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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.

July 28, 2011

In which Kenny Williams puts everyone ‘On Notice’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 3:00 am
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From Kenny Williams’ comments after today’s trade:

On more trade opportunities:

… The other part of doing what we ended up doing today allowed us to get (Alejandro) De Aza in the lineup and in centerfield to afford Ozzie more than Rios has been giving us.  Rios is going to have to take a backseat now and we’re going to see if De Aza can give us a little bit of a spark and provide us with a way to manufacture some runs.”

On who to play, who to sit:

“Here’s what I told Ozzie: don’t worry about the size of the contracts, just worry about putting the players out there on a given day that can help you win.  The size of the contracts is not Ozzie’s problem, it’s not Jerry’s problem, it’s not the coaches’ problem, it’s my problem.  So, put the players on the field that can win and I don’t give a darn if one guy is making $400,000 and the other guy is making $12 million. I’m sending a message to everyone.”

Kenny continues:

“Throw the contracts and salaries aside. If we’ve got $20 [million] or $30 million sitting on the bench, then that’s a Kenny Williams problem. That’s not Ozzie’s problem. We’ll have pretty good pinch-hitters.”

Video of Kenny (2:16).

and Ozzie Guillen:

“We’ve talked about it maybe three times about how we feel about [Rios]. I don’t think you bring people [up] to push people to get better,” Guillen said. “I think you bring people [up] to make the ballclub better, and hopefully that move does that.”

Other White Sox links: James looks at the Edwin Jackson/Mark Teahen for Jason Frasor/Zach Stewart trade, and Kevin Goldstein tweets that he doesn’t like the aforementioned trade.

July 27, 2011

White Sox trade Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to Toronto for reliever Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart

Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox and Blue Jays completed a trade Wednesday that sent Chicago starter Edwin Jackson and third baseman Mark Teahen to Toronto in exchange for reliever Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart. …

Let’s see what B-R says for the 2 guys that came back. For Jason Frasor:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
1999 21 DET-min A-,A 5 4 .556 1.96 16 15 0 1 1 0 82.2 53 26 18 5 31 0 102 3 5 3 326 1.016 5.8 0.5 3.4 11.1 3.29 ONE,WMI · NYPL,MIDW
2000 22 DET-min A 5 3 .625 3.28 14 14 0 0 0 0 71.1 55 32 26 2 29 0 65 4 1 5 300 1.178 6.9 0.3 3.7 8.2 2.24 WMI · MIDW
2002 24 DET-min A+ 5 6 .455 3.54 24 24 0 0 0 0 117.0 112 54 46 10 46 1 87 8 2 2 494 1.350 8.6 0.8 3.5 6.7 1.89 LAK · FLOR
2003 25 LAD-min AA,A+ 2 0 1.000 2.51 50 0 41 0 0 23 61.0 49 21 17 2 18 0 86 1 1 1 248 1.098 7.2 0.3 2.7 12.7 4.78 JCK,VRO · SOUL,FLOR
2004 26 TOR-min AAA 0 0 2.25 3 0 2 0 0 0 4.0 1 1 1 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 18 1.500 2.2 0.0 11.2 13.5 1.20 SYR · IL
2004 26 TOR AL 4 6 .400 4.08 63 0 37 0 0 17 68.1 64 31 31 4 36 3 54 2 2 4 299 119 1.463 8.4 0.5 4.7 7.1 1.50
2005 27 TOR AL 3 5 .375 3.25 67 0 12 0 0 1 74.2 67 31 27 8 28 2 62 3 0 1 305 137 1.272 8.1 1.0 3.4 7.5 2.21
2006 28 TOR-min AAA 3 1 .750 3.98 18 0 6 0 0 1 20.1 21 10 9 1 13 0 33 0 0 3 92 1.672 9.3 0.4 5.8 14.6 2.54 SYR · IL
2006 28 TOR AL 3 2 .600 4.32 51 0 12 0 0 0 50.0 47 24 24 8 17 1 51 2 0 3 215 106 1.280 8.5 1.4 3.1 9.2 3.00
2007 29 TOR AL 1 5 .167 4.58 51 0 18 0 0 3 57.0 47 29 29 3 23 1 59 2 1 2 242 98 1.228 7.4 0.5 3.6 9.3 2.57
2008 30 TOR AL 1 2 .333 4.18 49 0 21 0 0 0 47.1 36 23 22 4 32 4 42 1 0 6 208 102 1.437 6.8 0.8 6.1 8.0 1.31
2009 31 TOR AL 7 3 .700 2.50 61 0 36 0 0 11 57.2 43 17 16 4 16 3 56 2 0 2 227 178 1.023 6.7 0.6 2.5 8.7 3.50
2010 32 TOR AL 3 4 .429 3.68 69 0 18 0 0 4 63.2 61 30 26 4 27 6 65 4 0 5 279 114 1.382 8.6 0.6 3.8 9.2 2.41
2011 33 TOR AL 2 1 .667 2.98 44 0 6 0 0 0 42.1 38 15 14 4 15 1 37 2 0 2 178 137 1.252 8.1 0.9 3.2 7.9 2.47
8 Seasons 24 28 .462 3.69 455 0 160 0 0 36 461.0 403 200 189 39 194 21 426 18 3 25 1953 120 1.295 7.9 0.8 3.8 8.3 2.20
162 Game Avg. 4 4 .462 3.69 68 0 24 0 0 5 69 60 30 28 6 29 3 64 3 0 4 292 120 1.295 7.9 0.8 3.8 8.3 2.20
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/27/2011.

and Zach Stewart:

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
2008 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A CIN 1 4 .200 1.09 24 0 21 0 0 5 33.0 26 7 4 0 14 2 36 2 0 0 136 1.212 7.1 0.0 3.8 9.8 2.57
2008 21 Dayton MIDW A CIN 1 2 .333 0.55 11 0 10 0 0 3 16.1 10 2 1 0 3 0 13 1 0 0 61 0.796 5.5 0.0 1.7 7.2 4.33
2008 21 Sarasota FLOR A+ CIN 0 2 .000 1.62 13 0 11 0 0 2 16.2 16 5 3 0 11 2 23 1 0 0 75 1.620 8.6 0.0 5.9 12.4 2.09
2009 22 4 Teams 4 Lgs A+-AA-AAA TOR,CIN 4 1 .800 1.89 34 14 7 1 0 2 105.0 105 34 22 3 32 0 93 2 0 4 439 1.305 9.0 0.3 2.7 8.0 2.91
2009 22 Sarasota FLOR A+ CIN 1 1 .500 2.13 7 7 0 1 0 0 42.1 47 17 10 1 8 0 32 1 0 1 177 1.299 10.0 0.2 1.7 6.8 4.00
2009 22 Carolina SOUL AA CIN 3 0 1.000 1.46 7 7 0 0 0 0 37.0 29 7 6 1 10 0 31 1 0 1 145 1.054 7.1 0.2 2.4 7.5 3.10
2009 22 Las Vegas PCL AAA TOR 0 0 3.38 11 0 3 0 0 0 13.1 18 8 5 1 6 0 14 0 0 1 62 1.800 12.2 0.7 4.0 9.4 2.33
2009 22 Louisville IL AAA CIN 0 0 0.73 9 0 4 0 0 2 12.1 11 2 1 0 8 0 16 0 0 1 55 1.541 8.0 0.0 5.8 11.7 2.00
2010 23 New Hampshire EL AA TOR 8 3 .727 3.63 26 26 0 0 0 0 136.1 131 59 55 13 54 0 106 5 2 5 575 1.357 8.6 0.9 3.6 7.0 1.96
2011 24 New Hampshire EL AA TOR 5 5 .500 4.20 16 16 0 1 0 0 94.1 106 49 44 6 27 0 74 1 1 3 403 1.410 10.1 0.6 2.6 7.1 2.74
4 Seasons 18 13 .581 3.05 100 56 28 2 0 7 368.2 368 149 125 22 127 2 309 10 3 12 1553 1.343 9.0 0.5 3.1 7.5 2.43
AA (3 seasons) AA 16 8 .667 3.53 49 49 0 1 0 0 267.2 266 115 105 20 91 0 211 7 3 9 1123 1.334 8.9 0.7 3.1 7.1 2.32
AAA (1 season) AAA 0 0 2.10 20 0 7 0 0 2 25.2 29 10 6 1 14 0 30 0 0 2 117 1.675 10.2 0.4 4.9 10.5 2.14
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 1 3 .250 1.98 20 7 11 1 0 2 59.0 63 22 13 1 19 2 55 2 0 1 252 1.390 9.6 0.2 2.9 8.4 2.89
A (1 season) A 1 2 .333 0.55 11 0 10 0 0 3 16.1 10 2 1 0 3 0 13 1 0 0 61 0.796 5.5 0.0 1.7 7.2 4.33
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/27/2011.

I see Toronto trade Edwin Jackson and some relievers to St. Louis for Colby Rasmus. And not any good relievers. I’d prefer getting Rasmus to getting Frasor/Stewart. Yes, Rasmus has his negatives but it would have been a better return than Frasor/Stewart.

July 19, 2011

Don’t wait for Alex Rios to go the other way

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 19, 2011 10:40 pm
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Pinto @ BA:

Alex Rios of the Chicago White Sox sports the lowest OBP in the major leagues among players with at least 300 plate appearances, .256.  Interestingly, Alex does chase more pitches than usual outside the strike zone, but in general, he swings at strikes more often than he swings at balls.  His problem lies in his approach at the plate, and approach that pitchers easily exploit. …

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks on what return we can expect if the Sox trade Edwin Jackson, Mike wonders if Mark Teahen and Brent Morel are on the move, and A.J. Pierzynski’s defense is still bad.

July 7, 2011

Dayan Viciedo goes walk crazy! [UPDATE #2]

Dayan drew 3 walks in yesterday’s game!:

Charlotte Knights
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Viciedo RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 .324

Dayan is hitting .324/.371/.530/.901 with 23 BB and 65 K in 336 AB.

3 walks in one game! Dayan has seen the light!

UPDATE: That’s a 6.3% BB% and a a 17.9 K%. Other numbers: .369 BABIP, 48% GB%, 17% LD%, 61 RC, 6.92 RC/27, .384 wOBA, 120 wOBA+, 145 OPS+.

Other White Sox links: J.J. gives us his roster changes thoughts, James does the same (offensive improvement is the object of both), Chuck Garfien writes about the Most Intersting Man in the Sox locker room (photo gallery) (J.J. says ‘yeah, but’), and MLB Daily Dish’s Adam Bernacchio gives us the 5 best Free-Agent bargains this off-season (Brett Ballantini has been beating this drum for aquite some time now).

UPDATE #2: John Sickels talks about Dayan Viciedo:

Cuban defector signed to $ 10 million contract in 2008. Hitting .322/.364/.528 with 15 homers, 20 walks, 65 strikeouts in 335 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. Power to all fields, should produce a solid batting average with plenty of homers despite so-so strike zone judgment. Poor defender at any position and likely a born DH, but he’ll hit. Age 22. Major League ETA: 2011.

June 24, 2011

Teahen! [UPDATE: AJ!]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2011 10:05 pm
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Teahen: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16244811&c_id=cws (0:51)

Walk-off now please!

UPDATE: Time for that walk-off boys.

A.J.: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16250931&c_id=cws (1:02)

UPDATE #2: And we give up 4 unearned runs… Damn…

May 18, 2011

Andre Rienzo’s walk rate is up

After today’s 6 IP/6 K/6 BB outing, Andre Rienzo already has 25 walks in 42.2 innings. Last year Rienzo issued 32 walks in 101.0 innings. Please cut down the walks Andre!

Rienzo is one of the subjects Buddy Bell addressed today. See posts by J.J. Stankevitz, Mark Primiano (U-God) & Jim Margalus, and Scott Reifert.

May 17, 2011

Mark Teahen down, Dallas McPherson up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2011 9:14 pm
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whitesox.com:

Prior to tonight’s game vs. Texas, the Chicago White Sox placed infielder Mark Teahen on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 12) with a strained right oblique and purchased the contract of infielder Dallas McPherson from Class AAA Charlotte. … McPherson, who will wear uniform No. 45, was signed by the Sox as a free agent on November 10, 2010. The White Sox 40-man roster is at 36.

McPherson is hitting .305/.366/.458/.824 with 39 K and 12 BB, a .361 wOBA and a .435 BABIP. Clay Davenport says his EQA (Equivalent Average) is .291 and McPherson’s Major League EQA is .229.

UPDATE: And McPherson singles on his first White Sox at-bat! Bring him in boys!

BP about Equivalent Average:

A measure of total offensive value per out, with corrections for league offensive level, home park, and team pitching. EQA considers batting as well as baserunning, but not the value of a position player’s defense. The EqA adjusted for all-time also has a correction for league difficulty. The scale is deliberately set to approximate that of batting average. League average EqA is always equal to .260.

Dayan Viciedo wasn’t the one that got the call because: 1: he’s more of an outfielder, 2. he wouldn’t get regular ABs like in AAA.

Well , he wasn’t getting enough ABs last year in the Majors but that didn’t stop the Sox from calling him up.

Other White Sox links: James says A.J. Pierzynski is hurting the Sox. Jim takes a look too. Mike says calling up McPherson is the Right Move For the Wrong Reason.

May 12, 2011

Adam Dunn launches a baseball into orbit [UPDATE]

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14722245&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws (0:54)

More video from last night’s game here.

UPDATE: The hittracker says the true distance of Dunn’s dinger was 442 feet.

April 26, 2011

Trayce Thompson is on fire

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2011 11:49 pm
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After going 3-4 with a HR today,

Stats

BTW, here are a couple more links to checkout: J.J. takes a look at Humber’s masterpiece yesterday, and James takes a look at Mark Buehrle, and another at Mark Teahen.

March 18, 2011

Fangraphs looks on Mark Teahen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 18, 2011 4:15 pm
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Klaasen:

Could the White Sox could get anything back for him? Most projection systems (excluding the seemingly-always-optimistic Bill James projections) have Teahen somwhere between just league average and minus 6 runs over a full season. That wouldn’t be that bad, actually, if Teahen could play third base acceptably. As we’ve seen, that probably isn’t the case — he’s probably a minus five defender over a full season at the very best, and it’s probably worse than that. On the outfield corners, he’s average at the very best, probably a bit below. Altogether, Teahen is probably a between one and 1.5 WAR over a full season. Assuming half that as a backup, the White Sox understandably don’t want to pay that salary. However, it isn’t clear that any other team needs a starter of Teahen’s abilities at this point at any of his possible positions, and paying him like that as a bench player wouldn’t make sense for them, either. …

March 14, 2011

Rosenthal: White Sox: Open to dealing Mark Teahen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2011 11:30 pm
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Ken Rosenthal @ YB:

The White Sox are open to trading Mark Teahen rather than making him a high-priced utility man at the four corner positions and DH. Still, Teahen represents insurance for rookie third baseman Brent Morel, an outstanding defender who might not hit right away.

Manager Ozzie Guillen likes Teahen’s left-handed bat and estimates that he could find 350 at-bats for the veteran if Morel wins the starting job at third. The problem: Teahen, who is guaranteed $4.75 million this season and $5.5 million in 2012, would be overpaid as a reserve.

I don’t think that’s a new development Ken…

January 22, 2011

Kenny Williams says outfield is set; Brent Morel/Mark Teahen platoon at 3B?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 22, 2011 3:30 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

Jordan Danks will get a chance to show his stuff in big-league camp this spring, but he doesn’t have much of a chance of making the big-league roster. Williams said Danks, the younger brother of John Danks, still needs to play every day and the current OF spots are set with [Juan] Pierre, Alexis Rios and Carlos Quentin. As for [Brent] Morel, Williams thinks he could still be useful playing four times a week with the big-league team, which seems to suggest a Morel/Teahen 3B platoon, at least at the start of the season.

As for Quentin, Guillen boldly predicted that the high-intensity run producer will have a season like he did in 2008 when he was an MVP candidate before a late-season hand injury. Perhaps it was Guillen’s way of saying that Quentin will be expected to deliver up to his potential, something he will only be able to do by staying healthy.

December 10, 2010

White Sox are trying to trade Carlos Quentin [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 10, 2010 9:45 pm
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Cowley @ CST tweets:

Multiple sources confirmed that the Sox are actively looking to trade [Carlos] Quentin for a package w/bullpen help, but “are asking a lot so far.”

MLBTR says the “are asking a lot so far” thing could mean that the Sox are just “gauging the market at this point.”

UPDATE: Kenny says not so fast:

Ken Williams emphatically denied Saturday that any trade talk was ongoing involving White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin for a relief pitcher, and the general manager sought to dispel any rumors that it would happen.

… “Three teams asked about him (at the winter meetings) and I have not had one single conversation with anyone since. We’ll add to our relief pitching without (trading) him.” Williams admitted he needs one or two relievers to round out his team and that a trade could happen soon, but said it will not involve subtracting from his current lineup.

UPDATE #2: Cowley says not so fast himself:

Scout just confirmed that KW is hoping Quentin can land him “a Carlos Lee-type return.” Lee was traded for [Scott] Podsednik and [Luis] Vizcaino in 2004.

and if Quentin isn’t desired by others:

If the deal is not there will then explore moving [Dayan] Viciedo or [Mark] Teahen, but know that the return won’t be as much.

Will there be another update?  You bet!

November 8, 2010

Most Important Sox, 2011 and beyond edition (#21-30)

Ballantini @ CSN:

As the coals in the hot stove are just beginning to get stoked up, it’s time to rank the current Chicago White Sox, in order of importance for 2011 and beyond. It’s not intended to be a strict list of merely the best players, or best values, on the White Sox. Rather, it takes into account team depth, the free agent market, or answering the question of which player would hurt the most not being on the team? …

30. Eduardo Escobar, SS

One great AFL season does not make a prospect. But given that Escobar has lit up a fall season that earns more than its fair share of attention from major-league eyes, Escobar becomes an important trade chip this winter. Perhaps the inclusion of the shortstop in a Carlos Quentin-Colby Rasmus deal with St. Louis gets that trade done.

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