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December 8, 2009

Kenny isn’t happy with Buehrle’s ‘American Chopper’ bike

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2009 9:29 pm
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Williams didn’t seem quite as excited about the Orange County Chopper custom made for Buehrle in honor of his perfect game thrown against the Rays. Although Buehrle told MLB.com before Thanksgiving that he had not heard from the White Sox about the motorcycle gift commissioned by his wife, Williams will be placing a call to him soon.

“I’m not so much in a good mood anymore,” said Williams, who claimed he had heard nothing about the motorcycle previously.

Matt Thornton is recruiting J.J. Putz

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2009 6:49 pm
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“There’s no doubt that Kenny has interest in him,” Thornton said on Tuesday. “[Putz] has been asking me what I think about it, what I think about the Sox. I told him we expect to win. I tell that to anyone that asks me, we expect to win. We prepare to win and if we don’t win, well, we’re pissed. I told [Putz] that if you’re a free agent you want to go to a winner.”

Thornton and Putz have been good buddies since early on in their Seattle days.

“We’ve known each other for over a decade,” Thornton said laughing. “It’s a bromance.”

Thornon also has some comments on the Jenks situation.

Kenny Williams on Hideki Matsui [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2009 6:42 pm
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That particular level of Tuesday activity most likely included talks concerning Hideki Matsui, the World Series Most Valuable Player and a prime free agent on the White Sox radar as a left-handed power bat. Being on the radar, though, doesn’t necessarily mean a Matsui signing is imminent. … When asked specifically about Matsui, who features a career .292 batting average and a .370 on-base percentage to go with his .482 slugging percentage, Williams paused, smiled and said, “He’s a good player, but I don’t know that we are there just yet.” …

Bruce Levine reports the Sox have checked Matsui’s medical records. Matsui wants a 1-2 year deal.

UPDATE: Kenny says the Sox haven’t asked for Matsui’s medical records.

Coco Crisp interested in the Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2009 6:36 pm


“I’ve enjoyed playing against them all those years,” Crisp said in a telephone interview. “I enjoy the park (U.S. Cellular) and the city and have a lot of family come out to see me. We’re in a wait-and-see process right now. We’ll have to see what teams bring to the table. “There are a lot of whispers and rumors right now,” said Crisp, who said he was open to a one-year or multi-year deal. “But I’m fine and looking forward to seeing what happens.”

Crisp played 49 games last season due to ailing right shoulder. He had surgery on it and he’s recovering. I’d prefer Church.

Sox emerge as a serious contender for Hideki Matsui

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2009 3:25 pm
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Feinsand (via MLBTR):

Could Godzilla be headed to the Windy City?

The White Sox have emerged as a serious contender for Hideki Matsui, according to a source, while the Angels have confirmed their interest in the World Series MVP as well. …

Stats: B-R.

Mark Buehrle wins ‘Cardinal manager for a day’ auction

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2009 2:31 pm
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White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle apparently put in the winning bid to be “Cardinal manager for a day” during spring training at an offseason auction to benefit Albert Pujols’ foundation. …

UPDATE: Buehrle donated the prize to a young girl with Down’s syndrome.

Braves DFA Ryan Church

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2009 2:17 pm


The Braves designated outfielder Ryan Church for assignment, tweets Bill Shanks.  The move was done to make room for Rafael Soriano, who accepted arbitration last night.

Stats: B-R.

Don’t we need a left-fielder? Kenny?

Beckham, Buehrle, Konerko, Jones, Guillen to attend SoxFest 2010


Chicago White Sox players Gordon Beckham, Mark Buehrle, Paul Konerko, Andruw Jones, along with manager Ozzie Guillen, are now scheduled to attend SoxFest 2010, presented by Miller Lite, Pepsi and the Palmer House Hilton. They join Freddy Garcia, Jayson Nix, Jake Peavy, A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez and Matt Thornton who also are scheduled to be at the annual event. …

Sox sign Mark Teahen to 3-year deal

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2009 12:50 pm


The White Sox third baseman of the present also became their third baseman of the immediate future when Mark Teahen and the team agreed to a three-year, $14-million contract on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.

Teahen, 28, who was acquired by the White Sox from Kansas City on Nov. 6 in exchange for Chris Getz and Josh Fields, will earn $3.75 million in 2010, $4.75 million in 2011 and $5.5 million in 2012. Teahen was eligible to become a free agent following the 2011 season. …


With the signing, the Sox now have 15 players signed for 2010 at $79.675 million, $1.5 of which will come from Kansas City in the Teahen deal.

$14 million? What the hell is going on here? Couldn’t Kenny stop at $8-9 million? Sox got 1 more year. He’d  been a free-agent after 2011…

SoxNet’s take.

MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes says “the White Sox are saving money over what he would’ve earned in arbitration.”

Kenny Williams on Mark Teahen: We believe he’s going to produce and produce in a big way.

Sox interested in J.J. Putz

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2009 3:23 am


J.J. Putz is drawing interest from several clubs, according to Jon Paul Morosi. The Cubs, White Sox, D’Backs, Rangers, Nationals, and Tigers have all shown varying levels of interest. …

Putz is recovering from surgery (bone spur) on his throwing elbow (right).

Stats: B-R, FG.

Sox and Rays discussed a Carlos Quentin-Carl Crawford trade?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2009 12:36 am
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Sources with Tampa Bay and the Sox said the sides had talked several times this offseason, not only checking out closer Bobby Jenks and his availability in a deal, but more specifically a trade that would have sent Carlos Quentin to the Rays for Carl Crawford.

Crawford has 1 more year on his deal. Quentin will be under Sox control for 4 more years.

Cowley also says the “The payroll will be in the low $90 million neighborhood when it’s all said and done.”

UPDATE: Ozzie’s says:

”To make that trade there is a lot of money involved. (Crawford) is making a lot of money. Personally, I don’t think we have enough money to cover that. Second, Carlos is younger and I think we can get Carlos to have more production than what he had this past year. Kenny hasn’t said anything to me, but … rumors are rumors, and that’s what the winter meetings are all about.”

Stats: Quentin, Crawford.

I guess this depends on what the Sox think about Quentin’s health going forward. I lean towards agreeing with Ozzie! SoxNet’s take here.

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