MLBTR on Ken Rosenthal’s latest video update:
Now that Manny Ramirez is off the disabled list, Rosenthal provided an update to his news from last week about the possibility of Ramirez on the waiver wire. The Dodgers will wait to put Ramirez on waivers since teams will want to make sure that he is both healthy and hitting well. Rosenthal repeats that the White Sox are the club “most likely” to put in a claim for Ramirez, since the Sox “don’t like Brad Hawpe all that much” and they doubt that Detroit would trade them Johnny Damon.
Isn’t it a little late to add a bat?
Heyman (SI) said last friday:
chisox like prince fielder but have discussed dunn, laroche and berkman, in that order, as possible 2nd choices
If the Sox are not hot on Prince Fielder, and the Sox are out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes, it makes sense they are interested in Lance Berkman, Brad Hawpe:
Heard this: The White Sox consider Lance Berkman as one of their Plan B options, now what they don’t expect to get Adam Dunn.
Renck (Denver Post):
The White Sox have been the other team poking around about Hawpe. Not sure how serious. All depends on what happens with Adam Dunn
Stats from B-R: Fielder, Dunn, Berkman, Hawpe
Other possibilities: Scott, Branyan, Laroche
UPDATE: Prince Fielder if off the market (staying in Milwaukee).
MLBTR goes over Ken Rosenthal’s latest video:
White Sox GM Ken Williams is said to be confident about landing either Prince Fielder or Adam Dunn. Williams continues to talk to the Brewers about Fielder but there doesn’t seem to be a match as they seek pitching in return. Meanwhile, the Nats have told everyone that they’ll need to be overwhelmed by an offer to move Dunn. If the White Sox strike out on the two big-time left-handed sluggers, they’re unlikely to reach for a player such as Russell Branyan or Brad Hawpe. Instead, they’ll look to go small and try to improve their bullpen and bench.
I don’t get Kenny’s confidence here. The price for Fielder and Dunn is high and the Sox can’t afford to weaken their starting rotation by trading players like Dan Hudson, John Danks, and Gavin Floyd. Today’s game is a good example why.