Tuesday Roundup: White Sox Host Nats, Sox Serve Week, Reaction to Shields Trade and More…
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
White Sox vs. Nationals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Royals and three vs. the Tigers. Starting Pitchers: RHP Mat Latos (6-1, 4.02) for the Sox, RHP Joe Ross (5-4, 2.37) for the Nats.
Paying it Forward
Quotes of the Day
James Shields will make his White Sox debut tomorrow night at USCF and he will wear No. 25. Here are comments from three Sox players and two members of the media about the trade that brought Shields to Chicago from San Diego.
—David Robertson, who saw Shields pitch when David was with the Yankees and James was a Ray:
“I know he’s got good stuff. When he was a Ray, I couldn’t stand him. He just owned us. He’s going to be a good addition to the team. Hopefully we can turn things around and start picking up some wins again.”
“It’s a great addition. He’s coming back into the American League. It will be a good kick-start for him on a contending team. I’m pretty excited. Get a fresh face in here and a well-known starter that knows how to do his job.”
—Dioner Navarro, a former teammate of Shields’ at Tampa Bay, has caught more innings from Shields than anyone:
“Every five days you’re going to get him, and whether bad or good, he’s going to compete and he’s going to play hard. He earned his nickname (Big Game James) by pitching great in big games.”
—Bob Nightengale, USA Today:
—C.J. Nitkowski, Fox Sports:
“Talk to executives around baseball and they will tell you that trade talks really don’t start up until after the amateur draft, which this year will be June 9.
“Every time I hear that I always think there has to be a great opportunity for a team that knows what they want to jump in early. It certainly does take two to tango, and if a team has what will be a highly coveted player at deadline time, it makes sense to take the temperature of the league and wait for the best deal.
“The Chicago White Sox were not going to wait around. They got aggressive on James Shields and landed him in a deal with the Padres on Saturday, five days before the amateur draft.
“Perhaps general manager AJ Preller was more motivated to move Shields and take the cash that was involved in the deal (saving about $27 million) after Padres chairman Ron Fowler blasted the team, and Shields specifically, last week.
“Nevertheless I love what the White Sox did here. Pitchers like Cole Hamels, David Price and Johnny Cueto are not going to be available to acquire via trade this season like they were a year ago. Sonny Gray was thought to be one of the best that might be available, but he just came off the DL and was not having a strong season.
“The White Sox beat everyone to the punch, landing a key rotation piece much earlier than what is usually expected.”
White Sox vs. Nationals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Shields for the Sox, RHP Matt Scherzer (6-4, 3.87) for Washington.
White Sox vs. Nationals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-5, 4.41) for the Sox, LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 3.94) for the Nats.
MLB Draft Begins Thursday
There’s great anticipation among the White Sox and their fans with the June free agent draft on the horizon. The draft begins on Thursday and will continue through Saturday.
Not only do the Sox have the 10th, 26th and 49th picks, Corey Ray–a product of the club’s Amateur City Elite program–is predicted to be one of the top selections. That’s Corey pictured above, playing for the University of Louisville.
Here’s a preview:
No. 3 Sox Prospect Spencer Adams Hurls a Gem
Photo of the Day
Frazier returns to Chicago with 18 home runs, just one shy of the major-league lead.