Curt Schilling analyzes the John Lackey signing

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Over at his personal website Curt Schilling posted his thoughts on the Red Sox signing John Lackey. Summarizing some of the interesting points:
* “Holy #$!&!” (Note: That’s a direct quote.)
* He doesn’t think signing Lackey “precludes them from signing” Jason Bay or Matt Holliday because “they have the money.” (Note: Presumably he wrote this not knowing about Mike Cameron.)
* A five-year contract for a pitcher with some past injuries “is a huge change for them” and “certainly makes you wonder what their plans are for Josh Beckett.”
* Boston “just didn’t want to part with the prospects Toronto was asking for” in a Roy Halladay deal.
* Theo Epstein “has always loved” Nick Johnson, who could be an option at first base if the Red Sox don’t sign Adrian Beltre.

White Sox may shut down Eloy Jimenez following quad injury

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White Sox’ no. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez is likely to be removed from Dominican Winter League play following a recent quad injury, Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM reports. While the injury happened fairly close to the end of Jimenez’s scheduled playing time this offseason, it’s still of some concern for the club as the 22-year-old outfielder continues to move closer to his major league entrance in 2019.

Jimenez made a considerable jump from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte in 2018. He obliterated the competition at both levels and capped his season with a combined .337/.384/.577 with 22 home runs, 75 RBI and a .960 OPS through 456 plate appearances. By season’s end, he not only topped the charts in the White Sox’ own farm system, but was ranked first among all outfield prospects and third among all MLB prospects (per MLB Pipeline).

This isn’t Jimenez’s first brush with injury, though he has yet to contract anything serious enough to slow his rocket-like ascent through the minors en route to his first major-league gig. The young slugger was sidelined for several weeks with a left adductor strain in July and suffered some late-season flu symptoms in August, but even with this most recent complication, remains on track for his debut in the spring of 2019.