Familiar faces in new places

Where will your favorite former White Sox start the season?
Brian Anderson will be making $700,000 to “start at the bottom” of the Kansas City minor-league system as he tries to work his way back to the majors as a pitcher.
Josh Fields will start the season on the DL with a hip injury. He finished the spring hitless in his last 18 at-bats.
Scott Podsednik and Chris Getz are everyday players for the Royals.  They’re emphasizing Getz’s defensive attributes, which is interesting considering he was nothing special with the Sox.
Wilson Betemit was beat out by Mike Aviles for the final roster spot.
Jose Contreras is making the transition to relief with Philadelphia, and it’s not going well.  His spring line: 13 IP, 21 H, 14 R, 12 ER, 8 BB, 16 K. The K-rate is pretty nuts, but that may be the watered-down spring competition’s fault, considering the rest of his performance.
Dewayne Wise is starting the season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley (Phillies). At least he’ll know Ehren Wassermann.
Charlie Haeger will start the season as the Dodgers’ fifth starter. That’s good to see — I always liked Haeger, but he just happened to peak too soon in the Sox system.
Boone Logan is pitching at Triple-A for his third organization. This time, it’s the Yankees.
Clayton Richard is San Diego’s fourth starter.
Adam Russell broke spring training with the Padres, a first for him. I still like his chances in that bullpen.
Aaron Poreda will start the season in the rotation at Triple-A Portland, and needs to start throwing strikes.
Lance Broadway is back at Triple-A in the Toronto system. The lawsuit against him is still hanging around, at least as of March 20.
Jack Egbert is still in the Mets system, starting the season at Triple-A Buffalo.
Mike MacDougal rejoined the Nationals after opting out of his contract with the Marlins. He’ll probably start the season in the minors, and didn’t do himself any favors after throwing two straight wild pitches in an exhibition game against Boston on Saturday.
Jermaine Dye will have his choice of tee times in Scottsdale, apparently. He rejected an offer from Milwaukee recently.
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Speaking of guys who have seemingly hung around the minors seemingly forever, Donny Lucy may receive a brief respite.

ATLANTA — Backup catcher Ramon Castro could start the season on the disabled list, although a final decision won’t be made until after the White Sox work out Sunday at U. S. Cellular Field.
Castro stayed in Arizona when the Sox traveled to Charlotte and Atlanta to finish spring training. He is nursing a badly bruised right heel. Donny Lucy, who is with the team, would be added to the roster.

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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ctsox

With Jon Garland as the Opening Day starter, the Padres have quite the collection of ex-Sox hurlers.

cushinglee

I bet you just love the latest twist in the saga of B. A., Jim….you might be able to write a whole book about him someday (and Owen Wilson can star in the film version).

newcomer

I’d assumed the BA pitching thing was an April Fool’s joke. It’s for real?

jp1102

Anyone know what happened to Crede?

jp1102