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White Sox keep quiet at winter meeting

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San Diego – Crickets.

While many big market teams, including the Cubs on the other side of town, stirred up free-agent frenzy at the Winter Games, the Sox have been very quiet.

Here’s what they achieved at the Winter Conference:

*Right-hander Mike Clevinger announced on the eve of the first full day of the meeting a week ago that he had signed a one-year, $12 million contract to close out the starting rotation.

*Draft right-handed Nick Avila in Wednesday’s Rule 5 Draft. Avila, 25, plans to pitch in the Sox’s bullpen in 2023.

That was the player news.

They received the Bud Selig Award for Outstanding Philanthropy. This is the honor that recognizes the Amateur City Elite (ACE) program. General Manager Special Assistant Marco Paddy was also named International Scout of the Year.

Commissioner Jerry Reinsdorf, Vice President Ken Williams, Community Relations Vice President Christine O’Reilly, General Manager Rick Hahn, Manager Pedro Grifol and the rest of the Sox leadership are commissioner Rob. · Sox at Manfred’s Selig Awards presentation.

The club’s Amateur City Elite (ACE) program is a community resource and treasure of the Sox that provides educational and baseball opportunities to underserved youth in Chicago.

“I can honestly say that the best thing you can do when you own a sports franchise is to be active in your community,” Reinsdorf said Wednesday. team.

“It’s much more important than winning baseball games, which is good because we don’t win a lot.”

The chairman grinned at the attempt at humor, but in hindsight he may have edited the line after the 81-81 season, knowing that disgruntled fans weren’t laughing one bit.

The free agent market has seen some big names off the board with big prices this week, but Sox fans looking to improve their roster will have to wait.

If Cuban prospect Oscar Colas is opening right fielder and has a chance to claim that spot in spring training, he’ll need to fill left field and second base. budget of $15 million or less.

“We are continuing discussions with the club,” Hahn said on Wednesday. “Not surprisingly, this week [the industry] There was a little more focus on the free agent market. Hopefully in the next few days, and when I’m back in Chicago, I’ll be able to lay a good foundation for a follow-up here.

“But like we said from the beginning, if you go back to the GM meeting and it’s more of a trade pass, that’s my instinct, and some of the free agency issues have to be worked out before the trade. Opportunity has indeed presented itself, and we will wait patiently, and work hard.”

Hahn has admitted he needs to earn the trust of his fans after last season’s flop.

“We will still have to earn that trust,” he said. “And it can only happen with us going out on the field and showing what this team is, what they can do, and finally winning the ball game.

“We’re not going to force anything through the season now, ideally for short-term gains that don’t carry over into October. But I get it. All right.”

There is still work to be done.

Note: Rule 5 pick Nick Avila can’t join the minor leagues without being offered by the Giants in 2023.

Recommended by pitching coach Ethan Katz, who worked with him in the Giants’ system, Avila went 4-2 with a 1.14 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP, and 55 strikeouts and 58. 13 Innings between high-A Eugene and double-A Richmond in the 2022 Giants system.


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