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December 15, 2010

White Sox sign RHRP Jesse Crain to 3-year, $13 million deal [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 15, 2010 8:04 pm
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Gammons @ MLB tweets:

White Sox have three year deal with Jesse Crain.

First mentioned in a tweet by Cowley:

Market on Q is not to KW’s liking …. but what’s that I smell in the kitchen? Smells like Crain cooking.

Crain is a Type-B free agent. He was offered arbitration.

UPDATE: A mini scouting report from Brett Ballantini:

Crain fits well in a Chicago bullpen filled with power arms, and features a wicked slider that has made a fool of many a White Sox hitter in the past. However, Crain has a tendency to give up flyballs, which could have a much more dangerous effect in homer-happy U.S. Cellular Field than at the Metrodome or Target Field in Minnesota.

UPDATE #2: Levine @ ESPN:

The deal is expected to be worth $13 million over three years, another major league source said.

White Sox make 2-year offer to RHRP Kerry Wood? [UPDATE #3]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 15, 2010 8:02 pm
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Kaplan & Mitchell @ CT:

We hear from very good baseball sources that the White Sox have made a two-year offer to free agent pitcher Kerry Wood.

Wood played 10 years with the Cubs and pitched last season for the Yankees, who reportedly are interested in bringing him back.

Wood has said he does not want to play on the South Side, so this could be interesting.

Wood is a Type-B free agent but he was not offered arbitration.

I wonder if/how the Jesse Crain signing changes the Sox offer.

UPDATE: Now the 3rd paragraph reads:

Wood has said he does not want to play on the South Side, so it’s probably moot for him because the offer likely will evaporate if the club signs the Twins’ Jesse Crain as expected.

UPDATE #2: Now Cowley tweets:

Don’t look now, but Cowley might have been wrong for ripping on the Tribsters – K. Wood indeed might also be on his way said a source.

UPDATE #3: Maybe not says Cowley’s latest tweet:

Talks with Kid K are back and forth – source said sounded good for a bit, but not so good now. KW is using Jedi mind tricks as we speak.

UPDATE #4: Seems like Wood is going to the other team in Chicago.

Addison Reed scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 15, 2010 8:00 pm
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FutureSox:

He usually sits in the low 90s as a starter, but his slider is his best pitch. Reed’s slider is considered a plus pitch while his changeup is an average offering. …

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