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May 30, 2010

Don’t expect a big return in a potential Paul Konerko trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2010 2:41 pm
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Cowley (twitter):

And don’t think the Sox would be getting some top prospect for Konerko. It would be to dump money and do Konerko a solid.

J.J.:

If Williams does trade Konerko, he won’t get much of anything back in return. Sure, Konerko is one of the big bats likely to hit the trade market this summer, but he’s likely nothing more than a three or four-month rental.

While Konerko would be a nice boost to a contending team, that he’s a rental player means the Sox won’t get anything better than a B-/C+ prospect in return.

How about a pitcher like Fabio Martinez (B-/B-), Tyler Skaggs (B-/B-), Jordan Walden (B-/B-), Jon Bachanov (B-/C+), Ryan Chafee (C+/C+), Tyler Chatwood (C+), Pat Corbin (C+)? Letter grades are from John Sickels’ and Baseball-Intellect’s 2010 Angels prospects lists. More prospect lists here.

Paul Konerko to the Angels? [speculation]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2010 2:37 am
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Gonzales:

And although A.J. Pierzynski, J.J. Putz and Jenks have received plenty of scrutiny, first baseman Paul Konerko might be added to the list in the wake of a season-threatening ankle fracture suffered by Los Angeles Angels first baseman Kendry Morales.

Konerko possesses full trade-veto rights by virtue of having at least 10 years in the majors and more than the past five years with the same team. But he nearly signed with the Angels after the 2005 season and he maintains a friendship with Angels manager Mike Scioscia from their days in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system.

Cowley, who makes the same speculation, reminds us that Konerko said in last year that he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause “if he felt it could help the Sox, as well as put him in a good place.”

February 25, 2010

‘If Viciedo can get $10 million, then what am I worth’ ask Cuban ballplayers

Campbell @ Toronto Star:

Neither Morales nor Escobar was a full-time starter in Cuba, but each has excelled in the majors. And Krieger says eyes across the island opened wide when Viciedo signed with the White Sox.

Touted as Cuba’s next great shortstop, Viciedo entered the National Series as a 15-year-old in 2005, and hit 14 home runs the next year. From there, Krieger says, his production declined, yet after defecting in 2008 he still signed a four-year, $10-million (all figures U.S.) deal with Chicago.

“Viciedo had a very significant impact on the thinking of Cuban players,” he said. “They thought, `If he can get $10 million, then what am I worth?” …

November 18, 2009

Jon Heyman on the Paul Konerko-Adrian Gonzales rumor

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB,MLB — The Wizard @ November 18, 2009 2:57 pm
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Heyman:

Adrian Gonzalez: Any acquiring team would have to put together a tremendous package for the superstar player with the most reasonable multiyear contract in baseball ($10.5 million over the next two years). The silliest rumor so far had Gonzalez possibly going in a three-way trade with Paul Konerko going to the Angels and prospects to the Padres. Beyond the fact the Angels have a great first baseman in Kendry Morales, Konerko’s high contract makes him a giveaway at this point.

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