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October 3, 2010

Jake Peavy is 2 months ahead of his rehabilitation schedule

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2010 9:30 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Pitcher Jake Peavy is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation and said he will attempt to play catch around Nov. 1 — two months ahead of schedule.

“We’ll just play easy catch for a month and then in December just start stretching out and see if I can put something on the ball,” Peavy said. “And then we’ll see if we can get on the mound in January.

“That’s the hopeful and wishful thinking, and we’ll see if we can make that happen.”

White Sox get the 23rd pick in the 2011 draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2010 8:10 pm
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per MLBTR. I think 2011 is a supposed to be a deep draft.

UPDATE: BA agrees it’s #23.

John Sickels on Chris Sale and Brent Morel

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2010 7:12 pm
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From his latest AQA thread:

Q: Buying on Sale? What do you make of Chris Sale? Does he have the ability to develop into a #2 type starter, or is his funky delivery best utilized in the bullpen?

A: I’ll buy on Sale. I want to see the walks come down, but overall you have to be very impressed with how well he’s done. I prefer him in Triple-A next year working as a starter.

and

Q: What are the odds Brent Morel is a serviceable starting 3B next year?

A: If they let him play he can be Joe Randa. Will probably need some adjustment time at first.

BTW, Sickels’ prediction for Justin Smoak‘s career slash line: .279/.379/.490 [.869 OPS]. I’d predict a higher slugging percentage.

Don Cooper will give Edwin Jackson the “John Danks” treatment

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2010 4:05 pm
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Ballantini:

Cooper will apply “Danks treatment” 2 EJ [Edwin Jackson] in spring. Recall Danks would run up 2 triple-fig pitch counts in 5th when he came 2 White Sox, too

So, will Cooper teach Jackson to throw a cutter?

Kenny Williams appoints Dayan Viciedo heir to Paul Konerko

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2010 3:52 pm
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Ballentini:

KW [Kenny Williams] named Dayan [Viciedo] as heir apparent if PK [Paul Konerko] doesn’t come back, and was very pleased the infield is a “defensive unit with offensive capability”

Kenny Williams details the White Sox need for next year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2010 3:23 pm
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Reifert:

“We’re going to try to get the best hitters on the market, from an offensive perspective. Like I said, we’ve got to get a left-handed hitter in here that can do some damage. Do you need power in the middle of the order in the American League? I have always believed that. One thing that you have to keep in perspective is, we have a team or are evolving into a team that has power throughout the lineup and it will be spread out because Morel, as you’ve seen, is going to grow into a little power. Alexei has his share. Beckham has his share. Flowers is going to be a guy. Viciedo, Rios, you’re got it throughout the whole lineup. I think we just need somebody to balance us out in the middle of it. It isn’t easy to get.”

Garfien:

Will Sox lower attendance affect what they can do in off-season? KW: “How much I don’t know. Will it? Yes.”

Reifert Kenny’s comments in a lot more subjects.

Kenny Williams disappointed with Bobby Jenks?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2010 2:40 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

General manager Ken Williams’ comments on Sunday, though, made Jenks’ return seem less likely and put the right-hander on the list of possible non-tender candidates.

“That’s something we have to evaluate strongly because I’ve been disappointed on a number of levels,” Williams said. “And there are certain things that I’m not going to talk about right now.”

… “What I will say is Bobby Jenks has been good for a long time here,” Williams said. “He is one of the reasons we got that banner up here and an ’08 division as well. As we sit here, two years after winning the division, I’m not going to criticize one of the guys that helped us get there.

“We’ll just make the moves necessary for the continuity of the team and the success of the team.”

Kenny Williams to get payroll number in late October?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2010 2:30 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Williams will get a 2011 budget number in late October and then another projection in November, followed by one as the team goes to the Winter Meetings and then again at the first of the year.

Ultimately, the White Sox might make the best offer to Konerko and Pierzynski within their budgetary parameters, and the players could decide to go elsewhere. Williams already had gone on record to MLB.com concerning his desire to have Konerko retire as a member of the White Sox, and he reiterated that idea on Sunday.

“Let me be clear on something: I think Jerry Reinsdorf and myself and Ozzie Guillen, we’d like to have him back. Let’s be completely clear on that,” Williams said. “Now, whether we can do that or that happens or not with all the variables, I have no clue right now. We are clear with our desires as we sit here today.”

… “Well, as I just told him today, I said, under my tenure at least, he is the classiest player that has put on a uniform,” White Sox general manager Ken Williams said of Konerko, who he spoke to for five minutes in the clubhouse on Sunday. “And I’m not just talking on the field and in this clubhouse. I’m talking outside of the game as well. You’ll never hear me say a disparaging word against Paul Konerko.

“We don’t know how it’s going to play out. There are variables at play we have to go through, to see where we are, project our revenues and how the team fits as a whole. He has some things he has to work through in his mind as well.

“If at the end of the day, even if we are the ones who choose him and he doesn’t choose us, you will never hear out of anyone in the White Sox halls a disrespectful word about Paul Konerko. He is that good of a player, but also that classy of a man.”

Maybe by the Winter Meetings?

“This is tough because most agents want to take their players to the Winter Meetings (Oct. December 6-9 at Orlando) and through the Winter Meetings,” Williams said. “You have a lot of playing to do. There is that tier underneath the top level guys who don’t necessarily have to go to the Winter Meetings. They will get an offer or a deal and they will sign. If you are waiting for that Grade A type guy to be available at the Meetings, you might miss out on other guys who can help you and end up with nothing.

“So, it’s a game of roulette to a certain extent. We’ve experienced it first-hand and it didn’t work out too well the last time we went down that road where we didn’t up with the top guy and a couple of other guys on our list, we lost out on. So, you’ve got to really play those cards well.

“The great thing about it is we have a tremendous relationship with Paul, and I know he’s going to be honest with us and not want to put us in that kind of situation.”

Ozzie Guillen wants to build a team that can beat Minnesota

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2010 2:28 am
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Merkin:

“If we’re going to compete, we have to build a team to beat Minnesota. I said that in Spring Training, and people thought I was crazy,” Guillen said.

It will be essential to realize both the White Sox and Minnesota play in the American League, a league that uses a Designated Hitter that bats instead of the pitcher. So don’t give greater weight to the 9 games at NL parks instead of the 153 at AL parks.

“There’s one thing about baseball, or myself — maybe the way I am, what I do, the way I talk — when I say something, people don’t really believe it.”

Can it be your actions? Like rejecting your best hitter and letting your division rival grab him? Or that freakin Juan Pierre is one of the top five or two favorite White Sox players. Better than Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, John Danks, Mark Buehrle or Jermaine Dye?

UPDATE: I adjusted the ‘favorite players’ comment. I thought it was top two, but it was top five or two.

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