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July 27, 2010

Washington has not offered Adam Dunn any contract extension

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 27, 2010 5:39 pm
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Rosenthal:

The Nats have not offered Dunn a contract extension in any form, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

“They’ve never made one proposal,” the source said.

Nationals officials repeatedly have stated that they want to re-sign Dunn, who is a free agent at the end of the season.

Some in the industry believe the team will make a last-minute offer to Dunn before the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. Saturday — and then trade Dunn if he does not accept.

Seems they aren’t very eager to keep him around. I guess that decreases their negotiation leverage?

But

With no indication of progress toward an agreement, the market for Dunn almost certainly will heat up in the coming days.

If the number of teams interested increases, the price will go up?

Washington wants Dan Hudson and a top prospect for Adam Dunn

Levine:

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn could be dealt to the White Sox if Chicago is willing to sweeten the pot and add a second substantial minor league player in return.

Any deal for Dunn would have to include Daniel Hudson, the White Sox’s top pitching prospect. The Nationals also want one of three White Sox prospects: catcher Tyler Flowers, outfielder Jordan Danks or injured infielder Brent Morel, according to a major league source.

The White Sox turned down a Washington request for a Dunn-for-Gordon Beckham deal straight up, according to the source. …

White Sox remain focused at Adam Dunn but… [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 27, 2010 12:43 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

White Sox remain focused on [Adam] Dunn, but laying groundwork for S[tarting]P[itcher]. [Dan] Hudson pitches Friday. If he flops again, team could shift course.

UPDATE: More Rosenthal:

The Nationals may trade first baseman Adam Dunn if they can’t sign him to an extension before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. At this point, it doesn’t appear that the sides have made significant progress. So, we can expect the Dunn market to heat up in the coming days. The White Sox have been the most serious suitor, but sources say the Tigers, Rangers and Yankees maintain some level of interest, as well.

Knobler:

While there’s no way for them to know for sure, rival teams believe that Rizzo plans to move Dunn, who is in the last year of his contract. Because of that, they believe that Rizzo’s asking price will eventually drop, and that a deal will get done.

The Rays and White Sox have shown interest in Dunn, but a scout from another American League team said he thinks it would be a mistake for an AL team to trade for him. Dunn has said many times that he has no interest in being a designated hitter, and the scout believes that Dunn wouldn’t be happy with an AL team.

July 26, 2010

WhiteSox.com reminds us team doesn’t have any pitching prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 9:57 pm
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Merkin:

Monday’s latest entry came from ESPN.com, with a brief mention of rumblings involving a three-way deal involving the Nationals, White Sox and D-backs, with Edwin Jackson going to the Nationals, pitching prospects going to the D-backs and the White Sox getting their coveted left-handed run producer in Adam Dunn.

One problem in this particular equation is that the White Sox don’t have any true pitching prospects to deal aside from Daniel Hudson. If the White Sox decide to trade Hudson, the move also leaves them thin in the starting rotation without a corresponding move.

And this team’s ultimate success is predicated on its front five and overall pitching depth. Williams seemed to indicate, without mentioning names specifically, how starting second baseman Gordon Beckham and/or starting right fielder Carlos Quentin won’t be going anywhere.

Of course, time exists for Williams to change his mind. …

Diamondbacks and Nationals scouts at Monday’s White Sox game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 9:39 pm
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Dyck:

Scouts from the Diamondbacks and Nationals watched Monday’s White Sox game against the Mariners, which would seem to add credence to the rumors of a three-way deal sending Diamondbacks pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Nationals and Adam Dunn to the Sox.

Chris Sale: 3 K / 2 BB / 1 HR

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 8:45 pm
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7/26:

Charlotte
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marquez, J 5.1 10 6 6 2 3 0 4.08
Dolsi 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.23
Sale 1.0 2 1 1 2 3 1 3.86
Nunez, J 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5.48

Pitches-strikes: Sale 35-16
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 0-0

from the pbp:

Indianapolis Bottom of the 7th
  • Pitcher Change: Chris Sale replaces Freddy Dolsi.
  • Kevin Melillo called out on strikes.
  • Akinori Iwamura strikes out swinging.
  • Alex Presley homers (4) on a line drive to right field.
  • Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to right fielder Stefan Gartrell.
  • Jim Negrych walks. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
  • Jonathan Van Every walks. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Jim Negrych to 2nd.
  • Luke Carlin called out on strikes.

Kenny Williams: I should have addressed left-handed hitting

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 6:17 pm
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Gregor:

The White Sox haven’t done much damage from the left side all season, and Kenny knows it.

“In hindsight, it’s something I should have probably addressed,” KW said. “I didn’t, so that’s why you’re sitting here now and everyone’s talking about it. However, we’ve accomplished some things without that piece. It’s got to be the right guy for the right price. If it’s not the right guy for the right price, I don’t think you drop down to another level just to do something.”

More KW:

One tidbit from KW: “There’s been a lot that’s been talked about about some guys that may be moved and I have no intention of moving them.”

Translation: Lay off Gordon Beckham, Gavin Floyd, John Danks.

Adam Dunn to CWS, Edwin Jackson to WAS, prospects to ARI? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 12:57 pm
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Stark @ ESPN:

The Nationals continue to talk to Adam Dunn’s agents about an extension, and have essentially made it clear that if they can get him to agree to an extension in the next few days, he’ll stay. And if not, he’ll go. Rumblings continue to surface about a possible three-team deal involving the Nationals, White Sox and Diamondbacks that would send Edwin Jackson to Washington, Dunn to Chicago and a bunch of young pitchers to Arizona.

UPDATE: Rosenthal:

Source: Diamondbacks will not hesitate to trade EJax if they get what they want. No 3-way talks with Nationals and White Sox – yet.

Olney:

Heard this: The Nats have made progress in their effort to trade prospects for Edwin Jackson.

A.J. Pierzynski on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 12:55 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 88.095
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.333
Jorge Posada New York A A 79.524
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.571
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.190
Bengie Molina Texas A 74.762
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.476

July 15 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 87.619
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.857
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.143
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.143
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.667
Bengie Molina Texas A 73.333
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.000

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez slipped to a Type-B but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

No Winter Ball for you!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 2:59 am
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Sun-Times:

Rookie pitcher Sergio Santos would like to play about five or six weeks in winter ball this offseason and close out games to get the experience.

The Sox, however, have been very cautious with the infielder- turned-reliever, and while the leash is off for the rest of the season, they’d prefer he rest his arm this winter after only one full season of pitching. …

Vote for Qualon!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 2:49 am
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Hayes @ TC:

Millender is entered in the “Minors Moniker Madness” competition on minorleaguebaseball.com. The fourth annual contest is used to select the minor leaguer with the best name.

Fans have until Monday to vote for Millender in the first round of the bracket-style competition. He is pitted against Atlanta Braves farmhand Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg. …

Cast your votes here. You can also see the complete tournament bracket there. Qualon is the rd pair of the top left bracket.

UPDATE: Qualon didn’t make it to the next round. Damn…

Ryan Buch throws a 1-hitter (5 K / 0 BB)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 2:18 am
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7/25:

Kannapolis
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buch, R (W, 3-0) 7.0 1 0 0 0 5 0 2.04
Ballinger, J (H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.30
Santos, O (S, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.08

Smith @ MiLB.com:

… Building endurance has been key for the 2009 eighth-round pick, who began the season in the Intimidators’ bullpen. The White Sox sent him to extended spring training to become a starter, a role he filled at Monmouth University.

“Basically, they liked my pitches, so they sent me back to extended to get up to five innings,” he said.

The transition continued last month at Rookie-level Bristol, where he went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts. Since returning to Kannapolis earlier this month, Buch is 2-0 with a 0.53 ERA in three starts.

“This was my longest outing,” he said. “I was around 12-13 pitches [an inning], maybe 15 sometimes. I got stronger as the game got going, but they’re taking it easy with me because I haven’t started in a couple of years.”

e-gus thinks on ways to increase the White Sox attendance figures

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 2:07 am

e-gus:

The only thing a Cub fan really has when arguing with us White Sox fans is attendance figures. This is certainly revealing about their popularity contest mentality, but the fact is the Cubs have drawn more fans every season since 1993 after the shine of new Comiskey Park took two season to wear off. Before 1991, you have to go back to 1984 when the Sox were coming off a division title and the WGN super-station was in its infancy. …

The ‘bringing the minor-league teams closer’ idea is a freakin’ winner! Indianapolis was a White Sox affiliate for the periods 1957-1959 and 1962-1967.

July 25, 2010

Kenny Williams 10 best and 5 worst trades ranked by WAR

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 25, 2010 7:17 pm
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Ballantini:

1. White Sox trade Brandon McCarthy to the Texas Rangers for John Danks and Nick Masset

Dec. 23, 2006; +13.9 WAR

McCarthy’s fleeting discipline already had disappointed the White Sox, but to have turned him into Danks (15.6 WAR and rising). Masset and McCarthy is a wash, so in essence Danks’s 41 wins, four seasons, and sub-4.00 ERA arrived in Chicago for free.

More at the link.

6 K / 0 BB for RHP Thomas Royse

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 25, 2010 1:44 am
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7/24:

Great Falls
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Royse 6.0 2 1 1 0 6 0 3.73
Curry 1.0 3 2 2 1 2 0 7.91
Gehle 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.74
Wilson, J (W, 5-0) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.80

2010 supplemental 3rd round draft pick Thomas Royse has a 26 K / 5 BB ratio in 31.1 innings.

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