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January 20, 2010

January 20 links

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- BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #12:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls [175 KB]

- Ozzie Guillen turns 46.

- Gordon Beckham is looking to avoid a sophomore slump.

- Don Cooper is encouraged by Mark Buehrle’s off-season workout program.

- Octavio ‘Doc OcK’ Dotel signed a 1-year deal with a 2011 club option with the Pirates.

January 15, 2010

January 15 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 15, 2010 9:13 pm
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- John Danks, Bobby Jenks, Carlos Quentin and Tony Pena filed for arbitration. Scot Gregor’s take.

- Jeff F. Marquez is focused on returning to form.

- The Pirates signed D.J. Carrasco and are close to signing Octavio Dotel.

- Matt Thornton will answer questions in Scott Merkin’s next mailbag. Submit yours using the form on the middle of the page.

- Jim looks at the Sox ticket prices for Spring Training and compares them to the other baseball teams that have Spring Training in Arizona. He also looks at the 15 players that the Sox invited for Spring Training.

- Happy 39th birthday to Don Cooper.

- Fangraphs looks at the remaining 1B/DH players.

December 1, 2009

Sox won’t offer arbitration to Dye, Dotel, Pods, Castro

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 1, 2009 12:58 pm
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Merkin:

The White Sox have decided against offering salary arbitration to their free agents, outfielder Jermaine Dye, right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel, outfielder Scott Podsednik and backup catcher Ramon Castro, a decision needing to be made by 11 p.m. CT on Tuesday. …

Gonzales says Dye is expected to draw interest from Texas, Atlanta and San Francisco, and St. Louis if it won’t retain Matt Holliday.

Cowley says the Yankee$ requested Dye’s medical records.

November 30, 2009

Arbitration deadline is tomorrow night

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 30, 2009 7:35 pm
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Chances are the Sox won’t offer arbitration to Jermaine Dye and Octavio Dotel says  Mark Gonzales:

The landscape is different for the White Sox at this time than it was last winter, when they offered salary arbitration to free agent Orlando Cabrera. They were confident he would decline because of the emergence of Alexei Ramirez and the fact that Cabrera could have been cut and lost the majority of his salary. … It’s extremely rare for a player to take a pay cut in salary arbitration. Dye earned $11.5 million in 2009 and Dotel $6 million. Even if either player accepted salary arbitration and they were later cut in spring training, those players would receive either 30 days’ pay or 45 days’ pay, depending on the date in spring training that they were released. The major league calendar is around 180 days. …

BTW, here’s MLBTR’s Arbitration primer.

November 9, 2009

Links, we got links, we got lots and lots of links.

– Mark Buehrle’s perfect game is the theme of an exhibit at the Art Institute.

– The Pods talks are back on. But Kenny won’t sacrifice other needs to fill the leadoff role.

– Dotel and Dye are officially ‘Type A free-agents’. Dotel filed for free-agency.

– Kenny expects the youngsters to contribute.

– Kenny will seek Carlos Quentin’s permission if he wants to move him to Right Field.

– Sox interest in Aroldis Chapman appears lukewarm says van dyck.

– Here’s the Elias free-agent rankings list. BA’s Q&A is here.

– Sox’ odds to win the 2010 World Series: 28-1.

– Phil Rogers wonders if Kenny will go after Roy Halladay.

October 7, 2009

D & D -> Type A x2

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 7, 2009 6:49 pm
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MLBTR says both Jermaine Dye and Octavio Dotel project as Type A Free-Agents. A team that loses a Type A free-agent receives 2 extra draft picks when another team signs them, provided that the team that loses the player offers him arbitration. One draft pick comes from the team that signs the player and the other in a supplemental draft round. It doesn’t look like the Sox will offer arbitration to Dye or Dotel though. If D & D are offered arbitration they could accept and Kenny wouldn’t like having to pay them.

MLBTR has more:

For the player, Type A status can be dangerous.  If a Type A free agent is offered arbitration and declines, his new team has to give up a draft pick to sign him.  The following teams would have to give up their first-round pick in 2010 if they sign a Type A free agent from another team who was offered and turned down arbitration: the Rays (#17), Mariners, Tigers, Braves, Twins, Rangers, Marlins, Giants, Cardinals, Rockies, Phillies, Dodgers, Red Sox, Angels, and Yankees.  The teams not listed would have to give up their second-round pick. … Last winter’s events might lead to a game of cat and mouse between players and teams this time around - teams will be less inclined to offer arbitration to their Type A free agents out of concern that those players will be more inclined to accept.  If a player accepts arbitration, he’s under that team’s control for 2010 and the two parties will go to a hearing if they can’t agree on a salary.

September 30, 2009

Dotel Done?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 30, 2009 8:13 pm
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Gregor:

The bullpen is also beat up. Bobby Jenks (pulled calf muscle) is out for the season, and D.J. Carrasco (hamstring) and Octavio Dotel (neck) might also be finished for the year.

September 24, 2009

Fangraphs on the Sox closer situation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2009 2:34 pm
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from the 9/24 AL Closer Report:

Matt Thornton/Octavio Dotel, White Sox (Bobby Jenks out for the season with a strained calf muscle)

A calf injury closes the book on Jenks’ 2009 season. Bobby’s ERA soared from 2.63 in 2008 to 3.71 in 2009, but it’s questionable how much he actually declined. The 28 year-old’s XFIP was 3.86 in ‘08, and a slightly-lower 3.77 in 2009. Jenks’ K rate bounced back this year (5.55 K/9 in ‘08, 8.27 K/9 in ‘09), but a huge 17% home run/fly ball rate put a big dent in his season. He’s basically the same guy: a good late-inning arm, if not an elite one.

With Bobby out of commission, Thornton and Dotel figure to get dibs on any save ops for the Pale Hose. Per Win Probability Added, Thornton (+2.87) has Dotel (+0.74) beat by a healthy margin. Same goes for XFIP (2.92 for Matt, 4.33 for Octavio). Thornton has whiffed 10.72 hitters per nine frames this year, firing a blistering 96 MPH fastball nearly 90 percent of the time.

September 2, 2009

SoxNet’s September To-Do list

SoxNet:

Relieve Matt Thornton. While Ozzie Guillen and the players aren’t quitting (according to him), his GM certainly did once that reported memo went out telling fellow GMs that a list of veteran Sox players were available. That said, it’s not time to put on a show and more a time to give Thornton a rest. Between pitching in the World Baseball Classic and throwing 59.2 pressure-packed innings (throwing in the high 90′s throughout), Thornton call it a season. He’s too valuable of a 2010 piece – especially with the current state of the pen – to waste further energy and risk injury pitching in meaningless September games. You can say this about anyone I’m sure, but relievers unreliable health from year-to-year makes this too obvious of a choice. …

August 29, 2009

Kenny Williams seeks playoff riches

this team better make the playoffs says Kenny:

“This would be the most disappointing season for me if we don’t get in the playoffs. I like this team. This team is better than a lot of teams we’ve ever had here. If you want to stay here, take the AL Central title. If not, it leaves it to my imagination to make this team better. And I’ve got a big imagination.”

what did Jerry Reinsdorf think of taking on the Peavy contract?

Williams waited until the morning of July 31 to seek permission to acquire Peavy, who has $55.9 million remaining on a contract that runs through 2012. The answer was, “No.” “I know I had said, ‘Yes,’ back in May,” Reinsdorf says, “but Kenny got me in a weak moment. … I didn’t think we could afford him. But even though I said, ‘No,’ I told Kenny I was willing to talk about it.” Williams, assistant GM Rick Hahn and Reinsdorf talked about the 2010 budget. … “I had to be convinced I could handle the money,” Reinsdorf says. “They convinced me.”

how about the Rios contract?

When the Blue Jays put Rios, 28, on waivers the first week of August, the White Sox claimed him. Williams didn’t bother to clear the move with Reinsdorf, figuring there was no need. The claim was designed to work out a trade or block another contender from obtaining him. Never did Williams envision the Blue Jays would let Rios go for nothing. “I really believed there would be a deal,” Williams says, “but they wanted the financial relief instead.”

risky moves kenny?

“Where’s the gamble? Where’s the risk? I’m not going into this with my head down and wondering if it will work. This is what we needed to do to win a championship. There’s no guarantee, but I don’t think there’s a risk, either.”

no risk at all?

“Well, if I am wrong. I may be looking for a second job.”

August 18, 2009

Linebrink loses setup duties (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2009 9:46 pm
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Gonzales:

Linebrink getting “break” from 8th inning role: Dotel, Pena and Carrasco to share those dutues.

no thornton?

Matt Thornton would be the logical bridge to closer Bobby Jenks, but Guillen likes to use Thornton at any point late in the game to get out of trouble. Octavio Dotel and Tony Pena will get late looks, but Guillen added that middle reliever D.J. Carrasco should not be ruled out. “If we think Carrasco is the guy to do it, we’ll just pitch him for an inning,” Guillen said. “Carrasco can do a lot of things. I think Carrasco has a stamp on his forehead, ‘pick-up garbage guy.’ Everything he’s been doing has been great.”

UPDATE: Ozzie said he wants to get Linebrink “back on start.” Linebrink’s response: “Get me back on track how?”

July 13, 2009

Mark Gonzales on the Pena trade and the Sox future infield

On the Brandon Allen-Tony Pena trade:

Moving Allen was tough for me to stomach, but I understand the need to strengthen the bullpen. Pena can step into Dotel’s role next year and could become more valuable now if Carrasco moves into the rotation. … The trading of Allen slightly alleviates a logjam at the corners. Konerko probably takes over as the designated hitter. If the Sox don’t re-sign Jerma[in]e Dye, that would pave the way for Dayan Viciedo or Josh Fields to play first.

and Mark’s future infield prediction:

1b – Dayan Viciedo or Josh Fields
2b – Chris Getz or Jayson Nix
ss – Alexei Ramirez
3b – Gordon Beckham

July 8, 2009

Tony Pena in the house

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 8:47 pm
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Ozzie hopes he gets someone he can count on in the 7th, 8th and 9th:

“We need an arm we can count on and to hold those guys for the seventh, eighth and ninth,” Guillen said. “We set up from the sevent to the ninth. “Most of the time, I’ve got to use a guy for more than one inning or overuse him because I don’t have the right men to cover up those innings, and that’s the reason we [brought] him here.”

Pena says he’ll lean on Octavio Dotel for advice though:

“He’s obviously played the game many years,” Pena said. “Him knowing the AL (American League) so well and me having to learn the AL hitters, I expect to tap into him for his thoughts.”

This doesn’t look good…

July 4, 2009

Speaking of fat

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 4, 2009 9:33 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Third base coach Jeff Cox took care of a weighty issue and became richer for it. The White Sox’s third base coach said reliever Octavio Dotel called him “fat” during the seventh inning of the Sox’s game at Kansas City on May 31.

“Put your money where your mouth is,” Cox said he told Dotel.

After that game, Cox weighed 217 pounds, and Dotel bet him that he couldn’t drop his weight to 200 by the Sox’s return trip to Kansas City. Cox weighed 197 pounds Thursday and collected $500 from Dotel.

“I put myself to the grindstone, and then it was nip and tuck,” said Cox, who said he strolled 20 laps around the baseball field on a daily basis. “I’m keeping it off,” he said.

June 29, 2009

Paul Konerko to the Giants?

Nick Cafardo:

Paul Konerko, 1B, White Sox – Suddenly surfacing on a few teams’ trade lists, the 33-year-old is having a nice year with 12 homers, 46 RBIs, and a .292 average in the next-to-last year of his contract, which calls for a $12 million payment. He’s also a 10-5 player who must OK a deal. The Giants would seem to be the ideal spot, but one problem: White Sox general manager Kenny Williams still feels his team can win the AL Central. That’s why he is holding on to Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Bobby Jenks, Octavio Dotel, and Scott Linebrink. Williams still has a month before the trade deadline to make decisions.

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