White Sox loading up JA Happ Jersey on high-end prospects

CHICAGO — On Nov. 9, 2011, the White Sox signed 22-year-old left-hander Jose Quintana to a Major League contract. He had reached Minor League free agency
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On March 23, 2014, after he had just thrown 200 innings with a 3.51 ERA in his first full season, the White Sox signed Quintana to a five-year, $21 million deal that included two more option years, giving them seven seasons of control.

On Thursday, after a four-year run in which Quintana’s WAR ranked seventh among starting pitchers — ahead of Jon Lester, David Price, Yu Darvish, Justin Verlander and dozens of other big-name, big-salary arms — the White Sox traded him across town to Wrigley Field for the Cubs’ top overall prospect (right fielder Eloy Jimenez) and pitching prospect (Dylan Cease).\

The White Sox had gotten a 3.51 ERA over 1,055 1/3 innings pitched from Quintana at a cost of around $10 million. More than half of the guaranteed money in his long-term deal goes along to the Cubs with him — not that the North Siders will complain, because he remains one of the best bargains in baseball.

Pardon this rehash as the White Sox rebuild. But it is worth considering, because almost everyone with the team that played a role in this success story — the scouts who identified Quintana, the executives who signed him and the pitching coaches who worked with — are hard at work to build a perennial contender for the years 2020 and beyond.Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey.

Early returns — including a recent $52-million expense to land Cuban center fielder Luis Robert — are extremely encouraging. The Quintana trade continued the momentum the Sox gained last December by dealing Chris Sale and Adam Eaton for seven prospects, including the dynamic Yoan Moncada, whom MLBPipeline.com ranks No. 1 overall among future stars.

Jimenez was the most coveted player in the 2013 international class. The Cubs gave him $2.8 million to sign, and he’s growing into everything they thought he would.Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 33 J A Happ Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey.

Jimenez played in the past two Futures Games and seems on the verge of a promotion to Double-A, which might have already come if he wasn’t sidelined with a bone bruise in his right shoulder to start this season.

“We view [Jimenez] as similar to Moncada — where Yoan was in his development the year before we acquired him,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “[Jimenez has] the potential to grow into a potent offensive force … one of the more exciting prospects in baseball with a diverse skill set that can impact the game in multiple ways.”

I’m no scout, but I did watch Jimenez and Moncada play against each other in an exhibition game late last February. Just seeing them on the same field, it was Jimenez who looked like the best prospect in the game. He’s not viewed that differently, either, as he’s ranked No. 8 among all prospects.

With these three major trades, their past two Drafts and the staggering signing of Robert, the White Sox have built a core that in a couple of years could compare to the layer of prospects that the Cubs have brought to Wrigley Field over the past three seasons.

But they’re way ahead of the game in terms of pitching prospects. Nobody has more potential front-line starters or late-inning relievers than the White Sox.

The 21-year-old Cease joins a line of power arms that includes Michael Kopech (21 years old), Lucas Giolito (23), Reynaldo Lopez (23), Carson Fulmer (23), Zack Burdi (22), Alec Hansen (22), Dane Dunning (22) and Spencer Adams (21).

Kopech’s inning of work in Sunday’s Futures Game was electrifying, with him commanding triple-digit fastballs. When he threw one strike at 99 mph, prospect guru Jonathan Mayo said, “That was his changeup.”

The White Sox feel absolutely no need to rush anyone to the Major Leagues, as you’ll note by Moncada returning to Triple-A Charlotte after a week in which he traveled to Miami for the Futures Game and Tacoma, Wash., for the Triple-A All-Star Game. The Red Sox promoted him to Fenway Park from Double-A Portland last September, but the White Sox seem inclined to complete his education with a full season at Triple-A.

Why not? The environment around Guaranteed Rate Field may be Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey less than ideal Devon Travis Jersey over the next six weeks as Hahn continues to try to add advanced prospects in trades for veteran players.

You know the names of most of the players who are available — closer David Robertson, third baseman Todd Frazier, switch-hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera, lefty starter Derek Holland and relievers Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak and Dan Jennings. But what about one more?

Avisail Garcia is 26 and just earned a spot on the American League All-Star team. His two-way production and approach is what the White Sox hoped for when they acquired him for Jake Peavy four years ago. But Garcia will be only two years away from free agency after this season.

Garcia is at the point where the Sox should either sign him to an extension or be open to trading him to a team that thinks he can help them win in 2018 and ’19. It’s a tricky situation, but the handling of Quintana suggests that Hahn & Co. can figure it out.

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

White Sox Kevan Smith impressing Ezequiel Carrera Jersey in Majors

CHICAGO — As Kevan Smith undresses near his locker after a June victory over
Ezequiel Carrera Jersey the Rangers, sweat and dirt still smeared over his face, the White Sox catcher recounts each detail aloud, piece by piece.

Two outs. Bases loaded. Two strikes. One-run game. David Robertson, the White Sox closer, is on the mound, and Smith signals for a curveball that he knows
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A “calm panic,” as Smith described it postgame, ensues. Smith finds the ball, then dives to tap home plate with the ball in his throwing hand just before
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“Eventually, it’ll all slow down,” said Geovany Soto, the veteran catcher who
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Soto has been limited to 13 games and 48 plate appearances this season due to right elbow surgery, giving the load to a pair of unproven young catchers in Smith and Omar Narvaez. Smith, who through Sunday had caught just 48 games at the Major League level, called Soto’s presence a “blessing in disguise.”

Smith made his Major League debut last year, but he wasn’t seen as a part of the organization’s long-term future — even being removed from the 40-man roster before the start of Spring Training — but he’s suddenly playing himself into consideration for something deeper.

“That was definitely a blow to the confidence,” Smith said of his career outlook this spring. “You think, not that you’re untouchable, but that you would never think coming into the spring that you would be designated like that. When I was told about it, it was kind of a blowback, like, ‘Maybe I’m
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Injury, circumstance and performance have combined to position Smith in Majors, where he’s finding his own. He’s hit over .300 the last month and is splitting time with Narvaez, getting more and more comfortable. With each positive — such as crediting a new shipment of Louisville Slugger bats for his first Major League home run — there are the realities of the negative, such as the fact he’s caught just one of 30 basestealers this season, and his pitch-framing numbers fall below the league average.

“The big word for me is being comfortable,” Smith said. “Being comfortable with the game plan, being Devon Travis Jersey comfortable on the field, not letting the adversity or the distractions or the negativity, any of that stuff get to you.”

Smith’s name falls below those of the White Sox top prospects, like 2016 first-round selection Zack Collins, Seby Zavala or even 2017 selection Evan Skoug, but the former seventh-round pick is hoping his continued development can help keep him as part of the White Sox future plans.

The 29-year-old Smith is learning the variety of frazzling decisions that can enter a young catcher’s mind during a game. What he’s excelled at, White Sox manager Rick Renteria said, is an unteachable skill for a catcher — dealing with a pitcher.

“Pitchers and catchers have their own language,” Renteria said. “I think when there’s a trust involved in their work — I think he’s able to calm down pretty much Custom Blue Jays Jersey anybody if they need to calm them down or speed them up, whatever the case might be.”

Smith’s time in the Majors may not be guaranteed, but he’s making the most of it.

“A lot of players can get overwhelmed with it,” Smith said. “I think now I have some time under my belt working with these older guys and the confidence is coming. I feel comfortable. I’ve just got to keep rolling with it.”

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League JA Happ Jersey Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies’ Jordan Patterson Joe Biagini Jersey hits two more homers

The ball has been flying out of the park lately for Jordan Patterson — a trend that continued on Friday as he connected on a pair of home runs for a
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The Rockies’ No. 15 prospect homered in his first two at-bats, hitting solo shots to lead off the second and fourth innings, respectively, before tallying a pair of singles to finish the game 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
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Patterson’s back-to-back two-homer performances gives him five home runs in his past three games, during which he’s batting .714 (10-for-14) with 10 RBIs. It also has helped the 25-year-old first baseman-outfielder establish a new career-high home run total, as he’s now gone deep 18 times in 83 games to
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With a .288 average, a .913 OPS and 42 extra-base hits in his second tour of the Pacific Coast League, Patterson is making a strong case for a return to the Major Leagues later this season. He batted .444 (8-for-18) in 10 games
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The rest of the best performances from top prospects Friday

No. 11 overall prospect Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 2) turned in a quality start en route to his fifth win for Double-A Birmingham. Pitching for the first time since Sunday, when he struck out a pair while lighting up the radar gun during a dominant one-inning showing in the SiriusXM All-Stars Futures Game, the 21-year-old righty allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings. He walked a pair and also hit two batters while striking out five and generating another seven outs on the ground. Kopech lowered his ERA to 3.84 with Custom Blue Jays Jersey the performance, and he’s now fanned 106 batters in 84 1/3 innings (11.3 K/9).

No. 24 overall prospect Kevin Maitan (Braves’ No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the Rookie Gulf Coast League. It was the first career three-hit game for the switch-hitting 17-year-old shortstop, who’s now collected multiple hits in five of eight games to begin his career. He also swiped a bag in Friday’s contest — another career first.

No. 42 overall prospect Franklin Barreto (A’s No. 1) connected on his first home run for Triple-A Nashville since returning from his stint Devon Travis Jersey in the big leagues. The homer, a third-inning solo shot, was his ninth this season in 71 Triple-A games, and he’s batting .279 with a .754 OPS after finishing Thursday’s contest 1-for-4.

 

No. 72 overall prospect Grant Holmes (A’s No. 3) held a loaded Corpus Christi offense in check as he allowed one earned run on three hits over seven innings for Midland in a 7-1 victory. The 21-year-old righty threw 84 pitches, 52 strikes, in the performance, recording five strikeouts and three walks.

No. 79 overall prospect Richard Urena (Blue Jays’ No. 4), Harold Ramirez (No. 14) and Danny Jansen (No. 21) combined to go 8-for-13 with nine runs scored in Double-A New Hampshire’s win over Portland. Each of them scored three times and tallied a double in the contest, with Urena (3-for-6) and Jansen (3-for-4) both collecting three hits and Ramirez (2-for-3) pacing the offense with four RBIs.

Orioles No. 7 prospect Austin Hays went deep in a 2-for-5 performance for Double-A Bowie, giving the 22-year-old outfielder Ezequiel Carrera Jersey 20 home runs in 84 games across two levels in his full-season debut. He’s also raking at an impressive .328/.361/.578 clip with 57 RBIs and 52 runs scored.

D-backs No. 8 prospect Jon Duplantier allowed one earned run on three hits over seven innings in his longest start since joining Class A Advanced Visalia. He struck out seven while inducing eight ground-ball outs and throwing 65 of his 94 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old righty has been stellar in his first full season, pitching to a 1.34 ERA with a 95-to-23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 87 1/3 innings between two levels.

Yankees No. 20 prospect Zack Littell pitched well in a no-decision for Double-A Trenton, giving up one earned run on six hits in seven innings. The 21-year-old righty compiled seven strikeouts without issuing a walk, with 68 of his 102 pitches going for strikes in the outing. He’s registered a 1.59 ERA and a 39-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 34 innings across five Double-A starts.

• Rangers No. 20 prospect Michael Matuella tossed five scoreless innings for Class A Hickory, allowing three hits and striking out four en route to his first professional win. It marked a career-long outing for the 23-year-old right-hander, who continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery.

• Tigers No. 29 prospect Gregory Soto posted double-digit strikeouts for the second time this season in a dominant outing for Class A West Michigan. Working six scoreless innings, the 22-year-old southpaw allowed three hits while striking out 11 and walking one to pace the Whitecaps in a shutout of Cedar Rapids. Soto is 8-1 with 2.44 ERA in 15 starts this season, during which he’s piled up 94 strikeouts in 81 innings while holding hitters to a .208 clip and just three home runs.

 

• Padres No. 29 prospect Reggie Lawson dazzled for Class A Fort Wayne in one of his better career performances, allowing one earned run on three hits over a career-high seven innings. The 19-year-old righty recorded seven
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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox prospect development promising

CHICAGO — “Ladies and gentlemen, here is your White Sox starting lineup for… .”

Taking a page from general manager Rick Hahn, who steadfastly JA Happ Jersey has avoided an official target date for the ongoing rebuilding project’s conclusion, let’s say the next time the White Sox truly are in playoff contention…

It could be 2019. It could be ’20. Whatever the season, there’s plenty of players to choose from, assuming Devon Travis Jersey perfect continued development.

First base: Jose Abreu or Gavin Sheets
Abreu still has two more years remaining (2018-19) on his current deal, so he could be part of the picture in ’19. Sheets, the team’s second-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, came in as a polished hitter with raw power and could move quickly through the system.

Second base: Yoan Moncada
Presently sitting as the No. 1 prospect in the game per MLBPipeline.com, Moncada’s big league timeline with the White Sox could start soon.

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At 26 or 27 when the good times arrive, Anderson will serve as a veteran voice for this young crew.Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey.

Third base: Jake Burger
Some pundits question whether Burger will stay at third, but the hit tool possessed by the team’s top pick during the 2017 Draft (No. 11 overall) will put him somewhere in the lineup. Let’s not forget Matt Davidson, who at 26 now, certainly could be a power-hitting presence for years to come.

Catcher: Zack Collins
What once was a very thin position in the organization now has solid depth. Seby Zavala and Evan Skoug, as well as Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith on the current roster, all could be in play. But Collins and the White Sox believe in his everyday catching ability.Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 29 Devon Travis Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey.

Left field: Micker Adolofo
He’s come a long way this season with Class A Kannapolis and doesn’t turn 21 until Sept. 11.

Center field: Luis Robert
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Right field: Eloy Jimenez
When people say he has light-tower power, Jimenez actually backed up the compliment.

Designated hitter: Avisail Garcia/Davidson
The beauty of having so many talented young players is manager Rick Renteria can rotate who he wants through this spot. It could be a landing place for someone such as Skoug, Burger or even Collins.

Starting rotation: Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez, Carlos Rodon, Dane Dunning, Lucas Giolito, Alec Hansen It’s difficult to stop at five or even six. Let’s not forget Spencer Adams, Jordan Stephens, Carson Fulmer or Bernardo Flores, who all could figure into the bullpen mix if not a part of the rotation.

Bullpen: Zack Burdi (closer), Dylan Cease, Fulmer, Aaron Bummer, Jordan Guerrero, Tommy Kahnle , Ian Hamilton, Tyler Danish. Imagine if Kopech goes the bullpen route, and the White Sox have Burdi, Kopech and Kahnle to close games, not to mention the possibility of a healthy Nate Jones. Not a bad finishing kick.

This list doesn’t even include Alex Call, Jameson Fisher, Charlie Tilson, Luis Basabe or Adam Engel in the outfield or Trey Michalczewski, Nick Delmonico and Danny Hayes on the infield. It doesn’t include players who
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All of this projecting comes before free-agent spending, with Hahn saying the money will be there when the time is right. It certainly presents an optimistic picture.

Scott Merkin Joe Biagini Jersey has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Traded Eloy Jimenez happy to Custom Blue Jays Jersey be with White Sox

CHICAGO — If Eloy Jimenez is being completely honest, he doesn’t know much about the White Sox.

But the team’s newly minted No. 2 prospect and No. 8 prospect in all of baseball per MLBPipeline.com, acquired Thursday as part of the five-player deal that sent Jose Quintana to the Custom Blue Jays Jersey Cubs, will learn quickly.Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey.

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“I wasn’t expecting to play here,” said Jimenez, through interpreter Billy Russo, during a Friday afternoon conference call. “But a few friends of mine have been telling me about how good this organization is.

“It was a little surprising in the beginning, but like I said at the beginning of the season, you never know where you are going to find happiness. Right now, you can be playing for a specific organization, but you also have to play for the rest of the organizations in Major Leagues because this is a business.”

Jimenez, 20, was joined by right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, first baseman Matt Rose and infielder Bryant Flete as the return for Quintana. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Jimenez missed the first six weeks of the season with a right shoulder injury, and the outfielder has a .270 average with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 43 games.

After playing this season for Class A Myrtle Beach, Jimenez simply went across the field to Class A Winston-Salem for Thursday night’s game. He finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

“It felt weird at the beginning,” said Jimenez of switching teams. “It was kind of a surreal situation, but once the game started and I was on the field, it was just baseball. The situation was less weird for me.”

Through play in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, Jimenez knows future
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His first love growing up was basketball, but Jimenez  started Devon Travis Jersey playing baseball at nine years old and never looked back. The White Sox are happy he made that decision and to have him as part of their rebuilding mass of talent.

“My father introduced me to baseball,” Jimenez said. “Basketball was my favorite sport. Then my father told me I needed to play another sport, and I did baseball. And you know, it wasn’t as fun as it is right now, but I fell in love with the sport a few months after I started.”

Scott Merkin Joe Biagini Jersey has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox Zack Burdi could need TJ surgery

CHICAGO — White Sox pitching prospect Zack Burdi, the team’s No. 10 prospect Joe Biagini Jersey according to MLB Pipeline, has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and likely will need Tommy John surgery, general manager Rick Hahn said Friday.

Burdi will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his elbow sometime early next week, and would be out until at least the start of Spring Training in 2019 if he undergoes the surgery, Hahn said.

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“Obviously, it’s unfortunate. It’s a difficult development certainly for Zack and for everyone playing a part in his development,” Hahn said. “But at the same time, if he is in fact back on pace for us in 2019, he’ll actually probably be closer to the normal development path for a college pitcher taken just in the 2016 Draft.”

Burdi, who was selected No. 26 overall in the 2016 Draft by the White Sox and projected as the organization’s closer of the future, had been placed on the disabled list Thursday after leaving an outing Monday. His brother, Twins prospect Nick Burdi, had his season come to an end at the end of May when he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery.

Zack Burdi had a 4.05 ERA in 29 games for Triple-A Charlotte this season, converting seven of nine save opportunities before sustaining the injury. Burdi had catapulted up the White Sox system after being selected in last June’s Draft, working his way up four levels in 38 innings while posting a 3.32 ERA. Burdi began the season as the club’s No. 7 prospect, but has fallen back with recent acquisitions such as Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez coming into the fray.

“It shows you can make the best-laid plans and sometimes the baseball gods laugh,” Hahn said of the injury. “But certainly part of what we’re trying to accomplish here is accumulate as much talent as possible, knowing that things happen. Players get hurt, some guys don’t develop quite as quickly or as well as you anticipate, anCustom Blue Jays Jersey fortunately at the other end of the spectrum, you get some pleasant surprises.”

Robert recovering well

Robert, the $26 million man who was the prized international signing for the White Sox on May 26, had his left knee reevaluated, and it checked out fine, according to Hahn.

The White Sox No. 4 prospect — and the No. 23 prospect in the Majors — was shut down for seven days last Saturday after sustaining a minor injury to the meniscus in his left knee while stealing home during a Dominican Summer League game a week and a half ago. He will ramp up his physical activities in the coming days and make his return to DSL games in coming weeks, Hahn said.

Robert had hit .255 with a homer, four RBIs and eight stolen Devon Travis Jersey bases in 51 at-bats for the White Sox DSL squad since signing with Chicago.

Moncada coming soon?

Hahn remained mum on when Yoan Moncada, the No. 1 prospect in baseball
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“We’ll see over the coming weeks,” Hahn said. “The timeline is going to be
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Moncada has a slash line of .286/.385/.453 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs in 74 games for Charlotte this season after being acquired along with White Sox No. 3 prospect Michael Kopech in the Chris Sale deal.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 29 Devon Travis Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey.

When will Yoan Aaron Loup Jersey Moncada join White Sox?

CHICAGO — The second half to the 2017 season for the White Sox began with Jose Quintana’s trade to the Cubs on Thursday, which answers at least one Inbox inquiry. Let’s look at a few more.

Will Yoan Moncada come up before July 31?
— Jimmy, Miami, @jimmyleid
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I would say yes. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Moncada, the top White Sox
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, up at some point around the home and home series with the Cubs from July 24-27. He certainly has shown a high level and wide array of skills consistently at Triple-A Charlotte and is ready for the next challenge.

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Would the White Sox consider signing guys like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas this upcoming offseason and try to speed up the rebuild?
— Adam, Norridge, Ill., @adamchrz15

“Speed up the rebuild” is not a phrase White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has used during this process. In fact, he has preached patience at every step of the way, reminding people the rebuild has just begun — although it has now raced past the early stage. Hahn said the money will be there to spend when the time is right, but I’m not Darwin Barney Jersey sure this upcoming offseason will be deemed the right time.

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What is your favorite food at Guaranteed Rate Field? Also who do you expect Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey to be traded by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline?

— Jacob, Salinas, Calif., @obiwanKonerko

The turkey burgers are good at the Rate, as is the turkey deli sandwich down the right-field line near the Xfinity Zone. I also like the pulled chicken
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As for who is going to be traded, instead of listing specific names, I will say three or four players will be moved before the non-waiver Deadline. We are at one and counting.

Could you see Hahn holding on to Quintana until the Winter Meetings?
— Ron, Chicago, @ronskidmore

Easiest Inbox question I’ve ever had to answer: I predict he’s going to the Cubs.

In all seriousness, Hahn did an excellent job of picking up elite prospects while trading a player in Quintana who was tough to let go. Hahn, of course, is not done working.

With Seby Zavala and Zack Collins improving every day, do you think especially Zavala will be part of the futurAaron Sanchez Jersey behind the plate?

— Robert, Chicago, @rsalas233

In talking recently with Hahn about the catching situation, he mentioned Zavala by name after I left him out in my question. A position the White Sox were seemingly a little thin at in the past looks as if it’s building depth within the organization. And let’s not forget Evan Skoug, a seventh-round selection from the 2017 MLB Draft with great potential.

Avisail Garcia: Building block or trading chip?
— Ken, Crestwood, Ill., @ksawilchik

Somewhere strongly in between. He certainly has proven himself during the season’s first half, but if the White Sox get knocked over by an offer, I could envision a deal. I’m not expecting one, though.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox hurlers say goodbye to Darwin Barney Jersey Jose Quintana

CHICAGO — As they saw their ace and now former teammate walk through the
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Holland took to his Instagram account Thursday, filming a tribute to Jose Quintana — traded earlier that morning in a blockbuster deal to the cross-town Cubs — in front of Quintana’s old locker with “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men serving as the background music.

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It was a fun message that Quintana received well, Holland said.

“We wanted to have fun with him. Once he left, me and Carlos talked and said we’ve got to do something,” Holland said. “To have something like that, it goes to show how good the chemistry is here. To lose him, though, it’s one of those things that kind of takes you away and makes you realize this is a business.”

Quintana, who was dealt for top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease (Nos. 8 and 63, respectively, among MLBpipeline.com’s Top 100 prospects) along with Matt Rose and Bryant Flete, stopped by Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday to pack up his locker. It was his scheduled day to play catch, so before he departed, he made sure he played one last game with Holland, Rodon and reliever Tommy Kahnle.

Holland credited Quintana as one of the key presences that made his Aaron Loup Jersey transition to Chicago a smooth one. The left-hander signed a one-year deal with the club this offseason after previously spending his entire career with Texas.

“This was his house, and to let me come in and be a guest, the way he treated me was perfect,” Holland said.

With Quintana gone, the longest-tenured player still on the White Sox roster is first baseman and former All-Star Jose Abreu.

“It has been tough since the moment that Q told us the news,” Abreu said. “It was tough to digest.”

White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino met Quintana when the two were in Double-A Birmingham in 2012. Even as Quintana’s name became synonymous with trade rumors over the last year, Saladino didn’t notice a difference in the beloved left-hander.

“There was a little bit of a language barrier [at first],” Saladino said. “Honestly, he was the same guy. From then until now, he’s almost the exact same guy.”

Worth noting

• The White Sox activated right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and Saladino from the 10-day DL before their game Dalton Pompey Jersey against the Mariners on Friday at Guaranteed Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey Rate Field. Gonzalez hasn’t pitched since June 14 with A/C joint inflammation in his right shoulder and had been rehabbing with Double-A Birmingham. Saladino hasn’t played since May 26 while dealing with back spasms and had been rehabbing with Triple-A Charlotte. Saladino was in the lineup Custom Blue Jays Jersey Friday, and he went 1-for-3 Aaron Sanchez Jersey with an RBI double in Chicago’s 4-2 loss.

“It’s very frustrating because you don’t come here to get hurt,” Saladino said of the nagging back spasms. “It’s part of the game, but obviously when something like that happens it brings you down a little. But I just kept after it and didn’t really know how long it may or may not take, so stick with it, and I’ll be back.”

Gonzalez and Saladino take the roster spots of Quintana and Willy Garcia, who was optioned to Triple-A over the All-Star break.

• White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey, who hasn’t pitched since May 23 due to a left oblique strain, was back in Chicago being reevaluated Friday, general manager Rick Hahn said. Covey said he will be throwing off a mound for the first time since the injury on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anthony Swarzak has been a surprise Dalton Pompey Jersey for Sox

CHICAGO — It’s not often you see an athlete make a dramatic shift to their game eight years into their career.

White Sox reliever Anthony Swarzak has been a lot of things in his big league
Dalton Pompey Jersey career — a starter, a reliever, an in-between guy — but the righty had pitched enough, entering this season, where it was fair to make a decision as to what caliber of pitcher he was.

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The White Sox invited Swarzak to their big league camp as a non-roster invitee in Spring Training with the hope that he’d, at best, shore up the bullpen. Injuries to key relievers such as Nate Jones and Zach Putnam have thrust Swarzak into a high-leverage role. He’s thrived, posting a 2.41 ERA in Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 18 Darwin Barney Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Scarlet Jersey 35 appearances before the All-Star break and turning himself into a potential trade chip in the process.

Swarzak said he came into this year as a brand-new version of himself. Instead of being someone who’s tried to pitch to a situation, he’s now focused on doing whatever he can to get each individual hitter out.

“I’ve figured out over the years what’s successful, and I’m trying to harness that and get that right away when I come in,” Swarzak said. “Early in my career, coming out of the bullpen in the third inning, my job is to get early contact and eat up innings. That’s not my job anymore. My job is to come in and get outs.”

This shift in mentality has led to Swarzak thriving in high-leverage situations. He’s allowed just 27 percent of inherited runners to score this season, including just three total inherited runners scoring since the start of June.

“He’s shown that he could do it,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s commanded the zone. Stayed down in the zone. Used his slider very effectively. Hasn’t been rattled by too much. We’ve tried to put him in
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Physically, Swarzak has seen added life in his fastball emerge from being thrown into such situations Aaron Sanchez Jersey. His four-seam fastball has an average velocity of 94.9 mph this season, a near mile per hour increase from 2016 and the highest average velocity of his career. He’s also altered his delivery, creating a downward throwing plane that has made pitching low in the zone devastating for hitters.

“I’ve been trying over the past few weeks to try to get the ball down a little more,” Swarzak said. “As a pitcher, when you’re getting the ball down a lot, and then you don’t get it down, then they swing. If you’re never getting the ball down, they never swing at the fastball. Until they do, and they hit it for a homer.”

Swarzak could find himself in yet another new position Aaron Loup Jersey in coming weeks — trade bait. With the reliever making less than $1 million this season and free agency pending, he presents a cheap option for a contender in need of bullpen depth.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the White Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey or its clubs.

Robinson Cano’s HR gets Dalton Pompey Jersey Seattle past White Sox

CHICAGO — Robinson Cano didn’t leave his heroics in Miami, following up his
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“I knew I hit it good,” Cano said of his homer, which barely cleared the right-center-field fence. “Maybe I left my power at the All-Star Game. Nah, just kidding.”

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White Sox right-hander James Shields went six innings for the third time in eight starts this season, but couldn’t get out of his trouble in the third. After giving up a walk and a single to lead off the inning, Shields left an 85.6-mph cutter over the heart of the plate and Cano homered to give Seattle a 3-1 lead. The Mariners added another run when Shields’ fifth-inning wild pitch allowed Jean Segura to score, leaving the veteran right-hander on the hook for four runs.

“Obviously I didn’t want to throw the ball down the middle to Cano,” Shields said. “I wanted to get it inside, off the plate a bit. If I make my pitches right there, I think it’s a whole different ballgame.”

That was enough for Mariners left-hander James Paxton, who built upon his strong first half of the season and added to his career high with his eighth win. He worked six innings for the fourth straight start, striking out nine while walking none. He allowed two runs, and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since June 16.

Tony Zych, Nick Vincent and Edwin Diaz combined for three perfect innings out of the bullpen, with Diaz picking up his 14th save in 17 tries as the Mariners opened their second half with a win. Friday’s loss pushed the White Sox to 3-6 since the calendar flipped to July. The White Sox are now a season-low 12 games below .500, and they’re the second team in the American League to reach 50 losses.

“Really nice ballgame,” said Mariners manager Scott Servais. “Really dominant pitching tonight. … It was a good complete game, and we’ve got to continue to roll with this and keep building.”

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That’s wild: With the White Sox trailing 3-2 in the fifth, they needed a clean inning from Shields. He gave up a leadoff double to Segura, who moved over to third on a groundout. But with two outs, Shields’ two-strike curveball scooted past catcher Kevan Smith and allowed Segura to score. It was just his second wild pitch of the season.

“You can control those things,” Shields said. “The wild pitch, we can control that. I’m not happy with the outing, but we’re going to keep grinding it out and move forward.”

Welcome back: White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino was activated from the disabled list Friday after missing more than a month due to nagging back spasms. It didn’t take him long to make a notable return, as he took Paxton the Darwin Barney Jersey other way for a slicing ground-rule double to score Avisail Aaron Sanchez Jersey Garcia and put the White Sox up 1-0 in the second. Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger had a tough time finding the ball, which had a hit probability of five percent, according to Statcast™. It was Chicago’s only lead in the game.

“Sally did a nice job in that at-bat,” said White Sox manager Rick Renteria . “With two strikes, he worked it 3-2, fouled off a few pitches then the ground-rule double.Aaron Loup Jersey It was nice to see that.”

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“It’s always tough to lose a teammate, especially Q. He’s a professional baseball player, and he goes about his business every day, works hard every day. Great guy, great teammate. It’s tough to lose guys, but we know as players it’s part of the game. His name has been floated around quite a bit.” — Shields, following Thursday’s trade of Jose Quintana .

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Haniger made a critical play in the ninth inning, ranging into the gap in right-center field to rob White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu of an extra-base hit to lead off the inning. It was a four-star catch with a 32 percent catch probability, according to Statcast™, with Haniger traveling 66 feet in 4.2 seconds.

“[The bullpen] did a great job today. Defense was great,” Paxton said. “[Haniger] made a great play in the ninth there, catching that ball. Everyone looked good coming out of the break.”

WHAT’S NEXT
Mariners: Felix Hernandez (4-3, 4.44 ERA) will get the ball for Game 2 of the three-game set at 4:10 p.m. PT at Guaranteed Rate Field. Blue Jays Canada Day JerseyThe right-hander looked sharp in his last outing, throwing six shutout innings and striking out a season-high eight batters in a 4-0 win over the A’s.

White Sox: Mike Pelfrey (3-7, 4.83 ERA) will start for a reshuffled White Sox rotation in the second game of this weekend’s three-game set at 6:10 p.m. CT. He last appeared out of the bullpen in Chicago’s 10-0 loss to the Rockies on Sunday, his second relief outing of the season.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the White Sox on Friday.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Mariners on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.