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December 12, 2009

D.J. Carrasco on being non-tendered by the Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 12, 2009 10:26 pm
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Merkin:

“You want to be in a place where you are wanted and needed,” Carrasco said. “The White Sox probably still wanted me, but didn’t need me. I love playing the game, but you’ve got to be smart, and there’s just not a lot of longevity in middle relief. It’s about closing and starting and setting up. I feel I can really help a team, and it will be an interesting learning experience seeing what teams think of me.”

… “There are other things I feel I can do, not just being a long man,” Carrasco said. “But I praise the White Sox for giving me an opportunity. One of the reasons I’m going to miss Chicago is the passion and knowledge of the White Sox fans,” said Carrasco, when asked if he had heard of fans’ disappointment over his departure. “It holds a special place in my heart that they wanted me back.”

Sox non-tender D.J. Carrasco

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 12, 2009 7:02 pm
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Gonzales:

The White Sox informed the agent for D.J. Carrasco that they will not tender him a contract by Saturday’s 11 p.m., thus making him a free agent.

… The two sides were several hundred thousand dollars apart after a meeting Wednesday in Indianapolis, and talks Saturday didn’t advance any further. Carrasco earned $440,000 last season, and this was his first winter as an arbitration eligible player.

D.J’s Stats.

Why Kenny? Why? Say DJ didn’t like the contract he was offered by the Sox and had gone to arbitration and earned $1 million. So, what? It would be money well spend…

BTW, MLBTR is keeping track of all the players that were tendered, and non-tendered a contract. Ex-Sox Brian Anderson, Mike McDougal, Lance Broadway, and Neal Cotts were non-tendered. Jack Cust too. Ex-Sox Boone Logan and Brandon McCarthy were tendered.

All About the Uppercut

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ December 12, 2009 4:02 pm

Jonas Fester:

Two swing types include those that are line drive/contact oriented and those that are fly ball/power oriented. Some examples of hitters with a line drive/contact oriented swing are Robinson Cano, Ichiro, and Derek Jeter, while on the other side of the spectrum, you’d associate hitters like Adam Dunn, Carlos Pena, and Mark Reynolds with fly ball oriented swings.

There are some with the rare ability to hit for both power and make consistent contact, one example being Albert Pujols, but he’s a topic for another time.

Today however, I’d like to focus on Mark Teixeira, and the power of the uppercut. …

BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #7

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 12, 2009 1:03 pm
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Hamrahi:

Just as I have done the past few years, I have uploaded and attached the new Top Prospects Compilation file to this blog posting. Prospect rankings from Baseball America, BP’s Kevin Goldstein, and MiLB.com are just some of those that you’ll find in the file. …

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls.

Fangraphs on J.J. Putz

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 12, 2009 11:16 am
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Golebiewski:

Vertical movement on Putz’s fastball and splitter, 2007-2009
2007…
Difference in vertical movement: 4.5 inches

2008 …
Difference in vertical movement: 5.8 inches

2009 …
Difference in vertical movement: 7.1 inches

There’s now a pronounced difference in vertical movement between Putz’s fastball and splitter. Perhaps there’s a point of diminishing returns with the separation between those two pitches: if there’s too much of a difference, hitters will be able to distinguish between the fastball and splitter and simply lay off those tumbling off-speed pitches they once flailed at. …

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