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July 30, 2010

Tonight’s White Sox starting pitcher: Lucas Harrell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 1:08 pm


Prior to tonight’s game vs. Oakland, the Chicago White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Lucas Harrell from Class AAA Charlotte. Harrell, who will wear uniform No. 58, will make his major-league debut tonight in a start against the Athletics.

Harrell, 25, is 9-9 with a 4.24 ERA (56 ER/119.0 IP) and 73 strikeouts in 22 starts with Charlotte this season. The 6-foot-2, 200 pounder has allowed a .256 (114-445) opponents average with 53 walks.

Harrell is 42-37 with a 3.79 ERA (258 ER/613.1 IP) and 404 strikeouts in 121 games (115 starts) over seven seasons in the White Sox minor-league system. His best season came in 2009 when he went 12-4 with a 3.27 ERA (53 ER/146.0 IP) in 25 starts between Class AA Birmingham and Charlotte.

Harrell originally was selected by the Sox in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

Harrell’s stats: Not good.

White Sox interested in 1B Lance Berkman?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 12:54 pm
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Price (Fanhouse):

There is buzz about the White Sox going for Astros Lance Berkman. He has .874 OPS vs RHP.

UPDATE: erik calculates the trade value of lance berkman (brad hawpe too)

BTB and Fangraphs on the Dan Hudson-Edwin Jackson trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 12:25 pm
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Price @ BTB:

Jackson’s inconsistency and lack of command will always hold him back, it seems. But right now he’s flashing a strong 51% groundball rate along with good whiff and contact rates, so there’s a lot to like about Jackson beyond one of the hardest fastballs among starters in all of baseball.

Jackson gives the White Sox a small upgrade over Hudson through 2011, although I’m not convinced that it’s enough to forfeit Hudson’s extra years of team control. ZiPS projects Hudson to put up a 4.06 FIP for the rest of the season, compared to a 4.16 FIP for Jackson. I think that alone says a lot about how close these guys are in terms of performance. And when one guy is owed about $10M through 2011 before hitting free agency and the other guy isn’t even arbitration-eligible yet, I think you need a lot more than a slight upgrade to justify making that kind of deal.

I don’t really like this deal for the White Sox. Holmberg’s nothing special, really, but I’m not really convinced that Jackson is some sort of big upgrade on Hudson. It just feels like the White Sox just committed to spending around $10M through 2011 on a pitcher that’s not much better than the one he’s replacing. …

Sanders @ FG:

Kenny Williams likes to deal, but this is not one of his better ones. One may expect the price for Jackson to be lower than what the White Sox paid, given what the returns were for superior pitchers in Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren. Instead of keeping Hudson and letting him fill the rotation spot that Jake Peavy vacated, the White Sox decided to go out and fill it with a more expensive source. While Jackson probably won’t be enough by himself to change the direction of the White Sox’s season, he is a good piece for this year and beyond. All that remains to be seen is if he will stay a White Sox for long.

More: HardballTalk, BaseballAmerica, FutureSox, SoxNet, Marchman

White Sox trade RHP Dan Hudson and LHP David Holmberg for RHP Edwin Jackson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 12:06 pm
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The D-backs on Friday traded right-hander Edwin Jackson to the White Sox in exchange for right-hander Daniel Hudson and Minor League left-hander David Holmberg.

WTF Kenny?

NBC’s Craig Calceterra:

Personally, I’d rather have Daniel Hudson, who is young and team-controlled for years, than Edwin Jackson who is only team-controlled through next season and isn’t, you know, all that good.

Well said Craig. Well said…

UPDATE: Nightengale (USAT):

If deal gets done, the White Sox would send Daniel Hudson and prospect for Jackson,and take on Jackson’s entire $8.75 million salary

Gonzales (Trib):

The  White Sox reportedly will pay the remainder of Jackson’s $4.2 million salary this year and all of the $8.35 next year.

Edwin Jackson told he’s traded to the Sox?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 11:58 am
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Brown (Yahoo):

Edwin Jackson has been told he’s been traded to the White Sox. Flip to DC next?

This is so freakin dumb…

White Sox interested in Edwin Jackson?

Rosenthal (FS):

The White Sox, frustrated by their inability to acquire Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn, instead are on the verge of ending up with one of the Nationals’ leading targets: Diamondbacks right-hander Edwin Jackson.

The Sox are in serious discussions about a trade in which they would obtain Jackson for rookie right-hander Daniel Hudson and a prospect, according to major-league sources.

… While the White Sox coveted Dunn, they shifted their focus to a starting pitcher after growing discouraged about their chances of completing a trade with the Nationals, sources say.

Fangraphs on Edwin Jackson: 104 K / 60 BB, 5.16 ERA, 4.27 FIP, 4.28 xFIP, 1.9 WAR, 50.5% GB%, .318 BABIP, 6.97 K/9, 4.02 BB/9


  • 2 years/$13.35M (2010-11)
    • $0.8M signing bonus
    • 10:$4.2M, 11:$8.35M

The numbers and the money say to me he’s not worth Hudson alone.

UPDATE: Rosenthal says it’s up to the Nationals what do the Sox do with Jackson, ie. send him to the Nationals for Adam Dunn or keeping him (ugh).

Frank Thomas on being a White Sox ambassador (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 2:08 am
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Big Hurt TV Video: http://www.csnchicago.com/07/29/10/Big-Hurt-TV-How-Frank-can-make-a-good-am/landing.html?blockID=280068&feedID=621 (4:43)

Big Frank says one of his things should be bringing him in when players are in a slump and he’ll get under their skin, irritate them and get them hitting.

And Bill Melton says being an ambassador can be what the ambassador wants. So, he can do the hitting slump thing.

Get on it Frank!

July 29, 2010

Smells Like Mascot: All Systems Go

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 10:27 pm
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Carl’s latest:


Did Kenny Williams try to prevent Minnesota from getting Matt Capps?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 9:45 pm


8:30pm: A deal could potentially be completed tonight or tomorrow, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Neal hears that the Yankees, White Sox and Braves are also in on Capps.

9:10pm: The Twins acquired Capps for Ramos, according to Miller. The deal is done and will be announced tonight or tomorrow.

Ramon Castro credits Greg Walker for his 2010 improvement

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 9:39 pm
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Backup catcher Ramon Castro credits hitting coach Greg Walker with his resurgent season, one that could see him stealing starts from slumping A.J. Pierzynski if the incumbent doesn’t turn his season around soon.

Castro is stroking at an .870 OPS clip [1.021 after 2 HRs today], which dwarfs his career .729. His OPS+ is 129 despite a below-average career figure of 90. He’s boasting a 0.7 WAR, impressive for a player seeing such modest action, and his seven walks/12 Ks is a ratio Castro hasn’t produced since his rookie year in 1999.

“It’s just hard work,” Castro said of his resurgent season at age 34. “’Walk’ helped me with keeping my head still, keeping my hands a little more open.”

Count Castro as yet another White Sox player who applauds Walker for developing batting strategies around a player’s strength vs. forcing a roster to adapt to his beliefs.

8 K / 0 BB for Justin Collop [July 29]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 8:58 pm
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Collop, J (W, 8-7) 7.0 5 1 1 0 8 0 4.59
Cooney, C (H, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.23
Santos, O (S, 8 ) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.96

Collop (6th round pick in the 2009 draft) has a 92 K / 21 BB ratio in 111.2 innings.

Chris Sale: faces 2 batters, strikeouts 2 batters [July 29]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 8:50 pm
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Torres, C 5.0 2 0 0 1 6 0 3.41
Nunez, J (L, 3-2) 2.0 3 2 2 1 2 0 5.88
Sale 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.38
Braun 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.18

Pitches-strikes: Sale 6-6
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 0-0

from the pbp:

Louisville Bottom 8th

  • Pitcher Change: Chris Sale replaces Jhonny Nunez.
  • Zack Cozart strikes out swinging.
  • Yonder Alonso strikes out swinging.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • Pitcher Change: Ryan Braun replaces Chris Sale.
  • Todd Frazier grounds out, shortstop Luis Rodriguez to first baseman Jeremy Reed.

Scouts from Washington and Arizona at today’s White Sox game


Scouts from Washington and Arizona are here for the fourth consecutive night amid reports that a three-way deal with the Sox involving Adam Dunn is percolating, although a major league source said talks have yet to advanced quickly yet.

White Sox interested in Lance Berkman, Brad Hawpe

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 6:38 pm
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Heyman (SI) said last friday:

chisox like prince fielder but have discussed dunn, laroche and berkman, in that order, as possible 2nd choices

If the Sox are not hot on Prince Fielder, and the Sox are out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes, it makes sense they are interested in Lance Berkman, Brad Hawpe:

Olney (ESPN):

Heard this: The White Sox consider Lance Berkman as one of their Plan B options, now what they don’t expect to get Adam Dunn.

Renck (Denver Post):

The White Sox have been the other team poking around about Hawpe. Not sure how serious. All depends on what happens with Adam Dunn

Stats from B-R: Fielder, Dunn, Berkman, Hawpe

Other possibilities: Scott, Branyan, Laroche

UPDATE: Prince Fielder if off the market (staying in Milwaukee).

White Sox out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 3:42 pm
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Buster Olney (ESPN):

Heard this: The White Sox are saying internally that they are currently out of the mix on Dunn.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman (SI) says the Sox are still interested:

dunn derby could be like a damon repeat: white sox vs. tigers. plenty of interest in slugger.

and that 3-way scenarios are alive:

chisox among teams trying for adam dunn. 3-way scenarios with edwin jackson going to nats are in play.

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