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Manager Rumor Mill: Garbage Can Edition

With this week’s scandals in Houston, Boston and New York, it’s time to update the managerial scorecard!

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Great Expectations, out of a Bleak House

Slow your sad roll, White Sox fans: 2020 was always just going to be an appetizer for 2021.

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Friday’s arbitration deadline makes a busy week busier for the White Sox

In a busy week, let’s preview of this week’s arbitration deadline, and review overall White Sox payroll.

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La Pantera has arrived

What is it about panthers? Our newest writer, Keelin Billue, examines the mystic properties that bring a particular Pantera to Chicago.

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Mind the gap at second base

Second base has been overlooked as a White Sox priority for 2020, with Nick Madrigal looming down in Charlotte. But there are three solid options out there to bridge what could be a months-long gap.

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Penned in: A look at the 2020 bullpen options on the South Side

With lots of boxes checked this offseason, the bullpen remains an area the White Sox still must fortify.

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What’s next on the shopping list for the White Sox?

With the White Sox still looking to add a bat and a relief arm, here are some best bets for both.

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Fixing a Hole: White Sox still looking to patch rotation

With Gio in the fold, the White Sox must be held to their promise to add more premium pitching: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dallas Keuchel or David Price.

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Thank you, Yolmer Sánchez!

Yolmer Homer enters free agency for the first time in his career. A remembrance, by a No. 1 fan.

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A weird and wonderful fit: Edwin Encarnacion in Pale Hose

Edwin Encarnación is all about mashing. Think he’d fit in a weak White Sox offense?

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State of the White Sox bullpen as the Winter Meetings approach

With a bullpen in only OK shape, the White Sox will need to examine every avenue to improve for 2020.

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What, if anything, should the White Sox offer Tsutsugo?

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo could supply the White Sox with a reliable, left-handed bat that is well worth the risk.

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Filling the South Side’s crater in right field

A plethora of solid options exist for the White Sox this offseason, including blockbuster trades and hefty free-agent signings.

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Wheels down, it’s time to show (R)yu the money

Plan B after Zack Wheeler? The White Sox could do way worse than a Cy Young runner-up who keeps contact on the ground, and soft. It’s time to target Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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Non-tendered players on the market: Which make sense for the White Sox?

Of all the surprising names around baseball to be refused contracts on Monday, four names leap out as great solutions to fill out the White Sox roster.

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Early moves close the book on the rebuild — it’s time to start winning!

Rick Hahn’s aggressive signing of Yasmani Grandal, along with other smaller moves and an exciting rumor mill, indicate the rebuild is done and the winning begins now.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Part III, the Ugly

Is the Yasmani Grandal signing just another carrot — or a promise? In this review of some of the low points of 2019, hope spring eternal.

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Joc of all trades: Pederson a perfect fit for Chicago’s right field woes

With the Hot Stove already broiling on the South Side, it may be time for Rick Hahn to turn back toward last offseason’s near-deal for Dodger Joc Pederson.

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Yasmani Grandal signals a welcome change for White Sox

Yasmani Grandal echoed what we’ve all been saying, for some time now: Why NOT the White Sox?

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Saving baseball from itself, Part 1: a relegation fantasy

One way to sass those sluggish “rebuilding” owners and punish teams that aren’t even trying? Relegation!

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The defense doesn’t rest: an ode to Yolmer

Tis a folly to non-tender our second sacker, if the best offense truly be a great defense.

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Picks to click: free agent starters

The money will be spent … so why not start with rising star Zack Wheeler, and add a lefty on the way out of the store?

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A most important offseason

The ball is in the front office’s court … we’ll be waiting to see what happens.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Part 2: The Bad)

The entire class of free agent and trade acquisitions for the White Sox in 2019 contributed just 3.9 bWAR.

No, that is not a typo.

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2019 was the year of Yoán —and he’s just getting started

Yoán Moncada is destined to be a star on the South Side for a long, long time.

Photo: Clinton Cole (@CDCole55)/South Side Hit Pen

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Manager rumor mill: American League edition

Not as much to report on the AL manager rumor mill, with just one opening left. But let’s rant about it a bit, anyway.

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Manager rumor mill: National League edition

Joe Girardi can only be hired by one team … we think.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Part 1: The Good)

Yoán Moncada and Lucas Giolito are the clear highlights of the next step of the rebuild.

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White Sox: Final Report Card

When it comes to Sox management, in the dugout or out, C is as good as it gets.

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Deep Dive: Available free agent right-handed starters

This article delves into the plentiful right-handed starter options that could be available this offseason. Be forewarned: The quality of these free agents does drop rather quickly.

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Deep Dive: Lucas Giolito’s past, present and future with the White Sox

Lucas Giolito through 2018, his 2019 season with the White Sox, and what his future looks like with the team.

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So you’ve been blocked by Tim Anderson …

If a bat flips and you’re not around, did it make a sound?

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It’s time to Corde-roll the dice on Jimmy beyond this season

Cordero should continue to have a role with the organization moving forward, a role he’s earned. And if a bench-clearing brawl is about to go down, Cordero is one player I would definitely want on my side.

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Who is Reynaldo López?

The sky is still the limit for this fireballer, but time is starting to become an enemy instead of an ally.

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What if Eloy played DH full-time?

Now is not the time to punt on Eloy Jiménez’s defense. As the former No. 3 overall prospect, Jiménez is vital to what the White Sox are trying to do in the next few years, and improving his defense could go a long way.

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