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July 7, 2009

Sox DFA Jimmy Gobble

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 11:51 pm
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Scott Reifert:

Sox designate Jimmy Gobble for assignment following game to make room for Tony Pena.

BTW, here’s Ozzie’s take on the Pena trade:

“I thought Tony Pena was a first base coach,” Guillen joked.  “There’s three Tony Penas in baseball.  We don’t need a shortstop and our first base coach is pretty good ..”

BDD on Tony Pena

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 10:45 pm
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Zach Sanders:

Pena is a solid righty out of the pen, but is nothing truly special. His K/9 is 6.88, and his BB/9 is 2.91 this season. He also gets ground balls 46% of the time, not bad for a reliever. His fastball clocks in at around 95 MPH, and he also throws a slider and the occasional change up. His slide piece has solid movement on it, as does his change.

Paulie’s 3 homers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 10:04 pm
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MLB.com:

Pat Seerey holds the team record with four home runs, set at Philadelphia on July 18, 1948. Konerko is the first White Sox player to go deep three times in a game since Jose Valentin, on July 30, 2003, at Kauffman Stadium, and the first to do it at home since Harold Baines against Detroit — 27 years ago to the day.

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t need Carlos Quentin right now (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 9:13 pm
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Dave van Dyck:

While Quentin might like to return from plantar fasciitis for the weekend series in the Metrodome, manager Ozzie Guillen isn’t so sure.

“I’m worried about the artificial grass in Minnesota and I worry about calling him up too quickly,” Guillen said. “Right now we don’t need him. We want him, but we don’t need him.”

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Bartolo Colon set to start minor league game on Thursday

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 8:59 pm

… provided he can be located in time:

Where is  Bartolo Colon, who had been in Arizona on an injury rehab and is scheduled for a minor-league start Thursday?

“I know where he is supposed to be right now. He’s supposed to be in Charlotte right now, preparing to start Thursday,” White Sox general manager Ken Williams said Tuesday. “Efforts to contact his agent have been successful. Their efforts to contact their client have not been so successful.”

If Colon never arrives? “Somebody will take the mound,” Williams said. “This train is going to keep rolling.”

Kenny added that Colon is a candidate for a start in the July 24 doubleheader against Detroit if he shows up.

Jared Mitchell set to sign, head to Class A Kannapolis

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 8:42 pm
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Dave van Dyck:

The White Sox’s first round draft choice, Jared Mitchell of LSU, took a physical at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday and is expected to sign sometime this week.

Scott Merkin:

The 23rd pick overall is not yet officially signed. That announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, with Mitchell then reporting to Class A Kannapolis on Thursday. …

Kenny says low attendance hampers possible trades

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 8:37 pm
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AP via Google:

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said Tuesday he may not be able to make a big trade this season because of smaller crowds at U.S. Cellular Field. … Before Tuesday’s game against the Indians, Williams cited slumping attendance as a reason the White Sox may not be able to pull off another big move that would add salary to the team’s payroll. “Well, if I’m being completely honest money is more of the issue now. We expected a little more support than we’ve gotten,” he said. “I think it’s a reflection upon the economy of what’s kind of happen with regards to attendance and I don’t know if we’ve played consistent enough, or been exciting enough for people to get behind us. We’re still hopeful.” … Williams noted weak attendance numbers during a three-game series with the Dodgers in late June, where the White Sox averaged 20,814 fans. The White Sox are averaging 26,147 this season, compared with 30,877 last year. “We’ve been probably pretty short or a little aggressive in our projections and we might have to take a lot closer look at it, because, the Dodgers series was certainly an eye opener for us,” Williams said.

Toni Ginetti, Dave van Dyck, Scott Gregor and Scott Merkin have more.

Sox trade 1B/DH Brandon Allen to Arizona for RHRP Tony Pena (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB,MLB — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 7:21 pm
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whitesox.com:

The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Tony Pena from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor-league infielder Brandon Allen. Pena, 27, is 5-3 with a 4.24 ERA (16 ER/34.0 IP) and one save in 37 relief appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2009. He leads the club with eight holds and ranks second in games pitched. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is 16-13 with a 4.08 ERA (101 ER/222.2 IP), seven saves and 63 holds in 209 career relief outings with Arizona (2006-09). He has limited right-handers to a .224 (100-447) lifetime average and ranks fourth among all major-league relievers since 2007 with 61 holds. Pena’s best season came in 2007 when he went 5-4 with a 3.27 ERA (31 ER/85.1 IP), two saves and 30 holds in 75 appearances. He limited the opposition to just 63 hits and a .207 average in his second major-league season.

whitesox.com adds that:

Pena likely will be used as insurance behind White Sox relievers Octavio Dotel and Scott Linebrink, giving the team another late-inning right-hander.

MLBTR points us to Pena’s .352 BABIP for this year.

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.

Free MLB.TV for the week of July 11 to 18

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 5:02 pm
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MLB.com:

MLB.TV Special Offer

If you are not a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you are eligible to receive a one week free trial of MLB.TV Premium from July 11-18. Valid e-mail address required. Offer not valid for current MLB.TV subscribers. If you are a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you will receive a 15% discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com Shop discount excludes taxes, shipping, handling and gift cards. May not be combined with any other offer. MLB.com Shop offer expires 8/17/09. Blackout and other restrictions apply. See www.mlb.tv for details. MLB.com will send an email on July 11 to all Final Vote voters that will include instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.

I think you have to vote for the All-Star game’s last player (Final Vote ends Thursday, July 9 at 4 p.m. ET.).

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!

Jordan Danks scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 7, 2009 12:00 pm
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FutureSox:

Danks is a great athlete that plays plus defense in centerfield. He has a lot of range and a good arm. As a hitter, he projects to have a solid batting average despite a somewhat high strikeout rate. …

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