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Report: White Sox are “staying in touch” with Mike Moustakas


Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas continues to draw interest from a number of teams around the league, including the White Sox. On Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the White Sox are “staying in touch” with the infielder, though the level of their interest isn’t currently known.

Moustakas, 29, is coming off of a seven-year run with the Royals. After undergoing right knee surgery in 2016, he rebounded with a .272/.314/.512 batting line and franchise-best 38 home runs in 598 plate appearances last year.

The Royals aren’t interested in bringing back their slugger — as they’ve made clear numerous times this winter, they’re more focused on replenishing their farm system than taking on marquee players and big contracts — but Moustakas remains one of the most intriguing free agent options left on the market, especially after enjoying one of the most productive seasons of his career in 2017. Still, even with the Braves and Yankees showing some signs of interest, teams have been reluctant to offer anything longer than a one-year deal, and it doesn’t look like any serious multi-year offers are currently on the table.

Granted, the White Sox are also in the middle of a rebuild, so if they engage in contract talks with Moustakas at all, it seems more likely that they’d be willing to discuss a long-term arrangement. As MLB Network’s Jon Morosi noted last week, the veteran infielder could bolster the White Sox’ lineup and give them a substantial talent to build around in the years to come.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.