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November 5, 2009

Pods, Castro file for free agency

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 7:37 pm
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White Sox resurgent leadoff batter Scott Podsednik and Ramon Castro filed for free agency Thursday on the first day eligible players can file. …


Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 6:56 pm
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Peoria Javelinas vs. Mesa Solar Sox: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Justin Cassel is the Starting Pitcher. Weather: 87 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 8-1:

Jordan Danks: 0-5, 2 K, .333 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 0-4, 2 K, .255 AVG
Brent Morel: 1-3, 1 BB, .280 AVG
Justin Cassel: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 1 DP,  5.52 ERA
Jacob Rasner: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 27.00 ERA
Kyle Bellamy: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

Did Joe Cowley punk us?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 6:39 pm
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According to reports on Thursday, the Royals’ Mark Teahen has been traded to the White Sox in exchange for second baseman Chris Getz and third baseman Josh Fields.

But hold on.

Neither club would confirm the reports, which surfaced first in the New York Daily News and later appeared on the Chicago Sun-Times Web site. …

Cowley says the holdup is over possible minor-league players involved:

A source close to the situation then confirmed to the Sun-Times that the deal was all but done, but there were still talks about the possibility of minor-league prospects being involved. There was the hold up.

THT on the Teahen trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 6:17 pm
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Evan Brunell says ‘Both sides come out ahead in Teahen swap‘:

The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals hooked up for an intradivision trade the day after the World Series ended, agreeing to send 3B/RF Mark Teahen to the south side of Chicago in exchange for 2B Chris Getz and 3B Josh Fields. This trade is certainly no blockbuster, but the trade appears to be very telling on how each general manager is approaching the offseason and construction of its roster. Chicago is receiving a player that has a shot to knock 20 home runs in The Cell with a batting average around .270. He’s under control for two more arbitration years, and many seem to feel he’s a lock to be the White Sox’s new right-fielder with the departure of Jermaine Dye. I’m not so sure. …

It’s alive! It’s alive!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 5:43 pm
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Phil Rogers says Konerko-for-Figgins is still alive!

Teahen’s arrival — not yet official, although widely reported — would position the White Sox to deal Paul Konerko this winter, assuming Konerko is willing to waive his no-trade rights. Konerko has one year left on his contract and isn’t believed to have received overtures about staying past 2010. He could be attractive to teams looking for leadership and run-production, with San Francisco, Arizona, Boston and the Angels among the possibilities. Shedding his $12-million salary would make it easier to pursue a top free agent, such as the long rumored Chone Figgins. …

BTB looks at the Teahen deal

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 5:21 pm
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A Bill Madden report has Teahen pegged to replace Jermaine Dye in right field next year. Throughout his career he’s logged nearly 2,500 innings in the outfield – mostly the corners – and has a -1 UZR to show for it. That’s not horrible, especially not when contrasted to Jermaine Dye’s dead-horse act the past few seasons. His bat is what it is. Over the last three years his wRAA have ranged from -8.5 to 1.4, with a -3.9 year thrown in for good measure. Given the move to a more hitter friendly park, Teahen’s raw offensive numbers should improve. He is 28-years-old and Cot’s accredits him with service time of 3.155 (years.days). Add a year and Teahen will become a free agent for the first time following the 2011 season. …

The Transaction Oracle looks at the Teahen and Kotsay deals

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 4:56 pm
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2010 ZiPS Projections
Player        AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR RBI  BB  SO  SB    BA   OBP   SLG  OPS+
Fields       411  48  100  20  2  12  49  41 120   7  .243  .314  .389   85
Getz         413  52  117  21  3   3  34  32  51  18  .283  .338  .370   88
Kotsay       290  30   79  16  1   4  35  22  33   3  .272  .321  .376   85
Teahen       526  72  136  26  4  18  57  48 136   8  .259  .324  .426   96

Sox trade for Mark Teahen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 12:17 pm
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The White Sox have traded Josh Fields and Chris Getz to Kansas City in exchange for infielder-outfielder Mark Teahen, the White Sox have confirmed. Teahen hit .271 while connecting on 12 home runs and driving in 50 runs last season. The 28-year-old lefty has spent his entire five-year career with the Royals. The move likely means Jermaine Dye, who is a free agent, will be replaced in right field by Teahen. …

Stats: Teahen, Getz, Fields.

More from Cowley:

But if the versatile Teahen is now a South Sider, the deal could have been made to move Gordon Beckham to second base. Two weeks ago, manager Ozzie Guillen said that he saw Beckham as a future second baseman when asked if Beckham could ever return to his natural position of shortstop. The 28-year-old Teahen hit .271 with 12 homers and 50 RBI last season, and can play third base, as well as the outfield. The other option is that the Sox will play Teahen in the outfield, moving Beckham to second and clearing the way for the push to sign free agent-to-be Chone Figgins.

And Gonzales:

There also is the possibility that Teahen could take over at third base, with rookie sensation Gordon Beckham moving to second base. Teahen could maintain the third base position until Brent Morel is ready for the majors in 2012 or sooner.

Sox re-sign Mark Kotsay

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 12:07 pm


The White Sox agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with veteran Mark Kotsay on Thursday. Kotsay combined to hit .278 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 67 games with the Red Sox and White Sox in 2009. The 33-year-old lefty hitter was acquired by Chicago on July 28 for outfielder Brian Anderson and hit .292 with three homers and 18 RBIs in 40 games for the White Sox. …

Mrs. Kotsay will remain on the South Side!

Jordan Danks concentrating on off-speed pitches

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 12:17 am
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“I’m working on not trying to be vulnerable to off-speed pitches,” Danks said. “That’s something I’ve worked on very hard here in Arizona. I’m concentrating on taking that first-pitch change-up, the pitch that used to look like a fastball to me, and now with that philosophy I’m getting ahead on the count and getting my pitch more often.” “He’s close, he’s very close to being ready,” White Sox hitting instructor Gary Ward said Tuesday night. “He’s definitely going to be playing in the major leagues soon.” Ward is the Sox Triple-A hitting instructor and also batting instructor for the Peoria Javelinas, the Sox team in the AFL. Drafted in the seventh round, Danks’ numbers were just so-so after getting promoted to Double-A Birmingham from Single-A in 2009. Cutting down on a bit of a long swing has been Danks’ goal in the AFL. …

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