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December 11, 2010

White Sox interested in Miguel Olivo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2010 7:52 pm
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Morosi @ YB:

Free-agent catcher Miguel Olivo has drawn varying levels of interest from the Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays, a major-league source told FOXSports.com. The Red Sox could also get involved if they are unable to re-sign Victor Martinez.

J.J. explains (#3) how the Olivo interest and John Buck’s Florida deal means A.J. Pierzynski will likely be offered arbitration.

December 2, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski close to signing with Toronto? No

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 2, 2010 7:34 pm
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MLBTR:

The Blue Jays are close to signing A.J. Pierzynski, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Even though John Buck signed with the Marlins and Miguel Olivo declined the team’s offer of arbitration, the Blue Jays still have two capable catchers. Jose Molina will return in 2011 and J.P. Arencibia showed power in a late-season call-up and won Pacific Coast League MVP.

Here’s Cowley:

Later, Williams was asked about the talks concerning free agent A.J. Pierzynski, and again brought up the pursuit of Konerko as a big reason why Pierzynski is on hold for now.

“We’ve had conversations, we’ve had a lot of conversations,” Williams said of bringing his catcher back. “Again, I value A.J.. I would love to have him back. My dilemma right now is do you take such an overture and let it take you out of the payroll zone that you may need to get a Paul Konerko back. We’re in a holding pattern because to be honest the next thing I would like to put back in a Sox uniform is Paul Konerko.”

The problem is that the Pierzynski ship may have already sailed. A source close to the situation said that Pierzynski was close to signing with Toronto.

That would leave the Sox going with Ramon Castro and Tyler Flowers, or pursuing Miguel Olivo.

Not so fast tweets Ken Rosenthal:

Sources: Pierzynski is NOT close to signing with Blue Jays. White Sox still appear in mix.

November 23, 2010

Levine: Adam Dunn is the primary target of the White Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 23, 2010 11:06 pm
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Levine @ ESPN chat:

Q: Hey Bruce is it true that the White offered Victor Martinez a 3 year $48 million dollar contract, and he chose the 4 year $50 million dollar deal from Detroit instead?

A: Don’t know if the money is exactly what you say, but they were negotiating. At the same time, the Sox have talked to many agents, including Adam Dunn‘s, who is still their primary target.

Washington offered arbitration to Dunn, so if the Sox sign him you can wave goodbye to the 23rd draft pick.

Q: Assuming the Sox don’t get Adam Dunn, would [Hideki] Matsui be the left handed bat we go after next? And is [Miguel] Olivo the Sox starting catcher in 2011?

A: I can’t see how Olivo fits with the White Sox. The reason they got rid of him initially is he called a terrible game. Unless he’s gotten a lot smarter over the last five years, I don’t see it. Matsui is someone they are interested in. The agent and the Sox have had a solid history of communication.

Also, J.P. Morosi @ FS says:

After whiffing on [Victor] Martinez, the pressure is on the Chicago White Sox to come away with Dunn or their own free-agent slugger, Paul Konerko.

At this point, the White Sox will have a lot of splainin’ to do if they don’t re-sign their captain. Konerko hit .312 this year with 39 home runs and 111 RBI.

Dunn, meanwhile, could be a fit on the North Side.

January 29, 2010

BaseballAmerica’s AL Central All-Decade Top 10 Prospects List

BA:

White Sox Top 1o prospects of the decade:

1. Mark Buehrle, lhp
2. Bobby Jenks, rhp
3. Jon Garland, rhp
4. Aaron Rowand, of
5. Joe Crede, 3b
6. Jon Rauch, rhp
7. Gordon Beckham, ss
8. Miguel Olivo, c
9. Kip Wells, rhp
10. Brandon McCarthy, rhp

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