Chicago White Sox

Stadium: U.S. Cellular Field | Manager: Robin Ventura
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White Sox's Gillaspie could end up in platoon at 3B with Bonifacio
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Conor Gillaspie has spent the last two seasons as the White Sox's primary third baseman, but he could be looking at a platoon role in 2015, especially with the addition of infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio

Gillaspie has not done very well in his career against lefties, batting .194. Bonifacio, on the other hand, has done well against lefties in his career, batting .291.

"It makes no difference to me. I'll take on whatever role you want me to take on," Gillaspie said, per MLB.com. "It's no secret, you're going to get from me every day what you see, and I would think that would be beneficial to any club. I'm happy with whatever role they put me in, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes."

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White Sox OF Avisail Garcia working on improving plate discipline
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is working on improving his plate discipline and began doing so during the winter ball season in Venezuela, per MLB.com. After starting 2 for 18, Garcia finished with a .312 average, five homers, 22 RBI and a .528 slugging percentage.

"If I don't swing at bad pitches, I have more of a chance," Garcia said. "When I start swinging all over the place, that's when I miss them. I try to swing at good pitches, work my count so I can see the ball better."

The White Sox continue to have raised expectations for Garcia, who missed most of the 2014 season due to a left shoulder injury.

"There isn't anything he can't do," White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams said of Garcia. "He's going to hit for average, for power, steal bases.

"He's going to play outstanding defense. And he has a little flair about him, a little fun, and an aggressiveness going first to third and second to home that's like Kirk Gibson's kind of aggressiveness. What else do you want? Just go play."

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White Sox OF Avisail Garcia dropped weight during offseason
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia dropped roughly 15 pounds during the offseason, according to MLB.com.

"I've been eating healthy, working real hard at the gym, Garcia said. "I have to be ready for spring training. I can't go there and be fat." With the weight loss, Garcia is hoping to keep his power potential. "I don't want to lose speed, I don't want to lose power," Garcia said. "I want to be in the middle. I know I can do a little bit of everything, so that's why I've been working really hard on speed, power, hitting and defense, so I can help my team win."

Garcia hit .244/.305/.413 over 172 at-bats last year.

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White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie bulks up
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie says his offseason weight training program has enabled him to add 15-20 pounds of muscle, "which should translate into driving the ball harder," reports ESPN.com.

“Honestly I’m hoping that by taking the same swing that I did last year, because I’m stronger, I’m hoping that translates into more power,” Gillaspie said, per the website. “It may or may not. We have enough guys that do hit for power on this team now. There are quite a few of them, so truthfully, I think I might be just as valuable getting on base, drawing walks, moving runners.” 

Gillaspie hit .282 with seven homers and 57 RBI in 130 games last year.

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White Sox C Tyler Flowers: 'It's my job to lose' behind the plate
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers told reporters he doesn't plan on giving up his starting job easily, per MLB.com. On Thursday, Geovany Soto signed a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

"I really don't think there's much of a question going in there," Flowers said. "I would definitely say it's my job to lose. Barring an injury, there's really no doubt I'll be the guy catching opening day."

Flowers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal, worth $2.675 million for this season. The 28-year-old hit .241/.297/.396 with 15 homers and 50 RBI over 407 at-bats in 2014.

"At this point, there's no reason to move off of that," general manager Rick Hahn said. "Competition is good. It brings out the best in people. And if someone comes in and fights for that job and earns it, I'm sure we'll be flexible. But certainly, we view Tyler as the starter."

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJose Abreu , 1B.317
HRJose Abreu , 1B36
RBIJose Abreu , 1B107
OBPJose Abreu , 1B.383
SLGJose Abreu , 1B.581
RAlexei Ramirez , SS82
SBAlexei Ramirez , SS21
WChris Sale , SP12
ERAChris Sale , SP2.17
WHIPChris Sale , SP0.97
KChris Sale , SP208
SVJake Petricka , RP14
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