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July 31, 2009

Won’t get fooled again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 11:46 pm
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Kenny learns not to trust Linebrink:

When the Sox pursued Peavy in May, they asked reliever Scott Linebrink to help in “recruiting.” Did Linebrink, a former Padre, and Peavy talk this time? “No, I didn’t have any idea,” he said. “They knew that I blew the save on the first one, so I guess they called in somebody else to close the deal.”

Kenny Williams’ and Ozzie Guillen discuss the Jake Peavy trade (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 8:51 pm
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Kenny Williams: http://www.chicagotribune.com/videobeta/watch/?watch=d81df538-4d7b-4ac3-bd8d-7cdb3ac161b9 (7:45)

Ozzie Guillen: http://www.chicagotribune.com/videobeta/watch/?watch=2d43f538-027f-4738-8c54-e389bbee26c2 (3:49)

here’s the article.

Jake Peavy press conference (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 8:26 pm

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5839325 (1:47)

More of Peavy’s comments here.

Sox looking for temporary fifth starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 8:12 pm
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General manager Ken Williams mentioned on Friday as to how Peavy, who has been on the disabled list with a strained tendon in his right ankle since June 13, will get on the mound Saturday. He will start an injury rehab program on Aug. 13 or 15 to get himself back into pitching shape after missing two months of the season. Peavy is expected back pitching at the Major League level in late August, but should that absence extend to early September, what other fifth-starter options do the White Sox possess? Factor in four off-days between Saturday and Sept. 11, and the White Sox will only need a fifth man for five starts — Aug. 10, 25 and 30, and Sept. 4 and 9. Choices other than Carrasco range from Carlos Torres, who came up from Triple-A Charlotte to make a spot-start on July 22 against the Rays, Freddy Garcia or currently disabled Bartolo Colon. Garcia was scheduled to start for Bristol on Friday, but the game was rained out.

Mark Buehrle interviewed at Mark Buehrle day (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 7:25 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5834747 (7:56)

07.30.09: Mark Buehrle sits down with Bob Costas on ‘Mark Buehrle Day’ to discuss his perfect game and more

Kenny Williams at the Jake Peavy trade (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 7:19 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5836519 (4:12)

07.31.09: White Sox GM Ken Williams checks in with the Network crew on MLB Tonight to talk about the Jake Peavy trade

Bonus: White Sox Extra: Peavy trade (0:47)

07.31.09: MLB.com takes a look at Jake Peavy being dealt from the Padres to the White Sox

THT on the Peavy trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 6:58 pm
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Aaron Peroda?

Signed for 3 more years at 52 million dollars, the White Sox now will be paying him as roughly a 4 WAR player when you assume a slight decline phase and factor in a discount for a long term deal. So does Peavy figure to be worth that much? Well, ZIPS thinks him currently capable of a 3.24 FIP. If you raise that .5 points for moving out of PETCO and moving to the tougher league, than he projects to be about a 4.5 WAR player over a full season. Considering that the White Sox are right in the mix of the playoff race this year, and there are no teams who figure to run away with the division next year, this certainly seems like a good return for the White Sox.

Reinsdorf little trepid at the financial aspect of the Peavy deal [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 6:53 pm
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Jerry gave the OK though:

“I talked to [team chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] and said `we’re either in it to win it or we’re not,’ ‘’ Williams said. “There was a little trepidation on the finances [on Reinsdorf’s part],” but Reinsdorf again okayed the move Williams had hoped to complete months earlier. … With Peavy comes more than $42 million in contract obligations remainined on the $52 million extension he signed before the 2008 season. Peavy is being paid $11 million this year, $15 million next season, $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012. The contract has a club option for 2013 of $22 million or $4 million buyout for Peavy.


Alexei Ramirez trades Cuban cigars to Matt Thornton fot antibiotics and ice

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 4:50 pm
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Light ’em up!

“Players received cigars after Matt Thornton and his wife welcomed their first child, daughter Avery Annette, on Monday night.” (Musick)

Ramirez said he was diagnosed with a stretched ligament and is treating it with antibiotics and ice.” (Gonzales)

Kenny’s comments on Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 4:34 pm

return probably late August when we go to Boston and New York, could begin rehab assignment on August 14th, 15th

team needs 5th starter only 3 times for August

deal on final seconds of trade deadline, 23 seconds left on the clock

difficult to get a hold of Peavy today, he slept in with cell phone shut

not an arm injury, ankle injury, not concerned

fancy medical name for the injury, will do like Dave Wannstedt and say ‘he has an ankle’

if we were gonna give that amount of talent, [return] would’ve to be core part of team’s future

DJ Carrasco to start tonight [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 4:27 pm
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Sox Net:

Peavy is currently on the disabled list, and will remain on the White Sox disabled list. It’s unclear if he’ll pitch again this year, but he could be back as early as late August. DJ Carrasco will spot start tonight.

UPDATE: Brent Lillibridge called up.

Peavy to return late August? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 4:12 pm


He is expected to be able to return as early as late August.


Peavy’s agent, Barry Axelrod told me just a few minutes ago that Jake is still hoping to pitch this season and that he just received a great report on his injured ankle from his doctor. He will begin throwing off of a mound possibly tomorrow and could be a tremendous stretch run addition should the White Sox stay in the race until he is ready to return which could be by September 1st.


Sox get Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 3:41 pm
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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy, a two-time All-Star and the 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner, from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handers Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard and right-handers Dexter Carter and Adam Russell.


3:35pm: USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, via Twitter, says the White Sox confirmed they just got Peavy.  Brock agrees – Peavy approved the trade this time.  Peavy is owed $56MM through 2012, or $74MM through 2013 if the Sox exercise his option.

Peavy’s gamelog shows he last pitched on June 8.

Ken Rosenthal:

Peavy, 28, is currently on the disabled list with a strained tendon in his right ankle. The date of his return is uncertain. He is signed for $15 million next season, $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012, with a $22 million club option for 2013.

Peavy’s agent: “I think Jake just got to the breaking point,” Axelrod said. “One team wanted him bad enough, and the other team wanted to get rid of him.”

Baseball America on Dan Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 12:57 pm
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from BA’s Prospect Hot-sheet:

Team: Double-A Birmingham (Southern)
Age: 22
Why He’s Here: 2-0, 0.00, 14 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 17 K
The Scoop: Hudson started the season in low Class A, but at this rate he could make a case for getting to Triple-A before the season is over. The 2008 fifth-rounder out of Old Dominion is working on a 20-inning scoreless streak and has allowed no earned runs in five of his eight Double-A starts. Hudson’s delivery isn’t the cleanest—he tends to throw across his body, but there is no arguing with the results.

Josh Phegley is mentioned in the ‘Not So Hot Sheet’ section.

Fangraphs on Bobby Jenks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 12:30 pm

from the Death Grip category of the A.L. Closer report:

Bobby has hardly been King of the Hill in July. In 7.1 frames, he has served up 13 hits, 8 runs and 4 walks. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that Jenks may be able to be acquired at a less-than-premium price from an angered owner. His 4.33 ERA looks horribly disappointing, but Jenks has suffered from a .338 BABIP, with a HR/FB rate (15.2%) way above his career average (8.7). His K/BB for the season is 3.7, well above 2008’s 2.24 mark. It may sound crazy at first, but Jenks’ 2009 is probably better than his 2008 work, bloated ERA and all.

and from last week’s A.L. Closer report:

Jenks has turned in a bumpy July. In 6 innings, he has allowed 10 hits, 6 runs and 4 base on balls. His K/BB ratio (3.5) is still well ahead of last year’s pace (2.24), and there appears to be little chance of anyone overtaking Bobby as he works out the kinks in his delivery.

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