NBC’s Craig Calceterra:
Personally, I’d rather have Daniel Hudson, who is young and team-controlled for years, than Edwin Jackson who is only team-controlled through next season and isn’t, you know, all that good.
Well said Craig. Well said…
UPDATE: Nightengale (USAT):
If deal gets done, the White Sox would send Daniel Hudson and prospect for Jackson,and take on Jackson’s entire $8.75 million salary
The White Sox reportedly will pay the remainder of Jackson’s $4.2 million salary this year and all of the $8.35 next year.
Rosenthal (Fox Sports):
White Sox exploring hitters other than Dunn, not all LH. Are “all over the place,” source says. Also looking for mid-rotation starter.
JJ examines whether the White Sox should trade for a starter.
UPDATE: Rosenthal says the Yankee$ are out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes for now. Yeah right. The Yankee$ are out. Maybe it’s for 15 minutes…
The Nats have not offered Dunn a contract extension in any form, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
“They’ve never made one proposal,” the source said.
Nationals officials repeatedly have stated that they want to re-sign Dunn, who is a free agent at the end of the season.
Some in the industry believe the team will make a last-minute offer to Dunn before the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. Saturday — and then trade Dunn if he does not accept.
Seems they aren’t very eager to keep him around. I guess that decreases their negotiation leverage?
With no indication of progress toward an agreement, the market for Dunn almost certainly will heat up in the coming days.
If the number of teams interested increases, the price will go up?
I’d rank them in this order: Hudson, Sale, Flowers, Mitchell, Viciedo.
Heyman @ SI:
The Angels and White Sox are said to have interest, but the price is expected to be steep. “A big arm and big bat,” said a source in reference to what it would take to get Fielder.
Buster Olney says the bat is Gordon Beckham and Ken Rosenthal says the arm is someone better than Dan Hudson. Kenny Williams should be hanging up now.
The other problem in acquiring Fielder is, again, the asking price. If Williams thought it was high for Dunn, he hasn’t seen anything yet. Start with John Danks or Gavin Floyd and add in Beckham.
So, the big arm is John Danks or Gavin Floyd. Run away Kenny!
The White Sox are interested in Prince Fielder; it appears they probably can’t make a deal unless they offer Gordon Beckham in the package.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal earlier:
Reversal from yesterday: White Sox trying to accelerate talks for Prince. Problem: Brewers want SP, and view Hudson as only a 3 or 4.
Haudricourt @ MIL/WI JS:
Most lists of Chicago’s top prospects have Hudson at No. 1 and Viciedo in the top five. Any deal for Fielder probably would have to start with those two. I also have to believe that Melvin would prefer trading Fielder out of the NL, though he could sign with any club he chooses after 2011.
This is not to say a deal is in the works. But Williams has been known to make big deals in the past, which is how he got Peavy. The White Sox have been doing quite nicely as they stand now, roaring to the top of the AL Central. But, if they go for the jugular, they might make a move on Fielder.
I was told the White Sox probably would ask for a starting pitcher in return to plug into their rotation, so the Brewers might have to include a pitcher such as Chris Narveson or Manny Parra in any deal. Otherwise, Chicago would be short of starters and the deal might not make sense. …
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal tweets Kenny is not on Fielder :
White Sox not on Fielder – don’t like $$$, no match given Brewers’ need for starting pitching. Also not on Berkman. Focus still Dunn.
Losing Daniel Hudson because Kenny listened to Ozzie who didn’t want Thome would suck. 6 years of Daniel Hudson down the drain. With the money the Sox signed Mark Kotsay, they could’ve signed Big Jim…
According to a major-league source, Williams spent the last few days trying desperately to pry Adam Dunn from the grasps of the Washington Nationals, offering up “anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package.”
And no one is untouchable, including pitcher Daniel Hudson or infielder Dayan Viciedo.
“The problem Kenny is finding out is that [Nats GM Mike] Rizzo is acting like Dunn is Ryan Howard,” the source said.
That means that Rizzo is still fixated on getting Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, two players on the current big-league roster that Williams has refused to move.
UPDATE: Hudson was scouted by several teams tonight:
Hudson, 23, is coveted by several major league teams who may be willing to part with either a left-handed power hitter or a pitcher the Sox seek. Scouts from at least six major league teams watched Hudson’s fastball clocked at 95 mph, and he threw 63 of 99 pitches for strikes – a considerable improvement over his July 11 start when he lasted only four-plus innings against Kansas City.
BTW, here’s video of Kenny (3:05).
UPDATE #2: One of the scouting team was the Brewers.
MLBTR on Buster Olney’s column:
Executives are divided on whether the Brewers will trade Prince Fielder this July. … The White Sox, Rays and Angels could be fits, but rival officials doubt the White Sox would have enough to offer the Brewers unless they offer Daniel Hudson and Gordon Beckham.
Kenny Williams won’t like that.
MLBTR on Ken Rosenthal’s latest video:
The White Sox made a run at Cliff Lee, but never got close to landing him. Although a left-handed bat remains their biggest need, there aren’t many on the market who appeal to them besides Dunn, whose price tag is “exorbitant.” They might settle for acquiring a right-handed hitter, and could also pursue another starter if Daniel Hudson struggles.
That’s what happens when you listen to Ozzie Guillen and his underpants theory of baseball, Kenny.