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December 10, 2009

Gordon Beckham speaks on leading off

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 10, 2009 10:36 pm


“I’ve heard the rumors,” Beckham said from his Atlanta-area home as the Sox concluded the winter meetings still in pursuit of someone for the top of the order. “I kind of hope I don’t lead off. I’ve never lead off before.” … “If I have to bat leadoff, I’ll make do,” said Beckham, who batted .270 in 103 games while working his away from the bottom of the Sox’s batting order to the second spot. I’ll work at being good at it. I’m OK if they want me to bat there.” … “I don’t think they’d ask me to change much,” Beckham said. “The only thing it would hurt (batting leadoff) would be my RBIs.”

Beckham looks forward to his move to 2B:

“I’ll be OK. The only transition is turning (the double play).”

Sox interested in Brett Gardner

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 10, 2009 7:09 pm
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According to a scout familiar with the situation, the Sox were one of two teams in the American League Central Division letting the New York Yankees know during this week’s Winter Meetings that they covet the services of outfielder Brett Gardner. The problem is Kansas City was also sniffing around what it would take to get the promising 26-year-old leadoff hitter.

What might work in Williams’ favor, however, is that he is not only friendly with Brian Cashman, but is no stranger to doing deals with the Yankees GM. Not only did Williams get Jose Contreras from New York back in 2004, but the two paired up again last winter, with the Sox finding a new residence for disgruntled outfielder Nick Swisher. …

Gardner caught Kenny’s eye in the 2007 AFL.

Stats: B-R.

Sox to decide on J.J. Putz by next week; Hideki Matsui by January?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 10, 2009 12:20 pm
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Williams’ urgency wasn’t quite reciprocated during the four days spent in Indianapolis, as agreeing to a three-year, $14 million extension with Mark Teahen was the only move made by the team. But the White Sox have laid the groundwork for other potential additions — some could happen fast, while others might take a while to play out.

J.J. Putz, the one-time Seattle closer who is recovering from surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow, stood as a prime target for a White Sox bullpen upgrade. Although Putz has numerous teams interested, the White Sox could have a decision by the beginning of next week or move on to another pitcher.

Hideki Matsui remains a designated hitter of interest, as a left-handed power bat who would support the middle of the White Sox lineup. But Matsui’s side continues to have talks with the Yankees, and with the White Sox basically at budget, it might take until January before they can decide on how to fill this void. Finding a leadoff hitter as the third outfielder might stand as more of a priority, with Scott Podsednik and Coco Crisp still possible fits. …

Ken Davidoff has a different take on Matsui:

Increasing expectation around MLB is that the Yankees will eventually re-sign Hideki Matsui. Could take until January.

Bruce Levine says the Sox made a contract offer to J.J. Putz:

The Cubs and White Sox appear to be the lead teams on signing former closer J.J. Putz to a contract. Putz worked out for the cubs on Wednesday and will do so again on Friday. Upwards of six or seven other teams have also watched Putz work out. The former Seattle and Mets relief pitcher will most likely get an incentive-laden contract that could start at around $2.5 million and can realize another $6 or $7 million with incentives. The White Sox have been the most aggressive team on Putz and have already made an offer to his agent Craig Landis.

Run Google Wave Inside Thunderbird 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ December 10, 2009 10:52 am


Google’s Wave tool suffers from a “just another inbox” problem. So it’s great to see Wave running inside a tab in Thunderbird, right next to your email inbox, with a crafty little code tweak.

Among Thunderbird 3’s new features is Content Tabs, a way to monitor other web sites and web-based messaging from inside Thunderbird. The Quetzalcoatal blog hacked together a little code that opens Wave cleanly and conveniently inside one of these tabs, and even keeps it open after you restart Thunderbird.

To load it up, head to the Tools menu, select Error Console, and enter this line (be sure to select all of it):

Components.classes['@mozilla.org/appshell/window-mediator;1'].getService(Components.interfaces.nsIWindowMediator).getMostRecentWindow("mail:3pane").document.getElementById("tabmail").openTab("contentTab", {contentPage: "https://wave.google.com/wave/?nouacheck"});

Hit the “Evaluate” button when you’re done, and you’ll see a new tab asking for your Wave login. Log in, click “Remember” to have Thunderbird remember your password, and now it’s just like having a little browser tab opened on Wave.

Mark Teahen on the Royals

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 10, 2009 10:25 am
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Cowley: Teahen on life with the Sox now: “Every year with Kansas City I would try and convince myself we made the right moves.”

Cowley: “…. But we knew that we would have to have everything work out perfectly for a chance.’

Cowley: “The nice thing with Chicago with the team in place, guys don’t have to overachieve. They just need to do what they’re capable of doing.”

Sox don’t gain or lose players on the Rule 5 draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 10, 2009 10:12 am


The White Sox didn’t select nor lose a player in the major league phase of Thursday morning’s Rule 5 draft. In the minor league phase, Washington selected pitcher Arismendy Mota and the New York Mets took Johnny Lujan from the Sox’s Double-A Birmingham roster. The Sox will receive $24,000 from those selections.

The Yankee$ lost Kanekoa Texeira to the Mariners, a relieve pitcher the Sox send to the Yankee$ in the Nick Swisher trade last year.

The Rule 5 draft marks the end of the 2009 Winter Meetings.

Sox interested in expanding their reach to the Japanese market?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 10, 2009 2:35 am
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At least one reporter wondered if Williams’ friendliness with a large group of unfamiliar reporters hinted at his willingness to sign Matsui, who claims, according to Japanese reporters, that his left knee has been checked out and is healthy enough to play the outfield as well as DH, and the team’s fiscal desire to appeal to the Japanese market, where Matsui is beloved.

“It would be lots and lots of money,” said Naoko Sato, a Chicago-based reporter for Nikkan Sports News. “Mucho dinero.”

What she’s referring to are the marketing and advertising opportunities available when your games are broadcast in Japan. Matsui is one of the most popular players in Japan and his games get major air time. If “Godzilla” signed with the White Sox, the marketing opportunities would pay for a good portion of his annual contract.

Given that the White Sox were worried last season about the upcoming cessation of several big advertising deals, expanding the Sox’s reach to Japan would seem like a no-brainer.

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