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August 11, 2009

Ozzie Guillen explains how things work

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 10:26 pm
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Sox players worried about playing time in light of the Alex Rios claim? Here’s Ozzie:

“It came from Paul Konerko –  ‘(bleep) feelings, it’s all about winning.’ That’s what we do here. We hurt your feelings, that’s easy, call your agent, your agent will call Kenny (Williams), and then Kenny will do something about it.”

Ozzie Guillen on Alex Rios position

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 8:58 pm
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What’s the plan for Rios, Ozzie?

Rios figures to be an everyday player for the Sox at one of the outfield positions. He’s shown the ability to play all three positions, though he primarily played right field for the Jays this season. “I think Alex has to understand — I know he has played right field most of his career with the Jays,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Talking about our situation, talked to him about our players, he’s got to help me in different ways. I might play him in left field, center field, right field. I might not do it every day, it’s just to make sure everyone here gets some playing time.” There’s also the question of where Rios fits into the batting order. Guillen said it’s possible he could bat first when the regular leadoff man, center fielder Scott Podsednik, is out of the lineup. “He did in the past,” Guillen said. “I wish I could keep him hitting in one spot and leave him there. When [Podsednik] is not there we have to figure out who will hit leadoff. It can be [Jayson] Nix or it can be him. Those are the two guys we have in mind.”

9 Ks, 0 BBs for Freddy Garcia

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 8:44 pm
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Gonzales:

Freddy Garcia’s line for Triple-A Charlotte vs. Pawtucket: 6in, 8 hits, 2ER, 0 walks, 9 strikeouts. Garcia whiffed Brian Anderson 3 times.

Boxscore:

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F 6.0 8 2 2 0 9 1 6.35
Cassel, Ju 2.0 4 2 2 0 4 1 4.95

Terrifying sentence of the day

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 2:19 pm
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Jim on Kenny’s Alex Rios claim:

Tilt your head and squint, and there isn’t a lot separating this deal from the Scott Linebrink trade. Much like when Williams made the industry shake its head by putting the “ink” in “Linebrink” to the tune of four years and $19 million, the Sox are throwing convention wisdom a curve by signing Rios to this six-year deal while he’s in the midst of a sizable three-year decline:

2006: .302/.349/.516
2007: .297/.354/.498
2008: .291/.337/.461
2009: .264/.317/.427

Fortunately it gets better!

Jim’s first impression of Tyler Flowers

SoxMachine:

He showed good pitch recognition for all but one pitch (an unsuccessful check swing), not flinching at any too-low and too-away offerings.  If there’s one thing not working for him, it could be that he’s a little pull-happy right now.  He came through in the clutch with a single over the second baseman’s head, but he had to break his bat to do it. …

Jim also has video of Flowers, reports on Brent Lillibridge , Matt Zaleski, Brian Anderson, Stefan Gartrell, Derek Rodriguez, and a Photo Gallery from the game.

Tango calculates Alex Rios’ WAR

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 12:42 pm
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Tango:

Hitting: 1 win per 162 above average?
Running: +0.5 wins above average?
Fielding+Position: +0.5 wins above average?
Repl: +2.5
Playing Time: 85%?

WAR = .85 (+1.0 +0.5 +0.5 +2.5) = 3.8

BTW, Tango’s #1.

FanGraphs: White Sox Steal Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 12:15 pm
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Erik Manning:

Mr. Ricciardi, you drive a hard bargain. You traded away your team’s best position player and in return you get…nothing! The scene from Dumb and Dumber keeps popping into my head where Lloyd proudly breaks the news to Harry that he traded the van for a moped. “Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!” At least Lloyd got a moped, and Rios is hardly an ’84 Sheepdog. This is just so completely absurd. …

Alex Rios fangraphs page.

Carlos Quentin in a lot of pain?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 12:08 pm
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Scot Gregor:

Left fielder Carlos Quentin had a nice game against the Mariners with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, but it still looks like he’s in a lot of pain from the plantar faciitis in his left foot. Or, is Quentin’s knee causing the discomfort? Maybe it’s both.

The Transaction Oracle’s Alex Rios projection

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 11:48 am
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Dan Szymborski:

The White Sox are almost the perfect destination for Rios. The park will make his hitting stats look even prettier, the team is in that sweet zone where every marginal win is incredibly valuable, and centerfield is one of the team’s biggest organizational weaknesses.

Year     AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB   SO  SB    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS+
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2009FIN 626   79  169  36   3  20   80   46  110  26  .285  .340  .462   100
2010    592   88  169  36   5  22   83   48  105  26  .285  .340  .475   112
2011    572   81  158  34   5  19   75   44  100  20  .276  .330  .453   103
2012    566   80  158  32   5  19   73   43  101  21  .279  .332  .454   104
2013    559   80  156  33   4  19   73   42   98  20  .279  .331  .454   104
2014    551   77  151  32   4  18   70   42   97  19  .274  .328  .445   101
2015    540   74  146  30   4  17   66   41   96  17  .270  .324  .435    98

Kenny Williams on the Alex Rios claim (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 12:29 am
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=6028021 (5:10)

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