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Chicago White Sox roster and schedule for 2020 season

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The 2020 MLB season is now a 60-game dash, starting on July 23 and ending, hopefully, with a full-size postseason in October. Between now and the start of the season, we’ll be giving quick capsule previews of each team, reminding you of where things stood back in Spring Training and where they stand now as we embark on what is sure to be the strangest season in baseball history. Next up: The Chicago White Sox roster and schedule:

WHITE SOX ROSTER (projected) 

When the season opens on July 23-24, teams can sport rosters of up to 30 players, with a minimum of 25. Two weeks later, rosters must be reduced to 28 and then, two weeks after that, they must be reduced to 26. Teams will be permitted to add a 27th player for doubleheaders.

In light of that, there is a great degree of latitude for which specific players will break summer camp. For now, though, here are who we expect to be on the White Sox roster to begin the season:

Catchers

Yasmani Grandal
James McCann

Infielders:

José Abreu
Leury García
Yoán Moncada
Tim Anderson
Edwin Encarnación
Zack Collins
Cheslor Cuthbert
Danny Mendick

Outfielders

Eloy Jiménez
Nomar Mazara
Luis Robert
Adam Engel

Starters

Lucas Giolito
Dallas Keuchel
Gio González
Dylan Cease
Reynaldo López

Relievers

Alex Colomé
Aaron Bummer
Steve Cishek
Kelvin Herrera
Jimmy Cordero
Jace Fry
Evan Marshall
Tayron Guerrero
Carson Fulmer
Ian Hamilton
Carlos Rodón


BREAKDOWN:

The White Sox have not had a winning record since 2012 but things seem poised to change. Partially because of a lot of maturing young talent, partially because of a big offseason free agent spending spree, and partially because they are playing in a division where one power — Cleveland — is fading and two other teams — Detroit, Kansas City — are well behind them on their rebuilds. The Twins are likely still too strong for the Sox to challenge, but Chicago should be much improved and, if things break right, they could really surprise.

The Sox’ signing of Yasmani Grandal, who is arguably the best catcher in baseball, to a four-year, $73 million deal was a big, bold move that many a fan would wish their rebuilding team would make. He’ll add serious pop to the middle of the order. That, adding Encarnación to shore up what was terrible production from the DH slot last year, extending Abreu, and signing Luis Robert to an extension that ensures that he’ll break camp with the club all signals that the club has finally turned to win-now mode.

There are a few questions regarding the rotation, especially now that Michael Kopech has opted out of the season and given that Carlos Rodón, while rehabbing nicely and reportedly ramping up, is not quite ready to go following Tommy John surgery. As it is, Giolito has emerged as an ace and Keuchel and Gonzalez, though not the pitchers they once were, should be solid and consistent. Cease and Lopez are the big question marks, and how they fare will dictate a lot for the White Sox this year.

An excellent young core, a lot of veterans who can and should still be productive, and some young talent that should mature and could possibly surprise as the season goes on give White Sox fans a lot to be excited about.

 

WHITE SOX SCHEDULE:

Every team will play 60 games. Teams will be playing 40 games against their own division rivals and 20 interleague games against the corresponding geographic division from the other league. Six of the 20 interleague games will be “rivalry” games.

White Sox home stands will be July 24-26 (Twins), August 5-9 (Brewers, Indians), August 13-20 (Cardinals, Tigers), August 25-30 (Pirates, Royals), September 11-17 (Tigers, Twins), September 25-27 (Cubs).

The entire White Sox roster and schedule can be seen here.

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons opts out of final 5 games

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the Los Angeles Angels’ season.

The Angels announced the four-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop’s decision Tuesday before they faced the San Diego Padres.

Los Angeles (24-31) is still technically in the playoff race with five games left in the regular season, and Simmons clearly caught the Angels by surprise, although the club said it respected his decision.

The 31-year-old Simmons, who can be a free agent this winter, is finishing his fifth year with the Angels. After spraining his ankle in late July and missing 22 games, Simmons is currently batting .297 with 10 RBIs while playing his usual stellar defense, albeit with four errors in 30 games.

“At this time, I feel this is the best decision for me and my family,” Simmons said in a statement. “We don’t know what the future holds, but we would like to sincerely thank the Angels organization and Angels fans for welcoming and making us feel at home.”

Manager Joe Maddon acknowledged he was caught by surprise when general manager Billy Eppler told him about Simmons’ decision Monday night after Simmons went 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the Angels’ home finale. Maddon texted Simmons, but hadn’t heard back by Tuesday afternoon.

“I’ve really enjoyed this guy a lot,” Maddon said. “I’m a big fan. This guy is a good baseball player, and I’ve enjoyed the conversations, too. It’s just unfortunate. He’s really a big part of what we’re doing right now.”

Simmons is a favorite of Angels fans for his defensive wizardry, and owner Arte Moreno has described Simmons as perhaps his favorite player to watch on the roster. Simmons has batted .281 with 36 homers and 281 RBIs during his five seasons with Los Angeles, and he won the Gold Glove in 2017 and 2018.

“He’s a thinking kind of a player, and I’ve enjoyed him a lot,” Maddon said.

Simmons will be a free agent this winter, and the Angels have an obvious replacement for him in David Fletcher, who has a .374 on-base percentage while regularly hitting leadoff for the Angels during his breakout major league season. Fletcher has been playing second base since Simmons’ return from injury.

But the Angels haven’t publicly closed the door on Simmons’ return, and he could be given a qualifying offer. Maddon has repeatedly said he would like Simmons to return in 2021 if possible.

The Angels haven’t had a winning season during Simmons’ five years in Anaheim, although Simmons said last week he wasn’t discouraged by the lack of team success. Simmons played his first four major league seasons in Atlanta, and he hasn’t appeared in the postseason since 2013.

Simmons also said he hadn’t been involved in any recent contract talks with the Angels, but he had enjoyed playing for the club. When asked if he wanted to return to the Halos, Simmons said he would have to “plead the fifth.”