Talks with free agent Scott Podsednik have taken two steps back. According to a source, enough so that Williams is looking elsewhere for a leadoff hitter right now.
“Do we need Pods, yes,” Guillen said of the situation. “Do we want him? Yes. But we have to make the best deal for this organization. That’s not my problem right now. That’s on Kenny, Rick and [board chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] to decide.”
November 20, 2009
… says Bob Klapisch in his where-do-free-agents-end-up column:
GM Ken Williams said he wouldn’t be able to afford Matsui after his World Series MVP performance, but the White Sox are nevertheless interested. They need a left-handed power hitter to replace Jim Thome — and Matsui will need a home after he discovers how lean the market is. The Yankees wish him well, but have no plans to bring him back. Matsui earned $13 million in 2009 but at age 35 with two bad knees that prevent him from playing the field, he’ll have to accept far less to continue his career in the majors. A deal with the White Sox makes sense on both sides.
The White Sox have purchased the contracts of outfielder Stefan Gartrell and right-handed pitchers Brandon Hynick, Brian Omogrosso and Sergio Santos from Class AAA Charlotte and right-hander Santo Luis from Class A Winston-Salem. With the moves, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 37.
Santos’ numbers might not stand out, but he’s touched 97 mph while pitching in the Arizona Fall League over the past month and has shown improvement
“Sergio has a plus arm, and he’s someone who is drawing attention out there,” said Kirk Champion, the White Sox Minor League pitching coordinator.
Champion also said Santos’ slider is around the plate more than when he first transitioned and he has an outstanding changeup.
Mayo has the Rule 5 Draft order. The Sox have the 13th pick.
White Sox close on Vizquel. One year deal to be backup
42-year-old Vizquel earned $1 million as a backup last year. He played 2B, 3B, and SS. Is Kenny getting his guy again?
The Chicago White Sox are in negotiations with Omar Vizquel‘s agents, Arn Tellem and Tom Reich, to sign the future Hall of Fame shortstop for the 2010 season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The source said a deal is close to being done.
The Chicago White Sox are talking to veteran shortstop Omar Vizquel about a contract and a deal is expected in the coming days, sources confirm.
If a deal is close, it’s not expected to be announced Friday. The White Sox said Friday that beside the five additions the club made to its 40-man roster, there would be no other news.
And here’s SoxNet’s take.
UPDATE #2: Cowley:
“I hear they are talking,” Guillen said in a phone interview. “I’ve talked to Vizquel in the past, but they aren’t telling me anything. I just got back from Venezuela, and I guess Kenny and Rick didn’t want me running my mouth down there. “I’ll tell you what, though, if this kid is on the team there’s no way in hell he’s wearing No. 13.”
This kid is 3 years younger than Ozzie! Beckham was 2 years old when this kid made his MLB debut!
A Fistful of Dollars (1:40:04) A pancho-clad, cigar-chewing, mysterious ‘Man with No Name’ rides into a small frontier town which is embroiled in a struggle for power between two families. He hires himself out as a mercenary, first to one faction and then to the other, with no regard for honor or morality. He plays both sides against the middle, collecting his money, until he eventually destroys both, leaving the town to the bartender, coffin-maker and bell ringer as he rides off into the desert from whence he came.
For a Few Dollars More (2:11:43) Sergio Leone’s sequel to FISTFUL OF DOLLARS finds the pancho-clad, cigar-chewing, mysterious ‘Man with No Name’ (Clint Eastwood) locked in competition with a rival bounty hunter; then forming an uneasy alliance with him in a mutual quest for the psychopathic bandit Indio. Eastwood is interested in the award money; Van Cleef seeks vengeance on Indio, for the brutal rape and murder of his sisterÉand the pile of bodies after the climactic shoot-out will yield very different outcomes for them both.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (2:58:40) Set during the Civil War, three disparate drifters…(the pancho-clad, cigar-chewing, silent but supremely self-confident ‘Man with No Name’–the Good; the evil bounty hunter–the Bad; and a renegade Mexican bandit–the Ugly)…search for a Confederate cash box containing $200,000 which is hidden in a distant cemetery in an unmarked grave Sergio Leone’s epic Western masterpiece and the third film in the “Dollars” trilogy. Music by Ennio Morricone.