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Maybe Ian Desmond will sign with the White Sox

Friday's Say Hey, Baseball includes a potential Ian Desmond landing spot,'s lawsuit settlement, and the latest from the WBC qualifiers.

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Ian Desmond is in a tough place. He received a qualifying offer mostly because of who he was before 2015, with the knowledge that he wouldn't accept it because he could easily be that guy again going forward. Now, though, it's mid-February, and Desmond is still a free agent, one with few, if any, serious suitors. The White Sox declined Alexei Ramirez's option then let him walk earlier this winter, however, and are reportedly considering Desmond to take over at short after remodeling their infield with Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier.

Signing Desmond would cost Chicago the first-round compensation pick they earned for the loss of free agent Jeff Samardzija to the Giants. White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf is no stranger to lowering the costs of his team's drafts, however -- you can blame him for the current budget system in place, if you're feeling blame-y -- so don't be surprised if the Sox have no issue giving it up. They haven't done quite enough this winter to be a serious threat in the AL Central, so adding Desmond and his glove to the mix would help. If he also returns to form at the plate, bonus.

The White Sox could be good without Desmond, of course, after adding Lawrie, Frazier, and Mat Latos -- who pitching coach Don Cooper is sure to fix up in a hurry, as he has done so often in his career. With the Tigers revamped and the Royals looking like worthy defenders to their championship crown, though, adding more where the White Sox can makes sense. Desmond might not be a perfect fit, but Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes and others are all long gone at this point.