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January 15, 2010

January 15 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 15, 2010 9:13 pm
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- John Danks, Bobby Jenks, Carlos Quentin and Tony Pena filed for arbitration. Scot Gregor’s take.

- Jeff F. Marquez is focused on returning to form.

- The Pirates signed D.J. Carrasco and are close to signing Octavio Dotel.

- Matt Thornton will answer questions in Scott Merkin’s next mailbag. Submit yours using the form on the middle of the page.

- Jim looks at the Sox ticket prices for Spring Training and compares them to the other baseball teams that have Spring Training in Arizona. He also looks at the 15 players that the Sox invited for Spring Training.

- Happy 39th birthday to Don Cooper.

- Fangraphs looks at the remaining 1B/DH players.

Remember Oneli Perez?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 15, 2010 8:21 pm
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John Sickels writes:

Scouts have never liked Oneli Perez much. His fastball isn’t very fast at 86-89 MPH. He’ll occasionally spike it as high as 92, but the lack of consistent velocity makes scouts skeptical about him. He does have a good slider, and will mix in a pretty solid changeup at times. His statistical track record at the lower levels in the White Sox system was excellent. Indeed, he pitched great at every level until reaching Triple-A in 2008, where he struggled in 30 innings. He ended up in independent baseball to start 2009, which shows you exactly how low his stock was with scouts despite his past track record. Perez was very effective with Newark, and the Cardinals signed him as a free agent when Memphis needed a pitcher at mid-summer. His second try in Triple-A was much better, and as I write this he is pitching very well in the Dominican Summer League: 2.11 ERA, 14/5 K/BB in 21 innings with 15 saves. Perez is 26 years old now. I know Perez will never get a lot of slack, but the numbers are solid, and he strikes me as the kind of pitcher who can be a surprise contributor at the major league level when no one expects it. Grade C.

Oneli has 6 fingers on his hand.

Here is the original (doesn’t work anymore) Baltimore Post blog post that reported it:

Reliever Antonio Alfonseca might not be the only 12-digit pitcher in the majors next year. Oneli Perez, the White Sox’s Double-A closer last season, leads the Dominican Winter League in saves and could win a job in spring training. Must be the extra finger on each hand.

How would you have proceeded with your day without knowing this?

What are the chances Jim Thome comes back to the Sox?

Scott Merkin answers:

There’s some sort of chance, even if it’s small, especially with the strong bond between the prodigious slugger and the White Sox. The South Siders also could benefit from a big left-handed bat in the middle of the order.

As mentioned above, though, Guillen seems set on using the rotating DH for now. And it’s Guillen who runs the team on a day-to-day basis, so there’s no reason to force anyone who isn’t part of his present plan. Thome still has some good years ahead of him, and whatever team eventually adds Thome will get 25-to-30 home run potential, great on-base potential and a tremendous clubhouse presence.

Merkin also predicts the Opening Day lineup and batting order:

Let’s go with the Opening Day lineup since it’s hard to predict who will be around in May with general manager Ken Williams at the helm, let alone at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Cleveland stands as the White Sox opponent, meaning right-handers Jake Westbrook, Fausto Carmona or Justin Masterson will get the start.

So, it would be Juan Pierre in left field, Alex Rios in center field and Quentin in right field. The infield, from third to first, would be Mark Teahen, Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham and Konerko, and I’m guessing the left-handed-hitting Kotsay at DH. Mark Buehrle and A.J. Pierzynski will make up the battery. As for a batting order, let’s try Pierre, Rios, Quentin, Konerko, Teahen, Beckham, Pierzynski, Ramirez and Kotsay. Of course, write that lineup in pencil for now.

BTW, Matt Thornton will be answering next week’s mailbag so submit your questions for next week’s mailbag at the form in the middle of the page.

UPDATE: More Thome from Merkin’s ‘Sox continue support of Thome charity’ article:

A strong possibility presently exists that Jim Thome has taken his last swings as part of the White Sox organization.

That possible departure for the popular and prolific designated hitter doesn’t mean a permanent separation will take place between Thome and the South Side of Chicago. In fact, the White Sox once again will serve as presenting sponsors for Saturday’s Joyce Thome Benefit for Children’s Hospital of Illinois in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom. …

Smells Like Mascot: The Quest for a DH

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 15, 2010 1:13 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://www.smellslikemascot.com/2010/01/quest-for-dh.html

Jake Peavy wants a ring

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 15, 2010 12:52 am
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Cowley:

”Nothing else matters except that ring now,” Peavy said. ”I have done the other stuff. I know you need to put up the numbers. I’m financially blessed thanks to the game of baseball. To win the Cy Young was the coolest thing individually that I have done. But I’m not in the gym every morning now for the Cy Young. I want what the boys did in 2005. I want that dog pile, that memory, that ring. If you’re not dreaming of that same thing, I question where you are as an athlete.”

… ”I couldn’t have imagined a better fit,” Peavy told the Sun-Times in a phone interview. ”I talk to [general manager] Kenny [Williams] and [pitching coach Don Cooper], and I’m completely on the same wavelength as those guys. Nothing matters except being a champion. They got that taste in 2005, and I haven’t even been close. That’s the driving force for me right now. ”I’m with the White Sox, and when you talk to Kenny about 2010, anything short of a championship is a failure.”

… ”I told Kenny and Coop that I will do whatever it takes — good, bad or ugly — to win,” Peavy said. ”I’m not going to sit here and give you numbers or promise how I will perform, but I can promise you that I will do everything I can to prepare.”

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