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January 20, 2011

White Sox first draft pick: #47 (in the supplemental first round)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2011 4:25 pm
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The Sox don’t have a pick in the 1st round due to the Adam Dunn signing. Their 1st pick comes at #47 in the supplemental round due to the loss of J.J. Putz. They don’t have any other pick before the 2nd round. The Rays have 10 picks in the 1st and supplemental rounds (#24, #31, #32, #38, #41, #42, #52, #56, #59, #60)!

Ozzie Guillen leaning towards Chris Sale as closer

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2011 1:27 pm
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Gregor @ DH:

Ozzie also talked about the closer’s role, and he is leaning toward Chris Sale but also keeping a close eye on Jake Peavy’s health.

The White Sox’ manager also said Dayan Viciedo might get a shot in either left or right field.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

Although Guillen couldn’t provide any clarity on Sale’s immediate future, he did admit that breaking camp with a “closer by committee” is not a routine he wants to follow.

“That’s a good thing for the pitcher, knowing what [his] position is going to be,” Guillen said. “I think that’s one thing we’re looking for and I hope we do.

“You look around and Matt Thornton is the guy with experience. The guy was there before. You look at Sale and we don’t know. We got to wait to see if Peavy is ready and see if we use Sale or somebody else. I got to wait for that. But pitching, Cooper knows about that and [general manager] Kenny [Williams] has an idea and I feel comfortable either way.

“Having Sale in the bullpen is a plus,” Guillen said. “That depends on Peavy and who’s going to cover early in the season.”

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