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January 1, 2012

Will the Sox go after Yoennis Cespedes?

Bruce Levine:

After trading both Carlos Quentin and Sergio Santos, the Chicago White Sox have cleared some payroll, upwards of $10 million off their 2012 salary base. That money may be used to bid on 26-year-old Cespedes or 19-year-old Jorge Soler, also a multi-talented Cuban defector, but White Sox general manager Kenny Williams was reluctant to say how far in the White Sox are in relationship to the Cuban free agents.

Scott Merkin:

“What I will say is that there are some doors now open for us that were not open just yesterday because of savings of dollars,” Williams said. “But which direction we are heading with that, it would be counterproductive in getting something done to say we are deciding to go down that road. So we can take some of that little bit of payroll we cleared and invest it in something that helps the Major League club now, or something that helps on the horizon with another prospect. We could end up making this a 3-for-1 deal instead of a 2-for-1, albeit with two guys we really like.”

Well, with teams like the Yankee$, the Red Sox, the new Marlins, and the Cubs involved I think we can be pretty sure the Sox won’t land Cespedes. Kenny will only kick the tires. Probably…

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Happy new year folks!

December 31, 2011

White Sox trade OF Carlos Quentin to San Diego for RHSP Simon Castro and LHRP Pedro Hernandez

whitesox.com press release:

The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Simon Castro and left-hander Pedro Hernandez from the San Diego Padres in exchange for outfielder Carlos Quentin.

Simon Castro’s 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 18 Padres DOSL FRk SDP 1 3 .250 4.63 12 12 0 0 0 0 46.2 40 33 24 2 21 58 12 4 9 218 1.307 7.7 0.4 4.0 11.2 2.76
2007 19 Padres ARIZ Rk SDP 2 6 .250 6.22 14 12 0 0 0 0 50.2 61 48 35 4 30 0 55 9 0 12 249 1.796 10.8 0.7 5.3 9.8 1.83
2008 20 Eugene NORW A- SDP 2 3 .400 3.99 15 15 0 0 0 0 65.1 54 35 29 3 29 0 64 14 0 8 289 1.270 7.4 0.4 4.0 8.8 2.21
2009 21 Fort Wayne MIDW A SDP 10 6 .625 3.33 28 27 0 1 1 0 140.1 118 61 52 9 37 0 157 10 3 15 574 1.105 7.6 0.6 2.4 10.1 4.24
2010 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA SDP 7 7 .500 3.28 26 25 0 0 0 0 140.0 123 65 51 9 42 1 113 6 3 2 583 1.179 7.9 0.6 2.7 7.3 2.69
2010 22 San Antonio TL AA SDP 7 6 .538 2.92 24 23 0 0 0 0 129.2 107 55 42 8 36 1 107 6 3 2 529 1.103 7.4 0.6 2.5 7.4 2.97
2010 22 Portland PCL AAA SDP 0 1 .000 7.84 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.1 16 10 9 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 54 2.129 13.9 0.9 5.2 5.2 1.00
2011 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA SDP 7 8 .467 5.63 22 22 0 0 0 0 115.0 132 78 72 14 34 0 94 6 2 9 505 1.443 10.3 1.1 2.7 7.4 2.76
2011 23 San Antonio TL AA SDP 5 6 .455 4.33 16 16 0 0 0 0 89.1 95 48 43 9 16 0 73 6 1 3 375 1.243 9.6 0.9 1.6 7.4 4.56
2011 23 Tucson PCL AAA SDP 2 2 .500 10.17 6 6 0 0 0 0 25.2 37 30 29 5 18 0 21 0 1 6 130 2.143 13.0 1.8 6.3 7.4 1.17
6 Seasons 29 33 .468 4.24 117 113 0 1 1 0 558.0 528 320 263 41 193 1 541 57 12 55 2418 1.292 8.5 0.7 3.1 8.7 2.80
AA (2 seasons) AA 12 12 .500 3.49 40 39 0 0 0 0 219.0 202 103 85 17 52 1 180 12 4 5 904 1.160 8.3 0.7 2.1 7.4 3.46
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 2 3 .400 9.50 8 8 0 0 0 0 36.0 53 40 38 6 24 0 27 0 1 6 184 2.139 13.2 1.5 6.0 6.8 1.13
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 12/31/2011.

Pedro Hernandez’ 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
2007 18 Padres DOSL FRk SDP 0 1 .000 2.02 9 0 2 0 0 1 13.1 12 6 3 1 4 13 2 1 0 56 1.200 8.1 0.7 2.7 8.8 3.25
2008 19 Padres DOSL FRk SDP 7 2 .778 1.42 14 8 4 0 0 0 63.1 50 21 10 2 6 0 74 2 0 2 248 0.884 7.1 0.3 0.9 10.5 12.33
2009 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A- SDP 4 2 .667 5.80 13 9 0 0 0 0 49.2 64 36 32 6 8 0 46 3 4 4 219 1.450 11.6 1.1 1.4 8.3 5.75
2009 20 Padres ARIZ Rk SDP 4 0 1.000 3.78 7 5 0 0 0 0 33.1 33 15 14 2 4 0 31 1 2 1 134 1.110 8.9 0.5 1.1 8.4 7.75
2009 20 Eugene NORW A- SDP 0 2 .000 9.92 6 4 0 0 0 0 16.1 31 21 18 4 4 0 15 2 2 3 85 2.143 17.1 2.2 2.2 8.3 3.75
2010 21 Fort Wayne MIDW A SDP 4 3 .571 4.04 29 13 3 0 0 0 100.1 122 62 45 6 17 0 79 7 1 2 445 1.385 10.9 0.5 1.5 7.1 4.65
2011 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs A+-AA-AAA SDP 10 3 .769 3.49 28 18 2 0 0 0 116.0 119 53 45 10 22 2 94 0 0 0 482 1.216 9.2 0.8 1.7 7.3 4.27
2011 22 Lake Elsinore CALL A+ SDP 5 0 1.000 2.70 15 6 2 0 0 0 56.2 52 19 17 3 6 2 44 0 0 0 226 1.024 8.3 0.5 1.0 7.0 7.33
2011 22 San Antonio TL AA SDP 3 2 .600 3.48 9 8 0 0 0 0 41.1 39 17 16 4 10 0 43 0 0 0 171 1.185 8.5 0.9 2.2 9.4 4.30
2011 22 Tucson PCL AAA SDP 2 1 .667 6.00 4 4 0 0 0 0 18.0 28 17 12 3 6 0 7 0 0 0 85 1.889 14.0 1.5 3.0 3.5 1.17
5 Seasons 25 11 .694 3.55 93 48 11 0 0 1 342.2 367 178 135 25 57 2 306 14 6 8 1450 1.237 9.6 0.7 1.5 8.0 5.37
AA (1 season) AA 3 2 .600 3.48 9 8 0 0 0 0 41.1 39 17 16 4 10 0 43 0 0 0 171 1.185 8.5 0.9 2.2 9.4 4.30
AAA (1 season) AAA 2 1 .667 6.00 4 4 0 0 0 0 18.0 28 17 12 3 6 0 7 0 0 0 85 1.889 14.0 1.5 3.0 3.5 1.17
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 12/31/2011.

Kenny Williams had some interesting comments on both acquisitions. On Castro:

Castro is projected by the White Sox as a starter but could end up as a late-inning reliever with his fastball in the mid 90s, a hard split and a plus slider. Williams pointed to a back issue felt by Castro, which has since been corrected, that affected his delivery, stamina and stuff during last year’s struggles. In looking at video of Castro, Williams also sees mechanics flaws similar to what the White Sox saw and then corrected with Jose Contreras when he first joined the team.

and on Hernandez:

Hernandez, 22, has developed nicely over the last two years. Williams called him a “strike-throwing machine,” and while he presently throws a few too many fly balls for a hitter-friendly ballpark like U.S. Cellular Field, Williams believes that the left-hander has the sink and cutter to develop as another rotation guy.

More Kenny Williams:

“There are some similarities we see in him that remind us of Jose and some of the issues he has had this past year that he didn’t have before,” Williams said of Castro’s disappointing 7-8 season with a 5.63 ERA at both Double-A and Triple-A. “Sometimes guys get out of whack. This guy is 6-foot-5, throws 90-95 [mph], a lower three-quarter angle and gets around balls but can drop a hard split and he can locate, when he’s right.”

Here’s audio of Kenny Williams’ comments (2:20).

John Sickels had this to say today on Simon Castro:

Castro still has a fine arm, featuring a 90-95 MPH fastball. His slider has plus moments, but he’s still working to refine his changeup. His mechanics are complicated and his command fails if they get out of whack, but the arm strength for success is still here, and until ’11 he did a good job throwing strikes most of the time. He still has a chance to be a starting pitcher, although many scouts prefer him in relief. I have him rated as a Grade C+ in my upcoming 2012 Baseball Prospect Book.

and Pedro Hernandez:

Hernandez has an 88-92 MPH fastball along with a good changeup and mediocre curve. There’s nothing spectacular about him, but he throws strikes and could develop into a fifth starter or a relief option. I currently rate him as a Grade C prospect.

and the overall trade:

The White Sox didn’t obtain a premium prospect for Quentin, but Castro still has considerable upside and perhaps the change of scenery will help his development.

Baseball America’s Matt Eddy made these comments today on Simon Castro:

Owner of the best slider in the Padres system prior to the trade, Castro seemed poised for big things in 2011 as he tackled Triple-A for the first time, but the bubble burst early. Castro landed on the disabled list with a lat injury after six starts for Tucson yielded a 10.17 ERA and 21-18 K-BB ratio. He recovered somewhat after a demotion to San Antonio in June, and he closed out the season on a high note, notching a 35-5 K-BB ratio and 2.53 ERA over his final seven starts. At fault for Castro’s regression: out-of-whack mechanics in which he failed to extend on the front side of his delivery and also recoiled his arm. He’s always pitched with a long arm action, so the Padres traced his troubles back to his starting assignment in the 2010 Futures Game, in which he allowed two runs in one inning. He hasn’t pitched with the same consistency since. Castro’s velocity dipped into the high 80s early in the 2011 season before he recovered to pitch at 92-94 mph and touch 96 with tailing action later in the year. His slider showed trademark late bite and 82-84 mph velocity at times, though just as often it resembled a three-quarters slurve. The changeup could be a fringe-average pitch in the mid-80s with more refinement. If Castro rediscovers his two plus pitches and control he still profiles as a mid-rotation arm or set-up reliever.

and Pedro Hernandez:

Hernandez always has thrown a quality changeup and shown strong command, but his prospect status began to take hold when his velocity began to creep up halfway through the 2010 season. Signed at age 18 out of Venezuela, Hernandez initially topped out near 87 mph but that has since become the low point for his fastball range. The Padres say the lefty has touched 95 on occasion, but more often he sits in the low 90s and works both sides of the plate with a riding fastball. Batters don’t pick up the ball well against the short and stocky Hernandez, which helps his solid-average, low-80s changeup play up. Hernandez’s mid- to low-80s slider/cutter doesn’t elicit much praise, but it could be a fringe-average offering for him in time. Hernandez may not have a deep enough repertoire to start in the big leagues, but he could grow into a nifty lefty reliever capable of facing both righties and lefties.

And some older reports. John Sickels was impressed with Castro a year ago:

2) Simon Castro, RHP, Grade B+: I think he’ll need a year of Triple-A to finish refining his breaking ball and control, but I remain impressed with him overall.

but disappointed in August:

2) Simon Castro, RHP, Grade B+: Got killed at Triple-A Tucson early, 10.17 ERA with 21/18 K/BB and 37 hits in 26 innings. Now back at San Antonio, 5.34 ERA with 57/12 K/BB in 59 innings, 74 hits. Very disappointing in all respects.

Diamond Futures gave Castro an A- grade before the 2011 season:

4) Simon Castro, RHP(2010 – Dominance 54; Control 64; HRrate 56; Stamina 72)

We continue to waiver on Castro, sometimes believing that he could become a powerful #2 Major League starter, and other times not sure that he wouldn’t be best used as a dominating back of the bullpen reliever. Castro has been on our radar longer than most anyone, as we first took notice when he posted a Top 10 Performance Score in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) in 2006. In 2008, he posted another Top 10 Score in the Northwest League (NWL), followed by a #12 Score in the MWL in 2009 and a #8 Score in the Texas League (TXL) this past season. The point is that he has been remarkably consistent over a five year stretch—something that bodes well for his longer term outlook. At 6’5”, 210lbs, Castro is remarkably durable—averaging 26 starts for each of the last two seasons. With a low- to mid-90s fastball—that he throws from a large downward plane—and two at least average secondary offerings—all of which he has above average command, Castro has substantial upside. While the downside is limited, we do still have concerns. Castro has a tendency to over rely on his fastball. His change still needs considerable work Finally, Castro doesn’t possess the pitchability that would give us more confidence in his eventual role. The Padres skipped Castro over Hi-A in 2010, and the 22yo looks ready to take on AAA in 2011. He will battle Casey Kelly for the opportunity, if one should arise, in San Diego this season.

ProjectProspect’s Adam Foster scouted Castro in 2010:

Castro has room to improve his command, but I saw him show a feel for three pitches that could be average or better in the bigs. The big righty pitched with a purpose. He wasn’t just throwing the heck out of the ball every time, instead opting to aim for corners and keeping hitters off-balance with thought-out pitch sequences and locations. I saw Castro follow up one outside slider that eluded the catcher’s glove with another slider that painted the black and put him back ahead in the count. Still, pitches got away from him every once and a while.Though he did only have two wild pitches and six hit batters in 2010, he is going to need to command each of his offerings better to reach his ceiling as a No. 1 starter. Castro’s fastball is good enough to get outs even when he leaves it over the plate. It’s promising that he’s not afraid to challenge hitters with it, but I wonder if sometimes he’s a bit too casual with locating it in the zone. If he learns to bury each of his offerings down in the zone with more regularity, I think he could be a guy who strikes out 175+ batters annually.

I think Kenny made an OK trade. Quentin will be a free-agent after the 2012 season and the Sox wouldn’t re-sign. He was close to getting non-tendered last year. With this trade Kenny saved about $7 million, opened up a RF for Dayan Viciedo, and got an interesting guy in Simon Castro.

UPDATE: BaseballInstict on Simon Castro:

Simon Castro was one of San Diego’s top prospects at about this time last year. Castro pitched well enough in 2010 to appear in the Futures Game while pitching for San Antonio with a 2.92 ERA and 107 K in 130 Innings. This season he was disappointing in his stint at Double-A, 4.33 ERA 73 K, 95 hits in 89 innings and was awful at Triple-A, 10.17 ERA, 21 K, 37 hits in 26 innings. Pedro Hernandez, was 10-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 2011. The 23-year-old lefty [righty] has a low to mid 90s fastball and a very good change-up.

December 26, 2011

Scott Merkin reviews the White Sox 2011 season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 26, 2011 11:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

As for that brief era of good feeling between Williams and Guillen, another slow start didn’t help the cause. A dispute over whether Minor League sensation Dayan Viciedo, who was Williams’ choice, or leadoff man Juan Pierre should be playing every day in the outfield in early June seemed to re-start tensions. Basically, both sides needed a change at this point.

Maybe Pierre will end up in Miami too…

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December 20, 2011

Carlos Quentin and/or John Danks trade talks to pick up?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 20, 2011 1:45 pm
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Richard Griffin @ The Toronto Star:

Anthopoulos began serious trade talks at the winter meetings and is now ready to resume calling GMs in earnest now that he knows the Darvish negotiations are off the table for the Jays.

There are talks with White Sox GM Kenny Williams for outfielder Carlos Quentin and John Danks. There’s a call to be made to Billy Beane with imaginative back-and-forth involving lefthander Gio Gonzalez. How about the Astros and Wandy Rodriguez or the Braves and Jair Jurrjens?

Maybe another team can be enticed to join in on one of these trade talks, brought in to create some heavy three-way action, because Anthopoulos is always prepared, armed with knowledge of all 30 teams, not just his own. He does his serious legwork and likes to know what other teams are looking for even if he doesn’t have the parts to satisfy them. That’s where the creativity and imagination come in.

Is another trade with Toronto coming?

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 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 7, 2011

Kevin Goldstein reviews “the most epic scouting promotional video in the history of the human race”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 7, 2011 4:00 am
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Kevin Goldstein:

I knew I was in for something special once I saw the email.

It was forwarded to me by a big league exec with a simple “You’re welcome.” The original email was sent to nearly 200 people, a veritable who’s who of the international scouting community. It’s from Edgar Mercedes, a Dominican-based agent who is often involved with Cuban defectors. The message, written in all caps, thanks the readers for coming to the showcase and links to a YouTube page with the video presented at the event. The video concerns Yeonis Cespedes, a 26-year-old outfielder who is currently in the Dominican looking to sign with a big league team. His resume from Cuba is significant as he hit .333 during the 2010-11 campaign while joining Jose Abreu in establishing a new league record with 33 home runs. He’s a tremendous talent—arguably the best all-around player to come out of Cuba in a generation. He’s a legitimate centerfielder with plus power and speed and is in his prime. Much like Aroldis Chapman was the best pitcher from the island, Cespedes is the best position player, and Mercedes will be expecting (and likely getting) a Chapman-like deal in the neighborhood of $30 million.

I was expecting a standard scouting video. A few minutes of hitting—shot from different angles—some shots of him chasing fly balls in center and throwing, and then some base running. Once I opened the video, however, I saw that it was over 20 minutes long, and knew I was in for something much different, but I could never imagine just how good it was.

Now if I was a nice person, I’d just embed the video right here, but I’m not going to do that. Before you watch it, I actually want to walk you through this majestic work. I want you to continue to read my description of what you are about to see, and figure out at what point you think I’m making some of this up. To be clear, I’m not. …

UPDATE: Kevin Goldstein’s update.

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September 24, 2011

Carlos Quentin is out

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2011 3:05 am
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Scott Merkin:

Out for some time with a sprained left shoulder, Carlos Quentin will not play for the White Sox again this season, manager Ozzie Guillen said on Friday.

After spraining the AC joint in his left shoulder while making a diving catch on Aug. 20, Quentin spent time on the 15-day disabled list. He came back for one game on Sept. 12, but hasn’t played since.

“Every time he [tries to play], it’s just sore and it gets worse and worse. I put him out there, and he went backward — maybe 10 more days,” Guillen said. “I don’t know why we have to take that chance. What’s he got to prove? Can he play in the big leagues? Yeah, he don’t have to prove anything.

“But he’s fine, it’s not like there’s something very serious about it. Just sore. He needs time to recover, and I don’t think we gave him enough time to do it.”

And Q! may very well be traded in the off-season.

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September 15, 2011

Quitting. Man, where do kids learn such things?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 15, 2011 2:02 pm
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Steve Rosenbloom:

Ozzie Guillen accused White Sox players of quitting, and he meant even before Wednesday’s regularly scheduled choke against Detroit.

Quitting is a serious charge, maybe the worst thing you can say about a player, other than “He’d be a perfect Cub.’’

Quitting. Man, where do kids learn such things?

Perhaps Sox players learned it from their manager who spouted off two weeks ago that he’ll likely quit on next year’s contract unless he gets an extension.

You want players to follow their manager’s lead, but do the Sox want that type of leader — the kind who is with you win or extension? …

That was a funny read!

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September 4, 2011

Adam Dunn, pitcher?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 4, 2011 11:40 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported the White Sox considered using Adam Dunn to pitch in the ninth inning, but manager Ozzie Guillen nixed that idea.

Couldn’t make things any worse…

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August 5, 2011

Is Paul Konerko sending a message to Alex Rios?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 11:41 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Paul Konerko recalled how he salvaged his 2003 season, when he batted .197 in a poor first half but elected to make some changes under new hitting coach Greg Walker and raised his average by 37 points.

It’s tough because in the second half, I felt I was as good as any hitter in the field, and you look up and you’re hitting .220,” Konerko said. “But I told myself I’m going to survive. People need to gain a little perspective on the outside.”

And it may be working:

Alex Rios said he’s started the process of revamping his batting stance in an effort to resurrect his production.

Rios, who didn’t start for the White Sox on Friday night for the second consecutive game, said he has moved his hands away from the middle of his body and said he will continue this if he feels aggressive and comfortable.

This is the start of a process that Rios hopes won’t require the entire offseason to get comfortable with. …

Frank Thomas suggested to Rios to change his batting stance last Sunday:

For Rios, on the other hand, Thomas suggested an entire overhaul of his plate approach.

“Right now, he’s fighting himself,” Thomas said. “For me, I would change that stance. We talked about it the other day. There’s nothing wrong with going in the cage and messing around with it. We saw one of the most successful players to ever play this game, Cal Ripken, he had a new stance every week. I told Alex, the bottom line is hitting the baseball. Go in the cage and figure something out, Get comfortable, because he’s not comfortable right now.”

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July 30, 2011

Kenny probably closes shop [UPDATE]

Merkin @ CWS:

“Is there a chance that we could have a different look? Absolutely there’s a ‘chance,'” Williams said. “I would say that chance is very, very slim.

“I don’t see anything on the horizon and everything that potentially can be done comes at a sacrifice of the guys that I expect we would need to try to win this division. So, very unlikely.”

UPDATE: Ballantini @ CSN:

Williams also admitted that most of the calls he’s getting from GMs at this point are of the prank variety.

“I’ve got a lot of friends in the game, so some of them are calling just to check in, make sure we are kind of where we are,” Williams smiled. “There’s a lot of rumors out there about us going either way, either being buyers or sellers, so there’s people checking in. Then there’s some of the more smart aleck friends of mine in the general manager ranks that are calling with humorous anecdotes as to what’s going on. It’s just that time of year. I think it’s the most fun time to be a general manager that there is during the calendar year.”

Other White Sox links: U-God writes a pretty awesome ‘Kenny Williams at the trade deadline’ simulator, James says if the Sox decide to trade Carlos Quentin they shouldn’t stop there, Mike looks at the Edwin Jackson/Mark Teahen for Jason Frasor/Zach Stewart trade, and 2011 supplemental 1st round pick Keenyn Walker was promoted to the Class A Kannapolis Intimidators.

Atlanta and Boston would like to acquire Carlos Quentin for a bucket of balls

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2011 3:00 pm
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As we saw before:

But Atlanta isn’t the only team interested in Carlos Quentin:

Kenny must be requesting something good in return:

Chuck Garfien says Kenny wants starting pitching:

With the trade deadline coming at 3pm on Sunday, who knows if the current White Sox team will still be intact by then. The hot rumor right now has GM Ken Williams dangling Carlos Quentin to the Braves and Phillies in return for starting pitching.

Matt Thornton is a wanted man

Did you say Derek Holland Kenny?

John Danks? Kenny just hung up:

But there is another suitor:

You mean the Yankee$ aren’t among the suitors? Well:

One more:

July 28, 2011

Atlanta, Philadelphia willing to give up a lot for Carlos Quentin?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 6:45 pm
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Knobler @ CBS:

With the Tigers’ loss to the Angels Thursday, the White Sox head into the weekend just three games out of first place in the American League Central.

Could they really trade Carlos Quentin, who is second on the team in both home runs and RBI? Perhaps so, if the return is high enough. And with the Braves and Phillies both seriously interested, according to sources, the return may well be high enough.

The Braves are desperate to add an outfield bat, and the word Thursday was that they were making a big push for Quentin. The Phillies’ wish list, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia, is topped by Hunter Pence, Quentin and Mike Adams. Many people still doubt that Pence will be traded, and people are starting to doubt that the Padres will move Adams, as well. …

from whitesox.com:

As for Quentin, reports on Thursday have the Atlanta Braves seriously interested, with the White Sox having thoroughly scouted the young talent available in return. Dayan Viciedo would be the logical replacement for Quentin, but a sore thumb has kept Viciedo out of action for Triple-A Charlotte since he was pulled in the sixth inning of last Saturday’s game. …

And some Carlos Quentin tweets:

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