With the start of free agency upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to profile the most talked about player on the market…a player that will be amongst the most sought after, but a player in which relatively little is known about. That player is Aroldis Chapman, the 21 year old left handed Cuban who defected earlier this year.
Bidding for Chapman’s services is expected to get as high as $60 million and will likely be no less than $40 million. Teams that are interested in Chapman include the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, and of course the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. I’m sure there are others, but those are the teams I’ve heard about the most.
As with most Cuban defects, the hype tends to be extremely strong and often overstated. Is that also the case with Chapman? Let’s explore…
November 19, 2009
Braves right-hander Derek Lowe turns 37 on June 1. He is guaranteed $15 million in each of the next three seasons. And he had a 6.65 ERA in his final nine starts. So, while Lowe is the starting pitcher the Braves most want to trade, they are finding it difficult to move him, according to major-league sources. … The White Sox are another potential match for Lowe — first baseman Paul Konerko, another right-handed hitter who would fit the Braves, will earn $12 million next season. Konerko, however, has only one more year remaining on his contract, while Lowe has three years at greater dollars.
A would be 37 next year with a K/BB under 2 and 3 $15 million years remaining on his contract? And in the NL? Stay away Kenny. Don’t go there.
The Yankees, ever so quietly, are letting teams know that RF Nick Swisher is available.
I’m pretty sure Wilson ‘FA’ Betemit and Jeff ‘DL’ Marquez will be enough!
UPDATE: Peoria lost 17-9:
Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, .343 AVG
Brent Morel: 3-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, .435 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 1-3, 1 DP, .246 AVG
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 6.14 ERA
That was the final game of AFL’s regular season. The Championship between the Peoria Javelinas (18-14) and the Phoenix Desert Dogs (19-13) is on Saturday (1:35 pm CT on MLB Network & MLB.com).
White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks has been solid for the Peoria Javelinas, hitting .322/.445/.467 in 24 games. Danks is a patient hitter who can work the count well, walking 19 times in 110 plate appearances. He’s also struck out 24 times, showing some struggles against offspeed pitches and fastballs on the inner half. Though Danks is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, some scouts question whether he’ll ever hit for much power, and he hasn’t shown much ability to pull the ball for power in the AFL. While he doesn’t have classic plus-plus speed in center field, he has shown good instincts reading fly balls off the bat, athleticism and a solid throwing arm.
“I hear he’s a center fielder, yet I’ve had to play him in right field a little bit and he’s made spectacular catches against the walls, so he’s adjusted well to the corner position,” said Javelinas manager Kevin Bradshaw, the Tigers’ roving infield coordinator. “He runs the bases very well—he gets the best leads out of anyone we have—and he’s been hitting the ball for power the other way.”
November 26 (Thanksgivining) at 7 pm CT on CSN. Press release.
1. Tyler Flowers
2. Dan Hudson
3. Brent Morel
4. John Ely
5. Jared Mitchell
6. Jordan Danks
7. Dayan Viciedo
8. David Holmberg
9. Josh Phegley
10. John Shelby
On David Holmberg:
Holmberg brings a great mix of pitches to the mound, including a curveball and change-up that have the makings of plus pitches. His fastball falls flat right now, but further velocity is expected as his frame fills out. He’s the most intriguing pitching project in Chicago’s system.
November 18, 2009
Don’t expect a stampede Friday when the White Sox and the other 29 major-league teams can start tendering contracts to free agents. With some teams unwilling to lose draft picks for signing Type A free agents, combined with an additional pool of free agents that won’t be tendered contracts by Dec. 12, teams could be willing to move deliberately to assess their options in a market that could be saturated. …
Bob Nightengale says the same:
“We signed our free agent already,” Reinsdorf says. “His name is Jake Peavy.”
Phoenix Desert Dogs vs. Peoria Javelinas: 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: 72 degrees, sunny.
UPDATE: Peoria lost 7-6:
Jordan Danks: 3-5, 1 K, 1 SB, .337 AVG
Brent Morel: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .414 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 DP, .242 AVG
Justin Cassel: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 7.85 ERA
Jacob Rasner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 9.45 ERA
Kyle Bellamy: 2.- IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 1.59 ERA
Today’s game between Peoria and Phoenix was a preview of Saturday’s Championship game, which will air live on MLB Network (1:30 pm CT).
More on Morel here.
Adrian Gonzalez: Any acquiring team would have to put together a tremendous package for the superstar player with the most reasonable multiyear contract in baseball ($10.5 million over the next two years). The silliest rumor so far had Gonzalez possibly going in a three-way trade with Paul Konerko going to the Angels and prospects to the Padres. Beyond the fact the Angels have a great first baseman in Kendry Morales, Konerko’s high contract makes him a giveaway at this point.
Tyler Flowers (23), of Marietta, Ga., hit .302 with 13 homers and 43 RBI for the Birmingham Barons. The catcher added 18 doubles and had a .993 OPS, before earning a promotion to Triple-A in July. The Chicago White Sox, who obtained him as part of a December trade with Atlanta, then brought him up to the Majors in September.
Stefan Gartrell, a 25-year-old right fielder who hit 23 home runs last season in the high minors, is expected to be added to the White Sox’s 40-man roster by Friday, which is the deadline to protect players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.
November 17, 2009
The agent for free agent catcher Henry Blanco said Tuesday that the White Sox are one of several teams interested in his client. …
Chicago White Sox (10)
RHP: Dylan Axelrod (Hi A), Fernando Hernandez (AAA), Kelvin Jimenez (AAA), John Van Benschoten (AAA), Ehren Wassermann (AAA)
C: Justin Knoedler (AAA)
SS: Eider Torres (AAA)
OF: David Cook (AA), Josh Kroeger (AAA), Michael Restovich (AAA)