In addition to undergoing successful surgery to remove a pin from his right wrist, left fielder Carlos Quentin visited a foot doctor in Chicago this week to re-examine his left foot.
The doctor saw no abnormalities and Quentin was cleared to proceed with his offseason conditioning program once his wrist is healed. Quentin is expected to resume swinging a bat in 30 days.
Also, Podsdnik’s agent had preliminary talks with the Sox about Pods re-signing with the Sox.
October 9, 2009
Cowley tries to identify which member of the Sox was partying with Miguel Cabrera all night before Cabrera got arrested:
1. Manager Ozzie Guillen – A close friend of Cabrera’s from their Florida days, as well as a guy not afraid to have a few cocktails now and then.
2. Freddy Garcia – The pitcher is also close with Cabrera – through Guillen – and there’s a reason “Sweaty Freddy” is always perspiring on the mound.
3. Alex Rios – Not afraid to go out late at night … and into the morning.
4. Octavio Dotel – Loves the road, loves the night-life.
5. Tony Pena – He’s Octavio Dotel … five years ago.
6. Ozzie Guillen Jr. – Would be the prime suspect, but he wasn’t on the road trip to Detroit … or was he?
Swisher’s rate of HR’s, K’s SB’s, line drives, fly balls, pop ups and grounders suggested that his BABIP should have been closer to the .300 range in 2008. That would obviously change his line dramatically. Even if those extra hits were all singles, Swisher’s triple-slash would rise from a mild .219/.332/.410 to .268/.381/.459. With the Bronx Bombers in 2009, Swisher mashed to the tune of .249/.371/.498 in 607 PA, good for a career-best .375 wOBA. His BABIP did not return to the .300 range (he finished at .277), but that BABIP rebound and a boost in power (.249 ISO) made Swisher one of the best off-season pickups. His patience and pop, coupled with average D, produced a 3.7 WAR season. Swisher is never going to have a shiny batting average, but his stout secondary skills (walks and power) make him an underrated contributor. …
The Chicago White Sox announced that outfielder Dewayne Wise has declared free agency in lieu of accepting an outright assignment to Class AAA Charlotte. Wise, 31, hit .225 (32-142) with two home runs and 11 RBI in a career-high 84 games with the White Sox in 2009. In two seasons with the Sox, Wise batted .236 (64-271) with eight homers and 29 RBI. The White Sox 40-man roster is at 36.
Wise: .225/.262/.366/.628 with 27 K / 3 BB and a perfect game saving catch.
How about the guy the Sox chose to trade and keep Wise: .243/.328/.347/.674 with 54 K and 23 BB.