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August 29, 2009

Nadir Contreras

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 2:53 pm

Lindsey Willhite:

Right now, I should be playing with my kids or working in the yard or writing college football stories for the paper. Instead, I’m sitting here dumbfounded as I watch the White Sox’s final day in the 2009 pennant race. This is the nadir of the season, which prompted the headline to this blog. (Who else remembers the Sox’s fabled former pitching coach?) …

A 1-hitter to Sergio Mitre? Seriously?

Joe Crede considering retirement?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 2:46 pm
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Phil Rogers:

The Twins’ Joe Crede’s recurring back injuries could prompt him to retire after the season. He has had surgery the last two off-seasons and needed an epidural on his back last week.

One of my favorite Sox. How can I forget JOE CREDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE? (mms and http) It’s a damn tragedy his back won’t allow him to do much playing anymore…

Kenny Williams seeks playoff riches

this team better make the playoffs says Kenny:

“This would be the most disappointing season for me if we don’t get in the playoffs. I like this team. This team is better than a lot of teams we’ve ever had here. If you want to stay here, take the AL Central title. If not, it leaves it to my imagination to make this team better. And I’ve got a big imagination.”

what did Jerry Reinsdorf think of taking on the Peavy contract?

Williams waited until the morning of July 31 to seek permission to acquire Peavy, who has $55.9 million remaining on a contract that runs through 2012. The answer was, “No.” “I know I had said, ‘Yes,’ back in May,” Reinsdorf says, “but Kenny got me in a weak moment. … I didn’t think we could afford him. But even though I said, ‘No,’ I told Kenny I was willing to talk about it.” Williams, assistant GM Rick Hahn and Reinsdorf talked about the 2010 budget. … “I had to be convinced I could handle the money,” Reinsdorf says. “They convinced me.”

how about the Rios contract?

When the Blue Jays put Rios, 28, on waivers the first week of August, the White Sox claimed him. Williams didn’t bother to clear the move with Reinsdorf, figuring there was no need. The claim was designed to work out a trade or block another contender from obtaining him. Never did Williams envision the Blue Jays would let Rios go for nothing. “I really believed there would be a deal,” Williams says, “but they wanted the financial relief instead.”

risky moves kenny?

“Where’s the gamble? Where’s the risk? I’m not going into this with my head down and wondering if it will work. This is what we needed to do to win a championship. There’s no guarantee, but I don’t think there’s a risk, either.”

no risk at all?

“Well, if I am wrong. I may be looking for a second job.”

John Ely scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 11:32 am
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FutureSox:

His arsenal is highlighted by a great changeup that Baseball America has called plus-plus. His low 90s fastball has good movement combines with the change to give him a good groundball rate. He also has a 12-to-6 curveball that can be good, but is inconsistent. …

Freddy wants to come back next year (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 12:12 am
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Freddy Garcia:

”Hopefully they do want me back. They gave me a shot this year, and maybe I can show them that I am good enough to come back next year. We’ll see. It depends on what they’re looking for, but, hey, I’m here already, so maybe they will bring me back. This is where I want to be. I missed the game a lot. The last two years have been rough for me. I tried to come back last year with Detroit, was feeling good. Pitched three times, and then my shoulder started bothering me and never stopped. I came back this year to spring training [with the Mets], and I was never really given a chance to pitch like I want to. I’ve always been a starter. They put me as a reliever, and that pushed me back. I didn’t have a chance to recover after I pitched, and the stuff wasn’t there. My velocity and stuff. When I got released, that was a good thing that happened. I went home and was able to rest my shoulder. I ran, did my stuff, but let my shoulder rest. … After that [MRI that showed his shoulder was clean], I was able to say, ‘OK, I know now I can really come back, and [the Sox] know that nothing is wrong with my shoulder,”’ he said. ”That helped mentally. Now, I just want to move forward again.”

UPDATE: Garcia’s contract with Sox has a $1 million option for next year, that includes $2 million in incentives based on innings pitched next year (source).

What position did Dayan Viciedo play today?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 12:00 am
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1B. Was it a one day thing or a position move?

August 28, 2009

Tomorrow’s starter: Jose ‘removed from the starting rotation’ Contreras

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2009 10:04 pm
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Here’s Ozzie Guillen:

“[Saturday’s] starter is going to be Jose Contreras. I don’t have many choices. Our choices in the minor leagues weren’t very good. He’s going to start [Saturday]. We made sure we changed his routine, so we hope he pitches well.”

Jose ‘removed from the starting rotation’ Contreras to start tomorrow?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2009 5:35 pm
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Gonzales:

Three days after saying he didn’t want to get a heart attack, manager Ozzie Guillen said the White Sox are considering Jose Contreas as well as D.J. Carrasco to start Saturday against the New York Yankees. Guillen said the Sox didn’t want to use a pitcher from Triple-A Charlotte. …

The aggressive David Holmberg

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 28, 2009 2:26 pm
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Tim Hayes:

“It felt good,” Holmberg said. “Me and [Bristol pitching coach Curt Hasler] worked in the bullpen throughout the week on what we needed to do to get better. I just took that to good use and used it tonight.”In the opener, Holmberg (1-2, 4.63 ERA) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and finished with five strikeouts to earn his first professional victory. The Florida native commanded both sides of the plateand had all of his pitches working. Hasler has been pleased with the progress of his 18-year-old protégé. “He might be the youngest guy in the league,” Hasler said. “He’s mature, and he’s willing to learn. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy and very aggressive in his approach. There’s no substitute for that aggressiveness.”

here’s Holmberg’s line from the boxscore:

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Holmberg, D (W, 1-2) 5.0 1 0 0 1 5 0 4.63
Rodriguez, S (S, 4) 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1.33

Baseball America on Nathan Jones

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 28, 2009 2:12 pm
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from today’s prospect hot sheet:

Nathan Jones, rhp, White Sox: Some scouts have been high on Jones since he signed with the White Sox in 2007 as a fifth-round pick from Northern Kentucky. Jones, 23, has a mid-90s fastball that touches 98 mph, but coming into the year he had problems finding the strike zone, as he posted a 6.83 ERA last year split between the starting rotation and the bullpen with low Class A Kannapolis. Now in the bullpen at high Class A Winston-Salem, Jones still has that overpowering fastball, only this year he’s found the strike zone. In 27 appearances with Winston-Salem, Jones has averaged 8.3 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings andd has a 3.53 ERA.

White Sox interested in Brad Penny? (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2009 12:36 pm
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MLB.com:

Within hours of Brad Penny’s release, the list of teams interested in the veteran right-hander’s services was already starting to take shape. The Denver Post reported early on Thursday morning that the Rockies — who have questions in the back end of their starting rotation — have expressed interest, and The Miami Herald later said that the Marlins — who could use a veteran starter to give them a boost in the National League playoff chase — are also among the teams intrigued. According to The Herald, the White Sox, Rays and Rangers are also in play. ESPN.com says the Giants have interest, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune indicates the Twins are intrigued and the New York Post reports the Yankees are in the mix.

UPDATE: Here’s the Miami Herald article:

The Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox also could be potential suitors.

So, it’s only speculation…

John Sickels on Justin Smoak

Filed under: MiLB,MLB — The Wizard @ August 28, 2009 11:42 am
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Sickels:

2) Justin Smoak, 1B, Grade A-: Excellent in Double-A (.328/.449/.481), not so good in Triple-A (.240/.359/.350). Hampered by a strained oblique. I think he’ll be fine.

Smells Like Mascot: Bullpen’s Baggage

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2009 11:34 am
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http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2009/08/bullpens-baggage.html

Paulie not among the Top-10 scoopers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2009 12:43 am
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John Dewan:

Here are the top 10 in Scoops Above Average for 2008-09 (data through August 24):

Player Saved Throws Missed Throws Scoop Percentage Scoops
Above Average
Casey Kotchman 69 5 93% 9
Todd Helton 79 9 90% 7
Carlos Pena 66 8 89% 6
Albert Pujols 82 12 87% 6
Ross Gload 34 2 94% 5
Ryan Garko 30 2 94% 4
Carlos Delgado 42 5 89% 4
Derrek Lee 61 9 87% 4
Nick Swisher 21 1 95% 3
Jason Giambi 37 5 88% 3

Daniel Wagner goes home [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2009 12:25 am
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Mike London:

The minor league season is winding down, but Wagner will at least get a taste of full-season Class A ball in the South Atlantic League. Kannapolis, which is rolling and looks like a lock to qualify for the SAL playoffs, is on the road the rest of this month and finishes the regular season at home from Sept. 1-7. Wagner, 21, is a left-handed swinging second baseman who was batting .258 with one homer, 10 doubles, 11 steals and 26 RBIs in 56 games at rookie-level Bristol. He’s impressed some people and has been told by the White Sox he’ll be part of their instructional league in Arizona this fall.

UPDATE: London has more on Wagner here.

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