The bullpen is also beat up. Bobby Jenks (pulled calf muscle) is out for the season, and D.J. Carrasco (hamstring) and Octavio Dotel (neck) might also be finished for the year.
September 30, 2009
The glut of closers on the trade and free-agent markets might compel the White Sox to act quickly if they wish to move Bobby Jenks, who will not be a free agent until after the 2011 season.
Matt Thornton could replace Jenks, but then the Sox would have no replacement for Thornton, one of the game’s most dominant left-handed relievers. One possible solution: Wait until January to sign a remaining free agent at a bargain-basement price.
8. The Nickname
Calling Becks up to the bigs may have provided us with the funniest unintentional nickname of all time. Due to manager Ozzie Guillen’s obvious inabilities to enunciate the English language properly, his attempts at Beckham sounded more like Bacon.
I think we can all agree that bacon basically beats out anything else known to man, so the Rookie of the Year Award almost seems like a forgone conclusion.
The White Sox are not planning on picking up Jermaine Dye‘s $12 million mutual option, according to people familiar with their thinking, making Dye a free agent after the year.
Of course they won’t pick-up Dye’s $12 million option. Now trying to negotiate something new is another thing. I guess it all depends on what offers does Dye get in the free-agent market.