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August 10, 2009

Kenny Williams on the Alex Rios claim

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 11:00 pm
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here’s kenny:

“I expected to make a trade,” Williams said. “[The Blue Jays] deemed my request of money off the contract was not worth as much to them as the savings of cash. At the end of the day, I have to call (Chairman) Jerry Reinsdorf and lay all the cards on the table. And [Reinsdorf] said, ‘I absolutely love the idea of not having to give up some of these players,’ and we’re OK with the cash because of the way we structured our payroll over the years.”

and

“We’ve been in trade discussion with Toronto before the deadline to try to get this guy,” Williams explained of how the whole thing came together. “And the way the waiver claim was made was to A: hopefully resurrect talks. B: in the event someone else claimed him, we didn’t want him going elsewhere because we targeted him not only as a guy who not only would help us in our quest for the division but future seasons as well.”

Oh My God! They Arrested Kenny!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 10:07 pm
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CP:

Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams has been given a ticket for jaywalking by the Seattle Police Department. … Williams tried to tell the officer people in Chicago cross streets anywhere. He said the officer told him, not in Seattle.

‘We just need to win the games that we’re supposed to win now.’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 10:02 pm
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Cowley:

The other question Williams had to answer was about Rios’ contract. Earlier this season, Williams said, ‘‘You can’t spend a dollar if you only have 50 cents’’ regarding the effect poor attendance had on the team’s finances. So what changed? ‘‘If we don’t win, [Reinsdorf] and I might need second jobs,’’ Williams said laughing. ‘‘We’re out on the limb a little bit with the last two acquisitions, but we have seen in recent games our fans are starting to wrap their hands around this team. The walk-ups have been great, and people are getting excited about the possibility. I think they can see this team being a dangerous team if we get to the playoffs and match up against anyone. ‘‘We just need to win the games that we’re supposed to win now.’’

and

“I have a tendency to get rid of people when we don’t win. It’s in everyone’s best interest that we focus on the task at hand and you worry about that after the fact.”

Rios not expected to play until Wednesday

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 9:38 pm
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whitesox.com:

Rios, who was in New York with Toronto preparing to face the Yankees, will try to fly back to Toronto on Monday before flying from Toronto to Seattle on Tuesday. Williams doesn’t expect Rios to be able to play until Wednesday.

Fangraphs on Rios playing in the Cell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 8:35 pm
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Eno Sarris:

Alex Rios was claimed off of waivers today and will be a Chicago White Sock shortly. In our look at Scott Rolen and Nick Johnson in their new digs, we established somewhat of a precedent for trying to analyze the effect of a mid-season home park change: look at the park left behind, the new park, and the tendencies of the hitter as well as their history. So let’s take a look at Rios from an offensive standpoint, as the White Sox ponder their $60 million dollar addition.

“ChiSox well positioned to absorb Rios’ salary”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 8:29 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

Ken Williams, you sly dog.

Kenny Williams on the Sox payroll

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 7:36 pm
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Kenny on the payroll:

“We’re out on a limb a little bit.”

also:

williams said reinsdorf signed off on money for rios

Kenny was trying to trade for Rios before the July 31 deadline

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 7:29 pm
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Cowley:

According to KW, they were trying to trade for Rios at the deadline.

Gonzales:

williams said talks with rios started before trading deadline

SoxNet on the Alex Rios claim

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 7:23 pm
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SoxNet:

Alex Rios is a good offensive player, best known for his defensive abilities in the outfield, where he has spent the majority of his career playing elite defense in right field. In Chicago, he’ll play center, and before people ask, Rios playing centerfield is not the same as Swisher, Mackowiak, and Podsednik playing centerfield. Rios is a natural centerfielder, who played right because he was blocked by Vernon Wells. Offensively, Rios has been a league average player but he has plus offensive tools and the ability to be the Sox first 30/30 player.

Sox sign 44th round draft pick RHP Taylor Thompson (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 6:53 pm
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Matt Eddy:

Signed: RHP Dylan Axelrod (Windy City (Frontier)), RHP Jarrett Coker (NDFA—Columbus State (Ga.)), RHP Greg Johnson (NDFA—South Alabama), Draft pick signed: RHP Taylor Thompson (44), Released: OF Dallas Williams, Traded: 1B Daryle Ward and OF Norris Hopper to Nationals for cash

Thompson stats: 2009, 2008, 2007

Coker stats: 2009, 2007, 2006

(more…)

Rios expected to play Centerfield

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 6:34 pm
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CBS Sports:

Rios is expected play center field for the White Sox. There’s a chance he could move to right field in the future, since Jermaine Dye is in the final year of his contract and is unlikely to return in 2010. … Ricciardi originally hoped to get a player in return for Rios, but the White Sox told him they wouldn’t give anyone up unless Toronto paid some of Rios’ contract. In the end, the Jays decided that more financial flexibility was better than anyone they could get from Chicago.

Rios will probably join the team tomorrow.

It’s Official!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 6:29 pm
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MLB.com:

The White Sox acquired outfielder Alex Rios from the Blue Jays on Monday, when Toronto awarded a waiver claim placed last week. Chicago assumes responsibility for the remainder of Rios’ current contract.

Fangraphs on Alex Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 6:26 pm
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Dave Cameron:

Alex Rios … has been nothing short of fantastic the last two years – he was worth +4.6 wins in 2007 and +5.5 wins last year. And he’s got the exact same skillset as he had then. … His .350 wOBA from last year has become a .325 wOBA this year simply due to BABIP variance, where his .335 batting average on balls in play has dropped to .288 this year. His career BABIP? .328. This “slump” just isn’t anything to be concerned about. He has 32 extra base hits, he’s 13 for 16 in stolen bases, his contact rate is exactly the same as always… there’s just no offensive decline here. He’s the exact same above average hitter he was the last two years. … Rios is a +3.5 to +4.5 win player in the prime of his career, and he’s due to make just under $60 million for the next five years. This is a really good contract for the Jays. Rios is an outstanding player being paid less than his market value. He’s as far from being a Wells-like albatross as you could possibly get.

Sox get Rios’ contract

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 6:13 pm
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MLBTR:

According to the New York Times’ Tyler Kepner, the White Sox have acquired Alex Rios from the Blue Jays. It’s a straight waiver claim, so the Blue Jays will receive nothing in return. Says Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi:

This allows us to get out from under a contract and do more to address our club.”

FutureSox on C.J. Retheford

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 3:18 pm
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John Norris:

I’ll take this week’s edition to talk in depth about C.J. Retherford. I began following C.J.’s progress during the 2008 season while he was with Winston-Salem. Just based on his numbers there, he was impressive for being just an undrafted free agent. But, after watching him for almost an entire season, I can tell you guys he is a special player worth holding on to. …

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