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White Sox acquire right-hander Tommy Kahnle from Rockies

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According to the official Twitter account of the Chicago White Sox, the club acquired right-hander Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies on Tuesday evening in exchange for minor league pitcher Yency Almonte.

Kahnle was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week in a flurry of moves made in preparation of next month’s Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old former fifth-round pick posted an ugly 4.86 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, and 39/28 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings this past season for Colorado and he wasn’t much better at Triple-A Albuquerque.

Almonte, 21, had a 3.41 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 110/38 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this past season between Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem.

It’s a straight one-for-one deal of two non-prospects, and the timing of it — in the evening, with Thanksgiving approaching — has our Craig Calcaterra wondering whether an executive was just trying to get out of some family responsibilities …

Nationals, Dodgers “at top of the Darren O’Day pack”

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported last week that the Dodgers are in “big time” pursuit of free agent reliever Darren O'Day. And now Crasnick adds the Nationals to the list of enthusiastic suitors.

Crasnick writes Sunday that Washington — in bad need of a bullpen revamp — has joined Los Angeles “at the top of the Darren O’Day pack.”

The 33-year-old right-hander had a 1.52 ERA and 82/14 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this past season for the Orioles. He boasts a 1.92 ERA over his last 263 innings dating back to 2012.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says O’Day is seeking a four-year contract in the $28-36 million range.

Orioles sign Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi

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As relayed by Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have reached agreement on a minor league contract with first baseman Ji-Man Choi. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where the 24-year-old will try to land an Opening Day roster spot.

If he makes the team, he’ll be in line for $650,000. There are also performance-based incentives that could push all the way to $1 million.

Choi got popped for PEDs in 2014 and suffered a broken leg last spring, but he’s 100 percent now and boasts a .302/.404/.481 career batting line in the minors. He represented the Mariners at the 2013 All-Star Futures Game in New York.

John Lackey wants to stay in the National League, Cubs and Giants “may have the best shot”

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This comes from Nick Cafardo’s regular Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe …

John Lackey, RHP, free agent — The Cardinals may feel they’ve gotten the best out of Lackey, but they have kept their toes in the water. The Red Sox also inquired, but their priority is finding an ace. Lackey wants to stay in the NL, and the Cubs and Giants may have the best shot of signing him.

Lackey registered a career-best 2.77 ERA in 218 innings this summer for St. Louis and he was the Cardinals’ most reliable starter in the playoffs. The 37-year-old right-hander would make sense for just about any team on a two-year deal.

Lackey rejected a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals, so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. But that really shouldn’t hurt him at all.

Dodgers expected to make decision on new manager by Monday

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Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Dodgers plan to hire a new manager “no later than Monday” — as in, tomorrow.

Gabe Kapler, Darin Erstad, Bud Black, and Dave Roberts were revealed to be the finalists last week. And we can cross a few names off that list because Erstad has taken himself out of the running to focus on family and Black is reportedly joining the Angels’ front office. So it’ll be Kapler or Roberts, unless there’s a darkhorse candidate.

Don Mattingly parted ways with the Dodgers in November and quickly signed a four-year deal to manage the Marlins. He was 446-363 in LA.

Big payroll, big city, big expectations.