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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Crowd for White Sox-Royals suspended game was non-existent

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If the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals play a continued game and nobody is there to watch it, did it even happen? That is something the teams were trying to test.

Monday’s White Sox-Royals game was suspended in the fifth inning due to rain. The plan was to continue the game on Tuesday, prior to the originally-scheduled contest between the teams. When the game began at 4:40 p.m. CT, there weren’t many fans in attendance.

Check out these photos from the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan:

A few more fans had scattered through over the next hour.

The White Sox allowed fans with tickets for Tuesday’s game to come early to watch the conclusion of the suspended game. They also gave fans with tickets for Monday’s game the option to receive the equivalent value to attend a future White Sox home game, including Tuesday’s.

The White Sox entered Tuesday 23-29, while the Royals have the third-worst record in the league. The White Sox are 23rd in the league in attendance with an average home crowd of 18,519.

Last year we saw a similar image from the White Sox for one of their games. This isn’t a better look.

Watch: Managers go at it in Royals-White Sox scuffle

Things got rather heated on Wednesday between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox.

Royals pitcher Brad Keller hit White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson with a pitch during the game after Anderson extravagantly tossed his bat after a home run.

Keller’s pitch seemed like a fairly clear bit of retaliation for that action, and the benches immediately cleared. The Royals’ actions didn’t sit well with White Sox manager Rick Renteria, either, who squared up his Kansas City counterpart, Ned Yost.

The White Sox have good reason to be upset after this, and it will be interesting to see if they come down hard against Keller. The league has started to promote younger players doing things like Anderson did, and the Royals look pretty bad trying to police it.

Report: White Sox finalizing long-term extension with top prospect Eloy Jimenez

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The Chicago White Sox are aggressively moving to lock down one of the brightest young talents in their organization for quite some time.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it will be a long-term deal for the 22-year-old outfielder. Dominican journalist Hector Gomez reported that it would be an eight-year deal worth between $65 and $70 million.

Jimenez is a consensus top-five prospect. He hit .337 with 22 home runs between AA and AAA last season. He has yet to actually make his MLB debut, which is, in the minds of most, down to service time manipulation. If Jimenez has already penned a long-term deal, that will no longer be an issue, and it seems safe to assume that he’ll be on the Opening Day roster.

Report: White Sox out on Bryce Harper free agency

Bryce Harper

The Chicago White Sox initially were viewed as one of the contenders to sign Bryce Harper, but they are no longer a factor in his free agency, according to a report.

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago reported on Thursday that the White Sox will not bid on Harper. Chicago met with Harper in November and was regarded at one point as a favorite to sign him.

The White Sox also had interest in Manny Machado and were believed to have been targeting the infielder even more. They were stunned when Machado chose to sign with the San Diego Padres instead, leaving them without their top target.

Rather than spend big-time money on Harper, it seems the White Sox will focus on some lower-cost options now.

White Sox reportedly turning attention to Gio Gonzalez, other free agents

The Chicago White Sox were unable to land Manny Machado and are unlikely to spend the kind of money it will take to sign Bryce Harper, but they may not be done making significant moves in free agency.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox will continue to pursue ways to make “small improvements,” and those could include signing pitcher Gio Gonzalez or outfielder Marwin Gonzalez.

Both Gio and Marwin Gonzalez could be two of the best bargains left in free agency. Gio seemed revitalized by a late-season trade to the Milwaukee Brewers last year, as he posted a 2.13 ERA in five starts with the team. Marwin has been a big part of the Houston Astros’ success in recent years and is coming off a season in which he hit .247 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI. The 29-year-old hit .303 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI in 2017 for the World Series champions.

Gio Gonzalez has drawn interest from at least one other team this offseason, but we haven’t heard much talk about him. That could change quickly with Manny Machado now off the board and Bryce Harper expected to sign in the coming days. Once the big fish are gone, the “cheaper” options should have an easier time finding new homes.

MLB teams that could surprise in 2019

Jacob deGrom

It’s pretty clear which teams can expect to be near the top of the standings in Major League Baseball and which can expect to be near the bottom. That leaves a mess of teams in the middle that may or may not be good enough to contend, but at least a few will be similar to last year’s Oakland Athletics and pleasantly surprise.

Here are seven teams that could unexpectedly make some noise in MLB this season.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates quietly won 82 games a year ago, and they may be poised to do even more this season. The key will be finding out where the offense comes from; the likes of Starling Marte will have to have solid seasons for the Pirates to improve. They were helped significantly last season with the emergence of Trevor Williams as a solid starting pitcher. The addition of Chris Archer should really start to bear fruit this year, potentially leading to some improvement from the club.

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Reported details of White Sox offer to Manny Machado revealed

Manny Machado

The White Sox were left disappointed on Tuesday when Manny Machado agreed to a deal with the Padres, but it does not sound like their offer was as superior to San Diego’s as they are making it seem.

Machado has reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Chicago offered Machado an eight-year, $250 million deal. The offer also included incentives.

While the average annual value of Chicago’s reported offer is higher than what Machado will get from the Padres, his deal also includes an opt-out after the fifth season. That means the total guaranteed dollar amount is more than what the White Sox offered, plus Machado has the option of hitting free agency again when he’s still in his prime at age 31.

Judging by the way one White Sox executive reacted to the Machado deal, it seems like Chicago did not realize how serious the Padres were in their pursuit of the free agent slugger. If that’s true, they weren’t alone in that line of thinking.