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January 10, 2011

Juan Pierre, Baserunner

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 10, 2011 12:31 pm
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Justin Bopp takes a look at BTB and Juan clocks in at no. 2 for 2010.

January 8, 2011

Don Cooper is optimistic Jake Peavy will be ready by Opening Day

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2011 11:00 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

… Cooper is optimistic that Jake Peavy will be able to return by Opening Day, although some conservative estimates have his 2011 debut pushed back as far as mid-May. And what if Peavy isn’t ready when the season starts?

“We will be able to get somebody that will do what we need them to do until Peavy is ready,” Cooper said. “I remember the days when we had to find a No. 3, 4 and 5 starter. We will be able to get somebody.”

Since Cooper doesn’t make final player personnel decisions, he is looking at in-house candidates to bridge the gap until Peavy’s return. He named Charlie Leesman, Lucas Harrell and Tony Pena as starting candidates. …

Cooper doesn’t like the idea of shifting Chris Sale from the rotation to the bullpen during the season.

White Sox agree to 2 year, $4 million deal with LHRP Will Ohman [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2011 8:22 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox and left-handed reliever Will Ohman have agreed to a two-year, $4 million deal, pending a physical, as confirmed to MLB.com on Saturday by a source close to the situation. The team has yet to comment.

Ohman, 33, fills the need of a left-hander sought out by the White Sox to complete their bullpen changeover, possibly being used in a situational role or in the middle innings. That 2011 changeover includes the addition of fellow free agent Jesse Crain and the departure of Bobby Jenks, Scott Linebrink and J.J. Putz.

This addition of Ohman sets up White Sox relievers extremely well against a team with significant left-handed punch, such as the defending American League Central champion Twins, featuring Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel, with Ohman joining fellow southpaws Matt Thornton and Chris Sale.

UPDATE: Scot Gregor @ DH:

The White Sox’ bullpen shapes up like this: Chris Sale is your closer, Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain are the primary setup guys, Sergio Santos is behind them, Tony Pena is the long man and Ohman the left-handed specialist.

UPDATE #2: Ohman will earn $1.5 million in 2011 and $2.5 million in 2012 (from the press release).

January 7, 2011

White Sox are the favorites to sign Will Ohman

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 7, 2011 6:29 pm
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Connoly @ BS tweets:

Orioles are not 1 of the 3 finalists for signing LHP Will Ohman. Source says the White Sox are the favorites. Decision close, not done

Someone here mentioned Will Ohman the other day.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox are one of the three finalists for left-handed reliever Will Ohman, as confirmed to MLB.com Friday by a source close to the situation. The team has yet to comment. …

UPDATE #2: Dyck @ CT:

Ohman, 33, pitched for the Cubs for seven seasons and is expected to sign for about $1.5 million. His value is against left-handers, who hit just .229 against him compared to .288 for right-handers.

White Sox won’t pursue Rafael Soriano unless his price drops a lot

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 7, 2011 2:21 pm
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Morosi @ FS tweets:

Price on Rafael Soriano would need to drop way, way down for White Sox to get him, source says.

MLBTR notes the Yankees, Rangers and Cardinals are also out.

January 6, 2011

John Sickels’ White Sox Top 20 Prospects for 2011

Sickels:

1) Chris Sale, LHP, Grade A: I don’t see how I can give him anything but a Grade A considering how his debut went. Starter or closer, either way he looks great to me.

2) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B: Should be a solid regular, very good glove, bat will be enough, Joe Randa comps are common and accurate, in my view.

… 9) Andre Rienzo, RHP, Grade C+: This guy is a huge sleeper. You won’t see him on many other lists, but he has good stuff and good numbers. From Brazil.

The rest at the link.

January 3, 2011

Doug Padilla: Rafael Soriano would get more than $7.25 million [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 3, 2011 1:17 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

The White Sox already are on the hook for at least $120 million in roster commitments, and could be close to matching the highest payroll ever for a season ($121 million in 2008). Adding Soriano would definitely take them into new financial world. The 31-year-old Rafael Soriano made $7.25 million last season and will get a healthy raise on that for 2011.

Furthermore, as Buford mentioned, Soriano is over 30 and a Boras guy.

Kenny, if you need pitching look elsewhere.

UPDATE: Is Phil Rogers suggesting the Sox trade John Danks to clear payroll to sign Rafael Soriano? Oh God!

January 2, 2011

Extremely Early CAIRO 2011 MLB Projected Standings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 2, 2011 12:54 pm
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Here’s the extremely early, unset rosters, AL Central projection:

TEAM W L RS RA Div WC PL W+/- RS+/- RA+/-
Twins 85.7 76.3 752 715 33.3% 6.2% 39.5% -8.3 -29 44
White Sox 84.5 77.5 735 711 28.4% 6.2% 34.5% -3.5 -17 7
Tigers 84.0 78.0 727 712 27.5% 4.6% 32.0% 3.0 -24 -31
Indians 73.9 88.1 728 802 8.2% 2.7% 10.8% 4.9 82 50
Royals 66.9 95.1 678 815 2.8% 1.1% 3.9% -0.1 2 -30

One more addition? How about Justin Duchscherer? Or a reliever? Is Will Ohman a good option? Alfredo Aceves? More FA names with 2011 salary projections here.

How about taking a flyer on Lastings Milledge?

January 1, 2011

Will Kenny find another quarter to snag Rafael Soriano?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 1, 2011 9:01 pm
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Heyman @ SI tweets:

there seems to be interest in a rafael soriano/Ozzie Guillen pairing. but word thus far is, chisox have little if any $ left

and

chisox pen not bad w/ sale, thornton, santos, crain, pena. but soriano would be fine jenks replacement — if they find $

Will Santa Jerry visit the South Side again?

BTW, Soriano is a Type-A free-agent who was offered arbitration. So, if the Sox sign him they’ll send their 2nd round pick to Tampa Bay (they gave the 1st round pick, #23, to Washington when they signed Adam Dunn).

Will Chris Sale be the White Sox closer this year?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 1, 2011 8:52 pm
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Merkin’s mailbag:

Who will serve as the White Sox closer?

If this answer had to be given today, it probably would be Sale. There’s no question Matt Thornton not only capably can handle the closer’s job, but also would emerge as one of the AL’s elite last lines of pitching defense. But unless the White Sox add another left-hander, Thornton has made himself All-Star valuable as a pitcher who can work the seventh or eighth or both, on more than a few occasions. Giving the early nod to Sale doesn’t mean Thornton won’t have save opportunities and the same can be said for Crain and Santos from the right side. There will be a go-to guy coming out of Spring Training, but it could be a fluid position.

Matt Thornton: Oney Guillen’s personal White Sox tweets must be snuffed out fast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 1, 2011 8:38 pm
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ESPN Chicago:

“I’m not a big fan of the social media, personally,” Thornton said on ESPN 1000’s “Talking Baseball.” “I don’t tweet. I don’t Facebook. I don’t like it in sports at all. I don’t think it’s necessary at all. … What happened here with Oney tweeting what he did, that’s crossing a pretty big line in my personal opinion. That’s something that’s gotta be addressed quickly and taken care of and snuffed out real fast. Anytime you bring clubhouse stuff out in the open, I don’t care what it is, it’s that person’s personal business and also the clubhouse’s personal business. That’s the first time all this stuff has really irritated me. It doesn’t matter what’s true and what’s not true, I don’t care about that. The fact that anything was said at all is ridiculous. It’s definitely gotta be addressed and taken care of real quick around here.”

Audio (3 minutes) at the link. Or download the mp3 here (748 KB).

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