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May 7, 2010

Paul Konerko trade speculation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2010 7:33 pm
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Danny Knobler:

So far, Konerko is doing well. It’s his team that isn’t. Could that mean Konerko is on his way out of town in a midseason trade? He won’t talk about that, or about his contract, which runs out at the end of this season. As a 10-and-5 player, Konerko could veto any trade.

MLBTR:

This is the last year of Konerko’s five-year, $60MM contract, so a budget-conscious contender would just have to take on two or three months’ worth of Konerko’s $12MM 2010 salary without making a long-term commitment.  Konerko could fit right in on a team like the Rays — they have a hole at DH with the struggling Pat Burrell, their minor league system is deep enough to spare a decent prospect even for a short-term rental player, and in Konerko, they get a veteran right-handed bat who knows AL pichers well and has lots of postseason experience.  Konerko has the right to veto a trade, but he might welcome the chance to join a pennant contender like Tampa Bay.

For links to Tampa’s prospects go here.

Sounds like Kenny will be selling says Scot Gregor

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2010 6:29 pm
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Gregor says Berkman won’t be coming to the Sox (age, health, salary) and:

Most important, earlier this week Kenny sounded much more interested in subtracting than adding. That will change if the Sox finally put something together, but it’s not looking too good at the moment.

“I don’t think anyone is really prepared to make any deals right now,” Kenny said at the Cell on Monday. “And any interest expressed in any players out there who are impact guys has been done so for quite some time. There really isn’t much substance to anything at this stage of the season. Another 30 games, and you’ll start to see talk pick up.

“But if you’re not playing well it doesn’t make any sense to go down those roads, anyway. You’ve got to warrant that.”

BTB looks on Carlos Quentin

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2010 1:05 pm
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Price:

We have a new addition to the top of the hill, and it’s White Sox right fielder and 2008 MVP candidate Carlos Quentin. He’s getting killed by a .160 BABIP right now, but his contact rate is down and he’s swinging and missing more often. Oh, and his UZR/150 for 2010 currently sits at -63.0, which is kind of crazy. He’ll obviously play better than his current -1.1 fWAR, but right now, he’s just been killing the White Sox’s offense lately. And speaking of their offense, I was at the game last night, and they looked awful. When the only guys hitting are Andruw Jones and Alex Rios, things are a problem.

7 K / 0 BB for John Ely (5/06)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2010 12:47 pm
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Tribune:

Juan Pierre’s slow start is becoming even more painful for White Sox fans: John Ely, the 2004 Homewood-Flossmoor who was the player to be named later in the deal that brought Pierre over from the Dodgers, tamed the Milwaukee Brewers in his second major-league start Thursday in Los Angeles.

Boxscore:

LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ely 6.2 4 1 1 0 7 0 4.26
Belisario(H, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 7.88
Kuo(H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.91
Broxton(BS, 2)(W, 2-0) 1.0 4 2 2 0 2 0 1.86
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 0 12 0 4.97

Meanwhile, Juan Pierre is stinkin’ it up to the tune of a 42 OPS+ and a .227 wOBA. That’s right, 42 OPS+.

Danks allows 2 runs over 7 innings but Sox lose.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2010 12:27 am
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(L, 3-1) 7.0 8 2 2 2 7 0 1.98
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Pena, To 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
Totals 9.0 9 2 2 2 9 0 4.64

Sergio Santos set a White Sox record with 12 scoreless outings to start his career.

Pitch F/X: (more…)

The Golden boy may get a break

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2010 12:13 am
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Merkin:

When the White Sox lineup for Friday’s contest with Toronto comes out in the early afternoon, Gordon Beckham’s name just might be absent.His temporary benching, and temporary is the key word in this scenario, certainly would not be punishment doled out by Ozzie Guillen for Beckham’s 0-for-4 showing during Thursday’s 2-0 loss to Toronto or the two errors Beckham committed at second base. It would be more of a mental health break for Beckham.

… Guillen isn’t as concerned about Beckham’s slump, as much as he wants better body language and to not let the offensive woes get the best of him. Beckham wholeheartedly agreed.

… “Gordon is better than what he show,” Guillen said. “There’s a lot of pressure on him and maybe this is the first time ever he’s gone through this. He’s the golden boy. I don’t believe in the sophomore jinx. I want him to be the best player he can be because this kid has a great chance to be a [good] ballplayer.”

Levine:

“I don’t think he should [be demoted],” Guillen said. “I’m behind him 100 percent. I don’t believe in the [sophomore] jinx. This kid is good. I don’t mind when you are 0 for 60. I’ll take the blame, but I want him to be the best player he can be. That’s why when he is down I will pick him up. How am I going to do it? Make him believe how good he is.”

Smells Like Mascot: Big Buf

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2010 12:02 am
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Carl’s latest, not Sox related:

http://www.smellslikemascot.com/2010/05/big-buf.html

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