Busy offseason leads to buzz for White Sox

After adding several marquee players, club set to contend in AL Central

Busy offseason leads to buzz for White Sox

CHICAGO -- There's a buzz around the 2015 White Sox. Make that an avalanche of an excitement and support.

All of that goodwill comes from a strong young base of talent put together by general manager Rick Hahn from the start of this reshaping process two years ago, supplemented by six major moves to fill glaring needs this offseason. The White Sox have brought on free agents Zach Duke, Adam LaRoche, Melky Cabrera and David Robertson and traded for Jeff Samardzija and Dan Jennings.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Abreu smashing in first Major League season

White Sox slugger lives up to hype with AL Rookie of Year honors

Abreu smashing in first Major League season

The reports on Jose Abreu immediately surfaced when he defected from Cuba in the summer of 2013, and they all sounded too good to be true.

Some scouts compared him to Miguel Cabrera, while others said he would be the next Albert Pujols. At the time, Abreu was not only considered the next great Cuban player trying to make the leap to the Major Leagues, he was also considered the best all-around hitter to leave the island.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guillen ready to get back in the game of baseball

Guillen ready to get back in the game of baseball

CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen was an accomplished manager.

That portion of his near-decade in the dugout often gets forgotten in connection to the Venezuelan native, even when looking at his list of achievements.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Class for the ages received Hall call in 2014

Players Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, managers Torre, La Russa, Cox make up all-time great group

Class for the ages received Hall call in 2014

As the baseball world reminisces about all that transpired in 2014, many fans will fondly remember what transpired during July's final weekend, when six legendary figures were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Those who made the pilgrimage to Cooperstown were privileged to watch the induction of three of baseball's top five winningest managers -- Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa -- two 300-game winners -- Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine -- and Frank Thomas, who stands as one of the greatest designated hitters in Major League history.

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Guillen optimistic about taking part in '15 reunion

Guillen optimistic about taking part in '15 reunion

CHICAGO -- A chance exists that Ozzie Guillen will take part in White Sox festivities surrounding the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 World Series champions, if his schedule allows.

"If I'm in town, of course I'll do it. I'm not better than anybody from 2005," Guillen told MLB.com. "This is important for White Sox fans."

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Minoso belongs among baseball's immortals

Minoso belongs among baseball's immortals

Gil McDougald was invaluable for the 1951 Yankees. Moving between second base and third base, he batted .306 with 14 home runs, two more walks than strikeouts (56-54) and scored as many runs as Joe DiMaggio (72). His Yankees won 98 games.

But in Chicago, Minnie Minoso had far more impact for the White Sox. Including eight games Minoso played for the Indians, he hit .326 and led the American League in stolen bases (31) and triples (14), while moving between third base and all three outfield spots. He scored 40 more runs than McDougald and drove in 13 more (76). He had 30 more walks than strikeouts (72-42).

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hello, goodbye: 5 storylines that defined White Sox in 2014

Abreu's arrival, Konerko's exit among most memorable moments

Hello, goodbye: 5 storylines that defined White Sox in 2014

CHICAGO -- A 73-win effort during the 2014 season represented a 10-victory increase for the White Sox from the previous campaign. But as part of the ongoing reshaping process under Rick Hahn's direction, this effort really stood as another small step toward the overall goal of sustained excellence and the potential to win multiple World Series championships.

With that target in mind, an argument could be made that the plethora of offseason moves engineered by Hahn, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and executive vice president Ken Williams rank just about as exciting as the team's most recent body of on-field work. Of course, there were some standout individual accomplishments en route to the fourth-place finish in the American League Central.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox share holiday favorites, memories

Petricka, Putnam, Johnson and Hostetler answer questions about their experiences

White Sox share holiday favorites, memories

CHICAGO -- It's the most wonderful time of the year, and a group from the White Sox decided to share their good cheer.

Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam, Micah Johnson and assistant scouting director Nick Hostetler provided some holiday spirit.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Did you know Frank Thomas is a multi-sport HOFer?

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Did you know Frank Thomas is a multi-sport HOFer?

Sure, you probably know that Frank Thomas is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was elected last year (his first time on the ballot). During his 19-year career, he won two MVPs, was elected to five All-Star teams and hit a home run every now and again.

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Players rejuvenated by offseason maneuvers

Addition of veterans lights fire under youngsters competing for jobs

Players rejuvenated by offseason maneuvers

CHICAGO -- Six impact moves made by general manager Rick Hahn during this current offseason did more than positively influence an ecstatic White Sox fan base.

Those Hot Stove maneuvers provided additional currency in the form of an energy infusion to players already on the 40-man roster, further contributing to the belief that this 2015 version of the White Sox can be a playoff contender.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote

White Sox executive VP encourages empowerment of speech on ballot

Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote

CHICAGO -- Ken Williams respects the power of protest against oppression or injustice of any sort.

The White Sox executive vice president has watched groups assemble across the country after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and following Eric Garner's death after being put in a chokehold by a police officer in Staten Island, N.Y. No indictments were handed down against the officers in either case resulting in the death of these young African-American men.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Loss of Draft picks viewed as good trade for White Sox

Club forfeits early selections with Melky, Robertson signings

Loss of Draft picks viewed as good trade for White Sox

CHICAGO -- The White Sox select eighth overall in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

They won't pick again until the fourth round after losing their second- and third-round options through the free-agent deals with David Robertson and Melky Cabrera, respectively. That trade-off certainly ranks as acceptable for the organization, and even for those focusing on the amateur talent.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kottaras to join White Sox with Minor League deal

Kottaras to join White Sox with Minor League deal

CHICAGO -- George Kottaras will join the White Sox via a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training, a Major League source confirmed to MLB.com. The club has not commented on the deal.

The left-handed-hitting catcher, who is 31, played for the Indians, Cardinals and Blue Jays in 2014, hitting .233 with three homers and five RBIs. Kottaras hit two homers in two at-bats for the Indians against Andre Rienzo on May 4 at Progressive Field during a 4-3 White Sox victory. He has played for seven teams over his seven-year career.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox unveil Samardzija, Robertson, Melky

Three offseason additions introduced at U.S. Cellular Field

White Sox unveil Samardzija, Robertson, Melky

CHICAGO -- Rick Hahn looked at the large crowd assembled in the U.S. Cellular Field Conference and Learning Center and presented a perfect opening line for the Tuesday afternoon news conference introducing Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson and Melky Cabrera as the newest members of the White Sox.

"So how was your week?" said a smiling Hahn, drawing laughter from the group.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Windy City revival: Cubs, White Sox revamped for '15

Windy City revival: Cubs, White Sox revamped for '15

In the early years of this century, people spoke of the true center of baseball being in the east, in the North American sense of east, meaning close to the Atlantic.

Then they spoke of the true center of baseball moving west, to the Pacific Coast. Fine, the continent had been covered, from sea to shining sea.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

Tigers are reigning champs, but pennant-winning Royals, Indians, White Sox eye top spot

AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

The Tigers are the king of the American League Central, and the king is always given his due. They would probably be the division favorites if the 2015 season began today.

But in this case probably is a big word.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Melky, White Sox have 3-year deal

Outfielder expected to hit second behind Eaton

Melky, White Sox have 3-year deal

CHICAGO -- Two primary reasons stand out for the White Sox being able to announce a three-year, $42 million deal with Melky Cabrera on Tuesday morning, prior to the afternoon news conference at U.S. Cellular Field introducing the switch-hitting outfielder, Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson.

Those reasons are White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and an excited, confident White Sox fan base, who have responded positively to this flurry of offseason moves.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City

Pair of aces sure to add plenty of spice to City Series rivalry

Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City

CHICAGO -- With apologies to the late Bob Wills and all Texans, this Hot Stove season has been a tale of the Chicago two step, with the White Sox and Cubs adding aces through a series of calculations and reactions that both teams believe could not have worked out better.

Not only did Jeff Samardzija jump from the A's to the White Sox, with Jon Lester being signed to replace him on the North Side, but the series of events that led them to Chicago bodes well for both teams.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wave of enthusiasm fuels White Sox momentum

Fan reaction to offseason moves encourages club to push limits

Wave of enthusiasm fuels White Sox momentum

CHICAGO -- If you improve it, they will come.

That theme seems to be playing out on the South Side of Chicago, with the fans' huge response to the six offseason additions made by the White Sox giving the team greater confidence for bolder moves in the immediate and distant future.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox, Penny reportedly agree to Minors deal

White Sox, Penny reportedly agree to Minors deal

Brad Penny is back in baseball. The veteran right-hander has agreed to a Minor League contract with the White Sox, according to multiple reports. The club hasn't confirmed the agreement.

Penny, 36, finished the 2014 season with the Marlins, posting a 6.88 ERA over eight appearances (four starts) after signing with Miami in June. He was out of baseball in '13.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox reshaping began with Avisail deal

Acquisition of right fielder in '13 signaled club's desire to get young, impact players

White Sox reshaping began with Avisail deal

CHICAGO -- When Jose Abreu picked the White Sox over other teams pursuing the free agent from Cuba during the 2013 offseason and quickly proved he could be a frontline Major League player early in the 2014 season, the White Sox reshaping program moved into high gear.

That perception concerning the South Siders seems to be somewhat prevalent but not entirely accurate.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Offseason of major upgrades for White Sox

Addition of free-agent outfielder Cabrera is club's latest move

Offseason of major upgrades for White Sox

One of these days, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is going to take his foot off the accelerator, isn't he?

As holiday shoppers go, he and the White Sox suddenly seem tireless.

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Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Meetings were just tip of iceberg for White Sox

Club adds starter Samardzija, closer Robertson during productive week

Meetings were just tip of iceberg for White Sox

SAN DIEGO -- No award was presented to general manager Rick Hahn on Thursday afternoon naming the White Sox as the unofficial winner of the Winter Meetings.

That sort of prize rates as subjective at best, with numerous other teams making interesting and impactful moves during a frenzied four-day period in San Diego. But if everything runs as efficiently and successfully as the White Sox have in ripping through their needs over the last few months, then Hahn will have very few complaints during his tenure.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox acquire lefty Jennings from Marlins

White Sox acquire lefty Jennings from Marlins

SAN DIEGO -- Dan Jennings became the latest addition to the White Sox push for 2015 contention, when the South Siders picked up the left-handed reliever from the Marlins on Thursday in exchange for right-hander Andre Rienzo.

The 27-year-old posted an 0-2 record with a 1.34 ERA over 40 1/3 innings for the Marlins in 2014, striking out 38 and recording three holds over 47 relief appearances. Thirty-eight of his 47 trips to the mound were scoreless, and he allowed three home runs.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Creativity key to rest of White Sox offseason

After series of big deals, club seeks final pieces

Creativity key to rest of White Sox offseason

SAN DIEGO -- When it comes to the 2015 White Sox lineup and overall pitching alignment, manager Robin Ventura knows the following with almost 100 percent certainty:

Chris Sale will start Opening Day on April 6 in Kansas City against the defending American League champions. Jeff Samardzija gets the call in Game 2 on April 8, and Jose Quintana closes out this brief three-game road trip on April 9.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

All-Chicago World Series? Optimism high in Windy City

Significant deals give White Sox, Cubs hope for 2015

All-Chicago World Series? Optimism high in Windy City

SAN DIEGO -- Ryan Dempster attended an NHL contest last week between the Blackhawks and Blues, featuring a truly intense hockey rivalry between a pair of upper-tier Western Conference teams.

But many of the fans wanted to talk baseball with Dempster. They already felt the Chicago Hot Stove buzz.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox acquire Shark in six-player deal

Chicago also gets young righty Ynoa for Bassitt, Phegley, Ravelo, Semien

White Sox acquire Shark in six-player deal

SAN DIEGO -- The dream stands as a simple one for Jeff Samardzija, who is the newest member of the Chicago White Sox following the announcement of a six-player deal with Oakland at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday.

Samardzija's goal is to get a start in an Interleague game at a National League ballpark where he actually can hit and connect on a home run. It's not so much about the thrill of helping the White Sox with his bat, as he already has two career homers. It's about going deep and hearing Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, the team's venerable and colorful play-by-play man who Samardzija listened to growing up in Indiana, call said long ball.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox finalize 4-year deal with Robertson

Ready to close for young bullpen, right-hander's contract worth $46 million

White Sox finalize 4-year deal with Robertson

SAN DIEGO -- You've heard of "Chicago tough," a phrase coined by executive vice president Ken Williams for the sort of intangible the White Sox are looking for in a player.

Well, David Robertson was New York tough enough to capably replace Major League Baseball's greatest all-time closer in the Yankees' Mariano Rivera during the 2014 season. Robertson will be bringing a little bit of that East Coast bravado to the Midwest as the last line of White Sox pitching, with his four-year, $46 million deal announced by the White Sox on Wednesday.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.