White Sox resurgent leadoff batter Scott Podsednik and Ramon Castro filed for free agency Thursday on the first day eligible players can file. …
November 5, 2009
October 22, 2009
When asked about White Sox free agents such as leadoff man Scott Podsednik and middle-of-the-order leader Jermaine Dye, who have contributed so much to the team over the past five years, Williams said they would have to wait until after the World Series to make those decisions.
Dye has the respect and admiration of everyone within the organization, as well as the clubhouse. But with a $12 million mutual option for 2010, manager Ozzie Guillen begrudgingly admitted at the close of 2009 that the two sides would probably be going their separate ways.
Podsednik, arguably one of the most valuable players on the 2009 White Sox, batted .304 with 48 RBIs and 75 runs scored, although he didn’t play his first game until May 1. The White Sox would like to bring back Podsednik, if the price and years are right on both sides. …
October 9, 2009
In addition to undergoing successful surgery to remove a pin from his right wrist, left fielder Carlos Quentin visited a foot doctor in Chicago this week to re-examine his left foot.
The doctor saw no abnormalities and Quentin was cleared to proceed with his offseason conditioning program once his wrist is healed. Quentin is expected to resume swinging a bat in 30 days.
Also, Podsdnik’s agent had preliminary talks with the Sox about Pods re-signing with the Sox.
October 4, 2009
There’s has been little doubt left by Scott Podsednik in regard to his strong desire to return to the White Sox for the 2010 season and possibly beyond. On the other hand, with Podsednik entering free agency in the best position of his career, the outfielder doesn’t intend to simply take Chicago’s first offer and run with it. “No, we are going to wait it out and see what happens,” Podsednik said concerning his foray into free agency. “If they want to try to bring me back, then we will entertain that idea and go from there. But this is all kind of a new process to me. I’m going to seek counsel from my representation and do what we feel is best. “I really don’t know what to expect and what kind of market there’s going to be for me, but I’m going into it open-minded. I’m going to learn as much about the process as I possibly can. … I’ve put in hard work to counter things I was having problems with in the past,” Podsednik said. “I haven’t felt any muscle strains, aches, pulls, anything close to some of the stuff in the past. I feel I have a good working program and can keep my body healthy for a full season. I don’t know what those guys are planning here. To be honest, I don’t know if they know at this point. We will have to wait and see. Go home and relax, watch the postseason and see how things carry out from there. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun, an exciting time,” Podsednik said. “I just hope that after all is said and done, I find myself in someone’s starting lineup to start the 2010 season.”
October 3, 2009
“I don’t think Figgins. To be honest with you, would we like to have players like him? [Bleep], everybody does. But this kid is going to cost you a lot of money. If we figure out this guy is going to solve our problem, then [board chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] will take a shot because Jerry wants to win. Jerry wants to win. [general manager] Kenny [Williams] wants to win. I want to win. Everybody wants to win. In the meanwhile, Kenny is going to go see the market and we are going to see how … I would love to have [Scott] Podsednik back but that’s my call. It’s between Podsednik’s agent and Kenny and the White Sox, but we just need someone. That was our problem this year, our center field problem was pretty deep.”
Dye isn’t even in Ozzie’s plans:
“Having Rios at the start of the season will make everything easier. With Rios, Quentin and whoever is out there, hopefully Podsednik, but I don’t make that call. There are a lot of names out there but I’m not going to tell you we bring this guy or that guy because I don’t know exactly. I know where we are going when you trade for Peavy and Rios. We are going in the right direction. We are going to win. We do things little by little and hopefully everything work out.”
And Carlos Quentin will moving from left field to right field says Cowley.
UPDATE: Gregor says the Angels, Cubs, and Yankees seem more possible destinations for Figgins.
And Gonzales says “Guillen is relieved the rotation appears set.”
October 2, 2009
Joe Cowley hands out his 2nd annual Sox player awards:
QUOTE OF THE YEAR
”I don’t need Carlos to have [expletive] fun. I need Carlos to produce.” — general manager Williams, on Quentin.
September 4, 2009
There’s only one offseason target on [Kenny] Williams’ radar. The money off the books in losing Jim Thome, Jose Contreras, Octavio Dotel as well as possibly Jermaine Dye and Jenks not only covers the losses in ’09 and the additions of Peavy and Rios, but allows Williams one big-ticket item. In this case, a speedy-ticket item.
Chone Figgins, come on down!
The Sox have been infatuated with the speedy leadoff hitter for four years, and now that he becomes a free agent, they’ll make a serious play for him. If the asking price on Figgins is too high, then Scott Podsednik becomes Plan B, as well as talking to Dye about redoing a short-term contract and becoming a designated hitter.
Needz moar Casey Cotchman!
September 3, 2009
Nevertheless, Guillen said he would take his chances with his current squad heading into 2010. “I don’t know if we’re going to live with this team next year, but if this is opening day, yes. We win the division if this was opening day. When you got (Alex) Rios, (Jake) Peavy, Freddy (Garcia) throwing well, (Gordon) Beckham playing well, we got a good club. Yes we do.”
Not to mention benching Alex Rios in favor of Dewayne Wise or Scott Podsednik 2 times a week. BTW, Wise wants a chance to get 400 or 500 at-bats in a season.
September 2, 2009
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 22, 2009
Ozzie on Podsednik’s first inning pickoff:
“Scotty’s a veteran player; he’s been around a long time. But when that happens every week, you scratch your head, ‘What’s on his mind?’ I wish he had more concentration on the basepaths. He’s going to continue to play, but I hope that doesn’t happen again.”
August 13, 2009
Mark Gonzales looks at the Sox financial picture:
“We follow the traditional business model,” said Boyer, the Sox’s vice president/chief marketing officer. “Projected revenues minor projected expenses equal the player payroll.” Boyer admits the Sox were “sitting on more inventory than anticipated” until Mark Buehrle’s perfect game July 23 accelerated ticket sales. Sales for the Sept. 25-27 series against the division leading Tigers have increased, and a four-game series against the Red Sox — a traditionally strong attraction — Sept. 4-7 could accelerate.
Gonzales notes tht A.J. Pierzynski will gain full no-trade rights (10 and 5 player) at the middle of next season.
August 12, 2009
It’s a damn good thing for the Sox they just got Alex Rios. They managed to get about half a season of what was overall respectable production from Podsednik (.295/.349//387 on the year thanks to his hot spurt) without needing to use his season line completely crashed to earth.
August 11, 2009
Sox players worried about playing time in light of the Alex Rios claim? Here’s Ozzie:
“It came from Paul Konerko – ‘(bleep) feelings, it’s all about winning.’ That’s what we do here. We hurt your feelings, that’s easy, call your agent, your agent will call Kenny (Williams), and then Kenny will do something about it.”
What’s the plan for Rios, Ozzie?
Rios figures to be an everyday player for the Sox at one of the outfield positions. He’s shown the ability to play all three positions, though he primarily played right field for the Jays this season. “I think Alex has to understand — I know he has played right field most of his career with the Jays,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Talking about our situation, talked to him about our players, he’s got to help me in different ways. I might play him in left field, center field, right field. I might not do it every day, it’s just to make sure everyone here gets some playing time.” There’s also the question of where Rios fits into the batting order. Guillen said it’s possible he could bat first when the regular leadoff man, center fielder Scott Podsednik, is out of the lineup. “He did in the past,” Guillen said. “I wish I could keep him hitting in one spot and leave him there. When [Podsednik] is not there we have to figure out who will hit leadoff. It can be [Jayson] Nix or it can be him. Those are the two guys we have in mind.”
Left fielder Carlos Quentin had a nice game against the Mariners with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, but it still looks like he’s in a lot of pain from the plantar faciitis in his left foot. Or, is Quentin’s knee causing the discomfort? Maybe it’s both.