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June 30, 2010

Kenny willing to do deals “within reason”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2010 8:20 pm
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Merkin:

“Well, if there’s an opportunity to win a World Series, you got to do what you got to do sometimes — within reason,” Williams said. “But it’s got to be, you have to have a real opportunity. I think we have an opportunity. So, if there’s something out there that fits …

“Not all the names out there that supposedly are coming to Chicago are true fits because if [White Sox manager] Ozzie [Guillen] and the coaching staff don’t believe they are going to play Player X on a regular basis and Player X needs to play regularly to be effective, then that’s not a good fit. It can jeopardize your chemistry and it can jeopardize how your staff wants to go about winning games.”

Washington’s GM would says getting Adam Dunn would be:

a”For us to move him will be very painful, and it will probably be very, very painful for the team that wants to acquire him,” Rizzo said. “I mean, we are always listening; we are certainly not in a position with our history and our record this year and our record in the past that we have to turn a blind eye to any type of constructive idea or offer.

You had a chance in the off-season and you listened to Ozzie, Kenny.

June 29, 2010

Washington Nationals want Gordon Beckham for Adam Dunn

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2010 10:49 pm
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Gregor:

[Adam] Dunn, who is a free agent at the end of the season, recently told the [Washington] Post he has no interest in being a designated hitter, his likely role with the White Sox if a trade did go down.”One hundred percent,” Dunn said. “There’s no doubt about that. I think everyone pretty much knows that’s something I don’t want to do at this point in time of my career. In four, five years down the road, maybe. As of right now, no.”

So that’s one potential snag in a potential trade. There is another one as well – one source said the Nationals would want Gordon Beckham for Dunn.

White Sox scouting Adam Dunn

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2010 10:08 pm
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Ozzie says everything’s cool:

While it’s unlike Williams to leave fingerprints on a possible trade target, the market on Dunn seems to be escalating quickly. Enough so that the Washington media was reporting that the Sox even had a scout at Tuesday night’s game between the Nats and the Braves in Atlanta.

Guillen, however, was all for standing pat.

“Not right now,” the Sox manager replied, when asked about adding to the product. “We need them to keep playing the way they are. I don’t think right now we’re desperate for anything. We’re fine where we are. We’ll see, maybe later on down we’ll need somebody, maybe not.”

Draft pick stats: C Jose Ramos (20th round), OF Jordan Keegan (24th round)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2010 9:47 pm
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Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
608 20 Ramos, Jose Western Oklahoma St Col C R/R 5’11″ 190 1987-07-19 J2
728 24 Keegan, Jordan Col of Southern Nevada OF L/L 6’00″ 180 1989-12-23 J2

C Jose Ramos (20th round):

Year GP GS AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB SBA
2010 51 0.366 164 52 60 17 3 11 53 116 0.707 7 8 24 0.419 0 1 6 6
2009 46 40 0.321 140 21 45 6 2 11 38 88 0.629 12 6 27 0 0.394 2 0 2 2
2008 7 0 0.067 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.067 0 0 4 0 0.067 0 0 0

OF Jordan Keegan (24th round):

Player avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%
2009 .310 48-37 116 22 36 7 2 2 24 53 .457 16 2 12 5 .403 0 5 5-8 33 3 2 .947

Keegan isn’t not in the 2010 roster/stats.

Why did you listen to Ozzie, Kenny? Why?

JJ looks at what it will take to land Adam Dunn:

Granted, getting Dunn would probably mean parting with one good prospect and another marginal one. Cowley points out that Brent Morel isn’t a fit with Washington thanks to Ryan Zimmerman, but I have to wonder if Dayan Viciedo would interest the Nats. Viciedo should ultimately will end up a first baseman, and while the Nationals do have a first base prospect in Double-A, Viciedo could provide a more immediate impact.

The elephant in the room is Dan Hudson, who I would hate to see the Sox trade for a half-year rental player. In fact, there really aren’t a whole lot of circumstances in which I’d be okay with the Sox trading Hudson.

Kenny, you screwed up. If you had not listen to Ozzie and signed Jim Thome in the off-season, you wouldn’t be in a situation where you have to give up 6 years of Dan Hudson (or Flowers) for 2-3 months of Adam Dunn. And what did Big Jim sign for? $1.5 million. You gave $1.5 million to Mark Kotsay. Hell, you gave $14 million to Mark Teahen. Losing Dan Hudson for $1.5 million. That would suck…

Kenny Williams targeting Adam Dunn?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2010 2:17 am
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Kenny wants a left-handed bat:

According to multiple sources, Williams has been acting on his list in the last week, specifically targeting the Washington Nationals’ Adam Dunn.

”Names have been talked about by both sides,” one source said. ”[Williams] might want to act quickly, though.”

Dunn’s name has gained steam in the rumor mill, with the Nationals now willing to part ways with their free-agent-to-be first baseman and try to build a talented group of young arms around pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg.

Stats: B-R, FG

Look at the BB%. Did Dunn develop an allergy to walks?

June 27, 2010

LeBron James and Chris Bosh to the Bulls “a done deal”?

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ June 27, 2010 5:45 pm
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Jonathan Abrams @ NYT:

The LeBron James sweepstakes will kick off in Ohio on his home turf Thursday as five teams — the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat, the Knicks, the Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers — travel there in an attempt to woo James away from the Cleveland Cavaliers, an executive of one of the teams in the hunt said Saturday.

But the meetings might not be much more than a formality. The executive, who did not want to be identified discussing a player who is not yet a free agent, said he had gathered from discussions with his fellow N.B.A. executives that James was strongly leaning toward joining the Bulls in tandem with another free agent, Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors.

“I think it’s a done deal,” the executive said.

A done deal? That’s freakin’ awesome!

Draft pick stats: RHP Edward McCray (16th round), RHP Douglas Murray (19th round)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2010 3:26 pm
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Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
488 16 McCray, Edward Tennessee RHP L/R 6’03″ 235 1987-10-06 SR
578 19 Murray, Douglas U San Francisco RHP R/R 6’02″ 195 1988-09-26 SR

Stats:

RHP Edward McCray (16th round):

Year ERA W-L App GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2010 3.04 6-4 14 14 1 0/0 0 91.2 73 32 31 30 64 11 1 11 329 .222 8 19 0 2 4
2009 5.16 4-3 19 9 0 0/0 0 52.1 67 33 30 15 39 14 1 11 209 .321 2 6 1 0 1

and

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L
2008 42 92.1 46 34 89 77 29 3.31 10 2
2007 61 100.1 42 33 93 86 30 2.96 9 2

RHP Douglas Murray (19th round):

Year ERA W-L App-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2010 3.34 8-6 18-15 2 0/2 1 105.0 103 48 39 13 70 23 6 1 398 .259 9 18 1 8 5
2009 3.77 9-0 13-13 0 0/0 0 88.1 95 47 37 18 45 21 5 4 350 .271 6 18 0 2 3
2008 2.73 8-2 14-12 0 0/0 1 82.1 67 31 25 19 55 7 0 1 297 .226 7 23 1 3 9
2007 4.05 1-3 12-7 0 0 46.2 44 30 21 16 31 6 10 2

Buddy Bell’s minor-league philosophy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2010 12:21 pm
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Manch @ GF Trib:

Buddy Bell’s job with the Chicago White Sox is in player development, which means he’s constantly assessing talent and judging the potential of minor-league prospects.And that doesn’t always mean he’s looking for prodigious power and 100 mph fastballs.

“I watch for kids who aren’t afraid to make mistakes,” said Bell, the former major-league star who was in Great Falls over the weekend to watch the Voyagers. “These guys have to have enough courage to keep getting after it.

“More than anything, I watch how kids respond to failure. Because if you can’t get up off the canvas, you can’t play this game.

June 26, 2010

6 K / 0 BB for Jacob Petricka

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 26, 2010 9:14 pm
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Jacob Petricka is the 2010 White Sox 2nd round draft pick.

Scoreboard:

Bristol
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Petricka (L, 0-1) 4.0 4 2 2 0 6 0 4.50
Young 3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Schatz 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 3.0

Wilson:

Petricka, a rangy 6-foot-4 righthander out of Indiana State, gave up two first-inning runs but settled down and finished with six strikeouts and no walks in his closely-monitored effort.

“He threw a lot of innings in college this year so we’re going to be real careful with him, kinda watch his innings,” BriSox manager Ryan Newman said.  “It was his first outing so we wanted to take baby steps and get his feet wet.

“But, you know, a kid with an arm like that, you’re going to have high hopes for him. I expect a lot out of him.”

Dan Black has been converted to catcher

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 26, 2010 6:40 pm
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Hayes:

Black is back for his second stint with the BriSox, but in a different role. He’ll primarily be catching, after playing in the infield last season.

“I made the transition to catching towards the end of spring [training] and all of extended [spring training],” Black said. “It’s going well.”

6 K / 1 BB outings for Darwin Matos and Addison Reed

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 26, 2010 3:02 pm
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Darwin Matos played for the 2009 White Sox Dominican Summer League team. Addison Reed is the 2010 White Sox 3rd round draft pick.

Bristol Sox:

Bristol
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Matos, D (W, 1-0) 6.0 6 2 2 1 6 0 3.00
Rath (H, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Cooney, C (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Great Falls Voyagers:

Great Falls
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Reed 4.0 5 2 1 1 6 0 2.25
Burnside (W, 1-0) 5.0 4 2 1 0 7 0 1.69

Baseball Beginnings has a scouting report, video and more on Addison Reed.

From his scouting report:

Addison Reed was a closer as a sophomore at San Diego State and a starter this season. After he signs, don’t be surprised to see him fast-tracked as bullpen help. If Drew Storen can go from Stanford to the big leagues in under a year, so can Reed. …

STRENGTHS: Big physical workhorse who creates deception and repeats delivery. Strike thrower with all pitches. Competes and pounds the bottom of the strike zone. Uses both sides of the plate. FB 90-93 and has been 96 as a closer. Probable closer in pro ball. Slider 81-82, has tilt and consistency. Change-up at 82 effective. Above-average command.

Josh Phegley returns to baseball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 26, 2010 1:32 am
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Dennis Clark @ The Tribune-Star:

Josh Phegley is finally back doing what he wants to do … playing baseball.

Phegley will conclude a five-day “rehabilitation assignment” with the Bristol White Sox tonight, and is scheduled to make his return to the Winston-Salem Dash — the team he started with this season in the Chicago White Sox organization — on Sunday.

… Phegley wished to extend a thank you to all the people who showed support — whether by phone, e-mail, text or prayers — to him, his parents and grandparents.

“I’m finally getting back to normal. I want to play the rest of the season for all those people.”

This is an awesome awesome article. It’s so good to see Phegley recovering so nicely.

June 25, 2010

Big Hurt TV: “It’s all about the cup” (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2010 6:55 pm
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Video: http://www.csnchicago.com/06/25/10/Big-Hurt-TV-AJ-Pierzysnki-on-hot-streak/landing.html?blockID=261039&feedID=621 (5:28)

LeBron James and Chris Bosh coming to Chicago?

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ June 25, 2010 5:57 pm
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Adrian Wojnarowski @ Yahoo:

To listen to World Wide Wes, LeBron will never look back on Cleveland. “He’s up out of there,” is the way he tells it to people, but LeBron’s Akron crew has to tsk-tsk such public talk because they all live in Northeast Ohio, and maybe always will. “We’re going to Chicago,” William Wesley tells people, “and Chris Bosh is coming, too.”

Holy crap!

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