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Sport Ready to make a splash, White Sox going hard in pursuit of free agent Zack Wheeler

00:26  04 december  2019
00:26  04 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Report: Zack Wheeler likely to get upwards of $100M in free agency

  Report: Zack Wheeler likely to get upwards of $100M in free agency it’s a sign that someone with legitimate concerns like Wheeler is in line for a nine-figure deal that this could be a fairly wild free-agent market for pitching. It checks out with what we’re hearing about the best available starters as well.

The White Sox are rumored to be in pursuit of free - agent pitcher Zack Wheeler . And though he might not be grabbing the same kind of attention that’s going to The White Sox know they’ll have to pay big to make the kinds of upgrades that could vault them from rebuilding mode into contending mode.

The White Sox are rumored to be in pursuit of free - agent pitcher Zack Wheeler . Well, if they want Wheeler , they might have to venture into territory they haven’t before. As the free - agent starters around him keep aiming for more money — or signal that they and their representative, Scott Boras

The Chicago White Sox, believing they can make a playoff push in 2020, are willing to pay a huge price for free agent starter Zack Wheeler, and have engaged in preliminary trade talks with the Los Angeles Dodgers for power-hitting outfielder Joc Pederson, according to two people with direct knowledge of the talks.

a baseball player throwing a ball: Wheeler had a 3.96 ERA in 31 starts for the Mets in 2019. © Noah K. Murray, USA TODAY Sports Wheeler had a 3.96 ERA in 31 starts for the Mets in 2019.

The persons spoke to USA TODAY Sports on on the condition of anonymity since negotiations are ongoing with Wheeler, and the White Sox and Dodgers are actively involved in trade talks with other teams. 

Report: Twins targeting Wheeler in free agency

  Report: Twins targeting Wheeler in free agency Zack Wheeler is a popular name this offseason. The Minnesota Twins are the latest team that's said to be chasing the free-agent starting pitcher and have Wheeler very high on their list of targets, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. In Minnesota, Wheeler would help form a solid trio atop the rotation along with No. 1 starter Jose Berrios and the recently re-signed Jake Odorizzi. "The entire industry expects Minnesota to play big for a starting pitcher."@Ken_Rosenthal dives into the @Twins' offseason plans on #MLBNHotStove. #MNTwinspic.twitter.

One White Sox staffer watched Jimenez in batting practice last Sunday — he slugged more than 850 feet worth “If God gave me the opportunity I’m not going to throw it away. I’m just going to work hard to be one of the The White Sox are rumored to be in pursuit of free - agent pitcher Zack Wheeler .

The White Sox said then that Kopech would likely be ready to go for spring 2020, a season many fans and observers have circled as one where the franchise could shift from rebuilding mode into contention mode. The White Sox are rumored to be in pursuit of free - agent pitcher Zack Wheeler .

The White Sox have had seven consecutive losing seasons and last reached the playoffs in 2008, winning just one postseason game since their 2005 World Series championship, but are optimistic their window to contend in the AL Central has finally opened.

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The White Sox have spent spent a major-league leading $123 million since the season’s conclusion to sign free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal and retain first baseman Jose Abreu, but badly want a veteran starter to anchor the rotation. 

Outfielder Eloy Jimenez burst on to the scene as a rookie in 2019 and top prospects Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal are expected to reach the majors in 2020. Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson also enjoyed breakout seasons and are integral to Chicago's long-term plans.

Yankees have no Gerrit Cole backup plan with Zack Wheeler off the market

  Yankees have no Gerrit Cole backup plan with Zack Wheeler off the market The Yankees are operating without their safety net now. Heading into next week’s MLB Winter Meetings and after an initial sitdown with right-hander Gerrit Cole, the Yankees lost their top fallback option Wednesday when Zack Wheeler agreed to a surprising deal with the Phillies. © Provided by New York Daily NewsWheeler, who spent parts of five seasons with the Mets, agreed to a five-year deal worth $118 million with Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, according to a source familiar with the deal.

The White Sox are rumored to be in pursuit of free - agent pitcher Zack Wheeler . And though he might not be grabbing the same kind of attention that’s going Well, if they want Wheeler , they might have to venture into territory they haven’t before. As the free - agent starters around him keep aiming for

Sources: White Sox to pursue free agent Zack Wheeler after signing Yasmani Grandal. Much of the focus of the Yankees' offseason has been on their pursuit of Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, but they also have big decisions to make on three of their own free agents .

It will likely take at least a five-year contract in excess of $100 million to sign Wheeler, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the talks, but it’s a price the White Sox are willing to meet.

Yet, the Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds also have expressed interest in Wheeler. He is generally regarded as the third-best starter on the market behind Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, whom each are meeting with the New York Yankees this week.

Even with Jimenez – who hit 31 homers in 122 games – and Robert in the mix, the White Sox are seeking more power. They have inquired about free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos, but Pederson would come much cheaper. Pederson, who hit a career-high 36 homers with 74 RBI last season, is projected to receive $8.5 million in his final year of arbitration according to MLB Trade Rumors' estimates.

The White Sox also had trade talks with the Dodgers about Pederson last winter until talks broke off in January.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ready to make a splash, White Sox going hard in pursuit of free agent Zack Wheeler

White Sox re-sign first baseman Jose Abreu to a three-year, $50 million deal .
Free agent slugger and three-time All-Star Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a three-year, $50 million deal on Friday.One day after signing catcher Yasmani Grandal to a club-record four-year, $73 million deal, they agreed to re-sign slugger José Abreu to a three-year, $50 million contract, the club announced on Friday.

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