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August 31, 2010

Gregory Infante, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers will be called up

Joe Cowley tweets “Sox will call up Infante, DeAza and Flowers tomorrow now, according to Sox PR. Viciedo in Boston and Torres in Detroit.” Mark Gonzales tweets “Infante, Flowers, DeAza and Viciedo will arrive Wednesday, and Torres next week in Det.”

Stats: Infante, De Aza, Flowers, Viciedo, Torres.

White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL

Mark Gonzales tweets that the White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL will be Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Henry Mabee, Jonnie Lowe, Josh Phegley, Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell. They will play for the Peoria Saguaros.

Anthony Carter (24, RHP, AA): 56.1 IP, 46 H, 56 K, 22 BB, 3.99 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.20 WHIP
Charlie Leesman (23, LHP, AA): 50.2 IP, 41 H, 40 K, 18 BB, 3.20 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 1.16 WHIP
Henry Mabee (25, RHP, AA): 81.2 IP, 72 H, 60 K, 42 BB, 3.86 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 1.39 WHIP
Jonnie Lowe (25, RHP, AA): 119.1 IP, 122 H, 73 K, 48 BB, 4.00 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.42 WHIP
Josh Phegley (22, C, A+): 89 ABs, .292/.333/.427/.760, 22 K, 7 BB, .329 wOBA
Eduardo Escobar (21, SS, A+): 367 ABs, .281/.315/.398/.713, 75 K, 23 BB, .303 wOBA
Jared Mitchell (22, OF, A): 115 ABs, .296/.417/.435/.852, 40 K, 23 BB, .384 wOBA in 2009

Here’s the entire Saguaros 2010 roster.

UPDATE: FutureSox.

Manny Ramirez and the Cell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 31, 2010 1:24 pm
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If a .200 ISO does not seem exciting enough, there are reasons to think he can do better in Chicago. According to StatCorner.com, the park factor for home runs for right-handed hitters in Los Angeles was 92. Compare that to U.S. Cellular, home of the White Sox, which has a 134 park factor for home runs for right-handed hitters. That is a serious swing in fortunes. In 213 earlier-career at-bats at the Cell, he’s had a .338/.448/.601 line that suggests he feels comfortable there. …

BTW, here’s another ‘Manny Ramirez is a bum’ takedown.

Fangraphs looks on the White Sox’ ‘DH by committee’ plan


Twenty times this year Paul Konerko has filled the DH spot and seven times he has taken a day off. In all 27 instances Mark Kotsay took his place at first base. In an additional 47 games Kotsay himself has served as the DH. This has been nothing but a detriment to the team. Kotsay is no longer a good hitter, and really hasn’t been one since 2004. He has a mere .304 wOBA this year after a .309 mark last year, and he hasn’t crossed the .320 mark since 2005. There was no reason to think he’d approach average production for a DH. Yet he has been their primary guy in that spot. It seems like it could have gone to a more worthy player. …

August 30, 2010

The Manny Ramirez negotiations

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2010 9:38 pm
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Jackson @ ESPN:

It was around noon Monday when the Dodgers made it official, issuing a news release announcing Ramirez was going to the White Sox on waivers — meaning the White Sox are responsible for all of the $3.825 million left on his contract, but the Dodgers aren’t getting a player in return.

“We had been talking probably since Friday or Saturday,” Colletti said. “We offered to take back [responsibility for] $1.5 million for not their best prospect but certainly somebody we thought was a good prospect, and they didn’t want to do that. We lowered our [amount] to $1 million for a slightly lower prospect, and they didn’t want to go in that direction. So finally, we offered $500,000 for one of their lower-level guys, and they didn’t want to do that. We tried to give them a chance to recoup some of the salary they’re going to owe him.”

Kenny Williams explains why he didn’t pursue Brian Fuentes

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2010 8:06 pm

Merkin @ WS:

“We still had Erick Threets [who tore his UCL on Friday], and Matt Thornton is coming back,” Williams said. “So, why take on dollars for Fuentes to come in in the fifth for us? We have [Chris] Sale, who is throwing 99 mph, has a breaking ball that drops off the table and a plus change. Thornton is expected to come back [from elbow inflammation] and, to be honest, we pushed him back for precautionary measures more than anything. That’s how good he is feeling.”

Manny to get to Cleveland at 6 am, get a haircut, and wear no. 99

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2010 7:37 pm

Gregor @ DH:

Ozzie said Manny might not make his debut until Wednesday, but the guess here is he debuts Tuesday night. Ramirez is scheduled to be on a red-eye flight from California tonight, with his plane landing at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning local time. If he gets enough sleep and feel up for playing tomorrow night, he’ll be in the lineup.

Nightengale@ USAT:

Who knows if Ramirez can vault the White Sox back into the playoffs, but it sure might be fun watching, even without Ramirez’s dreadlocks. He informed the White Sox that yes, he plans to get a haircut and abide by team rules.

Merkin @ WS:

Set to wear jersey No. 99, Ramirez will top Tony Phillips’ previous franchise high of jersey No. 73 from 1997. He was slated to fly on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Cleveland on Monday night, leaving manager Ozzie Guillen unsure if Ramirez will start Tuesday.

UPDATE: 6:00 am was 2:15 pm…

Manny Ramirez claim official; too late for tonight’s White Sox lineup

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2010 12:19 pm
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Bob Nightengale tweets that Manny Ramirez is on his way to Cleveland and should be in the White Sox lineup tonight.

Earlier Nightengale tweeted that the Dodgers haven’t decided if they want a prospect from the White Sox for Manny, meaning it’ll be a straight waiver claim. Before that Nightengale tweeted that the Dodgers are trying to decide whether to take 22-year old Winston-Salem 3B Jon Gilmore, who’s hitting .318/.354/.404, and pick up some of Manny’s salary or take only the salary relief.

UPDATE #1: And the move is done tweets Nightengale. Peter Gammons tweets that the White Sox decided to pick up all of Manny’s remaining salary ($3.8 million) and not give any prospects. Nightengale tweets that the Dodgers rejected the White Sox offer and chose salary relief.

Nightengale, also, tweets that Manny waited for the deal to be finalized before leaving for Cleveland, and won’t be in time for tonight’s game. He’s scheduled to play in the Tuesday night game.

UPDATE #2: Here’s the press release.

And here are a few more Manny to the White Sox links: BB Musings, HardballTalk, Fangraphs.

Kenny wants to keep going and going and going

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2010 2:24 am
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Gregor @ DH:

As for Williams, the ongoing soap opera has been a major nuisance. But he still wants to serve as White Sox GM indefinitely, and an occasional argument with Ozzie or tweet from Oney is not going to change that.

“There are only two things that are going to run me out of here,” Williams said. “The first is Jerry Reinsdorf ultimately feeling that I’m not getting the job done. The other is me ultimately feeling I’m not getting the job done. I will probably walk away from the job before (Reinsdorf) has to tell me to walk away.

“And I’ll only walk away – I’m a competitive guy – when I can’t for whatever reason get the job done. That’s not on my radar. (Heck) no. I’m in it to win it.”

Tim Marchman on the White Sox adding Manny Ramirez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2010 1:11 am

Marchman @ SI:

… Coming as soon as it does after the leak of financial documents proving that it really can be more profitable to play to lose than to try to win, it’s something to see a team take winning seriously enough to lay a reported $4.5 million worth of chips on that one shot in six.

Chicago is, as the great Frank Thomas once infamously said, a Cubs town. When a play like this goes down, you wonder why.

Don’t tell Ozzie!

August 29, 2010

Will adding Manny Ramirez be bad for the team chemistry Paulie?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2010 9:57 pm
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“It’s already kind of a circus,” says White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko. “Worrying about bringing in another personality, we’ve got enough to go around…I wouldn’t worry about the chemistry.”

Besides, the White Sox already have a soap opera with the on-going friction between White Sox GM Kenny Williams and Guillen.

“If me and Kenny don’t hurt this ballclub, nobody can hurt it,” Guillen says. “At least we’ll be talking about Manny and not worry about Ozzie. That’d be great for me.”

Manny Ramirez will be a White Sox tomorrow (straight waiver claim)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2010 7:28 pm
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Dylan Hernandez @ LA Times:

Manny Ramirez will be sent to the Chicago White Sox on a waiver deal Monday, according to a baseball source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.The Dodgers aren’t expected to get any players in return, but are likely to unburden themselves of the $4 million or so that Ramirez is due to earn over the remainder of the regular season.

Couldn’t this have happened on Friday? We could have used Manny in the last 2 games.

UPDATE #1: Jayson Stark (ESPN) tweets that there is still a chance a deal gets worked out (Dodgers get a prospect from the Sox in exchange for picking up some salary). The LA Times, MLB.com, and Ken Rosenthal say it will be a straight waiver claim (cash only, no prospects to the Dodgers).

UPDATE #2: Jeff Fletcher (MLB Fanhouse) speculates that Kenny Williams determined the Dodgers lacked the leverage to demand any even a marginal prospect in return for Manny, and didn’t offer them anything.

UPDATE #3: NBC 5 Chicago says Manny’s remaining salary is $3.825 million.

Manny Ramirez not in the Dodgers lineup again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2010 2:45 pm
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What it’s gonna be today?

Torre’s rationale for sitting Ramirez Saturday — not wanting the aging hitter to have to cover the unusually vast leftfield acreage at Coors Field — carried over to Sunday.

“It’s still a big outfield,” Torre said.

Will there be a different excuse tomorrow or will Manny be in a black uniform?

UPDATE: Manny is telling his friends he can’t wait to join the Sox tweets Bob Nightengale, who thinks the Dodgers will deal Manny to the Sox. Jon Heyman, also, thinks the Dodgers will deal Manny to the Sox.

Frank Thomas’ statue to be unveiled next season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2010 2:27 pm


Following the retirement of his uniform No. 35 earlier today, the Chicago White Sox announced that a life-sized sculpture of franchise legend Frank Thomas will be unveiled on the outfield concourse next season.

Thomas becomes the eighth White Sox great immortalized in bronze at the ballpark. Sculptures of club founder Charles A. Comiskey and Cuban great Orestes “Minnie” Minoso were unveiled in 2004. Carlton Fisk’s sculpture was installed in 2005, while the famous double-play duo of Luis Aparicio and Nellie Fox was honored with sculptures in 2006. In 2007, a sculpture of White Sox pitching star Bill Pierce was unveiled on the concourse near centerfield, and Harold Baines received the honor in 2008.

Paulie and the fastball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2010 2:29 am

Passan @ YS:

Konerko’s ability to hit the fastball – among the first thing that goes in older players – is better than ever. According to FanGraphs, Konerko has produced 10 runs more off fastballs than anyone in baseball this season.

“There’s time when your swing’s efficient,” Konerko said. “It’s not the actual bat speed. There are a million guys with more bat speed than me. That’s the equivalent of saying if you throw really hard, you’re the best pitcher in the league. I go for efficiency.

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