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 ..”
… 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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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!