Sad day on the North Side with the passing of Ron Santo, a true legend for the Cubs on and off the field.
On the South Side, the mood is hardly somber.
Down here at U.S. Cellular Field awaiting GM Kenny Williams and newcomer Adam Dunn, who officially agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract this morning.
Want some more good news?
Kenny was able to find a taker for ineffective relief pitcher Scott Linebrink, the Atlanta Braves.
Linebrink was traded to the Braves Friday for minor-league pitcher Kyle Cofield, who was 1-3 with a 4.39 ERA in 18 games (10 starts) for Class AA Mississippi this season.
Even better, the Sox only had to sent $1.5 million to Atlanta, a relative pittance of Linebrink’s $5.5 million salary for 2011.
That’s the figure that’s being reported, but it’s not official and my guess is the White Sox are kicking in more money than that.
A dominant setup man for years, mainly in the National League, Linebrink was outstanding for the Sox in the first half of the 2008 season.
However, the 34-year-old reliever injured his shoulder before the all-star break and never was the same.
We’ll have much more from the Cell later in the day.
NEW: The Daily Herald has learned the White Sox sent $3.5 million to Atlanta in the Linebrink trade. So they are saving $2 million.
Also, A.J. Pierzynski's two-year, $8 million deal is official, and A.J. agreed to a $2 million salary in 2011 (and $6 million in '12) to help free up money for bringing Paul Konerko back.
Dunn also pushed some of his salary back to help land Konerko. He'll make $12 million this year, $14 million in 2012 and $15 million in 2013-14.