Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal

Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal

The White Sox added a veteran power bat to mix with their young sluggers Friday evening, agreeing to a two-year, $25-million contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche, sources have told MLB.com.

The agreement was first reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Abreu will benefit from LaRoche's presence

Abreu will benefit from LaRoche's presence

Jose Abreu had a great first season in North America, winning American League Rookie of the Year Award honors. He's likely to be an even more impressive hitter for the White Sox next season.

He just might make an even stronger run to be the MVP in the AL than last season, when he finished fourth. One way or another, he'll thank general manager Rick Hahn for giving him the gift of Adam LaRoche.

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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.

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Down year doesn't derail White Sox hopes for Johnson

Young righty faltered after entering 2014 in rotation, but club hoping for rebound campaign

Down year doesn't derail White Sox hopes for Johnson

CHICAGO -- The White Sox entered the 2014 season with starting rotation questions, but Erik Johnson didn't appear to be a major one.

Yes, the right-hander was a rookie with just five starts of big league experience on his resume from a September 2013 callup. But the quick ascension made by the second-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft from Double-A Birmingham to the White Sox two seasons ago gave the team high hopes for one of its top-rated prospects.

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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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White Sox reportedly asking about catcher Montero

South Siders one of three teams to talk to D-backs about two-time All-Star

White Sox reportedly asking about catcher Montero

The White Sox are one of three teams inquiring about D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, according to a report Thursday in The Arizona Republic.

Montero, 31, is a two-time All-Star who has drawn interest from the crosstown-rival Cubs and Dodgers, as well as the South Siders.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Anderson ranks among top prospects from AFL

Anderson ranks among top prospects from AFL

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects.

That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a top 25, up from the typical 20. The list was compiled by Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Teddy Cahill, along with feedback from a number of scouts who covered the league this fall. This list is more about long-term potential, but AFL performances were certainly taken into account.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Sox protect four from Rule 5 Draft

Montas, Ravelo, Saladino, Smith added to roster amid flurry of moves

Sox protect four from Rule 5 Draft

The White Sox made a host of roster moves Thursday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, maxing their 40-man roster.

Right-hander Frankie Montas, infielders Rangel Ravelo and Tyler Saladino and catcher Kevan Smith all had their contracts purchased, while Chicago also claimed left-hander Onelki Garcia off waivers from the Dodgers.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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White Sox Charities continue to make positive impact

Konerko's tireless efforts, Jackie Robinson West Little League among highlights

White Sox Charities continue to make positive impact

It was a banner year for White Sox Charities, from club icon Paul Konerko's final season to Jackie Robinson West Little League's captivating run and the continued success of the organization's ACE (Amateur City Elite) program.

White Sox Charities serves Chicago residents and the greater Chicagoland area year round, providing support to various organizations to the tune of more than $20 million since its inception in 1990.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Saladino brings singular focus to recovery

Prospect aiming for Spring Training return to action following surgery

Saladino brings singular focus to recovery

CHICAGO -- Thursday marks the deadline for the White Sox to add players to their 40-man roster so they will be protected from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft, which takes place the last day of the upcoming Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Tyler Saladino, a prime candidate to be added to the White Sox roster, which currently holds 37 players, hasn't spent one moment thinking about the situation.

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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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Left-hander Duke joins White Sox with three-year deal

Reliever signs $15 million free-agent contract

Left-hander Duke joins White Sox with three-year deal

Rick Hahn knew the White Sox needed a lockdown left-handed reliever for the next phase of the club's reshaping process.

The White Sox senior vice president/general manager had one name at the top of his list: Zach Duke.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Williams: We want White Sox fans to 'dream again'

Williams: We want White Sox fans to 'dream again'

CHICAGO -- Ken Williams expects a very active and interesting Winter Meetings beginning on Dec. 8 in San Diego, based on the conversations he's already heard during Hot Stove talk getting increasingly warmer by the day.

"I really cannot remember a time where so many good players have been discussed at the General Managers Meetings leading up to the Winter Meetings," said the White Sox executive vice president, whose tenure as general manager ran from the 2001 season through '12, before Rick Hahn took over. "It's going to be awfully fun once the Winter Meetings kick off. You're going to have some scrambling going on, and I like it like that."

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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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White Sox proud to take part in ACE signing day

Six players able to attend college thanks to Amateur City Elite program

White Sox proud to take part in ACE signing day

CHICAGO -- One by one, the six players seated at the front of the U.S. Cellular Field Conference and Learning Center on Tuesday night spoke about what the White Sox Amateur City Elite program has meant to them.

"I became a better player, and also a better person," said Jamary McKinney, who currently attends Simeon Career Academy. "The instructors and the travel, it was a great experience. I'm proud to be a part of this program."

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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

Five more things White Sox need to do for 2015

Five more things White Sox need to do for 2015

Matt Thornton made quite an impression in his eight seasons with the White Sox. He left quite a hole for them, too, which lingered long after he was traded to Boston.

Give Rick Hahn credit for filling it. His signing of converted starter Zach Duke to a three-year, $15 million contract is a major step toward improving a bullpen that had steadily eroded from one of the game's best to one of the worst, as bullpens tend to do.

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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.

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Coming off huge first season, Abreu won't rest on laurels

AL Rookie of Year plans to 'correct some flaws' in his swing this winter

Coming off huge first season, Abreu won't rest on laurels

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu quickly became as well known for his tireless work ethic on a daily basis as he did for his prodigious clouts to left or line-drive opposite-field singles to right.

This is the seasoned White Sox rookie who showed up early to Spring Training to begin the acclimation process and increase his work for this first season. This is the consummate pro who always used his batting practice sessions to focus on offensive approach and not just put on some sort of home run show, even asking White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson during the season to move him to the third group so he could take swings closer to game time.

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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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White Sox rookie Abreu fourth in AL MVP balloting

Rookie of the Year Award winner behind Trout, V-Mart and Brantley

White Sox rookie Abreu fourth in AL MVP balloting

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu finished fourth in the Baseball Writers' Association of America 2014 American League Most Valuable Player Award voting, as announced Thursday evening.

The White Sox rookie first baseman finished with 145 total points, leaving him behind unanimous AL MVP Mike Trout (420 points), Detroit's Victor Martinez (229) and Cleveland's Michael Brantley (185), while placing him just ahead of Seattle's Robinson Cano (124) and Toronto's Jose Bautista (122).

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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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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Patience key to Adolfo's development with White Sox

Young outfielder shows advanced skills during first season

Patience key to Adolfo's development with White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- What are most people doing at the age of 17?

Researching collegiate choices? Preparing for high school graduation? Sweating out prom invitations? Micker Adolfo was playing professional baseball as part of the White Sox Rookie-level Arizona League team.

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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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Jim Callis

Callis: Montas brings heat, but hits a bump

Astros' Appel outduels White Sox flame thrower; Dodgers' Schebler impresses vs. former No. 1 pick

Callis: Montas brings heat, but hits a bump

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the White Sox shipped Jake Peavy to the Red Sox in a three-team trade in July 2013, the key player they got back was outfielder Avisail Garcia from the Tigers. Chicago also received three lower-level prospects from Boston, and one of those lottery tickets started to blossom this year.

Right-hander Francellis Montas reached triple digits with his fastball while in the Red Sox's system, but he didn't do much else to distinguish himself. After the White Sox cleaned up his delivery, he made significant progress with his slider, changeup, control and command. Montas' fastball didn't lose any sizzle, hitting 102 mph on one occasion, and Chicago began to entertain thoughts that he might contribute to its big league rotation in 2015.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hal Bodley

Dick Allen deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame

Controversial star won Rookie of the Year Award with Phillies, MVP with White Sox

Dick Allen deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame

For openers, I've never seen a player hit a baseball consistently as far or as hard as Dick Allen did with his beautiful, menacing swing. And I've never seen a rookie season comparable to the one Allen put in the record books in 1964.

That said, few players have been so vulnerable, or so adept, at creating controversy.

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Hal Bodley is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Sale finishes third in AL Cy Young Award voting

Left-hander falls in behind Kluber, Hernandez for league's top pitcher

Sale finishes third in AL Cy Young Award voting

CHICAGO -- Back in 2012, during a Chris Sale start early in his first season as part of the rotation following a two-year bullpen stint, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper remembers an in-game conversation he had with the young hurler.

Sale told Cooper that he was throwing somewhere around 89-91 mph but the opposing hitters consistently were pounding the ball into the ground.

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

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Jonathan Mayo

Prospects Bassitt, Montas boost stock in AFL

Performances in the desert can influence expectations, change career course

Prospects Bassitt, Montas boost stock in AFL

Playing in the Arizona Fall League can serve a number of purposes for the prospects who attend. Top prospects can put the finishing touches on their development en route to All-Star careers. Perhaps on the other side of the spectrum, several prospects who need to be protected will either earn spots on the 40-man roster or have made a strong enough impression with one of the other 29 teams to be selected December's Rule 5 Draft.

Every fall, Minor Leaguers raise their stock with their performances in Arizona. The caveats that are typically thrown out when discussing such matters: it's a small sample size and the AFL is always very hitter-friendly. Those are true, and as a result, evaluations have to be taken in context. But it's also undeniably true that every year, expectations around some prospects are heightened based on what they did during six weeks in the desert.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hahn seeking 'multiple upgrades' for bullpen

GM says White Sox unlikely to use payroll flexibility on high-priced arm

Hahn seeking 'multiple upgrades' for bullpen

PHOENIX -- David Robertson is a free agent. The White Sox need a closer and have the payroll flexibility to pursue him. But don't make the mistake of trying to put one and two together.

"We don't feel the need to go out and get a so-called proven closer,'' White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday. "We certainly want to have multiple upgrades, and if some of those upgrades give us viable back-end options, that's great.''

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

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Abreu a unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year

Cuban slugger first White Sox winner since 1985

Abreu a unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu sat behind a table at the U.S. Cellular Field Conference and Learning Center Monday night, looking as calm, cool and focused as he did with pretty much every at-bat or moment in the field that he had for the White Sox during the 2014 campaign.

A few broad smiles and a few moments of laughter were the only true signs of Abreu's joy in being unanimously named the Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Abreu completed the trifecta of 2014 AL rookie honors, having previously been anointed by Sporting News and Players Choice in voting by his peers.

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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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White Sox spring slate begins March 4

Plans, groups and suites on sale now; single-game tix available Jan. 12

CHICAGO -- The White Sox on Tuesday released their 2015 Cactus League schedule, a 31-game ledger in total that begins on March 4 as the visiting team against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. The schedule closes on April 2 at Arizona, but the full exhibition schedule ends with a game against Triple-A Charlotte at BB&T Ballpark in downtown Charlotte, N.C., on April 3.

Their home Cactus League schedule starts on March 5, also at Camelback Ranch and also against the Dodgers, who share the Glendale complex with the White Sox. All White Sox Spring Training home games are scheduled for a first pitch of 1:05 Arizona time.

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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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Tracy Ringolsby

No debating Abreu's AL ROY win

No debating Abreu's AL ROY win

The Chicago White Sox got what they paid for. Jose Abreu is every bit the slugger the Sox hoped for when they gave the Cuban defector a six-year, $68 million deal and immediately put him not only on the big league roster, but dropped him into the cleanup spot in the lineup on Opening Day and told him to "go get 'em."

He did. And the rest of baseball noticed.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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White Sox Cuban connections eased Abreu's transition

Slugger expects to adjust if countrymen leave South Side

White Sox Cuban connections eased Abreu's transition

CHICAGO -- The question for Jose Abreu during a Monday evening news conference at U.S. Cellular Field announcing his unanimous Baseball Writers' Association of America Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year Award centered on what he would like to do to improve.

Abreu's answer, through interpreter and White Sox Spanish language broadcaster Hector Molina, pointed up why the team not only considers him the centerpiece in its reshaping process but also a leader of the present and 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.

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Abreu blasts his way to unanimous AL ROY selection

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Abreu blasts his way to unanimous AL ROY selection

Coming into the season, the White Sox Jose Abreu was something of an unknown. Given a six-year, $68 million contract almost exactly one year ago, scouts and pundits weren't sure if Abreu would need some time in the Minors or if his bat was fast enough to catch up with inside heat. 

Abreu answered those questions in a hurry. In April, his first month in the Majors, the first baseman hit .270/.336/.617 with 10 home runs. That included literally knocking the cover off the baseball, getting the silent treatment after his first big league shot, and this walk-off grand slam against the Rays

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White Sox hope Viciedo can fulfill potential, fit right in

As club looks to upgrade, hitting coach sees inconsistent slugger as potential star

White Sox hope Viciedo can fulfill potential, fit right in

CHICAGO -- Finding the best fit stands as the most apropos way to describe the White Sox offseason pursuit of a talent upgrade.

Of course, many teams follow that same path. But for the White Sox, it's a theory that applies to trades and free-agent signees from players at the high end of the money and years spectrum right on down the line.

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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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White Sox prospect Anderson keys Glendale

Infielder collects three hits against Scottsdale in working his way back from wrist injury

White Sox prospect Anderson keys Glendale

White Sox prospect Tim Anderson continued to make his broken wrist from earlier this summer a distant memory on Saturday, turning in another three-hit game in Glendale's 5-1 victory over Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League action.

Now five months removed from breaking his right wrist, Anderson is beginning to realize that the supposed setback could ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise.

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

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Abreu, Alexei make history with Silver Sluggers

Rookie, shortstop first Cuban teammates to win in same season

Abreu, Alexei make history with Silver Sluggers

Before this year, White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez already stood as one of only three Cuban-born players to win a Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award. On Thursday night, Ramirez took home his second and was joined by rookie first baseman Jose Abreu, a countryman and teammate.

When the awards were announced live on MLB Network, Ramirez and Abreu became the first pair of Cuban teammates to win Silver Sluggers in the same season. Jose Canseco (four times) and Rafael Palmeiro (twice) are the only others from Cuba to be honored with the award, which, since 1980, has gone to the best hitters at each position in both leagues, based on votes cast by Major League coaches and managers.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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