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December 2, 2010

White Sox sign Adam Dunn to a 4 year, $56 million deal

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 2, 2010 6:11 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

One of the offseason priorities for the White Sox soon could be fulfilled through the free-agent signing of Adam Dunn, who agreed to a four-year deal worth $56 million, pending a physical.

… Dunn had expressed a desire to do more than simply serve as designated hitter, but Dunn also could see time at first base for the White Sox, even if free agent Paul Konerko returns. Dunn, 31, reportedly was looking for a four-year, $60 million deal, and with the White Sox already committed to $81 million through 13 players — not to mention arbitration increases due to John Danks, Carlos Quentin and Tony Pena — bringing in Dunn seemed less likely at that asking price.

… If Konerko decides to return to the White Sox, the team would have a potent middle of the order somewhat akin to the Konerko/Jim Thome combination from 2006 to the end of ’09. Adding that sum total to the payroll could mean the subtraction of a player such as Quentin or even Mark Buehrle, as well as a young player such as Tyler Flowers taking over behind the plate. Buehrle would be a possible trade option, as he’s set to earn $14 million in the final year of his four-year, $56 million deal. But the left-hander has full no-trade protection, and if dealt, an extra contractual year kicks in for 2012 at $15 million.

Since Dunn is a Type-A free agent who declined arbitration, the Sox gave the 23rd pick in June’s draft to Washington.

UPDATE: Dyck:

Asked if the Sox had payroll room to sign both Dunn and Konerko, Williams said, “Not only do we have room, but it would be the ideal from our perspective.”

November 23, 2010

White Sox offer arbitration to Paul Konerko, J.J. Putz; not on A.J. Pierzynski, Manny Ramirez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 23, 2010 3:13 pm
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scott merkin tweets:

White Sox offer arbitration to Konerko, Putz; Decline arbitration on Pierzynski and Manny Ramirez.

UPDATE: Konerko, Pierzynski and Ramirez are Type-A free-agents. Putz is a Type-B. Merkin explains what happens now:

Konerko, 34, has been classified as a Type A free agent, meaning the White Sox will receive two extra Draft picks in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft if Konerko declines arbitration and signs with another team. Konerko and Putz have one week to decide if they will accept the arbitration offer, with Nov. 30 standing as the deadline.

A first-round pick would go to the White Sox from the Konerko-signing team, as long as that team’s pick is not protected in the Top 15. The White Sox also would receive a sandwich pick in between the first and second rounds.

It’s unlikely for Konerko to accept this arbitration offer, meaning he would be under the White Sox control for just the next season at an increase from his $12 million salary in 2010. Konerko figures to command a multiyear offer, based on his overall body of work, his leadership skills and his .312 average, 39 home runs and 111 RBIs put up last year, with the White Sox certainly remaining in the picture.

Putz, 33, meanwhile, has Type B classification, meaning the White Sox would receive a supplemental selection between the first and second round if he declines arbitration and signs elsewhere. If Putz accepts arbitration by next Tuesday, the White Sox would have an important bullpen cog back in the fold for 2011 at a cost slightly above the $3 million Putz earned in 2010.

UPDATE #2: Padilla @ ESPN:

Williams suggested that not offering arbitration to Pierzynski was a sign of respect:

“We felt that if we did offer arbitration to A.J. and there were [compensation draft] picks involved that it would potentially hurt a guy that is loyal to us and has been a stud behind the plate and brings it every day,” Williams said. “We just didn’t want to do that. The market will define what his worth is and there will be a time in the offseason when we will get together with his guy and discern the options for bringing him back and whether it’s affordable.”

UPDATE #3: Here’s MLBTR’s Free-Agent compensation primer. and MLBTR’s Free-Agent compensation offer tracker.

October 29, 2010

Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski are officially Type-A free-agents

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 29, 2010 3:19 am
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MLBTR:

Type A

Paul Konerko — 78.095
A.J. Pierzynski — 80.804
Manny Ramirez — 76.154

Type B

J.J. Putz — 62.213

October 5, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko to be Type-A free-agents

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 5, 2010 9:11 pm
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MLBTR:

Type A

Matt Thornton – 86.094
A.J. Pierzynski
– 80.804
Paul Konerko
– 78.095
Manny Ramirez
– 76.154

Type B

J.J. Putz – 61.876

Here are the spreadsheets.

September 28, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko are still on track to be Type-A free-agents after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 28, 2010 12:42 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.411
Victor Martinez Boston A 87.946
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 80.804
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.679
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.679
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 72.768
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 71.875

September 19 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.857
Victor Martinez Boston A 87.054
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 80.580
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.679
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.232
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.777
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 72.321

Paul Konerko and Manny Ramirez are also on track to be Type-As. Konerko was on track to be a Type-B until the 8/27 update. J.J. Putz is on track to be a Type-B. Alexei Ramirez is on track to be a Type-A but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

September 19, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko are still on track to be Type-A free-agents after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2010 9:41 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.857
Victor Martinez Boston A 88.839
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 80.357
Jorge Posada New York A A 78.125
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.232
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.107
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.982

September 9 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.857
Victor Martinez Boston A 87.054
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 80.580
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.679
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.232
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.777
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 72.321

Paul Konerko and Manny Ramirez are also on track to be Type-As. Konerko was on track to be a Type-B until the 8/27 update. J.J. Putz is on track to be a Type-B. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is on track to be a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is on track to be a Type-A but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

September 9, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko are on track to be Type-A free-agents after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 9, 2010 12:57 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.857
Victor Martinez Boston A 87.054
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 80.580
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.679
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.232
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.777
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 72.321

September 2 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.208
Victor Martinez Boston A 86.147
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 78.788
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.355
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.489
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.892
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 73.160

Paul Konerko and Manny Ramirez are also on track to be Type-As. Konerko was on track to be a Type-B all year before the last update (9/2). J.J. Putz is on track to be a Type-B. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is on track to be a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is on track to be a Type-A but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

September 2, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko are on track to be Type-A free-agents after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 2, 2010 1:53 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 93.304
Victor Martinez Boston A 87.054
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 80.357
Jorge Posada New York A A 78.571
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.125
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.554
Bengie Molina Texas B 72.768

August 22 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.208
Victor Martinez Boston A 86.147
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 78.788
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.355
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.489
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.892
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 73.160

Paul Konerko and Manny Ramirez are also on track to be Type-As. Konerko was on track to be a Type-B in the last update. J.J. Putz is on track to be a Type-B. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is on track to be a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is on track to be a Type-A but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

August 22, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski still on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 22, 2010 9:24 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.208
Victor Martinez Boston A 86.147
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 78.788
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.355
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.489
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.892
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 73.160

August 10 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 89.862
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.871
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 76.959
Jorge Posada New York A A 76.037
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.037
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 72.350
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 71.889
Bengie Molina Texas B 71.429

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is on track to be a Type-A but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

August 10, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski still on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2010 9:40 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 89.862
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.871
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 76.959
Jorge Posada New York A A 76.037
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.037
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 72.350
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 71.889
Bengie Molina Texas B 71.429

August 2 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 89.286
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.673
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.061
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.041
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.020
Bengie Molina Texas B 71.429
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 69.388

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is again on track to be a Type-A (he had slipped to Type-B) but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

August 4, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski still on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 4, 2010 8:38 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 89.286
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.673
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.061
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.041
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.020
Bengie Molina Texas B 71.429
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 69.388

July 26 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 87.619
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.857
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.143
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.143
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.667
Bengie Molina Texas A 73.333
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.000

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is on track to be a Type-B but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

July 26, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 12:55 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 88.095
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.333
Jorge Posada New York A A 79.524
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.571
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.190
Bengie Molina Texas A 74.762
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.476

July 15 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 87.619
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.857
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.143
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.143
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.667
Bengie Molina Texas A 73.333
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.000

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez slipped to a Type-B but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

July 14, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 14, 2010 7:12 pm
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AL catchers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 88.177
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.759
Jorge Posada New York A A 78.325
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 78.325
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.340
Bengie Molina Texas A 72.414
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 69.458

July 4 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 87.619
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.857
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.143
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.143
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.667
Bengie Molina Texas A 73.333
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.000

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is a Type-A but isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

July 4, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski: currently a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 4, 2010 7:00 pm
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AL catchers:

American League Catchers
Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 87.619
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.857
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.143
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.143
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.667
Bengie Molina Texas A 73.333
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.000

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are Type-B. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is a Type-A but isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

May 17, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski profiles as a Type-A free agent

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2010 3:15 pm
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MLBTR:

Eddie Bajek has reverse-engineered the Elias Rankings, and he’s providing his work exclusively here at MLB Trade Rumors.  The player stats used start with the beginning of the 2009 season and run through May 15th, 2010.  We still have 4.5 months for these to change. …

A.J. doesn’t seem to be be very far from the cutoff point though. And Paul Konerko profiles as a Type-B.

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