White Sox have discussed extension with Chris Sale

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CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes has the story:

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale confirmed Tuesday his representatives have had discussions with the club about a contract extension.

“We’ve been kind of back and forth but nothing too crazy right now,” Sale told reporters on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old lefty isn’t eligible for arbitration until next winter, so it’s far from imperative that something gets done before start of the 2013 regular season.

Sale posted a superb 3.05 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 192 strikeouts across 192 innings in 2012 — his first full season as a starter. He had a 2.79 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 71 innings as a reliever in 2011.

The Giants are considering Pablo Sandoval at second base

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Pablo Sandoval could be tabbed to play second base in the near future, per a report from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Shea, Sandoval has been spotted taking grounders at second during pre-game warm-ups and may be considering switching to the keystone on a part-time basis.

It wouldn’t be the weirdest thing the 31-year-old corner infielder has done this year — that distinction goes to the flawless inning of relief he pitched in a blowout loss against the Dodgers last month. But it would represent a pretty notable departure from his comfort zone even so; Sandoval has primarily manned first and third base throughout his 11-year career in the majors and has also taken a few reps at DH during his resurgence with the Giants in 2018.

Of course, this wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent switch for Sandoval. As Shea points out, the Giants are thin on middle infielders after losing Joe Panik to a torn UCL in his left thumb and backup Alen Hanson to a left hamstring strain. Provided he can get up to speed quickly (no easy feat, according to infield coach Ron Wotus), he’d give the club some added depth behind Kelby Tomlinson and Miguel Gomez until Panik is ready to take the field again. Sandoval has impressed at the plate this spring, batting a healthy .270/.329/.429 with six extra-base hits and a .757 through 70 plate appearances.