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    White Sox have agreed to a deal with Pirates for Ivan Nova

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    Wonder what we traded

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    Wonder what we traded
    Doesn't sound like it would be anything special. Sounds more like this is to eat up salary for Pittsburgh for a back end of the rotation pitcher. He'll be a free agent next year. Sounds like a stopgap.

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    Get 'em though to next year trade, he takes Kopech's spot for 2019 and then gone.

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    Nova takes the James Shield role.

    Rotation consists of Giolito, Lopez, Rodon, Nova, and a 5th who I would like Stephens to get first shot at. End of the year you flip Nova to a contender and promote Cease possibly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brett05 View Post
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    Nova takes the James Shield role.

    Rotation consists of Giolito, Lopez, Rodon, Nova, and a 5th who I would like Stephens to get first shot at. End of the year you flip Nova to a contender and promote Cease possibly.
    Does Cease have a shot to start the season in the rotation? I could also see them bumping Dunning up late in the year.

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    Does Cease have a shot to start the season in the rotation? I could also see them bumping Dunning up late in the year.
    I think at the earliest is All Star break.
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    White Sox, Yanks, Phils in on Machado. Plus 3 Mystery teams

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    White Sox, Yanks, Phils in on Machado. Plus 3 Mystery teams

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    So are we in on both Harper and machado or is this a one or the other but we want at least one?

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    So are we in on both Harper and machado or is this a one or the other but we want at least one?
    We're in on both, but want at least one (Harper). They have meetings scheduled with both.

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    White Sox claim Jordan Romano in the Rule 5 draft from Toronto.

    I can see him as a righty specialist in the pen this year and give Cooper a chance to develop his curve. Here's what mlb.com has to say about him:

    An Ontario native, Romano pitched one season at Connors State JC (Okla.) before transferring to Oral Roberts and serving as the team's closer in 2014. He signed with the Blue Jays for $25,000 as a 10th-round pick that June, but he missed the entire 2015 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He returned to the mound fully healthy in 2016 and impressed as part of Class A Lansing's starting rotation, his first work as a starter since 2013. He continued to make strides in the role in 2017 at Class A Advanced Dunedin, showing impressive bat-missing ability while making every start.

    Romano has shown plenty of arm strength post-surgery. His fastball sits comfortably at 92-94 mph, with good life and some run, and reaches 96. He gets whiffs up in the zone with the pitch but also gets hit around at times, albeit while keeping the ball in the park. Romano's power slider gives him a second above-average pitch capable of missing bats, especially against right-handed hitters, whom he held to a .192 average in '17. Neither his curveball nor his changeup is particularly advanced, and he'll need to make the latter a viable offering to be successful against lefties at higher levels.

    Most scouts think that Romano will eventually return to the bullpen given the proven effectiveness of his fastball-slider combo against same-sided hitters. But after making gains in his first two years as a dedicated starter, the Blue Jays plan to continue to develop him in that role.
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    Well Jordan, we hardly knew ya. Sold him off to Texas
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    I'm literally refreshing my Twitter feed every 5 minutes. If anything all this Harper talk is creating a huge buzz for the Sox. It's just giving me anxiety.

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    Lmfao you might be refreshing for a month straight brother. Just let it be and if it happens it happens

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    Several folks are reporting we are the current leaders for both Harper and Machado. If we somehow got both which would easily fit into our finances, I think we'd need to pick up two relievers and one catcher and start the run for the playoffs this season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brett05 View Post
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    Several folks are reporting we are the current leaders for both Harper and Machado. If we somehow got both which would easily fit into our finances, I think we'd need to pick up two relievers and one catcher and start the run for the playoffs this season.
    Yep, as much as injuries in the minors slowed the rebuild by a year, grabbing those two big names accelerates it. With the division as horrible as it is they easily could compete. They're definitely looking at catchers cause they want Zavala and Collins to get reps at 1st this year.

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    Yep, as much as injuries in the minors slowed the rebuild by a year, grabbing those two big names accelerates it. With the division as horrible as it is they easily could compete. They're definitely looking at catchers cause they want Zavala and Collins to get reps at 1st this year.
    Those two are at least a year off anyway so they can't be considered for 2019.
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    Those two are at least a year off anyway so they can't be considered for 2019.
    Zavala could have been brought up. He was in AAA at the end of the year. But that also tells me they want a free agent catcher for the long term, not just a stop gap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Boletarian View Post
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    Zavala could have been brought up. He was in AAA at the end of the year. But that also tells me they want a free agent catcher for the long term, not just a stop gap.
    I don't see it. He still needs the seasoning.
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    So Harper probably signs somewhere after Christmas, right?
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