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December 6, 2009

Linebrink on the move?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2009 3:03 pm
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Cafardo’s Winter Meetings overview:

The White Sox need a leadoff batter (Coco Crisp? Damon?), a backup catcher, and a lefthanded reliever. While they unloaded good pitching talent for Jake Peavy in August, they still could move pitching prospect Lucas Harrell. The White Sox will likely keep closer Bobby Jenks and hope he takes his conditioning seriously this winter. Utility player Brent Lillibridge and reliever Scott Linebrink could be had.

Moving Linebrink would be nice but I don’t think anybody wants him…

Kenny on going to the Winter Meetings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2009 2:38 pm
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Spellman:

“I think we go in remaining open-minded, as we normally do,” Williams said. “If there is something of substance to talk about or another club feels strongly that we sit down (with them), then we will.” But … “I think it will be busier after the meetings than it will be during.”

… “One thing we have focused on is our infield and outfield defense because we believe our pitching is going to be so good, really be the anchor to this club,” Williams said. “We have to back that up with some guys that can really go out and catch the ball.”

… “We’ve got an interesting dynamic because we’ve got Alex Rios who could play center field or right field, so we have the option to go with another corner guy or a center fielder or a guy who can go over and play left, because we’ve got some interchangeable parts,” Williams said. “Andruw was brought in here as support to what we think is going to be a strong asset for us – our bench. If we have to go with a younger player out there then we can back that up with a guy like Andruw or Kotsay.”

… “I think there will be some interesting pieces out there that you can take a look at and see if they fit for your club,” he said. “We’re prepared to go in with what we have. We’re not stressed at any position. We’ve got five solid starters and we’ve got bullpen pieces that have already proven themselves in the major leagues. Would we like to add to that? Yes, we absolutely would.”

Speaking of Ozzie

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2009 1:19 pm
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B-R Blog:

A simple list via Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index Batting Season Finder – most seasons, non-pitcher, with 502+ PA and an OPS+ of 75 or worse. (Yes, I know, how many pitchers have 502 PA in a season anyway? But, I threw that filter in there nonetheless.) Here’s the “leader” board for this:

Rk Yrs To From Age
1 Larry Bowa 9 1970 1982 24-36
2 Ozzie Guillen 8 1985 1997 21-33
3 Neifi Perez 6 1998 2005 25-32

Ozzie Guillen can thank the shortened season in 1995 for not tying Larry Bowa for the “lead” on this list.

Andruw Jones to play everyday? Omar Vizquel to DH?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2009 12:30 pm
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Ozzie on Andruw:

“That first talk I had with Andruw, before we signed him, he said he wanted to play every day,” Guillen said. “I said, ‘Well, you want to play every day? Make sure you come up to Spring Training and (take charge).’ We are not going to give you that job, we not. You come here and show you can play, and I’ll be more than happy to put him out there. It’s going to be a nice competition.”

and on the DH and leadoff batter:

“Everyone is going to play,” Guillen said. “Right now, we don’t have a true DH, so I have a chance to move people. I can put (Omar) Vizquel at DH and as leadoff hitter if we don’t have one. There’s (Mark) Kotsay, (Paul) Konerko, Andruw, Vizquel, even (Mark) Teahen. “You have that spot open. We can do a lot of things with it, and that makes life a lot easier.”

Ozzie wants some action

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2009 12:14 pm
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Ozzie Guillen on Baseball’s Winter Meetings that start tomorrow at Indianapolis:

… “It’s going to be fun. There are a lot of guys without a job and there aren’t that many big-time free agents out there. I think they already started making moves.  I wish the general managers be aggressive and make things happen, make more action. We need action. I hope they do it this winter. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of trades with a lot of different teams. I don’t think about the White Sox but I don’t know. I got the feeling there’s going to be a lot of movement out there.”

and on the Sox who need a leadoff batter and a bullpen arm:

“Right now, there’s no doubt we are looking for a couple of players. Are we going to make any trade? There’s nothing in our mind, but I learn from the past every time I go back home (from the Winter Meetings), they make the trade the next day.”

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