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July 19, 2010

3 new videos from ‘The Club’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 19, 2010 11:13 pm
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7/18/10: The Club focuses on General Manager Kenny Williams and his family

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10049363 (1:42)

7/18/10: The Club takes an in depth look at an important series for the White Sox in May against the Yankees

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10049365 (3:46)

7/18/10: The Club takes an in depth look at the 2010 Chicago White Sox

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10049361 (2:59)

Washington wants Quentin or Beckham for Dunn. Kenny Williams doesn’t budge. [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 19, 2010 10:55 pm
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Cowley:

According to a major-league source, Williams spent the last few days trying desperately to pry Adam Dunn from the grasps of the Washington Nationals, offering up “anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package.”

And no one is untouchable, including pitcher Daniel Hudson or infielder Dayan Viciedo.

“The problem Kenny is finding out is that [Nats GM Mike] Rizzo is acting like Dunn is Ryan Howard,” the source said.

That means that Rizzo is still fixated on getting Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, two players on the current big-league roster that Williams has refused to move.

UPDATE: Hudson was scouted by several teams tonight:

Hudson, 23, is coveted by several major league teams who may be willing to part with either a left-handed power hitter or a pitcher the Sox seek. Scouts from at least six major league teams watched Hudson’s fastball clocked at 95 mph, and he threw 63 of 99 pitches for strikes – a considerable improvement over his July 11 start when he lasted only four-plus innings against Kansas City.

BTW, here’s video of Kenny (3:05).

UPDATE #2: One of the scouting team was the Brewers.

Adam Dunn for Dayan Viciedo and a couple prospects?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 19, 2010 10:28 pm
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Did the price come down? Here’s Scot Gregor:

Adam Dunn for Carlos Quentin? Dunn for Gordon Beckham? No chance and never.

On Sunday, a source told me the Nationals might be willing to settle for rookie third baseman Dayan Viciedo and a couple of prospects for Dunn, the Washington Nationals’ power-hitting first baseman.

Kenny Williams doesn’t see anything in the trade horizon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 19, 2010 9:13 pm
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Kenny’s back down to 50 cents:

“If I’m being honest and completely transparent right now of the price that is being asked for some of the players that we’ve inquired about, for us, it’s more detrimental to our present and our future than we’d like,” said Williams, speaking in the White Sox dugout prior to Monday’s contest at Safeco Field. “We’ll see how that develops. But right now, I don’t see anything materializing.”

… “Real quickly, what it is is a limited market for us. What we view as potential help is, really, there’s only a small group of players,” Williams said. “And even with that, we all still have to have the conversation amongst ourselves and we kind of do it on a daily basis this time of year, amongst ourselves what we’re looking at the right fit.

“The right fit, both skill set-wise, fit in the lineup or fit, whether it be a bullpen piece, a starter piece. Is it the right fit? Are you going to gain exponentially by making that move in lieu of staying with what you have? And I’m very mindful of how this team has banded together and overcome a mountain of hurdles to get to where they want to get right now.

“So, I think you have to be very cognizant of doing something that isn’t, like I said, exponentially better and making sure it’s not disruptive at the same time,” Williams said.

… “If you’re going to, again, make such a move, you’d better make sure that player is going to come here, and when the guy walks through the door, have the feeling that, ‘OK, this is going to add to in a major way or tweak in a minor way,’ such as we did in 2005 with Geoff Blum to where it is a need that is filled,” Williams said. “Otherwise, you’re better off standing pat.

“Obviously, we put the roster together thinking it can compete, it could be a winning roster, and I like the fight in them. But how they fought through some of the adversity lately has just been, and you take [Sunday's] game that was another one we should have won in Minnesota as well, you take those and then you go back through all the losses we’ve had in the past six weeks or so, and they have fought to the very end.

“As a general manager, you can only hope and pray that your coaching staff can get the guys to play at that level of intensity and the players themselves have to have it internally to keep that drive going,” Williams said. “As I sit here, I’m very cognizant of all those things and we will go through our drills and have our conversations. But it’s a very small group of players that may be potentially available and can help.”

White Sox sign RHP Spencer Shelton (Piedmont College senior)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 19, 2010 9:07 pm
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Eddy @ BA:

Chicago White Sox

Signed: RHP Raymond Copenhaver (NDFA—The Citadel), RHP Terance Marin (NDFA—Modesto (Calif.) JC), RHP Spencer Shelton (NDFA—Piedmont (Ga.)), LHP Randy Williams*, OF Jeremy Reed

Shelton’s roster entry

Stats:

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2010 5.20 3-7 14-12 2 0/0 0 81.1 76 60 47 45 72 14 1 8 306 .248 14 16 0 3 6
2009 3.58 5-4 13-12 3 1/0 0 78.0 78 43 31 30 73 10 1 3 291 .268 11 12 0 2 11
2008 3.11 6-3 17-15 1 1/0 0 92.2 90 47 32 42 88 11 1 0 349 .258 5 11 0 2 7
2007 5.83 4-2 11-7 0 0/1 0 46.1 52 35 30 26 37 3 1 1 178 .292 12 6 1 4 5

Terrance Marin has been covered here. Raymond Copenhaver here.

Kevin Goldstein on what might we see when roster expand

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 19, 2010 1:16 pm
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Goldstein:

With righty Dan Hudson and third baseman Dayan Viciedo both in the big leagues, the White Sox have already made their move, but there’s a possible surprise in the works with a player who joined the organization less than a month ago. First-round pick Chris Sale was one of, if not the best college pitchers in the draft, and the White Sox have been aggressive with his development, beginning his career in the bullpen and already moving him up to Triple-A Charlotte. He’s whiffed four of the six batters he’s faced so far in the International League, and could shore up the bullpen by September, if not earlier.

Brian Anderson update

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 19, 2010 1:13 pm
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KC Star:

Anderson has been building his arm strength with the Surprise Royals of the rookie-class Arizona Summer League. Sharp said Anderson, who hasn’t allowed a run in four innings, is throwing his fastball in the low 90s and also features a slider and changeup.

“Once we get through the (soreness) — which we hope will be this week — we’ll start moving him up to different affiliates and see how he progresses,” said Sharp, who expects Anderson to pitch in another game for Surprise either today or Tuesday.

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