Sox-wise and Otherwise

My weekly offseason musings about the White Sox and more…

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White Sox Baseball is Just Around the Corner

The much-anticipated yearly ritual of pitchers and catchers reporting is almost upon us. The Sox hurlers and backstops report and work out on February 21. The first full workout for everyone will be February 26. For the record, I will be in my seat at Camelback Ranch on the evening of March 15 when the South Siders host the Podsednik-Getz-Anderson-Fields Royals and I’ll be there all week.

See You in Glendale

The Sox have announced that the following have signed minor league contracts and will be invited to the major league spring training camp: Righthanded pitchers Greg Aquino and Daniel Cabrera, lefty Eric Threets, infielder Freddie Bynum and outfielder Jason Botts from outside the organization. Ten players from the Sox system will join them, including four of the club’s top prospects: outfielders Jordan Danks and Jared Mitchell plus infielders Brent Morel and C.J. Retherford.

The Ex-Sox Report

Rumor has it that both the Cubs and Padres have their eyes on 2005 World Series MVP Jermaine Dye…Aside from a Jim Thome sighting in Detroit by a New York on-air personality, I haven’t heard a thing about the amiable slugger’s future…The White Sox’ loss is the Pirates gain as the Buccos signed D.J. Carrasco. There also are rumors that Pittsburgh’s next move is to sign Octavio Dotel as their closer…The Diamondbacks inked first baseman Adam LaRoche, apparently so former Sox prospect Brandon Allen can get more seasoning at AAA…Don’t be surprised if one-time Sox fave Joe Crede winds up with the Orioles…And five clubs–Cubs, Cardinals, Rockies, Phillies and Padres–appear in the hunt for Jose Contreras.

Art of the Pale Hose Person of the Week is…

Lynn Garson. Why? Because she’s a HUGE Sox fan and almost as important she’s a devoted follower of this blog–something for which I’m eternally grateful. Go Sox!

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