Gordon Beckham isn’t exactly streaking to the fore, but he’s still got the upside to move up the list. In the early going, he’s striking out and walking at almost the exact same rate as last year, but reduced power and a poor BABIP are holding him down. ZiPS RoS is still optimistic though.
April 27, 2010
… the White Sox have the parts to do a deal if they decide they’re not going to re-sign Paul Konerko.
What about Fielder to the White Sox for a package built around pitching and Triple-A first baseman Dayan Viciedo? John Danks certainly would get Melvin’s attention. Gavin Floyd might to a lesser degree and both Daniel Hudson and Sergio Santos have a ton of value. Hudson gives the Sox the flexibility to deal a big-league starter, assuming he doesn’t have to be in the package himself.
It’s hard to see the Sox having the will to keep Fielder long-term, however, which makes it a huge risk to give up young talent for 1 1/2 seasons of his mashing. But what if the Brewers are interested in Alex Rios, who is signed through 2014 at a level just beyond what they have paid Fielder? Trading for a veteran is easier than signing a proven player through free agency.
If Rios went to the Brewers in the deal, the Sox might be able to sign Fielder to a Teixeira/Howard contract long term. After 2010, he would replace Konerko and Rios on the payroll, with Andruw Jones (if the Sox can keep him) or Jordan Danks in center.
Fielder to the White Sox is probably a long shot. But so is Fielder staying put.
First, John Danks isn’t going anywhere. Now, if you think the Brewers will be interested in Dayan Viciedo in a Prince Fielder trade, you are smoking something. Same for Alex Rios.
100 dingers in 2030. Book it.
29. Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox (1) | C | Grade – B+
87. Dan Hudson | Chicago White Sox (2) | RHP | Grade – B
And Trayce Thompson is on the “Some names you might see on next year’s list.”
Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams remain the odd couple. According to people who know both men, White Sox manager Guillen and general manager Williams are regularly engaged in heated dialogue and aren’t exactly loving each other lately. Guillen, who’s making more progress with his Twitter account than his team, and Williams, who’s smart like Guillen and can be just as feisty, do love each other when they’re winning. But not so much now that the White Sox are 5-11 and in last place in the AL Central, already six games out. It doesn’t matter; they know they are stuck with each other for better or worse, like a marriage. They are both Jerry Reinsdorf guys, and if you’re one of Reinsdorf’s guys, you’re golden. So suck it up, fellas, your pitching is the best in your division and it’s early enough to get back in it.
They both deserve blame for Juan Pierre and Mark Kotsay. And for running Jim Thome out of town.
Will the Dodgers promote John Ely to take the place of injured Vincente Padilla in their pitching rotation?
Padilla’s spot in the rotation comes up on Wednesday for the first time since he was shelved. The Dodgers are expected to purchase the contract of right-hander John Ely, whom they acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the Juan Pierre trade last December. Ely, who is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts for the Isotopes, will be making his major league debut.
UPDATE: Quotes from Ely:
“I can’t believe it,” Ely said via phone from Omaha. “I’m going to try and zone in and not look up (when he first toes the rubber). I’m sure I’m going to be nervous. If you’re not nervous, you better find a new profession. But I’ll be able to handle it.”
and on the trade:
“The trade has worked out real well,” Ely said. “I had a solid spring. I’ve thrown the ball well at Albuquerque. I know some of the guys in the Mets lineup. I’ll figure out a way to attack them.”
Josh Phegley’s baseball career is on hold right now. The Wabash Valley baseball great has been out of action for a week and it looks like he will miss another month.
The former Terre Haute North baseball star is being treated for I-T-P syndrome, it’s a virus that attacks platelets in your body…
This is very serious, but not life threatening for Josh. Right now his body can’t produce the correct amount of platelets and until it can, he can’t play baseball again..
He is on a steroid to try and stabilize the platelets and get his body back to normal…
God, that sounds awful for Josh. Hopefully the treatment works.
BTW, here’s Wikipedia’s ITP entry.