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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was asked whether he expects to have Jose Abreu on his roster. As you'd expect, he deftly sidestepping the inquiry, "Right now, Jose Abreu is a White Sox. He's our first baseman."

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5dDavid Schoenfield and Bradford Doolittle

Five trades we'd love to see at the winter meetings

A star slugger to the Cardinals? A coveted young ace to the Dodgers? With baseball's winter meetings just days away, we offer a handful of deals that make sense for all sides.

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9dKeith Law

Law: White Sox strike first on winter market

The ChiSox fired up the hot stove by signing free agent Welington Castillo, while the Cardinals dealt a 2016 All-Star and the Rays landed a prospect.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Spending $15 million over two years for Welington Castillo, a guy who should put up good power numbers in G-Rate Field, makes sense on the surface. But he's also been one of the worst pitch-framers in the game, ranking third-worst in MLB from 2014-2017 in Baseball Info Solutions' Strike Zone runs saved. Baseball Prospectus had consistently rated him among the worst until last season, when he presided over the Orioles' rotation implosion. Given the number of high-end pitching prospects that GM Rick Hahn has acquired, that $15 million could come with a risk to their development if Castillo's long-term struggles follow him to the South Side.

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White Sox sign free-agent C Castillo for 2 years

Coming off a season in which he hit .282 with 20 homers for Baltimore, catcher Welington Castillo signed a two-year deal with the White Sox on Friday. The team also avoided arbitration with reliever Danny Farquhar.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Although the Red Sox believe Jose Abreu would fill their need for a middle-of-the-order slugger, the White Sox want "an arm and both legs," according to a rival talent evaluator. Chicago got Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech last year for Chris Sale, and Boston now lacks that level of talent in the mid/upper levels of its farm system. Jackie Bradley Jr.? The White Sox have liked him in the past, but he's controllable through only 2020, at which time their window to contend will just be opening.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In any conversation about trade talks for Jose Abreu, it shouldn't be overlooked how much the Red Sox wanted him four years ago when they were outbid by less than $5 million by the White Sox. It's debatable whether the Red Sox have enough top prospects left to make a strong offer for the slugging Cuban first baseman, but if any team knows Boston's system, it's the White Sox after the Chris Sale trade last year.

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22dTravis Sawchik, Special to ESPN.com

One key move for the White Sox this offseason

While it's become more difficult to extend young stars to long-term deals, the White Sox might want to consider doing so with one of their prized talents.

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23dAssociated Press

Thome among 19 Hall of Fame ballot newcomers

Jim Thome is among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for the Hall of Fame. Ballots are due Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 24.

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23dDan Szymborski

Finding the best spot for Giancarlo Stanton

The White Sox have never been the spenders that their cross-town rival has been, but bringing in Stanton could be a strong long-term play as part of their rebuild.

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Seattle's trade adds to funds for international pool

The Mariners traded Brazilian right-hander Thyago Vieira to the White Sox in exchange for $500,000 that can be added to their international signing bonus pool.

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28dDavid Schoenfield

Will Michael Kopech be baseball's next superace?

If there's one minor leaguer to bet on, this would be the guy. He has everything you like in a pitching prospect: big-time velocity, good size and excellent numbers.

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30dJerry Crasnick

White Sox open to inquiries on Abreu, Garcia

The White Sox have received some trade feelers on first baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Avisail Garcia early this offseason and aren't ruling out the possibility of dealing either, general manager Rick Hahn said Monday.

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Keith Law

Law's offseason trade overview: Jose Abreu

It isn't a great market for shopping a bat-first first baseman, but Abreu is coming off his second-best season in the majors with a 4.7 WAR and .304 batting average.

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35dSam Miller

Ranking all 30 clubs by triumphs and fails: White Sox

Although they finished with 95 losses, there's a lot of talent within the White Sox organization. Rick Renteria built trust with the young players and had them competing even after they traded away the veterans.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs70623rd
Batting Average.25615th
On Base Percentage.31425th
Slugging Percentage.41722nd
Earned Run Average4.7825th
Quality Starts6323rd
WHIP1.4224th
BAA.25413th