Beckham admitted the move came as a shock, but he believes second base could become permanent. “I can’t see them moving me again,” he said.
November 6, 2009
UPDATE: Javelinas won 6-3:
Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K, .346 AVG
Brent Morel: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 DP, .276 AVG
Marc Hulet looks at some prospects that probably won’t make it on their organization’s Top 10 prospects’ list. Here’s one:
The Riser: Santos Rodriguez, LHP
Obtained from the Braves in the Javier Vazquez deal, Rodriguez could turn out to be a steal. The hard-throwing reliever has a 90-95 mph fastball, as well as a slider and change-up. In ‘09, he allowed just 18 hits in 27 innings of work in rookie ball. The 21-year-old was old for the league but he got three games of experience in low-A ball before the year ended. He needs to improve his control after posting a walk rate of 5.67 BB/9 but his strikeout rate was excellent at 14.00 K/9.
More at the link.
Williams says OF Jordan Danks play in Arizona Fall League has been noticed. “Jordan Danks is making things interesting.”
As far as free agency in general goes, Kenny said “money’s tight. Money’s tight all over the world, and certainly on the South Side. We know where the break-even numbers are. We’re going to spend whatever we have available.”
and on Jermaine Dye:
Kenny said he spoke with Dye this morning and wouldn’t totally close the door on Dye possibly coming back. “I did play around with some deals that might create space or might create a fit for J.D. at this time,” Kenny said. “It didn’t happen at this juncture, but I don’t think you can rule it out because it’s a long off-season. We just got started. Everyone knows I think the world of this guy.”
“We’ve kept our eye on [Teahen] the last few years, asked about him last year and nothing materialized,’’ Williams said of the trade. “He’s a tough-nosed ballplayer. He was hurt last year and dragged his ass out there. He’s a winner.’’ It didn’t hurt that current minor league director Buddy Bell had Teahen under him when Bell was the Royals manager. “It’s about projection sometimes guys,’’ Williams said in response to those that might criticize the move. “The defensive fit, Buddy Bell’s experience with Mark in the clubhouse and having him on the field made him a pretty attractive player for us.’’ …
BTW, talks on bringing Scott Podsednik back appear to have broken down:
The other news to come out of Friday was that talks with Podsednik on staying atop the lineup for 2010 have broken down, meaning that Jordan Danks could be tabbed as the third outfielder/leadoff hitter. Williams said there was very little money for a free agent, making Chone Figgins a pipedream once again. “Money is tight,” Williams said. “Money is tight all over the world, certainly on the South Side. We’ll spend whatever we have available, but there’s not much.” “As far as Podsednik is concerned, we already had talks and a little bit of dialogue back and forth with him. It’s not likely based on what he wants so we’ll have to look elsewhere.”
“I didn’t know what city I was going to play in,” said Teahen, during a Friday morning conference call to announce Teahen’s trade to the White Sox, in exchange for starting second baseman Chris Getz and first baseman/third baseman Josh Fields. Rumors of the trade involving these three players began early Thursday morning, but none of the individuals involved really had anything confirmed. That confirmation came before the weekend began, with Teahen and cash considerations coming over from the Royals. And as for that position roulette experienced recently by Teahen? Well, general manager Ken Williams answered that question through his opening comments in Friday’s call. “He’s going to be the starting third base, and Gordon Beckham will be moved to second,” said Williams of Teahen and the infield configuration. “I had a very good conversation with Gordon, prior to pulling the trigger on this deal, and he’s all for it and ready to go.”
The reason for the delay was the cash that Kansas City send to the Sox:
The Teahen trade was delayed because the money exchanged by the two clubs had to be approved by the commissioner’s office, a common occurrence when $1 million or more is involved.
WhiteSox have bought out the 2010 mutual option for OF Jermaine Dye, making him eligible to file for free agency.
Cowley says the cost was $950,000.
Rangers beat writer T.R. Sullivan (MLB.com) says Dye “is of interest to the Rangers.”
whitesox.com’s Kelly Thesier says it looks like Dye is headed elsewhere:
The White Sox and Dye could negotiate another contract, but it appears likely that he is headed to another team. When Chicago acquired outfielder Alex Rios at the end of August, it appeared as if Dye’s time in the Windy City was going to come to an end. The Rangers have been mentioned as one team that could possibly have interest in the outfielder.