White Sox Winter Meetings Coverage

Rumors Galore!

The 2014 MLB Winter Meetings are underway from San Diego, where your Chicago White Sox and General Manager Rick Hahn figure to be very active.

Just hours after the meetings got underway, headlines started to break about the Sox expressing interest in free agents and engaging in serious trade discussions. We’re compiling all of the latest from around the web below …

Monday 2:54 PM ET – White Sox To Meet With Masterson

After a disappointing 2013 season, former Cleveland Indians ace Justin Masterson could be somewhat of a steal this offseason. He’ll likely be given the money we see going to middle-of-the-rotation pitchers, despite undoubtedly having the ability to pitch at a front-end starter level.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the White Sox are one of the teams he’ll meet with at this week’s Winter Meetings. As a low-risk, high-reward option who profiles well for U.S. Cellular Field as a sinker-baller, and as someone who has had great success against the Pale Hose throughout his career (2.36 ERA over 27 games/22 starts), this news doesn’t shock anybody.

Last year he was woefully inconsistent while with Cleveland and St. Louis, but he has a pretty nice seven-year track record overall. He’d be a good get to help bolster the middle of the White Sox’ rotation, with the potential for the deal to be an absolute steal.

Monday 6:34 AM ET – Sox Serious About Samardzija

We’ll rewind a few hours to another rumor involving the White Sox and a big-name pitcher, former north sider and Oakland Athletic, Jeff Samardzija.

Well, it’s impossible not to start to get antsy over this, as the White Sox interest in Samardzija seemed pretty real a couple weeks back.

It’s tough to analyze the rumor much further as we obviously don’t know the type of return Oakland GM Billy Beane is looking for. So, we’ll remind you of the details we do know …

  • Samardzija will be owed about $4MM after arbitration for the 2015 season and will reach free agency next offseason
  • A rumored asking price is one of the team’s best, if not their number one prospect in Tim Anderson, and Marcus Semien

 

Monday 12:43 AM ET – White Sox Interested in David Robertson

Late Sunday night, we learned from a New York Post report that the Sox have expressed interest in former Yankees closer David Robertson. That makes plenty of sense, as Robertson successfully took over the 9th inning duties for Mariano Rivera last year, posting a 3.08 ERA, 1.057 WHIP and striking out 13.4 batters per 9 IP en route to successfully converting 39-of-44 save opportunities.

Also according to the report, and as we’d expect, the only hesitance from the Sox has to do with the 4-year contract Robertson is seeking.

If Robertson can come down to 3 years, don’t be surprised to see the White Sox pull the trigger. They would not have to give up their first round pick to sign the 29-year-old righty, and the team learned last year just how many games you can give away throughout a season without a reliable closer.

Monday 10:19 AM ET – Rosenthal Chimes In

Ken Rosenthal then chimed in with his latest once the rest of the America was awake …

If you take one point away from those tweets, it’s that the Sox are not done spending money to improve the bullpen. Sooner or later, a proven name will join Zach Duke as the unit’s newest additions.

On Gregerson

It’s clear that the Sox need help in the 9th inning and that Robertson is likely the best bet to supply that help. But if they just can’t get the money right in those negotiations, they could move quickly on Luke Gregerson, a proven set up man from the Chicagoland area. If the hometown kid decides he wants to pitch at home, the Sox would likely offer up a 3-year deal.

I mean, look at these numbers … the dude’s a stud, year-in and year-out.

 

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Zachary Gropper

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