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December 11, 2009

John Sickels up-grades Daniel Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 10:31 pm
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John Sickels changed some grades on his Top 20 prospect lists:

Dan Hudson: changing from Grade B to Grade B+:  He was right on the edge but after looking at the numbers, video, and scouting reports again, I’m moving him up a notch to Grade B+.

Here’s the Sox 2010 Top 20 Prospects list.

D.J. Carrasco “probably” will be non-tendered

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 10:06 pm
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One pitcher probably out of the loop is versatile reliever D.J. Carrasco, who stands a strong chance not to be tendered a contract by Saturday’s 11 p.m. deadline. The Sox met Wednesday with Carrasco’s agent at the winter meetings in Indianapolis but were several hundred thousand dollars apart.

That could give rookie Daniel Hudson a shot at taking over Carrasco’s role as a long reliever while being groomed as a future starting pitcher.


With D.J. Carrasco likely to not be tendered a contract Saturday night and become a free agent, there is the chance that rookie Daniel Hudson could slide into Carrasco’s long relief role while receiving hands-on training from pitching coach Don Cooper and veteran pitchers Jake Peavy and Mark Buehrle.

But another consideration would be to send Hudson to the minors for more consistent work until he’s ready to join the major league staff. That would create a spot for Sergio Santos, who was converted from an infielder to a pitcher and possesses a 98 mph fastball.

Santos is out of options, and the Sox avoided losing him in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft by putting him on their 40-man roster. If Santos doesn’t pitch well in spring, the Sox could be faced with exposing him to waivers.

D.J’s Stats.

Nick Swisher is coming back to the South Side!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 6:51 pm

And his name is J.J. Putz:

Putz is infamous for sneaking up on teammates and hitting them in the face, on air, in the final moments of an interview, with a shaving cream pie.

Last night on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove live from Duffy’s in St. Lucie, Kevin Burkhardt talked with Mets set-up men Sean Green and J.J. Putz.

In the show’s final moments last night, Putz sneaked back on set to slam Burkhardt in the face with his signature pie, which you can watch by …

… clicking play at the 30 second video that’s embedded at the end of the post here.

He knows if you’ve been naughty, he knows if you’ve been nice

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 3:12 pm
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It’s Santa Kenny!

“We’ve been on this for quite some time,” White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said. “We’ve been monitoring him [J.J. Putz] ever since the season ended. His daily workouts we’re very familiar with. We’ve had weekly progress reports. When our doctors finally got their hands on him he passed his physical with flying colors. We couldn’t be happier with what was communicated to us by our doctors.

“We feel now from the top of the rotation to the bottom of the bullpen we’re as strong as we’ve ever been.”

Breakdown of the J.J. Putz contract

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 2:55 pm


The White Sox have reached a one-year, $3 million deal with free-agent right-hander J.J. Putz, according to a major-league source.

The deal includes $3.25 million in incentives, $250,000 based on appearances and $3 million based on games finished. The latter incentive gives Putz the ability to earn closer money if he assumes a ninth-inning role.

Kenny on the Sox bullpen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 2:44 pm
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Kenny Williams is confident about the Sox bullpen:

“Obviously, Bobby (Jenks) is the closer. (Matt) Thornton can do a little bit of both, and now you have J.J. who also can do that. And everyone fills in behind them.”

on J.J. Putz’ status:

“No restrictions whatsoever.”

on the possibility of tendering D.J. Carrasco:

“You’ll just have to wait for those things to come down the pipeline, and everything will reveal itself in time.”

Sox sign J.J. Putz

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 1:01 pm


The White Sox agreed to terms on a one-year, $3 million contract with J.J. Putz on Friday.

The 32-year-old right-hander went 1-4 with a 5.22 ERA in 29 games for the Mets in 2009. Putz then underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow on June 9 and missed the remainder of the season.

In seven seasons in the big leagues — six of which came with the Mariners — Putz is 23-19 with a 3.24 ERA and 103 saves. His best season came in ’07, when the Michigan product made the All-Star team and posted a 1.38 ERA with 40 saves in 42 chances.

His addition can give the White Sox a nice setup option, along with lefty Matt Thornton, or perhaps even make closer Bobby Jenks expendable.

Press Release. Stats.

BTB on J.J. J.J. on J.J.

Sox could non-tender D.J. Carrasco

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 12:46 pm


An 11 p.m. CT deadline sits this Saturday for 2010 contracts to be tendered to unsigned players on the 40-man roster. Carrasco contractually falls into the arbitration-eligible category, along with White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, starting pitcher John Danks, reliever Tony Pena and outfielder Carlos Quentin, meaning Carrasco will get a nice bump from his $440,000 salary in 2009.

With the White Sox at their payroll limit and still looking to add another impact player or two, including a possible frontline reliever such as J.J. Putz, Carrasco might be the odd-man out. The White Sox approach the 2010 campaign with one of the top starting rotations in all of baseball, the ‘Fab Five,’ as Carrasco mentioned, and might choose to go with a cheaper route such as rookie Daniel Hudson in what shapes up as the lesser-used category of middle relief.

… According to Carrasco, one contract offer has been exchanged between the White Sox and his agent, but nothing more. He’ll simply wait and see how the final decision plays out on Saturday, ultimately thankful the Sox gave his career a second chance to which he thoroughly responded as a non-roster invitee in Spring Training 2008.

2009 All-FutureSox Team


We wanted to make an all-star team of sorts for FutureSox, but fielding an ‘all-prospect’ team would be as easy as picking the top player at each position from our 2009 Postseason Top 25 Prospects. Clearly that would be somewhat redundant. Instead, we decided to create the All-FutureSox Team as the best performers of 2009. Forget age and park adjustments, this is simple stats. Who had the most productive year for his minor league team(s)? That’s what this is. ..

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