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December 7, 2009

Kenny is waiting for Sunday’s non-tender deadline

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 9:00 pm


Williams intimated that his options could expand as soon as next Sunday.

“There will be some bats available after the tender date (Saturday), so you got a lot of options,” Williams said. “Which road we’ll travel down? I don’t know. That’s why we’re here. We got to let it play out.”

UPDATE: The deadline is Saturday (12/12) night.

Kenny doesn’t have any money

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 8:55 pm
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Williams took a knee throughout Figgins’ brief time on the free-agent market, unable to do anything except wish him well after he agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the Mariners.

“I don’t have any money,” said Williams, who projects the Sox’s payroll to wind up near $100 million. “I would have loved to (add him), but it didn’t work.”

it’s not due to the Rios claim says Kenny:

“We wanted that player,” Williams said. “We don’t look at (the situation) as a hindrance. We look at him as an answer to one problem we’ve had for a long time. This guy is a career .280 hitter with power speed, with speed, with defense. We’re happy to have him.”

Gonzales says the Sox have about $20 million to spend.

Ozzie Guillen wants defensive improvement

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 8:47 pm


Guillen said that was the area the Sox needed to improve on most. “Last year, we were very, very, very bad defensively,” he said. “Very bad. And I always preach pitching and defense win baseball games. It gives you a better chance. When you’ve got good defense, your pitching staff is going to be better. Last year, our pitching staff was good, but our defense didn’t help them to be better. It was very, very bad.”

Ozzie Guillen on Alex Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 8:33 pm
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“I told Rios, I said, ‘Get on base twice in the game and give me two stolen bases. We don’t need 40 home runs from you,'” Guillen said. “We want it, but I’d rather you get on base and steal bases and make this game a little bit better than worry about home runs and changing your game. I might bat him second. I might, just to make sure his game changes a little bit.

“His mechanics were bad, but I cannot put a finger on what he was doing wrong. Everything for him was wrong, even when he hit the ball right. When you’re struggling, and you hit the ball right on the button and you’re out, you dig yourself a hole.”

Ozzie Guillen on Carlos Quentin and the rest of his outfield

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 8:12 pm
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The White Sox have done a lot of moving around to improve the defense already this offseason. They’ve said goodbye to Jermaine Dye and will likely be moving Carlos Quentin to right field.

“That’s his natural position,” he said of using Quentin in right. “That’s what I think. He grew up playing right field. He couldn’t play right field for the White Sox because of (Dye). But we’ve got right field and left field. He can play whatever he wants, wherever he feels more comfortable. And we’re waiting to see.”

Guillen was very adamant that Alex Rios will be their everyday center-fielder and said Andruw Jones has no choice but to learn to play left field if he wants to get in the lineup with any sort of frequency. Mark Kotsay — of whom Guillen spoke incredibly highly — is also in the left field mix.

Ozzie Guillen on the leadoff batter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 8:03 pm
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Ozzie Guillen on the Sox leadoff batter:

“The one, and he’s not a typical leadoff hitter, is Gordon [Beckham]. Gordon takes a lot of pitches there, he knows what he’s doing, he’s not going to panic. He can run a little bit, but I don’t think he can steal bases the way we want him to, but I always say, the leadoff hitter, I don’t care how many bases you can steal, you’ve got to be on base. I’d rather have a guy get on base than a guy that steals 100 bases, but is never there. Last year, I think our leadoff hitter on Opening Day was Wise.”

Sox interested in Juan Pierre

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 7:52 pm
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Please no:

The Sox and Juan Pierre … again? Don’t laugh. The holdup on those talks, however, is the well-publicized divorce involving Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, especially because the Sox would want Los Angeles to pick up a good amount of Pierre’s $18.5 million he’s owed the next two seasons.

Stats: B-R, FG.

UPDATE: Jim looks at Juan Pierre and sees Scott Podsednik.

Spring Jim?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 7:45 pm
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“We never go into an offseason with an offseason shopping list because that is ongoing, just as it was in June and July and August,” said Williams, during his media briefing Monday evening. “It’s difficult to place too much importance on one meeting when we are always trying to acquire the best talent with the best fit.

“There’s always one more move to make,” Williams said.

That one move figures to be a left-handed hitter, and it probably will come in the form of an outfielder but also could be a designated-hitter candidate. Manager Ozzie Guillen stressed during his Monday interview session that he wasn’t interested in a player who solely would serve as a DH, seemingly ruling out a return for favorite son Jim Thome.

Nothing seems set in stone, though, with the tender date of Dec. 12 certainly opening up more, somewhat cost-efficient options and not pushing the White Sox to rush to any sort of solution. Pat Rooney, Thome’s longtime representative, planned to meet with the White Sox this week, just to get an overall feel of the team’s thought process, but any return for Thome would come near the end of the offseason.

“At the end of all of this, we’ll sit down and take a look at where we are at, for that given time,” Williams said. “Everyone knows I have the utmost respect for Jim Thome, the man and the player. But he’s got to see what’s available, and we have to see who we are and what type of team we want to field.”

Scott Podsednik is looking for a 2-year deal

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 7:21 pm
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[Kenny] Williams mentioned assistant general manager Rick Hahn and Ryan Gleichowski, Scott Podsednik’s representative, continued to have contractual conversations. Podsednik’s camp is pushing for a two-year deal, taking a chance that the White Sox one-year offer still will be available if the two-year deal never materializes.

As far as rating his optimism for a potential Podsednik return, Williams didn’t have a definitive feeling in either direction.

“Early on, we made no secret that we felt there was a place for Pods and we made overtures to that effect,” said Williams. “They expressed to us how he wanted to test the market and we respect his right to do that, but we told them that we were going to continue moving down the road. We don’t allow any player to hold us hostage and wait around for them to get on their timetable. We operate on our own timetable.

“Obviously, we still have roster spots to fill and he’s still out there. So, if he has a sincere desire in terms of fit and in terms of dollars that match up, it’s time to get serious.”

Tyler Flowers the current favorite for the backup catcher position


Williams said the possibility of rookie Tyler Flowers becoming the primary backup catcher to A.J. Pierzynski becomes a strong consideration each day.

“As we sit right now, he’s probably the leading candidate to be the backup,” Williams said. “… Tyler Flowers is going to hit. And that’s one thing we have to consider.”

Another consideration is that teams are starting to sign catchers, even at eye-opening prices. The New York Mets doubled free agent Henry Blanco’s salary by agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract as a backup catcher.

The Mets have yet to land a starting catcher but are considering free agent Bengie Molina. The Sox had interest in Blanco but could shift their sights on Mike Redmond, a dependable contact hitter who was a member of Florida’s 2003 World Series champion team, in which Guillen served as a coach.

More at the link: Jake Peavy, Omar Vizquel, Andruw Jones, Brent Lillibridge, Jayson Nix, Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye, Brandon Hynick.

Ozzie Guillen on Hideki Matsui

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 6:41 pm
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When asked if he would be interested in managing Matsui, Guillen replied: “I don’t mind. I managed two Japanese players and had fun.

” … We got room for a lot of people. We need one more guy. It could be him. He has to show us he can play the outfield, too.”


Both Chicago teams deftly danced around inquiries from Japanese media members about free agent Hideki Matsui, the World Series MVP from the Yankees. With the Sox having plenty of DH candidates and Ozzie talking about outfield defense and the Cubs having no place to put Matsui, Chicago won’t be his landing place.


High on the White Sox wish list is Japanese outfielder/DH Hideki Matsui. According to sources, Matsui is looking to be a part-time outfielder/DH. He’s also said to be looking for a one or two-year deal at the most. Matsui’s goal is to play for a contender and try to be able to re-establish himself in the outfield, dealing with knee surgeries over his career.


Guillen added that he liked what he saw in the World Series from the Yankees’ Hideki Matsui, who is a free agent, and that the Sox might have room. However, Guillen cited the need for Matsui to play defense, as well.


Guillen on the Hideki Matsui to the Sox rumor that won’t go away. “I like what I see in the World Series, yeah,” Guillen said. “He’s got to play the outfield for a little while. I never tell Kenny who to sign and who to release – well a couple guys to release. I told Kenny, ‘Hey, I don’t want this guy at the ballpark.’ And there’s one guy where I said to Kenny, ‘Hey, can we keep this guy?’ And that was Kotsay.” According to the Japanese media, however, Matsui is looking for a multi-year deal that will pay him $10 million a year. Next.

If the season started today…

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2009 3:10 pm
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Ozzie says the starting outfield would be Alex Rios in center, Carlos Quentin in right, and Andruw Jones in left. And Gordon Beckham would be the lead-off batter.

And Ozzie says Dayan Viciedo isn’t ready.

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