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February 18, 2010

Another prospect compilation spreadsheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2010 1:38 pm
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This one is from fantasyrundown.com:

http://fantasyrundown.com/2010_MLB_Prospects.html

The first one is from baseballdailydigest.com/tag/compilation/:

http://www.baseballdailydigest.com/2010/02/10/top-prospects-compilation…/

BTW, I got a glove-slap from Tango for the second link! The first I saw it on THT.

Ken Harrelson talks to Johnny Damon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2010 12:41 pm
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Garfein:

What has become public is Damon’s round of golf with Pierzynski on Monday at a charity golf tournament in Florida. Hawk Harrelson was also there. Because of wrist problems, Hawk didn’t play, but rode along for nine holes. Speaking with the Sox broadcaster by phone on Thursday, Harrelson said he made his own sales pitch to Damon.

“I told Johnny that we’re going to win the division whether he’s with Detroit or not. And when I left after nine holes, I looked at him and said, ‘I’ll see you at Camelback Ranch’(the White Sox spring training facility). He smiled back and said, ‘I hear what you’re saying.’” …

… Damon is two months older than Dye, but as Harrelson put it, “It’s a good thing Johnny can play baseball, because he can’t play golf.”

Garfein also says that Atlanta’s 1-year offer to Damon is similar to the one by the Sox and Chipper Jones is the Atlanta’s recruiter.

Kenny Williams to speak about Johnny Damon on Sunday

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2010 11:02 am
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Gregor:

In his first public comment on rumors linking free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon to the White Sox, general manager Kenny Williams on Thursday morning told the Daily Herald: “I will talk about this on Sunday.” …

Gregor thinks the timing means Damon might sign with Detroit. Gregor says Kenny has a history of ignoring media requests before completing a deal, but Sunday is the day pitchers and catchers report and Kenny may know that Damon is close to a deal with Detroit.

Yesterday, Cowley wrote that the Sox haven’t imposed a timetable:

… There is no timetable on when a final decision is coming, but the Sox are expecting Damon to make the announcement soon, especially with pitchers and catchers reporting on Sunday.

THT ranks Sox farm system 29th out of 30

Hagen:

29. Chicago White Sox

With the question marks surrounding Flowers’ ability to stay at catcher, the lack of top-of-the-rotation arms beyond Hudson, and dearth of overall depth, White Sox fans don’t have much to look forward to.

1. Tyler Flowers C/1B / 2. Dan Hudson SP / 3. Brent Morel 3B / 4. John Ely SP / 5. Jared Mitchell OF / 6. Jordan Danks OF / 7. Dayan Viciedo 3B / 8. David Holmberg SP / 9. Josh Phegley C / 10. John Shelby OF

John Ely was traded to the Dodgers. No. 4 seems a bit high…

Jim Thome just wanted to play

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2010 12:32 am
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Borzi:

”I loved my time in Chicago,” Thome said. ”My home was there. My kids are in school there. They never offered me contract. I’m a Twin now.

”Cleveland was my [first baseball] home. If their organization had pursued me, great. It didn’t happen. No hard feelings.”

”Money to me was not an issue,” Thome said. ”I wanted to play. The bottom line is, at a certain point, you’re not going to make the money you’ve made.” …

Damn you Ozzie…

Nothing new going on Johnny Damon talks?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2010 12:06 am
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Levine @ ESPN:

Despite several media reports, the status of the Chicago White Sox’s negotiations with free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon has not changed over the last two weeks, a league source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com. …

Cowley:

… There is no timetable on when a final decision is coming, but the Sox are expecting Damon to make the announcement soon, especially with pitchers and catchers reporting on Sunday.

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