>>Returning White Sox Excited About Offseason Moves
When the Chicago White Sox started making moves over the winter, Adam Eaton says he ramped up his training even more.
Chicago's productive offseason was a big hit with the center fielder and the rest of the returning players after the White Sox finished fourth in the AL Central a year ago.
General manager Rick Hahn bolstered the bullpen by signing left-hander Zach Duke and closer David Robertson. He also strengthened the rotation by trading for Jeff Samardzija, and added a couple more bats for the lineup by signing Adam LaRoche and Melky Cabrera.
With the White Sox - new and old - gathering this weekend in Chicago for the team's annual fan convention, Eaton says he is excited about the upcoming season and the team has what it needs to compete for a championship.
>>Hahn Senses Optimism Out of White Sox
Whether he's out on the town or simply checking messages, general manager Rick Hahn can sense the excitement and optimism surrounding the Chicago White Sox.
He joked that the "voice mails in the middle of the night have changed in tenor." For that, he says "thank you."
The vibe when Hahn and manager Robin Ventura took the stage Saturday during the team's fan convention was decidedly upbeat thanks to a series of moves that left many believing this team can win the AL Central.
Chicago added some left-handed pop by signing Adam LaRoche and bolstered its rotation by trading for right-hander Jeff Samardzija with one year left on his contract.
The White Sox also signed closer David Robertson and outfielder Melky Cabrera along with reliever Zach Duke.
>>Sox Bring On Vince Coleman As Base-Running Instructor
The Chicago White Sox have hired six-time National League steals champion Vince Coleman as a baserunning instructor.
General manager Rick Hahn announced the hiring Saturday at the team's annual fan convention.
Coleman, the last player with 100 steals in a season when he finished with 109 in 1987, will work with major leaguers and minor leaguers throughout the season. The White Sox hope he can help Adam Eaton and others.
Eaton hit .300 and had a .362 on-base percentage last season - his first with Chicago. But he struggled on steals, getting thrown out on nine of 24 attempts.