcast has hit the air!

Hosts Clinton Cole and Brett Ballantini are just tooling around a bit with the new venue, but there seems to be some fun promise of good things to come. Main host Clinton already has some interesting names on his future episodes list.

This debut was recorded over the weekend and encountered some typical startup delays, so try not to be too annoyed at all the talk of “top...

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Brett Ballantini

Concurrent surgery shelved Jenks, for good

Downward spiral: A pop in his back on a 2011 pitch with the Red Sox led Jenks into a botched back surgery in Boston. | Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images

Players’ Tribune piece details his flubbed back procedure, aftermath

Bobby Jenks released the untold story of his botched back surgery with Boston on Thursday, via The Players’ Tribune.

It is a harrowing tale, and really, a must-read.

You’ll recall that the disappointing 2010 season was the end of Jenks’ career with the...

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Report: White Sox, Twins ‘heaviest suitors’ for Madison Bumgarner

Now that free agent starter Zack Wheeler has signed, the entire pitching market looks set to take off. The next domino to fall could be Madison Bumgarner. The free agent left-hander has two major suitors in AL Central rivals Minnesota and Chicago, according to Andy Martino of SNY. Both the Twins and White Sox are eager to upgrade their rotations, so it’s no surprise that they’re aggressively chasing Bumgarner. Both teams were in on the Wheeler sweepstakes, with Chicago actually making...

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Twins, White Sox reportedly among 'heaviest' suitors for Madison Bumgarner

Zack Wheeler is off the board on a reported five-year, $118M agreement with the Phillies, and it sounds like a decision from fellow free agent Madison Bumgarner might not be far behind.  Even before word of Wheeler’s agreement, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand tweeted that some within the industry expect Bumgarner to sign before the Winter Meetings begin next week. At this point, the Twins and White Sox are among the “heaviest” suitors for the longtime Giants lefty, tweets Andy Martino of...

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Brett Ballantini

Wheels off

One off the board: After a couple of weeks in the driver’s seat, the White Sox lost Wheeler to the Phillies. | Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Wheeler signs with Philadelphia, Hamels a Brave

Two frontline starters on the White Sox radar dropped off on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler signed a reported five-year, $120 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, (the final number seems in dispute) while Cole Hamels took $18 million for a year in Atlanta.

Wheeler had been long...

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White Sox reportedly offered Zack Wheeler more money than he took from Phillies

The Chicago White Sox are looking to make a major splash in free agency. Unfortunately for general manager Rick Hahn, money wasn’t the end all for pitcher Zack Wheeler. Fresh off reports that Wheeler has agreed to a five-year, $118 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies comes this interesting bit of information from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Chicago offered more than the $118 million Wheeler took to sign with Philadelphia. As noted, Wheeler’s wife is from New Jersey. The idea...

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Report: Zack Wheeler turned down more money from White Sox to sign with Phillies

Zack Wheeler is getting an impressive sum of money from the Phillies, but reportedly left some cash on the table in order to go to Philadelphia. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Wheeler turned down more money than the $118 million he got from Philadelphia. His desire to stay close to his wife’s New Jersey home was apparently a major factor in his decision to sign with the Phillies. We can take a couple things from this. First, the Phillies had a huge inherent advantage...

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Brett Ballantini

A day later, Burr and Frare are back!

Quick change: A day after cutting them from the 40-man roster, both Ryan Burr [above] and Caleb Frare are back with the White Sox. | Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

No harm done: Two potential bullpen pieces return to the White Sox

Apparently there was no cause for concern in the White Sox’s cutting of Ryan Burr and Caleb Frare from the 40-man roster on Monday.

Both pitchers — with at least outside chances at seeing time with the White Sox this year (Burr after finishing his TJS...

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Report: White Sox have talked Joc Pederson trade with Dodgers

The Chicago White Sox are targeting a big bat on the trade market. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported on Tuesday that the White Sox have had preliminary trade talks with the Los Angeles Dodgers for lefty slugger Joc Pederson, who has one year left on his contract. The 27-year-old Pederson hit .249 with 36 home runs and 74 RBIs for the Dodgers last season. He also posted a career-high .876 OPS. The Dodgers have some big-time plans for this offseason, which could leave the former...

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Frare, Burr purged from the 40-man

Short leash: Caleb Frare’s setbacks in 2019 saw him simmer in Charlotte — and now, removed from the 40-man. | Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

With four spaces now open, look for some South Side additions this week

It was a somewhat unexpected evening for the White Sox in advance of the Monday night deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

This afternoon we brought you the news of the White Sox buying out the last year of James McCann’s arbitration, with a $5.1...

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Brett Ballantini

McCann, White Sox avoid arbitration

Mac’s back: McCann has seen his role reduced to backup at catcher, but the White Sox clearly value his role on the club. | Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Backup catcher agrees to a $5.4 million deal

The White Sox announced on Monday afternoon they had reached a one-year, $5.4 million deal with catcher James McCann, buying out the final year of arbitration with the 2019 All-Star.

The 29-year-old had a career year in 2019, hitting .273 with 26 doubles, 18 home runs, 60 RBIs and 62...

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