Apparently there was no cause for concern in the White Sox’s cutting of Ryan Burr and Caleb Frare from the 40-man roster on Monday.
Both pitchers — with at least outside chances at seeing time with the White Sox this year (Burr after finishing his TJS rehab) — saw no interest from the rest of the majors, and signed right back up with the White Sox.
Chicago cleared two more names from its 40-man roster and were no worse for wear. Frankly, the two pitchers made out OK as well, as multiple sources indicate that the White Sox offers to Burr and Frare came with spring training invites as well.
Rumors continue to swirl around the White Sox adding a major pitching piece, and soon. While the Zack Wheeler contract offers have now passed the five year/$100 million mark, it still sounds as if the Mets righthander is the South Siders’ to lose. On the Sox Talk podcast released yesterday, ex-Cub Cole Hamels indicated his interest in the White Sox, too.
And in further White-Sox-dominate-the-hot-stove developments, Bob Nightengale reported, straight from the Chicago front office to be sure, that trade talks for Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson have rekindled. You’ll recall that last year the White Sox appeared on the brink of a deal for Pederson, sending L.A. some or all of Aaron Bummer, Carson Fulmer and Bryce Bush. That trade, with Bummer’s ascendance as an elite bullpen southpaw with multi-inning/closer potential, is surely off the table. But with Pederson an expendable piece in Los Angeles, surely a deal can be cinched.