White Sox believing; Quintana ignores rumors

White Sox believing; Quintana ignores rumors

The White Sox got off to a 23-10 start in 2016, only to post a 10-26 mark over the next 36 and quickly fall from American League Central leaders to out of contention. So White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier has a way to fix things in '17.

"Get off to a bad start," a smiling Frazier said. "Then we will switch it around."

Although the team is in the midst of a rebuild, Frazier believes in the current squad's overall capabilities.

"We know we are a good team, and we are going to build off of each other," Frazier said. "Last year, we hit or we pitched. We have to hit and pitch at the same time, and good things will come."

Quintana still tuning out rumors

Jose Quintana was asked approximately five different ways about the possibility of being traded during his media session as part of Sunday's workout. The White Sox Opening Day starter and staff-ace even was asked if he had a preference in regard to which team he would like to be moved.

Much like the similar questions coming his way back in January and February, Quintana was just focused on baseball.

"My future is the present. My future is here," Quintana said. "I have to just control this year. I pay attention to right now. I'm focusing on the 2017 season and helping my team.

"I'm happy here and that's it. I like my teammates, the organization, they gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues. But we don't have control about rumors or trades. I don't spend time with that."

Rain, rain stay away

The forecast for Monday's Opening Day contest between the White Sox and Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field calls for rain but, even with Tuesday's off-day built in as a backup, the White Sox want to open the season Monday with a first pitch of 3:05 p.m. CT.

"Well, I guess that's par for the course," Frazier said. "Last year, it snowed on our first game here. Just got to play through it. This first month, month and a half, you battle the elements. Ultimately everyone has to play in it so be ready to go."

"It's going to be rainy," White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said. "But we're definitely pumped and ready to go."

Third to first

White Sox manager Rick Renteria gave Dylan Covey the edge for the fifth starter's nod in place of Carlos Rodon, but nothing is set. Anthony Swarzak is ready to start, or work as many innings as needed.

A spot for Mark Buehrle's No. 56 already has been cleared out among the retired numbers, between Frank Thomas' 35 and Carlton Fisk's 72. Buehrle will have his number retired on June 24.

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.