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July 4, 2011

White Sox interested in Atlanta Braves’ RHP Brandon Beachy?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 4, 2011 11:55 pm
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Cafardo @ BG (via MLBTR):

Brandon Beachy, RHP, Braves – His success (20 strikeouts, two earned runs in his last 12 innings) since returning from the disabled list may accelerate a possible deal to improve the Braves’ offense. Whether Beachy would be trade bait is anyone’s guess, but his emergence could make a veteran such as Derek Lowe available. The White Sox recently sent Dave Yokum, their fine assistant general manager/pro scout, to watch Beachy and Braves’ pitching, so we’ll see if there’s any match, and whether the White Sox would ever consider dealing Carlos Quentin.

Beachy was John Sickels’ “Prospect of the Day” back in April:

… Undrafted, he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves after a successful summer season in the collegiate Valley League. After a solid ’09, he jumped to prominence in 2010 by leading all of the minor leagues with a 1.73 ERA, also showing a 148/28 K/BB ratio in 120 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He performed well in three September starts, and made the Atlanta rotation this spring. The 24-year-old Beachy has a 90-94 MPH fastball to go with a solid curveball and changeup, and he has an excellent feel for pitching. …

and got a B- from Sickels  in October of 2010:

9) Brandon Beachy, RHP, Grade B-: Finished product, can be a number four starter or a very good reliever.

More prospect reports here.

Beachy’s stats from B-R:

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
2010 23 ATL NL 0 2 .000 3.00 3 3 0 0 0 0 15.0 16 9 5 0 7 3 15 0 0 1 67 136 1.533 9.6 0.0 4.2 9.0 2.14
2011 24 ATL NL 3 1 .750 3.23 11 11 0 0 0 0 61.1 50 23 22 8 15 4 72 3 0 5 249 119 1.060 7.3 1.2 2.2 10.6 4.80
2 Seasons 3 3 .500 3.18 14 14 0 0 0 0 76.1 66 32 27 8 22 7 87 3 0 6 316 122 1.153 7.8 0.9 2.6 10.3 3.95
162 Game Avg. 7 7 .500 3.18 34 34 0 0 0 0 185 160 78 66 19 53 17 211 7 0 15 767 122 1.153 7.8 0.9 2.6 10.3 3.95
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2011.

and

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 Danville APPY Rk ATL 2 0 1.000 2.25 6 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 12 5 3 1 2 0 16 1 0 2 51 1.167 9.0 0.8 1.5 12.0 8.00
2009 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs A+-A-AA ATL 4 3 .571 3.87 35 8 13 0 0 1 76.2 80 42 33 2 19 1 64 10 0 5 327 1.291 9.4 0.2 2.2 7.5 3.37
2009 22 Rome SALL A ATL 0 0 5.60 12 0 5 0 0 0 17.2 20 11 11 0 4 0 17 2 0 0 75 1.358 10.2 0.0 2.0 8.7 4.25
2009 22 Myrtle Beach CARL A+ ATL 4 3 .571 3.41 22 8 8 0 0 1 58.0 59 31 22 2 15 1 47 8 0 5 248 1.276 9.2 0.3 2.3 7.3 3.13
2009 22 Mississippi SOUL AA ATL 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA ATL 5 1 .833 1.73 35 13 7 0 0 2 119.1 93 34 23 5 28 0 148 4 0 3 482 1.014 7.0 0.4 2.1 11.2 5.29
2010 23 Mississippi SOUL AA ATL 3 1 .750 1.47 27 6 6 0 0 1 73.2 53 17 12 3 22 0 100 2 0 2 295 1.018 6.5 0.4 2.7 12.2 4.55
2010 23 Gwinnett IL AAA ATL 2 0 1.000 2.17 8 7 1 0 0 1 45.2 40 17 11 2 6 0 48 2 0 1 187 1.007 7.9 0.4 1.2 9.5 8.00
2011 24 Gwinnett IL AAA ATL 1 0 1.000 1.80 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 4 1 1 1 2 0 8 0 0 0 21 1.200 7.2 1.8 3.6 14.4 4.00
4 Seasons 12 4 .750 2.54 77 22 20 0 0 3 213.0 189 82 60 9 51 1 236 15 0 10 881 1.127 8.0 0.4 2.2 10.0 4.63
AA (2 seasons) AA 3 1 .750 1.45 28 6 6 0 0 1 74.2 54 17 12 3 22 0 100 2 0 2 299 1.018 6.5 0.4 2.7 12.1 4.55
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 3 0 1.000 2.13 9 8 1 0 0 1 50.2 44 18 12 3 8 0 56 2 0 1 208 1.026 7.8 0.5 1.4 9.9 7.00
A (1 season) A 0 0 5.60 12 0 5 0 0 0 17.2 20 11 11 0 4 0 17 2 0 0 75 1.358 10.2 0.0 2.0 8.7 4.25
Rk (1 season) Rk 2 0 1.000 2.25 6 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 12 5 3 1 2 0 16 1 0 2 51 1.167 9.0 0.8 1.5 12.0 8.00
A+ (1 season) A+ 4 3 .571 3.41 22 8 8 0 0 1 58.0 59 31 22 2 15 1 47 8 0 5 248 1.276 9.2 0.3 2.3 7.3 3.13
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2011.

Fangraphs says the average speed of his fastball is 91.8mph.

Would Atlanta trade a pitcher that’s nearly a rookie and with such good numbers?

And here’s the Texas Leaguers Pitch F/X database’s page for Beachy.

April 19, 2011

Jake Peavy’s insurance covers about 70% of his salary if he can’t play

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2011 2:53 pm
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Kaplan @ CSN:

Baseball sources tell us that while Jake Peavy’s contract calls for him to be paid $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012, plus a $4 million dollar buyout of his 2013 option year which was for $22 million, the White Sox are significantly protected by an insurance policy that was originally purchased by the San Diego Padres when Peavy signed his current three-year deal in 2009. While exact figures are not available we hear that approximately 70% of the dollars owed to Peavy are covered by insurance. Depending on the severity of his injury, that savings should allow the White Sox some flexibility if they decide to trade for another pitcher during the season.

Kenny will go after King Felix!

:p

February 27, 2011

Jake Peavy, trade bait?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 27, 2011 6:45 pm
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Cafardo @ BG:

Jake Peavy, RHP, White Sox — There are early signs of healing for Peavy, who suffered a detached lat muscle beneath his right shoulder. The White Sox will need him if they’re going to win the tough AL Central. If the White Sox underachieve and Peavy is healthy? “Trade bait for sure,’’ said an American League scout. “Though teams may come after [Mark] Buehrle first.’’ 

February 26, 2011

Yankees target White Sox and others to find an available pitcher this summer

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 26, 2011 12:30 pm
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MLBTR:

Joel Sherman of The New York Post reports that the Yankees “have told their scouts to bear down on several teams they think could have starters available” in a trade this summer. The teams they are targeting include the Braves, Angels, A’s, White Sox, and Cardinals according to Sherman.

January 7, 2011

White Sox are the favorites to sign Will Ohman

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 7, 2011 6:29 pm
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Connoly @ BS tweets:

Orioles are not 1 of the 3 finalists for signing LHP Will Ohman. Source says the White Sox are the favorites. Decision close, not done

Someone here mentioned Will Ohman the other day.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox are one of the three finalists for left-handed reliever Will Ohman, as confirmed to MLB.com Friday by a source close to the situation. The team has yet to comment. …

UPDATE #2: Dyck @ CT:

Ohman, 33, pitched for the Cubs for seven seasons and is expected to sign for about $1.5 million. His value is against left-handers, who hit just .229 against him compared to .288 for right-handers.

White Sox won’t pursue Rafael Soriano unless his price drops a lot

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 7, 2011 2:21 pm
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Morosi @ FS tweets:

Price on Rafael Soriano would need to drop way, way down for White Sox to get him, source says.

MLBTR notes the Yankees, Rangers and Cardinals are also out.

December 22, 2010

Kenny Williams has looked at 4th/5th type starting pitchers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 22, 2010 6:21 pm
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From Merkin’s mailbag:

Q: What’s the White Sox greatest need in this offseason?

A: They still need another pitcher. I hear Williams has looked at fourth or fifth type starters who could fill in for Peavy while he’s working his way back from the detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder, but then could move into the bullpen when Peavy comes back. Someone like Ian Snell, John Maine or Jeremy Bonderman could be a candidate.

Of course, the team could add another reliever and move Sale into the rotation. Then, they would examine the rotation when Peavy returns and see where Sale belongs. That plan was explained by Williams to MLB.com back in September.

December 15, 2010

White Sox make 2-year offer to RHRP Kerry Wood? [UPDATE #3]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 15, 2010 8:02 pm
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Kaplan & Mitchell @ CT:

We hear from very good baseball sources that the White Sox have made a two-year offer to free agent pitcher Kerry Wood.

Wood played 10 years with the Cubs and pitched last season for the Yankees, who reportedly are interested in bringing him back.

Wood has said he does not want to play on the South Side, so this could be interesting.

Wood is a Type-B free agent but he was not offered arbitration.

I wonder if/how the Jesse Crain signing changes the Sox offer.

UPDATE: Now the 3rd paragraph reads:

Wood has said he does not want to play on the South Side, so it’s probably moot for him because the offer likely will evaporate if the club signs the Twins’ Jesse Crain as expected.

UPDATE #2: Now Cowley tweets:

Don’t look now, but Cowley might have been wrong for ripping on the Tribsters – K. Wood indeed might also be on his way said a source.

UPDATE #3: Maybe not says Cowley’s latest tweet:

Talks with Kid K are back and forth – source said sounded good for a bit, but not so good now. KW is using Jedi mind tricks as we speak.

UPDATE #4: Seems like Wood is going to the other team in Chicago.

December 12, 2010

White Sox consider trading young farm system players for bullpen help?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 12, 2010 2:25 pm
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Levine @ ESPN:

The free-agent price for a good middle reliever is $5 million per season. At this point, the White Sox are considering trading some of their young farm system types to acquire what they need in the bullpen.

It’s also possible that they could put infielder Dayan Viciedo and catcher Tyler Flowers in the mix to acquire some help as well. Both Viciedo and Flowers are still viewed as future starters and might only be used in a bigger trade for impact players.

Young farm system types? I take it that means prospects like Jared Mitchell, Eduardo Escobar, Trayce Thompson, Jacob Petricka… BTW, here are the Organization Depth Charts from B-R: Batting, Pitching.

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 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!

December 7, 2010

White Sox interested in RHRP Jeremy Accardo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2010 8:15 pm
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Morosi @ FS tweets:

Rays and White Sox are showing interest in [Jeremy] Accardo. Intriguing buy-low for pen.

Accardo was non-tendered by the Blue Jays.

Kenny Williams exploring other options at first base

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2010 6:15 pm
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Dyck @ CT:

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said “it’s quite possible” the White Sox would have a first baseman by Wednesday — and that it would not be Paul Konerko.

Williams said negotiations with Konerko and agent Craig Landis were at an impasse and that “at this point we have no choice” but to explore other options.

“All I can say is we’ve got meetings with other guys’ representatives (Tuesday night) with the idea in mind (to) get a deal done,” Williams said, adding that “you can’t stop the train” once it leaves the station. …

Cowley in multiple tweets:

Source: “I talked to Paulie last night and he said the Sox were his priority unless they made an offer that disrespected him.” … Sox will also now look to add a reliever. The PK ship is now sailing. … KW felt like it was almost done, but now it fell apart. They are meeting with reps for other options tonight. “The train keeps moving.” … Big changes in PK talks.

Garfein in multiple tweets:

KW: “We have meetings with other guys representatives tonight with the mindset to try and get a deal done.” PK your move. … KW on Konerko: “I was very hopeful coming down here. I’m less hopeful now.” … KW will hold meetings tonight with other representatives. Doesn’t mean Konerko talks are done, but Sox need to cover themselves. … Kenny says he’s turning the page. He’s not pessimistic about PK, but he’s no longer optimistic. … Kenny Williams says talks with Konerko aren’t going well. He’s moving on to plans B and C.

And Heyman @ SI tweets:

konerko’s agent is pressing beyond where chisox had planned. but theres still pretty decent optimism for deal.

White Sox interested in Kerry Wood? [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2010 11:56 am
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Rosenthal @ FS tweets:

Yankees still want Kerry Wood back; [Cliff] Lee comes first. White Sox also showing interest in Wood; [Paul] Konerko first. Sox need late-inning help.

Wood wasn’t offered arbitration so he won’t cost any draft picks. But if Paulie wants $15 million per year there won’t be any money left for bullpen guys like Wood…

UPDATE: DV Dyck says “Wood is thought to be seeking a multi-year deal worth $9 million or more.” Kenny just hanged up..

UPDATE #2: Cowley tweets:

Sox-Wood rumors were just blown-up by a source. Sox feel Wood is too expensive even if they don’t get Konerko.

Paul Konerko talks hit a snag over Konerko’s $15 million demands? [UPDATE #2]

Cowley @ CST tweets:

Could be a snag in Konerko talks. Source said that so far Konerko’s camp is adamant about $15 m per. That would crush the payroll for relief

Also, yesterday, Heyman @ SI tweeted:

chisox, konerko talks appear to be going well. he’ll likely get $12.5 mil a year, maybe 3 yrs. rangers, orioles other options.

But today Heyman @ SI tweeted:

rangers, focused on Cliff Lee, “not likely” to get konerko. paul’s friend says “no way” on orioles. chisox in drivers seat

So, there doesn’t seem to be a big market for Konerko. If it was me, I don’t think I’d give him $15 million a year. I don’t want a couple Mike McDougal’s on the team next year.

UPDATE: Garfein @ CSN tweets:

If PK wants $15 mil a year, Kenny Williams said Monday: “Teams have options. I don’t know if he will get to the level he originally hoped for.”

UPDATE #2: Ballentini @ CSN tweets:

Rough guesses at 1B: Plan A: Paul Konerko B: Carlos Pena C: Adam LaRoche D: Derrek Lee E: Dayan Viciedo

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