Since I have already looked at the salary lost to the DL for individual player totals and teams totals from 2002 to 2009, I will now look at the individual teams by year (injury information from Josh Hermsmeyer at RotoBlog.com) . Looking over the lists the only points I noticed was that the Mets and Dodgers did not do a good job of keeping their high priced players off the DL while the Chicago White Sox did an amazing job. Here is the top 20 teams and bottom 10 by total salary lost (link to a spreadsheet with all the teams and years for reference). …
February 28, 2010
Go to the last 15 seconds (for the pants).
Manager Ozzie Guillen said on Sunday that he is torn between letting Hudson pitch out of the bullpen and occasionally have a spot start as opposed to pitching every five days at Triple-A.
I asked Guillen for an assessment of Hudson at this point.
“I love him,” Guillen said. “Right now if he doesn’t make the ballclub, it’s better to get his innings because we never know what is going to happen with the five starters.” …
Decisions will have to be made about what to do with rookie Daniel Hudson, who is competing for the long-relief spot. Manager Ozzie Guillen indicated on Sunday that Hudson might be better served getting his regular work in the Minors, as opposed to being used sporadically by the White Sox.
Freddy Dolsi, Lucas Harrell, Sergio Santos, Carlos Torres and Daniel Cabrera all are in contention for that long-relief job, while Guillen said Randy Williams has the upper hand for the left-handed specialist spot but is no roster lock. That assessment is good news for non-roster invite Erick Threets, the hard-throwing southpaw who has impressed during the first week of camp.
The second left-handed relief spot is Randy Williams’ job to lose, but Erick Threets has been given an extended look and has impressed the coaching staff so far. Look for Threets to challenge Williams.
In regard to the regular-season starting alignment, nothing is official past Mark Buehrle on Opening Day and Jake Peavy on April 7 at home against the Indians. But Floyd and Danks very well could be the next two, in that order, judging by a hint from pitching coach Don Cooper.
“What I’ll say is maybe look at who we’re playing and look at the lineups and think maybe what you guys would do,” Cooper said. “I think we know what we’re going to do. I just don’t think we’ve announced it.”
Minnesota follows Cleveland to Chicago in the opening six-game homestand, bringing with its lefty-laden lineup featuring Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Jason Kubel and Jim Thome. Add together Cooper’s comments and Minnesota’s attack, and it appears as if Floyd will finish the Cleveland series and the White Sox will throw the southpaw tandem of Danks and Buehrle at the Twins, sandwiched around Freddy Garcia.
Cooper added that there are no plans to skip Garcia in the opening month, which is a plan the White Sox always have followed when they have five solid starters. The team also has just three open dates in April. …
Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper says closer Bobby Jenks is in need of more throwing and is a couple of days behind the rest of the pitching staff.
Cooper commented Sunday after Jenks pitched in the batting cages. Cooper says Jenks is on a different schedule because he is behind.
Cooper says Jenks is behind for several reasons: his wife had another child, the weather in Chicago was bad and Jenks had difficulty finding a catcher so he was limited to playing soft toss.
“Kenny asked me at one point in time, ‘What kind of guy is this guy?’ I went into full recruiting mode,” said a smiling Peavy, who clearly is as honest as he is talented. “I said, ‘Listen, if you put this guy in the mix on this team, a left-handed bat in the middle of the lineup, a guy that could spell Paulie [Konerko] at first and is a Gold Glover …
“There’s not much bad about the guy. I said, ‘Kenny, absolutely. You put this guy on your club, and he’s a great person as well.’”
Don’t even think trading Beckham, Kenny:
Any trade involving a player who has at least 30 home runs and 99 RBIs in each of his last three seasons probably will require a fairly significant haul of young talent in return. The Sportsline article quoted a White Sox source in stating that Williams would give anything to get Gonzalez, “maybe even Gordon Beckham.”
That move seems highly unlikely, especially if Gonzalez was nothing more than a one- or two-year presence in Chicago. Beckham’s ultimate upside has been projected along the lines of Texas’ Michael Young, and five years of 200 hits, 40 doubles, 90-100 RBIs and an average near or over .300 would be about equal to Gonzalez’s contributions.
Carlos Quentin looked lethal in live batting practice Saturday, but what has impressed manager Ozzie Guillen is that Quentin, who’s usually tightly wound about his performance, looked like he was having fun.
”I want to see Carlos with a smile on his face,” Guillen said. ”I want Carlos to have fun and enjoy this game a little more. But in the meanwhile, I don’t want to take anything away from him, the way he is when the game starts. His intensity is great, but when you get too intense, you don’t enjoy this game. I think Carlos showed up very well, a happy camper, smiling a bit, and I’m starting to see that.”
February 27, 2010
Mark Buehrle’s contract demands three years ago will pay off for him on July 6.
Barring a major collapse by the White Sox, Buehrle will regain his full no-trade rights by virtue of his 10th anniversary in the majors — all with the Sox — on that date.
“That’s what I was going for during the whole contract time,” said Buehrle, who signed a four-year, $56 million contract two weeks before the July 31 trading deadline in 2007. Buehrle’s deal included full no-trade rights in 2008, but the Sox regained their trade option during an 18-month window that ends midway through this season when Buehrle reaches his anniversary.
“Every player wants to get to that point of being fully vested (in the pension plan),” Buehrle said. “It’s going to be a big day once I get there.” …
A series of small multiyear deals, his durability and his ability have made him one of the most popular White Sox players.
At the same time, he sees a market for catchers that has become very fluid as well as the grooming of Tyler Flowers as the team’s catcher of the future.
On June 14, Pierzynski will control his destiny for the rest of the season when he earns full no-trade rights by virtue of 10 years of major league service, the last five with the same team.
“Everyone knows how I feel about this place,” said Pierzynski, whose T-shirts and jerseys are among the most popular for Sox fans. “I’d love to stay here. But if it’s not right, it’s not right.”
Paulie [Konerko] is unsure about his future too. Kenny says he’s receptive to to a discussion with Konerko’s agent.
The Sox are looking at the hard-throwing righty as a relief pitcher, and Cabrera continued to impress manager Ozzie Guillen during Saturday morning’s batting-practice session at Camelback Ranch.
“He’s got a shot, a legit shot,” Guillen said. “This guy’s been showing us what he can do, and we like it. We’ve got an open spot and that’s the reason we brought him here. He just needs to throw one pitch over the plate, hopefully two.”
“I want Adrian [Gonzalez] to be my teammate over here,” Peavy said.
Peavy said he has already discussed the idea with White Sox general manager Ken Williams. Williams didn’t really need the suggestion, because the talk in White Sox camp is that whenever the Padres decide to move on trading their first baseman, Williams will be one of the first in line to make a deal.
“That’s really what we need, a big left-handed hitter,” one Sox person said. “They’re saying Kenny would give anything to get him, maybe even [Gordon] Beckham.” …
More from Knobler:
[Alex] Rios hit .199 in his 41 games with the White Sox after he was claimed on waivers last August, but he insists that the Sox and Guillen suit his style of play more than the Blue Jays did. “I don’t think this team’s a ‘Moneyball’ team,” Rios said. “This is how you should play baseball.” …
Too much time listening to Hawk Harrelson…
Juan Pierre is winning the award for Sox early riser. He’s been the first player at camp everyday. Usually by 6:30am.
Since Greg Walker never leaves the park, he still has bragging rights.
UPDATE: Speaking of Pierre:
“(It went) to a power game. A lot of people like power (and) getting away from guys that get on base and run. But I think with them cleaning up the game a little bit, (it’s) gonna come back to the leadoff guys (who) can get the offense started.”
… So back he came on November 9, 1971, for Jim Fox, another backup center, and with him was created one of the greatest teams that never won a championship: Bob Love and Chet Walker at forwards; bruisers rotating at center; and a backcourt of Jerry Sloan and Van Lier. Their game was defense, relentless defense. They picked, pushed, pulled, and pounded the other team into dumb mistakes. They were the New York Knicks of their day.
Now, I must admit I’m not unbiased in this account. When Van Lier joined the team I was an awkward adolescent at Evanston Township High School, and Bulls basketball was my escape. Van Lier was my favorite. I wrote about him in my diary. I got a friend, Josh, to drive me to the Stadium on picture day and I waited in line for my chance to be photographed with Van Lier. I still have that photo–me looking over his shoulder as he autographs a Bulls team poster, which I hung on my bedroom wall.
To me nothing in sports was as exhilarating as Van Lier at work. He was courageous and smart, the leader on the floor. He employed a wicked hand check, more like a straight-arm, driving opponents back as they tried to advance. He’d flop wildly at the slightest contact, head and elbows banging on the floor, as though he were being fouled. He dived headfirst after loose balls, burned his skin on the stadium floor, banged his way through picks, elbowed the bigger guys out of the way, and fought like hell to get his share of rebounds.
It was a funky team and a wild time, so very 70s in taste and tone (Van Lier himself wore an Afro and a beard). They were coached by Dick Motta, an insanely competitive, strident, and sarcastic man who favored bright-colored jackets, sometimes canary yellow, and horrid plaid pants. The whole squad was nuts. The mascot, Benny the Bull, once got tossed from a game in Milwaukee for giving the finger to the ref. The ref deserved it; he missed the call.
Van Lier and Motta were always at each other’s throats–though it was nothing personal, they declared. “I got nothing against Dick–he’s a great coach,” says Van Lier. “He yelled at me because he knew I could take it. And sometimes I yelled back. A lot of it was about my demand that Motta respect me and my other teammates–respect us as men.” …
That’s a terrific article. Go read the entire thing. RIP Norm.
”I’m shocked,” Dye told the Sun-Times. ”I really am in disbelief, but what can I do?”
… ”I still feel like I’m a productive player and feel like I can contribute, but teams want me as a backup player, and that’s something I’m not ready to do,” Dye said. ”I feel undervalued, basically. I don’t think I have to go out there and prove anything to anyone. My numbers the last five or six years show I can help someone.”
… ”There’s nothing close,” Dye said. ”Still a few teams calling, couple teams made offers, but nothing really worth it. Anaheim made an offer, but they could only offer me 200-250 at-bats. Toronto made an offer; they wanted me to play right field every day, but the money was ridiculous.”
… ”I want to play every day,” Dye said. ”Cleveland was interested but never made an offer. Tampa was supposed to call, and we’re still trying to work that out. There have been offers, but like I said, nothing worth it.”
February 25, 2010
And a bonus strip by Southtown’s editor: Number 11.