The 2020 Baseball Winter Meetings kick off later this evening and run through Thursday, December 10. Like everything else this year, the annual Baseball Winter Meetings will take place virtually through Zoom conferences and other digital conferencing means but will take place nonetheless.
Here you’ll find a handy Winter Meetings tracker where we will compile all of the latest news, rumors, and commentary on all things involving the Chicago White Sox for the next five days. The post will be conveniently featured on our homepage and will be shared on social media whenever we update it.
Local media coverage will kick off this evening on NBC Sports Chicago when David Kaplan and Chuck Garfien host Winter Meetings Live on the home of the Chicago White Sox after the Chicago Bears post-game coverage concludes around 4:30 pm (ct). For a full rundown of NBC Sports Chicago’s special coverage, click here.
Updates on the latest news, rumors, and commentary will be housed here and appear in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest).
Spanky Reunion: White Sox bring back Adam Eaton on one-year deal with 2022 club option (December 8, 2020 – 11:25 AM)
Just minutes after I published a column on the potential return of Adam Eaton — among other scenarios — the idea became reality when the club inked Eaton to a one-year deal worth $7 million with an $8.5 million club option for the 2022 season.
As I opined in my column, hopefully this signals a decision to allocate funds to a different area of concern for the White Sox this winter.
Right field is next on the to-do list for the White Sox after acquiring Lance Lynn, per Bob Nightengale (December 8, 2020 – 8:40 AM)
USA TODAY baseball insider Bob Nightengale reported early Tuesday morning that the White Sox will now turn their attention to acquiring a right fielder after the Lance Lynn trade on Monday night.
Nightengale names Joc Pederson, Michael Brantley, and Adam Eaton as targets of the team.
Lance Lynn Legitimizes the White Sox World Series Aspirations (December 8, 2020 – 6:30 AM)
Lance Lynn brings postseason experience and a World Series ring to Chicago, making the White Sox legitimate contenders in the World Series discussions. My column on the Lynn trade on Monday night.
White Sox acquire RHP Lance Lynn from Texas (Monday, December 7 – 10:55 PM)
In a late-night blockbuster, the White Sox acquired Lance Lynn from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Dane Dunning and left-handed pitching prospect Avery Weems.
Lynn, 33, has been one of the most consistently good starters in baseball and helps solidify the rotation in Chicago in 2021.
White Sox among teams connected to Joc Pederson, per Ken Rosenthal (Monday, December 7 – 11:00 AM)
The Athletic’s MLB insider Ken Rosenthal lists the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and Milwaukee Brewers as teams showing interest in free agent outfielder, Joc Pederson.
You can read Rosenthal’s latest column at The Athletic (subscription required), here.
George Springer to White Sox “isn’t hapening”, per Jeff Passan (Monday, December 7 – 8:21 AM)
Monday morning’s Winter Meetings news feels like a cold shower for Sox fans, as Springer is reportedly outside of the Southsider’s plans.
Per Passan’s article (subscription required), the Sox aren’t willing to pay “center-field prices for a corner outfielder.” As the Sox scour the market for a new RF — or at least someone to platoon with Adam Engel — it appears the biggest outfielder available in free agency can be crossed off the list.
Phillies listening to trade offers for Zack Wheeler according to Buster Olney of ESPN (Sunday, December 6 – 9:49 AM)
Remember when Zack Wheeler chose the Philadelphia Phillies last winter despite the White Sox out-bidding them for his services? Well, just one year later the club is listening to offers on the star right-hander who posted a 2.92 ERA in 11 starts in 2020 according to ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney.
The White Sox are still in need of an established starting pitcher as the Winter Meetings begin today, and Wheeler is just one year into his five-year deal with Philadelphia.
Joel Sherman tabs White Sox as most interesting landing for Bauer (Saturday, December 5)
In his Baseball Winter Meetings preview for the New York Post, veteran MLB scribe Joel Sherman picks the Chicago White Sox the most interesting landing for Trevor Bauer.
It would certainly be the mega-splash that White Sox fans crave this winter, and possibly the largest contract in team history depending on the length.