Chris Rongey conducted a very good interview with Darrin Jackson on White Sox weekly this morning that revealed a contradiction in Ozzie’s 2010 gameplan. Jackson, normally a toe-the-company-line guy, said he is not crazy about the rotating DH/OF/1B/everywhere plan because players are much more efficient when they have a set position and role with the club. Citing his own playing days, Jackson said players are more focused and productive when they are mentally prepared for one role. …
When even DJ does not like your gameplan, you know your gameplan has serious problems.
The Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year deal with Johnny Damon, a source tells Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. The deal is worth $8MM, and apparently has no second-year option. Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that the deal is pending a physical. …
Well, so long for that… Will Jermaine Dye now agree to play DH? I got the projections ready!
“No, I haven’t talked to him,” Pierzynski said Saturday at Camelback Ranch. “No, I’m not playing golf with him. I don’t know where he’s signing, but it’s not going to be here.”
but merkin tweets that “Of course, A.J. made that comment with a smile, and I’m guessing he probably doesn’t know the latter point to be true for certain.”
Merkin: Gordon Beckham already has arrived. Taking clubhouse ribbing from Matt Thornton about media waiting to talk to him.
merkin: Other non-catching position players on hand were Andruw Jones, Juan Pierre, and C.J. Retherford,
more on Andruw:
Andruw Jones was one of the early arrivals in White Sox camp, and the former Gold Glove Award winner vowed that he isn’t washed up. “I still have a lot of gas left in the tank,” Jones said Saturday morning after working out with teammate Juan Pierre. …
J.J. Putz feels good:
Among those were newcomer J.J. Putz, who said his right elbow feels great about seven months following surgery to repair bone chips. “I threw a bullpen (Friday) and another one on Tuesday, and everything feels good,” said Putz, who rehabbed his elbow in Phoenix under the supervision of therapist Brett Fischer. …