Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox are in “listening mode” and that starter Jeff Samardzija is “most likely to go.”
Rosenthal adds, however, that the Sox are not likely to do a wholesale tear-down which involves crazy things like shopping Chris Sale or Jose Abreu. The source Rosenthal spoke to said that all of the club’s offseason moves was not meant as a one-off compete-in-2015-only thing, but that they view the season as the first of a three-year window at least.
Samardzija, of course, is used to the deadline shuffle, as he was traded last July from the Cubs to the Athletics. He’s in his walk year, and while he’s not having a great season — his strikeout rate is down and his ERA is 4.08, which translates to an ERA+ of 91 — he still stands to make a lot of money this winter.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).