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Two Bill Shaikin Tweets Tell the Story

Source: #Angels new TV deal with Fox "close to being finalized." Fox offered Dodgers $3 billion deal last spring, McCourt said. Fox, faced with chance of losing #Dodgers TV rights, ready to pay so much to keep #Angels that Moreno could commit $325m to Pujols, Wilson. TWEET ONE TWEET #2

Adrian Beltre: best defensive 3B ever?


"Beltre is clearly the best third baseman I’ve ever seen in person," said Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon. "I think Evan Longoria is good, I used to think Scott Brosius was really good. …Eric Chavez was good, but Beltre was stupid good. I think Beltre is the best who I’ve ever seen with my two eyes – defender, not just third baseman, but defense."

Mark Teahen Should Not Be An Option At 3B For White Sox


Mark Teahen is bad at third base, yet he keeps getting starts there. This time it costs the White Sox big in a loss to the Tigers

Josh Fields on his meeting with Kenny Williams: "We had a very good meeting. It was very blunt and...

Josh Fields on his meeting with Kenny Williams: "We had a very good meeting. It was very blunt and straightforward. It's all you can ask for from a general manager. "Almost more blunt than I wanted him to be. I appreciate him sitting down and letting me know where I stand." "I thought some [of Williams' explanation] was fair, and I saw a lot of his points," Fields said. "Some of it, I would like to say I disagree, but obviously, if you have questions, you might not agree with what's going on. Like I said, he's doing what's best for the team to win. "He respects where I'm coming from, and I respect what he had to say. He was straightforward to the point where it might have hurt a little bit. But that's how it is. That's how the game is." Fields has sit-down chat with GM | whitesox.com: News

Contreras, Podsednik Turn Back the Clock


The White Sox split a DH with the Detroit Tigers, and have many decisions on the horizon.

White Sox Make Cuts, Josh Fields Wins 3B Job


The White Sox roster picture gets clearer as they make 13 cuts.

Crede agrees to deal with Twins


Joe Crede was a fan favorite among White Sox fans for 6 1/2 seasons. Now he will be playing for one of the Sox's biggest enemies. Crede, 30, agreed to terms Friday night with the Minnesota Twins, according to a major-league source. edit by larry 2/21 at 11:15am: The Twins will sign Crede to one-year deal with a base salary of $2.5 million with the chance to earn $7 million in appearance bonuses. The bonuses begin once Crede reaches 250 plate appearances and tops out at $7 million when he makes his 525th plate appearance. Star Trib

Josh Fields Community Projection


Josh Fields was once considered the White Sox 3B of the future. Can he restore his position now that they've brought in significant competition.

Dayan Viciedo Impresses Alexei, Scout


[Alexei] Ramirez has taken Viciedo under his wing in the Miami area by working out with him and showing him how to acclimate to a new country and language in the manner similar to that of Sox pitcher and fellow Cuban Jose Contreras. According to those who have seen him lately, the forecast is encouraging. "He's very good," Ramirez said. "He's very strong." [...] "He has more hitting ability than Alexei," the AL scout said. "But he has to make adjustments. I see some ways to get him out. Alexei is a great athlete who is very smart and can adjust. The Sox were right on with Alexei, but I want to see if Viciedo can do more than hit over an extended period."

Cora on Josh Fields: You'll be shocked


Camp Cora has been up and running throughout the winter, and the early progress reports have Josh Fields emerging as a leading candidate to "shock" the organization when he reports to spring camp in just over three weeks. The third baseman was criticized by Ozzie Guillen last season for what the White Sox manager felt were diminishing skills as the year went on, so after a clean-up surgery on his knee in the fall, Fields opted to make a trip to Florida recently and work with Guillen and bench coach Joey Cora in preparation for taking over for free agent Joe Crede. His goal? To make sure Guillen can’t criticize him — specifically his defense — any longer. "I talked to Joey [on Monday] and he said [Fields is] moving better by far than he’s ever moved," hitting coach Greg Walker said. "[Cora] said we’ll be shocked.

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