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November 30, 2011

Latin America reinforcements coming to the Sox?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 30, 2011 1:30 pm
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Scott Merkin:

If the White Sox hope to derive more baseball talent from Latin America, then Marco Paddy appears to be the man to take them into that area.

Paddy, 47, was named by the White Sox as special assistant to the general manager-international operations. For the past five seasons, Paddy served as director of Latin America Operations with the Blue Jays and will now lead the Latin American scouting efforts of Chicago, with an emphasis on international signings. …

Hopefully Latin America will be expanded outside of Cuba for the Sox…

UPDATE: More from Baseball America’s Ben Bradler:

Paddy had been Toronto’s director of Latin American operations the last five years, during which time the Blue Jays signed Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, Venezuelan righthander Henderson Alvarez, Venezuelan catcher Carlos Perez and Venezuelan righthander Adonys Cardona, among others.

The Blue Jays were one of the most aggressive teams on the international amateur market this year, signing Mexican righthander Roberto Osuna, Venezuelan outfielders Wuilmer Becerra and Jesus Gonzalez, Dominican shortstop Dawel Lugo and Venezuelan righthanders Manuel Cordoba and Jesus Tinoco.

John Sickels published his Toronto’s Top-20 prospects for 2012 list today.

John Danks for Dellin Betances?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 30, 2011 12:30 pm
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Bryan Hoch:

The Daily News indicates the Yankees may be interested in trading for the Cubs’ Matt Garza, but are unwilling to move blue chip prospects like Jesus Montero or Manny Banuelos for him. The New York Post also notes that the Yankees could consider dealing Dellin Betances to the White Sox for John Danks.

Here are Betances’ AA and AAA 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
2010 22 Trenton EL AA NYY 0 0 3.77 3 3 0 0 0 0 14.1 10 7 6 3 3 0 20 1 0 3 55 0.907 6.3 1.9 1.9 12.6 6.67
2011 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA NYY 4 9 .308 3.70 25 25 0 1 0 0 126.1 102 61 52 9 70 0 142 10 1 7 554 1.361 7.3 0.6 5.0 10.1 2.03
2011 23 Trenton EL AA NYY 4 6 .400 3.42 21 21 0 0 0 0 105.1 86 49 40 7 55 0 115 9 1 5 460 1.339 7.3 0.6 4.7 9.8 2.09
2011 23 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA NYY 0 3 .000 5.14 4 4 0 1 0 0 21.0 16 12 12 2 15 0 27 1 0 2 94 1.476 6.9 0.9 6.4 11.6 1.80
AA (2 seasons) AA 4 6 .400 3.46 24 24 0 0 0 0 119.2 96 56 46 10 58 0 135 10 1 8 515 1.287 7.2 0.8 4.4 10.2 2.33
AAA (1 season) AAA 0 3 .000 5.14 4 4 0 1 0 0 21.0 16 12 12 2 15 0 27 1 0 2 94 1.476 6.9 0.9 6.4 11.6 1.80
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 11/30/2011.

Hmm, a 2.3 K/BB ratio and 1.476 WHIP AA pitcher for Johnnie Danks? No thanks. Terry Doyle’s AA numbers were a 3.32 K/BB ratio and a 1.130 WHIP and the Sox left him unprotected in the Rule V draft.

Ask for 19-year old catcher Gary Sanchez to give them John Danks Kenny.

Ken Rosenthal says Mark Buehrle and John Danks won’t be playing for the White Sox next year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 30, 2011 3:15 am
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J.J. Stankevitz:

With the Winter Meetings less than a week away and White Sox news stagnating a bit in the last few weeks, maybe a reminder that Mark Buehrle and John Danks aren’t likely to be back is in order.

That’s precisely what FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal said on Tuesday’s edition of Chicago Tribune Live, telling the panel he doesn’t see either Buehrle or Danks playing for the Sox for 2012. …

Video (1:29) at the link.

November 29, 2011

Are the Sox trying to trade LHRP Matt Thornton? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 29, 2011 9:35 pm
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MLBTR:

The White Sox have been looking to trade Matt Thornton since July and are still trying to move him, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney (on Twitter). Before the 2011 season, the White Sox signed the left-hander to a two-year, $12MM extension that covers the 2012-13 seasons and includes a club option for 2014.

The 35-year-old posted a 3.32 ERA with 9.5 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 0.45 HR/9 and a 48.8% ground ball rate in 59 2/3 innings this past season. Armed with a fastball that averages 96 mph, Thornton figures to draw interest this offseason, as he did last summer, especially since the free agent market doesn’t feature lefty relievers of his caliber. The Yankees, Blue Jays and Rangers are among the teams that may seek left-handed relief this offseason.

Thornton commented on his brief and unsuccessful trial as a closer last spring:

“Was mine an interim thing? If I had success, I’m sure it wouldn’t have been,” said Thornton of his abbreviated run at closer. “Obviously everyone knows what happened in the games I was in. Things just didn’t go well for me in that role.

“Maybe it was a sign I wasn’t meant to be a closer here. Over the years, I’ve done a good job of filling in as closer, and I believe in myself in that role and think I can get the job done at any given time when they give me the ball in the ninth inning. But the surge of [Chris] Sale this past year, what he did, and how good Sergio was for most of the year, this is the way it worked out.

“It’s one of those things where things weren’t going good for us and I was part of that in the back end of the bullpen,” Thornton said. “They had to make changes at the time. Just the lack of performance was the most frustrating part for me, my inability to have success that I expect myself to have, prepare and dedicate myself to have all offseason long. It’s very frustrating when you let the team down.”

If Thornton is traded, with Chris Sale moving to the starting rotation, the only lefty in the bullpen will be Will Ohman.

UPDATE: Buster Olney in his video blog (1:52) says the Sox are trying to move Carlos Quentin, Gavin Floyd, John Danks, and Matt Thornton.

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November 28, 2011

Seems the Sox haven’t tried to sign John Danks to a contract extension

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 28, 2011 1:15 pm
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Doug Padilla:

If the White Sox do consider John Danks a big part of their future, they aren’t in a hurry to get the left-hander locked in beyond the 2012 season. A source with knowledge of club’s contract negotiations said the White Sox have made no overtures to Danks’ agent regarding a long-term contract….

It doesn’t look good for keeping Danks on the Sox.

Jonathan Mayo on the new CBA’s draft provisions [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 28, 2011 12:45 pm
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Jonathan Mayo:

  • If a Club does not sign a pick, its signing bonus pool is reduced by the amount of the pick.  So, for example, if a Club does not sign its first round pick, and its first round pick had a slot of $1.5 million, the Club’s signing bonus pool would be reduced by $1.5. This is true of any unsigned pick, not just those covered by compensation. The main idea here was to not create incentive for a team to NOT sign a pick. Without this safeguard, a team could “punt” a pick in order to divert those funds to another pick later on, which could result in a Draft that would look a lot like the old ones. In the next year’s draft, the Club would receive a compensation selection for failing to sign its first, second or third round selections, and the slot assigned to the compensation selection will be added to its signing bonus pool.
  • In the new system, the total aggregate pool in the 10 slotted rounds will be $185 million. With an estimate of $20 million spent after the 10th round (remember, bonuses up to $100,000 do not count toward a team’s aggregate pool), that means teams could spend a combined total of $205 million without getting penalized. That total of $205 million is higher than every Draft from 2004-2010.  Spending in past years: $159 million (2006); $155 million (2007); $198 million (2009) and $200 million in 2010.

Jim Callis says the “mlb draft changes [are] looking more direr.” I wonder, will the long-term result of this be young athletes shunning baseball? MAYBE the draft provisions will be modified in the next CBA to prevent this but who knows?

UPDATE: More from Jim Callis:

  • The draft has been reduced from 50 to 40 rounds.
  • The most significant new detail: If a team fails to sign a player in the first 10 rounds, its draft cap is reduced by the assigned value of his pick. It can’t reallocate that value to sign other players. However, it can reallocate the difference between a player’s bonus and the value of his choice.

November 26, 2011

Sox thinking to trade a pitcher to Cincinnati to get Yonder Alonso?

Phil Rogers:

Can Yonder Alonso become a solid left fielder? That’s the question the White Sox are studying as the Reds shop the left-handed-hitting slugger for pitching. Alonso would be blocked with Paul Konerko at first base and Adam Dunn as designated hitter, although if the Sox really are willing to let Mark Buehrle walk you wonder if they also would approach Konerko about waiving his no-trade clause.

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November 24, 2011

Carlos Quentin on San Diego’s list of possible acquisitions

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 24, 2011 7:00 pm
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MLBTR:

The Padres have Carlos Quentin “on their list of possibilities” for an offseason trade, reports Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune.  It seems like a good match, given that the White Sox are thought to have Quentin on the market and the Padres are looking for a corner outfielder.  Center mentions elsewhere in his chat with readers that given the Padres’ difficulty in luring free agent hitters to Petco Park, a trade would be the club’s best chance to add that desired corner outfield help.

BTW, Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

November 23, 2011

Juan Pierre wins the 2011 Yogi Berra Award

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 23, 2011 10:00 pm
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Max Marchi:

The great Yankee catcher used to swing at everything, and when asked about his habit of swinging at bad pitches, he once replied with one of his trademark quotes: “If I can hit it, it’s a good pitch.”

A young baseball fan, reading about Yogi’s tendency to go after every pitch, might be tempted to assume he struck out a lot. Nothing is further from reality …

Thus, in crowning the third recipient of the Yogi Berra Award, we are looking for hackers who get good results from their aggressive approach at the plate. …

Speaking of Juan Pierre, the Sox declined to offer him arbitration. The Sox offered arbitration to Mark Buehrle.

November 22, 2011

Sox ticket prices are going down

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 22, 2011 10:30 pm
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Nina Falcone:

The White Sox have announced the majority of their season ticket holders will receive an 18 percent reduction on the cost of the seats, depending on their location in the ballpark. The Sox had the fourth highest average on ticket prices last season at $40.67.

… The prices for individual games are yet to be announced, but there’s a good chance they’ll follow the reduced price trend a well.

Now all we need is a few good players. Get it together Gordon!

November 20, 2011

Seems John Danks will be worth ‘Type A’ compensation next year [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 20, 2011 10:30 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

A different set of rules will take effect next offseason and for the remainder of the new agreement. The Elias rankings of free agents, which previously determined the value of draft-pick compensation, will be eliminated.

Teams can still receive direct compensation for select free agents by giving such players a one-year, qualifying offer for a predetermined amount. That amount will be more than $12 million in the first year of the agreement, then will rise in subsequent years.

A 1-year $12+ million offer to John Danks is a sure thing. This increases Danks’ trade value.

UPDATE: The Draft Pick Compensation section in the new CBA says:

1. Starting in 2012, “Type A” and “Type B” free agents and the use of the Elias ranking system will be eliminated.
2. The current system of draft pick compensation will be replaced with the following system:

A. Only Players who have been with their Clubs for the entire season will be subject to compensation.
B. A free agent will be subject to compensation if his former Club offers him a guaranteed one-year contract with a salary equal to the average salary of the 125-highest paid Players from the prior season. The offer must be made at the end of the five-day free agent “quiet period,” and the Player will have seven days to accept the offer.
C. A Club that signs a player subject to compensation will forfeit its first round selection, unless it selects in the top 10, in which case it will forfeit its second highest selection in the draft.
D. The Player’s former Club will receive a selection at the end of the first round beginning after the last regularly scheduled selection in the round. The former Clubs will select based on reverse order of winning percentage from the prior championship season.

So, the offer must be equal to the average of the Top 125. Jim Callis says the estimate is $10 million or more. MLBTR’s Ben Nicholson-Smith says more than $12 million. Danks will get that.

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November 19, 2011

Seems the Yankees like Sox pitcher John Danks and the Sox like Yankees catching prospect Austin Romine

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 19, 2011 9:00 pm
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MLBTR:

The Yankees like John Danks and the White Sox like many Yankees prospects, particularly Austin Romine. However, Danks is a free agent after 2012 and the Yankees are reluctant to over-spend on a pitcher they’ll have for just one year.

Romine got 20 PAs with the Yankees in 2011. Here are his minor-league 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
2007 18 Yankees GULF Rk NYY 1 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 .500 .667 1.000 1.667 2 0 0 0 0 0
2008 19 Charleston SALL A NYY 104 436 407 66 122 24 1 10 49 3 0 25 56 .300 .344 .437 .781 178 8 3 0 1 0
2009 20 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 118 481 442 61 122 28 3 13 72 11 5 29 78 .276 .322 .441 .763 195 13 4 0 6 2
2010 21 Trenton EL AA NYY 115 497 455 61 122 31 0 10 69 2 0 37 94 .268 .324 .402 .726 183 13 2 0 3 1
2011 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA NYY 89 388 351 44 98 13 0 6 48 2 2 32 63 .279 .343 .368 .710 129 7 3 0 2 1
2011 22 Trenton EL AA NYY 85 373 336 43 96 13 0 6 47 2 2 32 60 .286 .351 .378 .729 127 5 3 0 2 1
2011 22 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA NYY 4 15 15 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 .133 .133 .133 .267 2 2 0 0 0 0
5 Seasons 427 1805 1657 234 465 97 4 39 239 18 7 124 292 .281 .333 .415 .748 687 41 12 0 12 4
AA (2 seasons) AA 200 870 791 104 218 44 0 16 116 4 2 69 154 .276 .336 .392 .728 310 18 5 0 5 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 11/19/2011.

If Kenny trades John Danks he better ask for someone with a career minor-league OBP higher than .333. A higher ISOP [ISOP=SLG-BA] too.

Terry Doyle was named to the 2011 AFL Top Prospects Team

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 19, 2011 7:20 pm
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AFL:

The Arizona Fall League announced its 2011 Top Prospects Team. Selected by Fall League managers and coaches, the Top Prospects Team identifies the players who distinguished themselves throughout the league’s seven-week 2011 schedule against other top prospects from every organization in Major League Baseball. Voters were asked to consider Fall League performance and major league projectability.

Terry Doyle, Mesa Solar Sox (Chicago White Sox)
Led the league in WHIP (0.62) and opponents average (.135), second in wins (4) sixth in ERA (1.98) … fifth among starters in walk rate (1.65 BB/9) … won four straight starts, Oct. 11-28 … week three pitcher-of-the-week after going 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA, 2 hits, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in two starts … four perfect innings Oct. 11 … five of six runs allowed scored on four home runs … one or fewer hits and three or more innings in five of eight starts … 22:5 K:BB … scoreless fourth inning in AFL Rising Stars Game.

The other starting pitcher that made the ‘Top Prospects Team’ was Seattle’ Danny Hultzen.

November 18, 2011

The Sox left Terry Doyle unprotected in the Rule V draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 18, 2011 12:30 pm
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Jennifer Langosh:

While Heath and Leesman are no longer at risk of being taken by another club, several White Sox Minor Leaguers, including outfielder Jordan Danks and right-hander Terry Doyle, were left unprotected.

The press release says the 40-man roster is now at 36.

Another dumb move. Doyle had a very good season:

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
2011 25 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ CHW 8 10 .444 3.07 26 26 0 3 1 0 173.0 162 65 59 11 33 0 122 6 0 5 703 1.127 8.4 0.6 1.7 6.3 3.70
2011 25 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 1 5 .167 2.84 11 11 0 1 0 0 73.0 71 27 23 3 11 0 49 2 0 2 297 1.123 8.8 0.4 1.4 6.0 4.45
2011 25 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 7 5 .583 3.24 15 15 0 2 1 0 100.0 91 38 36 8 22 0 73 4 0 3 406 1.130 8.2 0.7 2.0 6.6 3.32
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 11/18/2011.

And look at his 2011 AFL stats:

2011 Offseason Leagues
Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
MSS AFL 4 0 1.98 8 8 0 0 0 27.1 12 6 6 4 5 22 1.20 .135

Damn, what more did they want?

Also, inside you can see the Pitch F/X data for his starts in AFL stadiums that were Pitch F/X equipped. Average fastball was 92 mph. The guy threw strikes and didn’t walk batters. Why not give Doyle a shot to make the bullpen?

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November 17, 2011

2012 White Sox ZiPS projections

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 17, 2011 2:00 pm
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Dan Szymborski posted his 2012 ZiPS projections. Here are the Top 5 batting projections:

Player B PO Age BA OBP SLG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OPS+
Paul Konerko R 1B 36 .278 .359 .493 134 493 68 137 23 1 27 87 59 91 1 1 124
Carlos Quentin R RF 29 .262 .353 .497 123 435 67 114 28 1 24 81 42 78 3 1 123
Adam Dunn L DH 32 .209 .340 .429 132 450 61 94 21 0 26 76 86 184 0 1 103
Dayan Viciedo R RF 23 .274 .328 .431 156 580 74 159 28 0 21 75 40 114 3 1 100
Alejandro De Aza L LF 28 .271 .328 .406 139 473 73 128 28 6 8 47 38 100 21 10 94

The Top 5 starting pitching projections:

Player T Age ERA W L G GS IP H ER HR BB K ERA+
Chris Sale L 23 3.95 10 8 26 26 152.7 132 67 18 75 163 109
Gavin Floyd R 29 4.08 12 11 30 29 185.3 182 84 20 50 149 106
John Danks L 27 4.21 12 11 30 30 188.0 187 88 23 58 145 102
Mark Buehrle L 33 4.27 10 10 27 27 175.0 195 83 21 41 90 101
Jake Peavy R 31 4.30 8 7 21 20 119.3 121 57 14 31 102 100
LEAGUE AVERAGE – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – 96

And the Top 5 relief pitching projections:

Player T Age ERA W L G GS IP H ER HR BB K ERA+
Matt Thornton L 35 3.21 5 3 57 0 56.0 48 20 5 19 65 134
Sergio Santos R 28 3.53 4 3 60 0 58.7 48 23 6 27 73 122
Addison Reed R 23 3.67 4 3 58 0 76.0 67 31 8 28 81 117
Jesse Crain R 30 3.92 5 4 65 0 62.0 55 27 7 31 63 110
Jason Frasor R 34 3.93 4 3 60 0 55.0 51 24 6 25 54 110
LEAGUE AVERAGE  – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – 108

For a lot more projections hit the link.

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