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March 21, 2011

Could Gordon Beckham be eligible for arbitration for 2012?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 21, 2011 11:00 pm
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MLBTR:

For most players, arbitration eligibility is their first shot at a million-dollar salary.  Let’s go around the diamond and look at the potential notable first-timers for 2012.  I’ve included some potential Super Twos, based on the possibility of the cutoff being in the range of two years and 120 days.

… Second Basemen

Gordon Beckham of the White Sox might be the most interesting name here, if service time of 2.123 results in Super Two status.

Beckham’s service time stands at 1.123 at the moment.

The MLBPA says:

Q: When does a player become eligible for salary arbitration?

A: A player with three or more years of service, but less than six years, may file for salary arbitration. In addition, a player can be classified as a “Super Two” and be eligible for arbitration with less than three years of service. A player with at least two but less than three years of Major League service shall be eligible for salary arbitration if he has accumulated at least 86 days of service during the immediately preceding season and he ranks in the top 17 percent in total service in the class of Players who have at least two but less than three years of Major League service, however accumulated, but with at least 86 days of service accumulated during the immediately preceding season.

Ozzie Guillen thinks Jake Peavy will miss 3-4 regular-season starts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 21, 2011 10:00 pm
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Jake Peavy says the White Sox are making the decisions. Merkin @ CWS:

But while Peavy realizes the final call involves his input, it ultimately comes from White Sox general manager Ken Williams, manager Ozzie Guillen, pitching coach Don Cooper, head athletic trainer Herm Schneider and the team’s medical staff. So reports of Peavy convincing Guillen or even begging the manager to let him pitch through shoulder discomfort on Saturday against the A’s, after Peavy had been crushed all week by the flu and missed work between starts, were a bit overblown, in the hurler’s opinion.

“Ozzie and the staff have had complete control from the start,” Peavy said. “I didn’t beg, I didn’t ask. I let those guys make the decision — Coop, Herm and Ozzie.

“They obviously know I wanted to pitch and stay on schedule. They’ve known that from Day 1. I certainly didn’t, as it was portrayed in certain situations, try to beg to get out there. I told them I’d do whatever they wanted me to do as a staff and I pitched.”

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Basically, Peavy will be out of action for 48 hours and will be replaced by Philip Humber for Thursday afternoon’s start against the Cubs at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz. There’s no timetable for Peavy’s return, although Guillen guessed Peavy would miss three or four regular-season starts and return some time in the second half of April.

Chris Jaffe’s Five White Sox questions

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 21, 2011 3:45 pm
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Jaffe @ THT asks and answers five questions about the 2011 White Sox. From the 4th question:

Is Don Cooper the most underrated man in major league baseball?

… The Sox have a secret weapon, perhaps the most underrated man in major league baseball: Don Cooper, their pitching coach. Since Cooper took over in mid-2002 as the Sox’s hurler handler, the team has had an impressive record with its pitchers.

… Perhaps what’s most impressive about the Sox under Cooper is the health of their starters. From 2002-10, the Sox have coaxed 30 starts in a season from one of their pitchers 32 times. For perspective, here’s how the Sox compare to the other leading MLB teams in this category in the Cooper Era.

Team		30+ GS
CWS		32
OAK		26
ANA		25
BOS		24
LAD		24
SFG		24
STL		24
ATL		23
PHI		23
7 teams		22

Damn. That ain’t even close. The Sox are a standard deviation unto themselves.

It takes more than just a pitching coach to produce results like that. It tells you the front office prioritizes dependability in picking starters. It tells you their farm system takes care of guys. It tells you the pitchers are durable. No, you can’t give Cooper all the credit, but you sure as hell can’t ignore his contribution. As the pitching coach for the MLB team, he’s point man in ensuring the starters remain healthy and effective. He’s done an excellent job of that.

Cooper doesn’t wave a magic wand and suddenly make people better. (Buehrle may very well be a back-of-the-rotation guy if his strikeouts keep sinking, and that drop could easily happen this year.) But Cooper is mighty nice pitcher insurance to have on the team.

Cooper has never gotten the attention of say, Dave Duncan or Leo Mazzone, at least not yet anyway. If Cooper isn’t the most underrated man in MLB, it may be his counterpart in Minnesota, Rick Anderson. Both men are part of the reason why their teams often seem to exceed their projections.

Phil Humber replaces Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 21, 2011 12:30 pm
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Schouwen @ CST:

Phil Humber, who after signing a minor-league free agent deal in December found a good pitching groove this spring, will fill the void left by Jake Peavy and likely be one of 12 pitchers on the White Sox’ opening-day roster. Humber will get Thursday’s start against the Cubs, pitching coach Don Cooper said Sunday night, and is the likely fifth starter penciled in for April 6 in Kansas City.

“We’re going to have him ready to start if necessary during the season until Jake is ready,” Cooper said on 670-AM’s “Mully and Hanley Show” Monday morning. “Because of that we’ll probably look into taking 12 [pitchers]. Sounds like a good idea to me because we’re going to need that 12th guy.”

The bullpen will be flexible says Matt Thornton

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 21, 2011 2:45 am
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Gonzales @ CT:

Left-hander Matt Thornton accepted his appointment as the Chicago White Sox’s closer in stride, adding he was ready for any changes during the regular season.

“(Manager Ozzie Guillen) said, ‘Look, you’re our guy to start the season,’ ” Thornton said. ” ‘And if you throw back-to-back days and we got a run of big righties coming up, we’ll probably go with someone else in that situation.’ Obviously, at the same time, if a closer throws back-to-back games early in the year, more than likely you’re going to give him that third day off. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge of being the ninth-inning guy.”

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