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Winter Meetings: Day 1

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Action in Las Vegas kicks off with some trade chatter, waiver claims, and a whole lotta yawns

Dukes V Whiskey Jacks
Crickets: It was, you might say, a slow first day of the Winter Meetings.

UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.

Our first White Sox news! A huge signing!

UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.

So, Ken Williams is bringing the fire today. Like you expected anything different.

My guess is he is not on board with leaving Eloy down in Charlotte for a month next season to “work on his defense.”

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.

Multiple sources on the White Sox beat all reporting that Ken Williams is on the scene at the Winter Meetings, and talking aggressive action: The time to be aggressive is now.

UPDATE: 3:00 p.m.

Bummer. I thought Darren Jackson’s idea that the White Sox snag Tyson Ross was a good one. So good, we signed him in the SB Nation offseason simulation, for basically this money and terms.

But if our sights are on Joe Kelly, no sweat, man.

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.

UPDATE: 1:42 p.m.

From the Department of AL Central Weakening:

UPDATE: 1:11 p.m.

Reports suddenly bursting out that the White Sox are among the fiercest fighters in free agency for Red Sox righty reliever Joe Kelly.

Unless I am already high on Winter Meetings tweets, I’m reading that Kelly had a 0.18 FIP in 73 games last year? Forget Harper and Machado and pony up, Jerry!

UPDATE: 12:38 p.m.

Boston Red Sox adding somebody soon — or getting ready WAY in advance for the Rule 5 draft.

UPDATE: 11:44 a.m.

The Kansas City Royals have already had a very Royalsy offseason, and now they’re done the most absolutely Royalsingest Royally Royaltastic thing ever, bringing in Billy Hamilton, a Willie Wilson without the Astroturf:

UPDATE: 11:39 a.m.

Our first big news of the meetings: Dayán Viciedo has landed!

Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox
If Rick Hahn trades away José, we’ll never see Abreu’s wacky takes on headgear ever again.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

All right, here we go.

I’m laying out the early a.m. Winter Meetings, Day 1 thread with no real news to report — at least as of 5 a.m.!

I’ll do my best to keep everything updated across baseball each day of the Winter Meetings, but I doubt I’ll be glued to the keyboard for 72 hours. You guys know the drill, feel free to break news in the comments, keep discussion flowing, and I’ll catch up with updates in the main copy up here as the days go.

Depending on how White Sox-centric the day’s news is, we may or may not run a separate story every night. Bryce Comes to Chicago sure will be a fun one to write on Wednesday night, though.

For now, we can kick off with a Sunday night rumor, supplied by the Phil Rogers of the east (OK, that’s pejorative language, I’ll dial it back), Nick Cafardo at the Boston Globe, who indicates that the Houston Astros are kicking the tires on José Abreu. Sure, it ain’t much, but that’s how we gotta get started.

And hey, if we have to discuss trading Abreu, at least the White Sox are getting hit up by clubs with deep talent to ship back to the South Side.

Hopefully, the White Sox are noisy with free agents and Rule 5 picks, because it’s hard to imagine who’s desirable enough on the roster to make for a lot of juicy trade buzz, beyond Abreu.

Oh yeah, in case you missed it, upset special: Harold Baines is in the Hall of Fame.