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September 27, 2011

Adam Dunn spared

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 10:23 pm
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Kenny Williams offered to step down as Sox GM on multiple occasions

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 7:28 pm
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David Kaplan:

Williams was extremely candid during the sit down, telling us that he had offered to step down as Sox GM on multiple occasions and that he would “work within the organization if that was what chairman Jerry Reinsdorf felt was best for the franchise.”

However, Reinsdorf has committed to Williams to be the man to fix a team that woefully underachived this season.

“So much so that on a couple of separate occasions I went to Jerry Reinsdorf and I said, ‘Hey listen, If I’m the cog here in the machinery that’s a problem let’s talk about a transition thing because I love the organization, and I got value here and in the scouting world. I’d like to stick around a little bit. Put another banner up there, so if I’m the one here that is the cog that’s a problem let’s figure it out.’ It wasn’t so long ago that I did that again and also in that same conversation I said whether or not Ozzie is the decision I’m telling you straight to your face I can work with anyone, no matter what’s been said and what’s been done at this point. I can sit down here like men and work it out, and that opportunity didn’t come about.”

… Making sure I understood correctly, I asked: If Jerry said to you he’d make Rick Hahn the GM, you would’ve said fine if that’s what it took to get the Sox another title?

“With open arms, I’d welcome it,” Williams replied. “This isn’t easy. I think Jim (former Cubs GM Jim Hendry) just a few weeks ago said, he used the phrase all-consuming; there are only a couple of other people in this town that understood what he was talking about. When that time comes I’m more than willing that if I’m being ineffective, whether from a personnel standpoint or a manager standpoint, I’ll step aside and we’ll go out have a steak and smoke a cigar, it’s not a problem.”

Video at the link.

UPDATE: Here’s part 2 of the interview.

Scouting reports from Jonathan Mayo on RHP Jhan Marinez, and SS/2B Ozzie Martinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 7:00 pm
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Jonathan Mayo:

RHP Jhan Marinez:

When he’s healthy, Marinez has the kind of power stuff you want to see in the back of a bullpen. He was healthy enough in 2010 to start the year in Jupiter and end it in the big leagues, though an elbow issue ended his year in July. Along the way, he struck out 13.7 per nine in the Minors, thanks to an improved breaking ball to go with his fastball. If he can improve his command and stay healthy — big ifs — he could see some saves in the future. Shoulder soreness slowed him this spring, but he’s pitching in Double-A Jacksonville’s bullpen now.

SS/2B Ozzie Martinez:

The 2006 11th-round pick had a breakout 2010, going to the Futures Game, helping Jacksonville win a Southern League title, finishing third in the system with a .302 average and earning a callup to the big leagues. He makes consistent contact and is selective at the plate. He plays a solid shortstop, though he’s currently blocked by Hanley Ramirez. He’s already been called upon to help in a utility role this year.

Baseball America’s scouting reports are here.

Don Cooper to sign multi-year deal with the Sox [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 6:30 pm
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Scott Merkin:

A contract extension for White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper figures to become official on Tuesday afternoon with the announcement of a new multi-year deal that will precede a two-game stint as manager in place of Ozzie Guillen.

Cooper is finishing his ninth full season and 10th overall as Chicago’s pitching coach, having begun the task on July 22, 2002. He has worked under managers Jerry Manuel and Guillen, and soon will be practicing his craft for a third — whomever is hired during the offseason to replace Guillen.

With Guillen released from his contract after Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays to pursue other opportunities and bench coach Joey Cora apparently heading to the Marlins with Guillen, Cooper will run the show over the final two days of the 2011 season as the team’s interim manager.

CSN reports first base coach Harold Baines will get a multi-year deal too, but third base coach Jeff Cox and hitting coach Greg Walker won’t get new deals.

UPDATE: The extension is for 4 years:

Of Cooper, Williams said, “Well, the pitching has been as consistent over the last decade, and that’s a testament to our scouting department, to our player development department, to Don Cooper, directly in his direction. It’s something that’s well deserved and I’m happy, thrilled to know that he’s going to be on board here for the next four years.”

Nice!

Kenny Williams leaning towards Dave Martinez and not Sandy Alomar Jr. for manager? [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 6:23 pm
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http://twitter.com/#!/CSNChi_Beatnik/status/118824057893433344

UPDATE:

UPDATE #2: More Ballantini:

Martinez has the toughness and pedigree to appeal to Williams. Likewise his mentorship under universally-admired mentor Joe Maddon and Tampa Bay’s success with maximizing roster potential. But reading the tea leaves of Williams’ pregame comments on Tuesday, where, unsolicited, he mentioned that his “clear choice” might not be hired by the World Series because his choice might be involved.

“We have to wait and see who the players are in the World Series and if there’s someone on a playoff team that I ultimately might want to talk to, it might have to drag a little bit.”

For those who feel Williams is leaning toward Sandy Alomar Jr., the Cleveland Indians are not in the playoffs; unless the GM is initiating heavy subterfuge and misdirection, he’s already told us that his top candidate is in playoff contention. …

And:

Scouting reports from Baseball America on RHP Jhan Marinez, and SS/2B Ozzie Martinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 6:05 pm
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James Bailey:

First, RHP Jhan Marinez:

The top relief prospect in the Marlins organization entering the season, Marinez seemed poised to make the leap to Florida in 2011. Instead he spun his wheels in Double-A, though he did earn a berth in the Futures Game in July. The wiry, fast-armed righthander throws an explosive four-seam fastball that sits 92-96 mph and reaches as high as 98. He’ll also show a sinking two-seamer. Marinez flashes a solid-average to plus power slider on occasion, but it comes and goes, disappearing all too often. When it’s there he’s got the stuff to close games out. However tantalizing the stuff, he must exhibit better command and control of both pitches to succeed. Durability has been a concern in the past, though his 56 appearances were a career high this year.

And, SS/2B Ozzie Martinez:

The No. 5 prospect in the Marlins system coming into this season, Martinez broke out in 2010, batting .326 in 43 big league at-bats while filling in for shortstop Hanley Ramirez in September. When he’s right, he sprays line drives from gap to gap with a level swing. He showed strong hands and excellent hand-eye coordination last year, when he looked like a potential No. 2 hitter with doubles power. Martinez’s plate discipline took a hit this year and he never got going offensively and his confidence suffered. At times he fell into a pull mode, getting away from what made him successful earlier. Mentally he wasn’t the same player, both at bat and in the field, where his play at short went from steady to erratic. He has the skills to play second and third and could fill a utility role. The strong arm is still there, as are the rest of his tools, but he showed only occasional glimpses of the all-around game that had Florida so excited a year ago.

Those reports sound better than I hoped they would!

Ballantini’s new Sox manager odds

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 3:00 pm
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http://twitter.com/CSNChi_Beatnik/statuses/118754147200811008

Dave MartinezDon CooperSandy Alomar, Jr.

Don Cooper will be the Sox manager for the two remaining games

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 2:44 pm
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The minor league pitcher in the compensation for releasing Ozzie Guillen from his contract will be Jhan Marinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 2:40 pm
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RHP Jhan Marinez‘ stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2006 17 Marlins DOSL FRk FLA 2 1 .667 7.00 20 2 4 0 0 1 36.0 44 30 28 0 26 22 6 0 8 172 1.944 11.0 0.0 6.5 5.5 0.85
2007 18 2 Teams 2 Lgs FRk-Rk FLA 2 3 .400 5.47 8 5 0 0 0 0 26.1 19 22 16 1 23 0 29 3 0 9 126 1.595 6.5 0.3 7.9 9.9 1.26
2007 18 Marlins GULF Rk FLA 0 0 10.80 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 5 5 4 0 4 0 4 1 0 1 19 2.700 13.5 0.0 10.8 10.8 1.00
2007 18 Marlins DOSL FRk FLA 2 3 .400 4.70 5 5 0 0 0 0 23.0 14 17 12 1 19 25 2 0 8 107 1.435 5.5 0.4 7.4 9.8 1.32
2008 19 Marlins GULF Rk FLA 1 1 .500 6.11 12 1 2 0 0 1 17.2 21 14 12 0 14 0 18 2 1 1 87 1.981 10.7 0.0 7.1 9.2 1.29
2009 20 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 1 1 .500 3.14 29 0 10 0 0 1 43.0 28 17 15 4 20 0 42 4 0 3 179 1.116 5.9 0.8 4.2 8.8 2.10
2010 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA FLA 1 1 .500 1.71 36 1 25 0 0 10 42.0 21 9 8 2 21 1 64 1 0 8 162 1.000 4.5 0.4 4.5 13.7 3.05
2010 21 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 0 1 .000 1.42 21 1 14 0 0 4 25.1 12 4 4 1 14 1 44 1 0 6 99 1.026 4.3 0.4 5.0 15.6 3.14
2010 21 Jacksonville SOUL AA FLA 1 0 1.000 2.16 15 0 11 0 0 6 16.2 9 5 4 1 7 0 20 0 0 2 63 0.960 4.9 0.5 3.8 10.8 2.86
2011 22 Jacksonville SOUL AA FLA 3 8 .273 3.57 56 0 20 0 0 3 58.0 47 26 23 7 42 0 74 1 2 13 259 1.534 7.3 1.1 6.5 11.5 1.76
6 Seasons 10 15 .400 4.12 161 9 61 0 0 16 223.0 180 118 102 14 146 1 249 17 3 42 985 1.462 7.3 0.6 5.9 10.0 1.71
AA (2 seasons) AA 4 8 .333 3.25 71 0 31 0 0 9 74.2 56 31 27 8 49 0 94 1 2 15 322 1.406 6.8 1.0 5.9 11.3 1.92
FRk (2 seasons) FRk 4 4 .500 6.10 25 7 4 0 0 1 59.0 58 47 40 1 45 47 8 0 16 279 1.746 8.8 0.2 6.9 7.2 1.04
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 1 1 .500 6.86 15 1 2 0 0 1 21.0 26 19 16 0 18 0 22 3 1 2 106 2.095 11.1 0.0 7.7 9.4 1.22
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 1 2 .333 2.50 50 1 24 0 0 5 68.1 40 21 19 5 34 1 86 5 0 9 278 1.083 5.3 0.7 4.5 11.3 2.53
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2011.

John Sickels had this to say on his prospect review for Marinez:

10) Jhan Marinez, RHP, Grade C+:  4.27 ERA with 62/36 K/BB in 46 innings for Jacksonville, 42 hits. Outstanding K/IP ratio, strong stuff, too many walks.

The C+ grade is from the time he published his Marlins prospect list on back in January.

Compensation for Ozzie Guillen will be a minor-league pitcher and utility infielder Ozzie Martinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 4:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

A source told MLB.com that the players coming to the White Sox figure to be utility infielder Ozzie Martinez and a Minor League pitcher, after Guillen was released from the one year remaining on his contract per his request to pursue other opportunities.

SS Ozzie Martinez‘ stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2006 18 Marlins GULF Rk FLA 49 194 171 21 45 4 1 1 21 7 4 19 21 .263 .335 .316 .651 54 4 0 3 1 0
2007 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A–A+ FLA 39 131 114 8 21 5 0 0 6 8 2 12 25 .184 .268 .228 .496 26 3 1 4 0 0
2007 19 Jamestown NYPL A- FLA 38 130 114 8 21 5 0 0 6 8 2 11 25 .184 .262 .228 .490 26 3 1 4 0 0
2007 19 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 20 Greensboro SALL A FLA 85 331 304 44 90 11 3 6 29 5 5 13 46 .296 .331 .411 .742 125 12 4 8 2 0
2009 21 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 130 485 433 54 110 16 5 1 45 16 4 41 51 .254 .323 .321 .644 139 15 4 5 2 0
2010 22 Jacksonville SOUL AA FLA 130 587 516 90 156 28 4 5 54 13 9 49 64 .302 .372 .401 .773 207 10 9 11 2 0
2011 23 New Orleans PCL AAA FLA 88 371 339 43 83 15 1 3 26 11 4 21 57 .245 .296 .322 .618 109 9 5 3 3 0
6 Seasons 521 2099 1877 260 505 79 14 16 181 60 28 155 264 .269 .331 .352 .682 660 53 23 34 10 0
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 131 486 433 54 110 16 5 1 45 16 4 42 51 .254 .324 .321 .645 139 15 4 5 2 0
A (1 season) A 85 331 304 44 90 11 3 6 29 5 5 13 46 .296 .331 .411 .742 125 12 4 8 2 0
AA (1 season) AA 130 587 516 90 156 28 4 5 54 13 9 49 64 .302 .372 .401 .773 207 10 9 11 2 0
Rk (1 season) Rk 49 194 171 21 45 4 1 1 21 7 4 19 21 .263 .335 .316 .651 54 4 0 3 1 0
A- (1 season) A- 38 130 114 8 21 5 0 0 6 8 2 11 25 .184 .262 .228 .490 26 3 1 4 0 0
AAA (1 season) AAA 88 371 339 43 83 15 1 3 26 11 4 21 57 .245 .296 .322 .618 109 9 5 3 3 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2011.

John Sickels gave Martinez C+ grade:

7) Osvaldo Martinez, SS, Grade C+:  .230/.286/.306 with 18 walks, 48 strikeouts in 278 at-bats for New Orleans. 3-for-20 in the majors. The bat is going to be a big problem, and he only ranked this high due to the weakness of the system. Baseball America had him fifth.

As I said earlier, could the minor league pitcher be 20-year old Class-A+ prospect LHP Chad James?

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 19 Greensboro SALL A FLA 5 10 .333 5.12 24 24 0 0 0 0 114.1 116 70 65 3 65 0 105 5 0 18 513 1.583 9.1 0.2 5.1 8.3 1.62
2011 20 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 5 15 .250 3.80 27 27 0 0 0 0 149.1 173 77 63 12 51 0 124 2 0 10 650 1.500 10.4 0.7 3.1 7.5 2.43
2 Seasons 10 25 .286 4.37 51 51 0 0 0 0 263.2 289 147 128 15 116 0 229 7 0 28 1163 1.536 9.9 0.5 4.0 7.8 1.97
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/26/2011.

John Sickels had this to say for Chad James:

3) Chad James, LHP, Grade B-   3.89 ERA with 114/47 K/BB in 134 innings for High-A Jupiter, 155 hits, 3-15 record. He hasn’t been awful but is hittable. Young at 20.

Sickels’ grades are from last year. Comments are from his review.

Kenny Williams comments on Ozzie Guillen’s exit; Ozzie Guillen’s comments too (audio)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 3:45 am
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Mark Gonzales:

“Was it time for a change? I don’t think so. I guess things were accelerated. We had no intention of firing him. This was kind of acquiescing to some of his desires more than anything. It is what it is. I can’t, I don’t wish to expound on any of the peripherals to the degree that they become more of a story than they really are.”This is a case of a man making a business decision for himself and his family. And we respect it. We respected it enough to allow this to happen. Obviously we didn’t agree with the request for an extension and in answer to your question, yes, we’ve had I can’t tell you how much dialogue on the subject.”

ESPN has audio for Kenny Williams’ press conference (10:17) and Ozzie Guillen’s press conference (18:21).

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