The White Sox were looking to add versatility to their lineup, so they decided to bring back infielder Gordon Beckham after trading him last season. Beckham agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with Chicago, which cleared a roster spot by designating outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment on Wednesday. General manager Rick Hahn wanted to give manager Robin Ventura more options. Signing Gordon is another step in that direction.” Beckham has spent almost all of his six big league seasons with the White Sox, who traded him to the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 21.

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When the Chicago White Sox started making moves this winter, Adam Eaton got more and more excited. The center fielder finally got a chance to express his gratitude when he caught up with general manager Rick Hahn before the opening ceremony for the team’s annual fan convention. It instills confidence in the guys that were here prior.’ Going through the whole process, early winter into Christmas and then after Christmas, it was very exciting.” There was very little excitement surrounding the White Sox after they finished fourth in the AL Central last year. Eaton provided a dynamic presence at the top of the lineup and Jose Abreu’s rookie season was a smashing success, but there were gaping holes in the bullpen, rotation and lineup that made it look as if Chicago was still years away from contention.

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Reaction to the death Friday night of Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks:

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The news of Ernie Banks’ death on Friday evening has been a punch in the gut to baseball fans form all over the world, but perhaps no baseball fan felt the blow stronger than the leader of the United States, President Barack Obama. Having spent a significant portion of his adult life in Chicago, President Obama became a fan of Ernie Banks, just like everyone else who had the pleasure of knowing him or meeting him. And though the president is never shy about sharing his allegiance to the Chicago White Sox, his respect and admiration for Mr. Cub was always clear. Perhaps never more so than Nov. 20, 2013, when he awarded Ernie Banks the Presidential Medal of Freedom .  On Saturday, the president and his wife, Michelle, joined the rest world in paying tribute and saying goodbye to the American sports icon by releasing the following statement:  Michelle and I send our condolences to the family of Ernie Banks, and to every Chicagoan and baseball fan who loved him. Ernie came up through the Negro Leagues, making $7 a day. He became the first African-American to play for the Chicago Cubs, and the first number the team retired. Along the way, he became known as much for his 512 home runs and back-to-back National League MVPs as for his cheer, his optimism, and his love of the game. As a Hall-of-Famer, Ernie was an incredible ambassador for baseball, and for the city of Chicago. He was beloved by baseball fans everywhere, including Michelle, who, when she was a girl, used to sit with her dad and watch him play on TV. And in 2013, it was my honor to present Ernie with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Somewhere, the sun is shining, the air is fresh, his team’s behind him, and Mr. Class — “Mr. Cub” — is ready to play two. Also on Saturday morning, Cubs have started a makeshift memorial to Ernie Banks outside Wrigley Field. Fans are leaving flowers and beer cans at Wrigley at Addison and Sheffield. #Cubs pic.twitter.com/rwlbX4bxly — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) January 24, 2015 The beer cans are said to be a toast to Mr. Cub’s legacy. Continuing construction at Wrigley Field has made it difficult for fans to get close to the ballpark, but that hasn’t deterred them so far. Unfortunately, though, those hoping to leave a tribute at the Ernie Banks statue will have to wait until opening day. According to the Chicago Tribune, it’s currently being restored .  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Whether he’s out on the town or simply checking messages, general manager Rick Hahn can sense the excitement and optimism surrounding the Chicago White Sox. ”Thank you.” It’s been a big offseason on both sides of the town with the Cubs and White Sox making a series of moves that have their fans believing years of losing are just about over. The White Sox think they’re in position to compete for the AL Central championship after a dizzying offseason in which they made key additions to their lineup, rotation and bullpen. Chicago added some left-handed pop by signing Adam LaRoche and bolstered its rotation by trading for right-hander Jeff Samardzija with one year left on his contract.

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The Chicago White Sox have hired six-time National League steals champion Vince Coleman as a baserunning instructor. General manager Rick Hahn announced the hiring Saturday at the team’s annual fan convention. Coleman, the last player with 100 steals in a season when he finished with 109 in 1987, will work with major leaguers and minor leaguers throughout the season. The White Sox hope he can help Adam Eaton and others.

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Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. The Cubs announced Banks’ death, but did not provide a cause. Banks hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career and was fond of saying, ”It’s a great day for baseball. Let’s play two.” In fact, that sunny finish to his famous catchphrase adorns his statue outside Wrigley Field.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Former NL Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto and two-time All-Star pitcher Brad Penny have agreed to minor league contracts with the Chicago White Sox.

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Today we’ll get ready for the 2015 MLB season with a team-by-team bullpen audit.

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