We’re 10 days from pitchers and catcher reporting to camp in Glendale, Ariz., and there isn’t much going on. A recap of White Sox-related news over the last couple of days:
- Jose Quintana trade rumors resurfaced Wednesday when USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted that the Rangers had increased their pursuit of the White Sox lefty. These rumors were downplayed by the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant shortly thereafter. Rick Hahn has said as recently as last week that he’s not willing to come down from his asking price for Quintana, which is understandable considering the White Sox don’t have to move him anytime soon, though they’d clearly like to. The Rangers’ farm system has thinned out a bit over the last year after their deadline deals for Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltran, but it wouldn’t be inconceivable for them to put a package together that is to Hahn’s liking. The wait continues.
- Michael Kopech got a haircut. Yes, that’s how little news there’s been since everyone got their SoxFest fix last weekend. In related news, can confirm that Tim Anderson has seen Remember the Titans.
- Matt Albers has a new home. The Nationals inked him to a minor-league deal Tuesday, proving teams will kick the tires on even the most down-trodden veterans. Albers was downright terrible last season after his inexplicable scoreless streak ended, and it wouldn’t be surprising if his last major league appearance is in the past. But we’ll always have that Citi Field double.
- It’s prospect season among pretty much every establishment that covers baseball and now would be a good time to remind you that Baseball Prospectus’ system top 10 for the White Sox will come out on Monday. Jeffrey Paternostro and the prospect team at BP will have in-depth write-ups on the top 10 players in the Sox system, as well as notes on several others. It’s a must-read feature every year.
- Three of the other prominent prospect sites have already published their Top 10 lists. Over at MLB.com, they have Yoan Moncada (3), Lucas Giolito (12), Michael Kopech (16), Reynaldo Lopez (46), Carson Fulmer (71), and Zack Collins (81) among their Top 100. ESPN.com’s Keith Law has four of the aforementioned six in his Top 100, omitting both Lopez and Fulmer over concerns about whether or not they can be starters at the major league level.