White Sox in the mix for Damon?

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It seems an unlikely match, given the team’s limited flexibility financially, but the White Sox are being talked about as a new suitor for free agent Johnny Damon.
The White Sox certainly have room for Damon in their lineup. After electing not to bring back Jim Thome, they currently have Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay atop their depth chart at DH. Another bat could help a bunch, and Damon would offer plenty of flexibility in case Carlos Quentin has more foot problems and is forced to DH a few times per week.
Money, though, is a major issue. It’s doubtful that the White Sox would come close to matching the Tigers’ reported two-year, $14 million offer. If they did, Damon might well pick Chicago. It’s a better place to hit, and the team is at least as good of a bet as Detroit to contend this year. But while Ken Williams is as full of surprises as any GM in the game, it seems awfully unlikely that he’ll suddenly come up with the money for Damon after being shut down most of the winter.

Video: Braden Halladay pays homage to Roy Halladay in spring game

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While newly-acquired talent Danny Espinosa was off collecting hits for the Blue Jays against the Orioles, Marcus Stroman led a youth-filled roster against the Canadian Junior National Team in a split-squad game on Saturday. In the eighth inning, 17-year-old Canadian pitcher Braden Halladay took the mound to honor his late father’s memory against his former team.

Halladay accomplished just that, wielding a fastball that topped out in the low-80s and setting down a perfect 1-2-3 inning against the top of the lineup. No one batter saw more than a single pitch from the right-hander: Mc Gregory Contreras and Mattingly Romanin flew out to the outfield corners and Bo Bichette laid down a ground ball for an easy third out.

MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has a fantastic profile of the high school junior, including his approach to the game and his attempt to do Roy Halladay proud while carving out his own path to the majors. “From a pitching standpoint, it was everything I could have asked for and more,” Halladay told reporters. “Especially now, every time I make mistakes, I still hear him drilling me about them in my head, just because he’s done it so many times before. From a mind-set standpoint, I don’t think with any bias that I could have had a better teacher.”