Quintana eager to face USA, teammates in Classic

Quintana eager to face USA, teammates in Classic

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Colombia's starting pitcher against Team USA on March 10 during Miami's first-round pool play of the 2017 World Baseball Classic will look very familiar to White Sox fans.

"Yeah, it's really exciting. I'm happy to be part of this tournament the first time for Colombia," said White Sox ace Jose Quintana, who will get the call for Colombia, as he should on April 3 at home against the Tigers for the White Sox Opening Day. "That's an honor to have the first game.

"Everybody in Colombia is excited when this opportunity was there. And it's a huge tournament."

Quintana should get two Cactus League starts before he leaves Arizona on March 6 for the competition, during which he will face White Sox teammates Nate Jones and David Robertson, who are on Team USA.

"You know all the time they play with me on the same team," a smiling Quintana said. "But I think it's fun too, because it's a good opportunity for us to be part of this tournament: them for the U.S. and me for Colombia."

Rodon still throwing
White Sox manager Rick Renteria corrected himself in stating that Carlos Rodon played long toss Thursday and not Friday. Rodon will go through long toss again on Saturday.

Rodon hopes for breakout in 2017

"We're going to give him a few more sessions of those and see where he's at," Renteria said. "I think we still have two more long-toss sessions before we get him out there. It's such a long spring, that for us and him it's the right time.

"I'm sure [White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper] will set something up to get him comfortable. But when he gets on the hill and starts on the sides, he's in really good shape."

Sign on the dotted line
The White Sox agreed to terms on 2017 contracts with the following 25 players:

Pitchers (12): Chris Beck, Dylan Covey, Tyler Danish, Carson Fulmer, Lucas Giolito, Brad Goldberg, Tommy Kahnle, Reynaldo Lopez, Juan Minaya, Rodon, Giovanni Soto and Michael Ynoa.

Catchers (2): Omar Narvaez and Alfredo Gonzalez.

Infielders (6): Tim Anderson, Matt Davidson, Leury Garcia, Yoan Moncada, Tyler Saladino and Yolmer Sanchez.

Outfielders (5): Adam Engel, Willy Garcia, Rymer Liriano, Jacob May and Charlie Tilson.

Rodon had the top contract of the group at $600,000. With the signings, all members of the White Sox 40-man roster are under contract for the 2017 season.

Third to first
Todd Frazier continues to improve from a left oblique strain suffered this past Monday on a swing.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.