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The White Sox Talk Podcast brings you unparalleled insight and access to the White Sox. Featuring interviews with current/former players and coaches, we’ll tell you why something happened yesterday, and what’s likely going to happen tomorrow. Featuring Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, Chris Kamka and others.

The White Sox Talk Podcast brings you unparalleled insight and access to the White Sox. Featuring interviews with current/former players and coaches, we’ll tell you why something happened yesterday, and what’s likely going to happen tomorrow. Featuring Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, Chris Kamka and others.
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The White Sox Talk Podcast brings you unparalleled insight and access to the White Sox. Featuring interviews with current/former players and coaches, we’ll tell you why something happened yesterday, and what’s likely going to happen tomorrow. Featuring Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, Chris Kamka and others.




Ep. 186: Manny Mania visits the South Side

Manny Machado begins his free agent tour by visiting the White Sox. What makes the White Sox serious bidders for Machado (2:00)? What was the White Sox pitch and where do we think they took him on his tour of the city (4:20)? Yonder Alonso talks about wanting to be White Sox teammates with Machado, his brother-in-law (11:51). What to make of the report that the White Sox won't spend big on free agents (20:09). Would you spend a month in solitary confinement if it meant the White Sox would...


Ep. 185: Winter Meetings Wrap-Up

The White Sox close the Winter Meetings without Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but as Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss from Las Vegas, they're proving to be a main player in the pursuit of the top two free agents in baseball. Rick Hahn talks about having a seat at the table for some "large, impactful moves," Harper trolls a vacationing Nicky Delmonico on Instagram, and we give our latest predictions about where Harper will sign and when.


Ep. 184: Are the White Sox the "front runner" for Bryce Harper?

Former Nationals and Reds GM Jim Bowden made big news at the Winter Meetings, saying on the CBS Sports Network that the White Sox are the "front runner" for Bryce Harper (:35). Should we believe it? (5:06) Rick Hahn responds to the front runner report (9:53). Are the White Sox out on Dallas Keuchel? (11:43) Harper's agent Scott Boras describes what Harper is looking for in a team, his relationship with Jerry Reinsdorf (15:29) and more.


Ep. 183: White Sox “trying to change the conversation” at the Winter Meetings

New Hall of Fame writer Jayson Stark from the Athletic says the White Sox could make a huge bet on Harper or Machado this winter (0:36) What about the Ivan Nova trade and their reported interested in catcher Yasmani Grandal? (2:01) Rick Hahn talks about the White Sox catcher situation (6:28) Chuck Garfien interviews manager Rick Renteria about Machado’s Johnny Hustle comments, Eloy Jimenez and Yoan Moncada possibly playing third base next season (9:09). Chuck also talks to free agent...


Ep. 182: Winter Meetings: Harper, Machado and emotional Harold Baines interview

Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber come to you from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. With all the recent talk about Bryce Harper, could Manny Machado be the big free agent the White Sox sign this winter? (4:34) Ken Williams talks about moving from sell mode to buy mode (7:49). Chuck interviews new Hall of Famer Harold Baines who sheds tears speaking about his dad (11:51) and ESPN's Tim Kurkjian comes on the podcast to discuss the White Sox chances of signing Harper and the...


Ep. 181: Harold Baines elected to the Hall of Fame!

The MLB Winter Meetings began with a big surprise: White Sox legend Harold Baines is headed to Cooperstown. On the podcast, Baines talks about what it means to make the Hall of Fame, how surprised he was to get the call and more (3:42). Ron Kittle talks about his former teammate and explains what he told Baines when he heard the news (6:20). Jerry Reinsdorf who was a part of the voting committee explains why Baines is a Hall of Famer (10:42).


Ep. 180: Our free agent predictions!

With the MLB Winter Meetings starting next week, it's time to make our free agent predictions! Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka tell you where they believe the top 15 free agents will sign and what kind of contracts they will get. Everyone from Adam Jones (5:45) and Michael Brantley (15:35) to Manny Machado (26:05) and Bryce Harper (31:00).


Ep. 179: White Sox pitch to Bryce Harper

With the story out from Yahoo Sports that the White Sox had Jim Thome in their pitch to Bryce Harper last month, Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Slavko Bekovic take a closer look at what it all means. What Thome might have said to Harper and why his words carry a lot of weight (3:45), what Michael Jordan and Jose Abreu have in common with the Harper situation (9:00), the Bryce Harper White Sox billboard Ryan wants to build in Chicago (18:10) it turns out Magic Johnson was not in the Dodgers...


Ep. 178: White Sox get hot stove cooking! Colome in, Avi Garcia and Matt Davidson out

The White Sox made their first big moves of the off-season, trading catcher Omar Narvaez for reliever Alex Colome, and non-tendering Avi Garcia and Matt Davidson. What does it all mean? Chuck Garfien, Vinnie Duber and Chris Kamka break it down. What does Colome bring to the table for the bullpen? (1:20) Why they non-tendered Davidson and is his MLB future as a pitcher? (9:00), the Avi Garcia vacancy in right field (14:00), Rick Hahn talks about White Sox off-season plans (17:00).


Ep. 177: If no Harper, no Machado: What's the White Sox Plan B?

If the White Sox don't sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who should they sign/acquire instead? Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber play GM and provide their plans for this winter and beyond. Is a certain super utilityman the answer? (5:00) What closers make the most sense? (8:20) Who's the best fit for the starting rotation? (13:10) What outfielders should they pursue? (18:30) If they don't sign Machado, how do they solve third base in 2019 and the future? (25:05)


Ep. 176: Bob Nightengale says White Sox 'pretty much in on everybody'

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey speak with USA Today baseball columnist Bob Nightengale who explains how aggressive the White Sox have been in the free agent and trade market (4:05), the chances the White Sox sign Bryce Harper (6:08), who they might sign if they don't get Harper or Machado (11:30), plus they get his thoughts on Jose Abreu, Dallas Keuchel, another option for third base and more.


Ep. 175: Looking for White Sox deals on Black Friday!

This being Black Friday, we're going White Sox shopping! Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Slavko Bekovic visit the MLB Superstore looking for the best deals and bargains to put under the Christmas tree for the 2019 White Sox and beyond. Chuck finds a third baseman he wants in aisle 7 (6:15), Slavko has his eyes on a starting pitcher who could be a game changer for the rotation (9:45), same with Ryan who wants to acquire a former Cy Young Award winner (12:30). Chuck is enamored with a certain...


Ep. 174: The White Sox prospect you may not know but you should

Zach Thompson might be off your radar, but the White Sox prospect is someone to watch in the White Sox organization, not just for what he's doing on the field, but for what he says off of it. Chuck Garfien spoke with Thompson who had a 1.55 ERA last season with Winston-Salem and Birmingham. Thompson talks about the message he received from God that helped turn his career around (02:30), why he becomes a different person when he's on the mound (06:00), the talent he sees in the White Sox...


Ep. 173: Albert Belle talks Harper, Machado and his big White Sox regret

Will the White Sox spend the huge money to sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado like they did in 1996 when they signed Albert Belle to a 5-year, $55 million contract, then the richest in MLB history? Chuck Garfien spoke with Belle about that and a whole lot more. 3:02 - Belle's thoughts on signing with the White Sox 4:30 - Why he regrets leaving Chicago after 2 seasons 7:25 - Why he was surprised the White Sox signed him 11:23 - Will the White Sox spend the money to sign Harper or...


Ep. 172: Luis Robert does things that make you say wow

Luis Robert has been a big story in the Arizona Fall League. He recently had a 14-game hitting streak and was named the AFL Player of the Week. Chuck Garfien went to Arizona for a firsthand look at one of the White Sox top prospects. On the podcast, Garfien first speaks with Robert’s minor league hitting coach Charlie Poe. Then he talks with Mike Ferrin of MLB Network Radio about Robert as well as the White Sox reported pursuit of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. 03:24 - Poe on Robert’s...


Ep. 171: Bryce Harper: Dream, reality….or both?!

It’s all Bryce Harper, all the time! The White Sox seem to be aggressive in pursuing Bryce Harper, but does it make sense for the White Sox? What would it mean for the outlook of the organization if he signed? How should the White Sox pitch the team to Harper? Ryan McGuffey, Slavko Bekovic & Chris Kamka discuss. Plus, Vinnie Duber chimes in from the GM Meetings in San Diego to break down what Rick Hahn and Scott Boras have said about the situation. 0:30 – Bryce Harper-mania! 1:55 – The...


Ep. 170: Machado AND Harper?! Jon Morosi says the White Sox have 'a seat at the table'

As free agency begins, the White Sox have openings and money to engage in what should be a very active offseason. Prized talents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado headline an all star class. As the GM Meetings kick off in Carlsbad, CA, MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported that the White Sox have interest in both stars. Morosi joins the podcast to discuss the White Sox chances of landing one or both (1:50) Why a creative and possible frontloaded contract would strengthen their case (3:45). We discuss...


Ep. 169: What is Jose Abreu's future with the White Sox?

With Jose Abreu entering the final year of his contract, Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka discuss the different scenarios involving Abreu going forward. Ryan explains why Abreu is the most underrated superstar the White Sox have ever had (3:15) Should the White Sox trade Abreu? (8:30) Should the White Sox sign him to an extension? And if so, for how long and how much? (10:45) What about signing Paul Goldschmidt when he's a free agent in 2020? (21:00)


Ep. 168: Don Cooper on Chris Sale and the World Series bullpenning

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper speaks with Chuck Garfien about Chris Sale winning a World Series with the Red Sox (3:30), Dave Roberts' decision to pull Rich Hill in Game 3 (12:28), what Cooper thinks about how starters and relievers were used in the World Series (17:40), how he communicates with a pitcher to know if he should stay in a game or not (21:11), what kind of moves the White Sox might make this offseason (25:31) and more.


Ep. 167: Who plays catcher for the White Sox in 2019 and beyond?

The White Sox have been trying to solve the catcher position ever since A.J. Pierzynski's last season in 2012. Now, they might have a new problem: too many catchers! Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber break it all down and try to come up with solutions (2:31). What do the White Sox do about Welington Castillo? (6:28) Could Omar Narvaez be their future catcher? (09:58) Where do Zack Collins and Seby Zavala fit in the future? (11:30) Should they trade Omar Narvaez while his stock is...