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North Side Sox Podcast 5: There’s always money in the banana stand

The White Sox are making moves, but we’re always looking for the money

Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert as George Michael and Maeby from the TV show Arrested Development

Time is a flat circle.

Earlier this week, the Chicago White Sox sent Dane Dunning and Avery Weems to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Lance Lynn. And without losing any steam, the Sox later made a more controversial move: welcoming Adam Eaton back on a one year, $7 million deal with an $8.5 million club option and a $1 million buyout for 2022.

In this latest installment of North Side Sox, we break down these moves, and how Rick Hahn was able to flip Adam Eaton for an ace pitcher in Lucas Giolito, a project for Ethan Katz in Reynaldo López, and eventually a No. 3 starter in Lance Lynn.

We take a look at the Banana Stand that is the White Sox front office. Now that Eaton is returning, what exactly does “financial flexibility” mean?

Also in this episode:

  • We say goodbye to a few newly minted Old Friends, including Dunning and James McCann.
  • In our first mailbag segment, our listeners ask about our ideas on improving Guaranteed Rate field. No spoilers, but one idea involves a trebuchet.
  • At times, it seems that the White Sox are a team run by the writer’s room of a comedy show, rather than actual baseball people. We tell the story of a team full of (at times, questionable) personalities, and the general manager who has no choice but to keep them all together. This is...arrested development.

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