Gonzales says he may be close to signing with the Angels:
According to ESPN.com, Matsui could sign for $6.5 million for a year. At one time, the White Sox had lukewarm interest if he could still play left field on bad knees, but decided to go in other directions during last week’s winter meetings in Indianapolis.
We have $4 million for Teahen, but not $6 for Godzilla…
Does that role include playing?
Guillen and general manager Ken Williams stressed recently how these young reserves should not count themselves out. Williams specifically addressed Nix’s situation when asked Thursday if he would have a talk with Nix before the holiday party.
“Jayson has a role on this team,” Williams said. “So, I absolutely will.” …
Carrasco, who made $440,000 last season, was offered a $160,000 raise. That wasn’t what he or his agent had in mind, and the gulf became apparent during a lunch Wednesday at the winter meetings involving Carrasco’s agent and a Sox official.
Brickey got $4.5 million last year. But he was 10 times better. Clearly.
From Normal Chad’smailbag:
Q. During football games, I’ve noticed that the center often will point up field before he snaps the ball. Could it be he wants to make sure the rest of the team knows which way to go? (Ed Anderson; Kirkland, Wash.)
A. Pay the man, Shirley.
As you may have noticed, there’s now an extra column in the “Advanced” section for batting stats called “wRC+”. You can think of this stat as a wOBA based version of OPS+. It’s park and league adjusted and it’s on a very similar scale as OPS+. The difference is that it uses wRC, which is based on wOBA. …
Tango has more.
Here’s the career leaderboard. Notice Dick Allen? The only Top 25 guy that’s not in the HoF? Shoeless Joe is #9.