Ozzie likes the team as it is now and doesn’t want a full-time DH:
“Ozzie and I have been speaking on that, and we spoke on it again [Tuesday],” Williams said of the DH spot. “Right now, what he would like to do is sit where we are right now because he likes flexibility with the DH position, whether it be a guy getting a break or keeping your bench players fresh. Guys like [Andruw] Jones, [Mark] Kotsay, [Omar] Vizquel, getting [Paul] Konerko off of his feet and getting into the DH spot … he likes the flexibility that comes with it.
“I’ve given him some names – this is a very critical last thing on our list. I certainly don’t want to do anything from my seat that conflicts with what my manager wants, so regardless if I think there may be a need for a bigger left-handed bat in the middle of the lineup, he’s the one in there and I fully support how he and his coaching staff see the situation fitting. That’s something we’ll continue to think about.”
Yeah, like June or July, come trade deadline time.
… “I don’t want people in Chicago now to say, we need a power-hitter,” Guillen said. “The last four years they have been on Kenny and myself, ‘we’re too slow.’ We’re excited with what we have. We have a more athletic ballclub and can do a lot of things. Kenny has done a miracle, I don’t know how he did it. It’s going to be fun. You’re going to see a different ballclub. And I was looking for a challenge, looking for the challenge to see how good I can be, moving the pieces the way I like to move them.”
Mercy! Save us Big Jim!
What’s your thoughts on replay, Ozzie? “I like to see the umps do their jobs and I don’t like delays. But if there is replay it will save me money because every time I argue it costs me $500 or $1000.”
More funny stuff at the link.
The White Sox acquired Juan Pierre from the Dodgers for two minor league pitchers, according to Yahoo’s Tim Brown. The Dodgers will take on roughly half of Pierre’s salary. The outfielder has $18.5MM remaining on his deal ($10MM next year and $8.5MM in 2011), so the Dodgers are taking on about $9MM. …
I hope Kenny didn’t give away David Holmberg or Santos Rodriguez (there is no way he gave away Daniel Hudson).
No, he couldn’t give away Holmberg. Holmberg was drafted in June .
UPDATE: MLBTR now says the Sox will pay Pierre $3 million in 2010 and $5 million in 2011 meaning the Dodgers will pick up the remaining $10.5 million. Also, the two minor league pitchers will be Players To Be Named Later. Hmmm, $10.5 million is a lot. I wonder who the PTBNLs are.
UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi hears the 2 PTBNLs are John Ely and Jon Link. Oh, man. After reading this, I’ll feel so bad if it’ll be Ely.
Jayson Stark says the Dodgers will select 2 pitchers from a list. The 2 pitchers will be able to reach the majors in 2010 says Stark.