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February 23, 2010

Did Kenny came close to acquiring Roy Halladay? [UPDATE #2]

That’s what CSN’s Chuck Garfien says he understood from his interview with Kenny Williams on Monday:

Williams admitted that the Sox were close to acquiring a big-time player this off-season (a player other than Johnny Damon). Pressed about who it was, Kenny first said, “I don’t think I should go down that road.”

Was it a pitcher? Williams paused. Paused again. And then made the most profound statement of 2010:

“It may have given us a chance to have the best rotation maybe in the history of the game.”

Kenny, also, gave his thoughts on extending Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski:

“There’s going to come a time whether it’s this year, or the next year where I’ve got to tell an A.J. or a Konerko (goodbye) if I’m here, so it’s going to be hard either way.”

Watch the 3:52 video of Garfien’s interview with Kenny at the link.

UPDATE: Phil Rogers thinks Kenny didn’t have enough money anyway.

Also, Richard Griffin @ The Toronto Star said the same something similar back on January 17:

According to sources, the most competitive offers for Halladay came from clubs he was ultimately unwilling to go to – the Chisox, Cubs and Dodgers. Heading to the meetings, Anthopoulos had not asked for a list of teams to which his ace would accept a trade. He could then honestly approach everyone and find out what they had to offer without feeling he was leading them on.

The Blue Jays ended up with Travis D’Arnaud (B), Kyle Drabek (B+) and Michael Taylor (B+/A-). Taylor as traded to Oakland later. Prospect grades from John Sickels. A better package of prospects from the Sox would be Dan Hudson (B+), Tyler Flowers (B) and Gordon Beckham? Boy, I’m so glad that trade didn’t go through. Beckham+ for 1 year of 33 years old Halladay.

UPDATE #2: Rosenthal:

The White Sox’s exact offer is not known, but right-hander Dan Hudson and catcher Tyler Flowers were two of the players discussed, according to sources. The Jays, seeking young, affordable talent, surely  inquired about second baseman Gordon Beckham as well. …

January 17, 2010

Kenny went for Roy Halladay

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 17, 2010 12:43 pm
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Griffin (via SoxMachine):

According to sources, the most competitive offers for Halladay came from clubs he was ultimately unwilling to go to – the Chisox, Cubs and Dodgers. Heading to the meetings, Anthopoulos had not asked for a list of teams to which his ace would accept a trade. He could then honestly approach everyone and find out what they had to offer without feeling he was leading them on.

The Blue Jays ended up with Travis D’Arnaud (B), Kyle Drabek (B+) and Michael Taylor (B+/A-). Taylor as traded to Oakland later. Prospect grades from John Sickels. A better package of prospects from the Sox would be Dan Hudson (B+), Tyler Flowers (B) and Gordon Beckham? Boy, I’m so glad that trade didn’t go through. Beckham+ for 1 year of 33 years old Halladay.

December 5, 2009

Sox interested in Roy Halladay?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 5, 2009 1:19 pm
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Not anymore says Phil Rogers:

If Jake Peavy had said no thanks to the White Sox in July, general manager Ken Williams almost certainly would be in the middle of negotiations to bring Roy Halladay to Chicago.

And Kenny’s prediction for Baseball’s Winter Meetings that will be in Indianapolis next week:

“I think it will be busier after the meetings than during them,” Williams said Friday. “The only thing I know for sure is it will be cold.”

UPDATE: Gonzales on the Winter Meetings:

Look for Williams to wait as long as possible even though there aren’t many natural leadoff hitters available at a thrifty price. Free agent Coco Crisp remains an option, especially if Williams can move some salary.

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.

July 31, 2009

You can’t touch this

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 12:25 am
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Joe Cowley:

According to a major-league source, Williams made one more pass at Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay three days ago and was told ”no sale” by Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi. In fact, Ricciardi told Williams there was nothing in the Sox’ system that caught his interest. Then again, Williams wasn’t exactly pushing all his chips in, either. Contrary to the fairy tale of a deal that was mentioned in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday morning, Gavin Floyd and Alexei Ramirez never were offered. Neither was John Danks or Gordon Beckham. Williams always says there are no untouchables in his organization, but those four actually have become that.

July 25, 2009

Sox not involved in Roy Halladay talks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 25, 2009 9:22 pm
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Phil Rogers:

The White Sox haven’t minded speculation about their involvement, but sources close to the Blue Jays aren’t hearing them mentioned. The Cardinals and Brewers are involved but don’t have as much to offer as the Phillies, Dodgers and Red Sox.

Good!

July 18, 2009

Rick Morissey: Chicago White Sox need Roy Halladay

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 18, 2009 8:40 pm
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No, we don’t. He is 32 and his contract expires next year. Let another team wreck its farm for Mr. Halladay.

And what does he propose we trade? Alexei Ramirez AND John Danks. What a joke. I wouldn’t trade John Danks alone.

July 17, 2009

Roy Halladay’s value

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 17, 2009 7:30 pm
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BTB takes a look at Roy Halladay’s value for the rest of his contract (that ends next year).

Then BTB takes a look to what happens when Vernon Wells is included in the trade. Hint: it’s not pretty.

BTW, MLBTR reports that ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick heard from an AL executive who would be “very surprised” if White Sox GM Kenny Williams isn’t pursuing Halladay. Mark Gonzales has more.

July 12, 2009

Kenny Williams looking into Roy Halladay?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 12, 2009 12:45 pm
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From Nick Cafardo’s Halladay column (H/T MLBTR):

Kenny Williams, GM, White Sox – There’s a good chance Williams is looking into Halladay, though in an e-mail he wrote, “I don’t kiss and tell.’’ Williams recently traded for Arizona reliever Tony Pena, and it might be he can trim payroll by dealing closer Bobby Jenks, who makes $5.6 million and appears to be in demand. Williams made a deal for Jake Peavy, who nixed it, and gave up power-hitting prospect Brandon Allen for Pena. So, with Pena, Scott Linebrink, Matt Thornton, Octavio Dotel, D.J. Carrasco, and rookie lefthander Aaron Poreda in place, Jenks could bring a lot in return. The White Sox simply haven’t drawn as well as expected.

No Gordon Beckham mention. Nice!

July 8, 2009

Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells together?

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 6:36 pm
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Interesting article on Roy Halladay’s value by Rob McQuown. He suggests that in order for Toronto to be able to compete, it should require the team that gets Roy Halladay, also take Vernon Wells and his contract. That should lessen the value of the package Toronto gets back for Halladay and lessen it a lot. That contract is downright awful.

FutureSox interviews Kevin Goldstein

On Flowers defense:

KG: I think the catching future is still debatable, he’s just so huge a sluggish back there. That said, there has been some progress — they’ve shortened his release a bit, and the results are encouraging.

Nice interview. His reports on Viciedo are disappointing. No plate discipline at all. Goldstein also talks about Dexter Carter, John Shelby, Jon Gilmore, Jared Mitchell, Trayce Thompson, Josh Phegley, Brandon Allen, Tony Pena, and Jordan Danks. He even talks about Roy Halladay.

July 7, 2009

Ozzie Guillen on the Roy Halladay rumors

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 6:07 pm
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Scot Gregor:

“To bring that guy here, to me one of the best pitchers in the game, you’ve got to give up a lot of things, and I don’t think we can do that. I’m not the general manager, but they’re not going to ask for Ozzie and Oney (Guillen’s sons). They’re going to ask for a good chunk.”

Gregor thinks the Blue Jays will ask for Beckhan, Danks and Poreda. I’d not trade Danks alone. After the current year Halladay has 1 more year on his contract, and he is 32 years old.

LOL of the day

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 12:45 pm
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Ken Rosenthal speculates about possible Roy Halladay suitors:

White Sox. Ken Williams arranged a deal for Jake Peavy; why wouldn’t he act on Halladay?

Williams’ offer for Peavy, centered around left-handers Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard, probably would not be enough. But if the White Sox were willing to move superstar-in-waiting Gordon Beckham, look out.

Hahaha! Gordon Beckham! Freakin’ hilarious Ken!

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