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August 25, 2010

Did the White Sox claim Manny Ramirez? Is a deal close?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2010 6:55 pm

Ginetti @ CST:

The White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers may be closing in on a deal to send Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez to the South Side in exchange for minor league prospects.

The deal appeared to be close Wednesday when reports surfaced that Ramirez was claimed by the Sox on waivers.

… The Dodgers appeared to be trying to negotiate a trade instead of allowing Ramirez to be claimed outright without compensation, with the Sox having only to pay his remaining salary.

UPDATE #1: Mark Gonzales says that according to a Dodgers source “the Dodgers are very eager to move Ramirez.”

UPDATE #2: Dylan Hernandez (LA Times) tweets that he’s hearing the same: that the Sox  and Dodgers are talking trade. And Bob Nightengale (USA Today) tweets that Manny has let it be known, through his friends, that he’ll accept a trade to the Sox.

UPDATE #3: Bruce Levine (ESPN) says a Major League source shot down the CST report, that the Sox and Dodgers are working on a deal, since all MLB teams have until Friday to claim or not Manny.


Dodgers place Manny Ramirez on waivers; may want prospect(s) back

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2010 3:57 pm
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Levine @ ESPN:

Outfielder Manny Ramirez has been placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell ESPN.com.

Teams will have until Friday afternoon to put in a claim on Ramirez. Any team that’s awarded the claim would have until Tuesday afternoon to work out a trade with the Dodgers and, because Ramirez has a full no-trade clause, get his approval to waive that clause and accept a deal.

Teams are not convinced the Dodgers would dump Ramirez’s contract on any club that claims him. The Dodgers, rather, are likely to explore a trade in which they pick up some of the money but receive a prospect or prospects in return, sources tell ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark.

Stats: B-R, FG

If Jerry comes up with the dough, go for it Kenny! But not if ‘If Jerry comes up with the dough’ means taking the money from the already low draft budget.

I just wish the Sox, and not the Twins, had Jim Thome from Day 1.

Kenny Williams on getting bullpen help

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2010 11:35 am


“You’re not going to get bullpen help. Forget about that. Anyone who goes in anyone’s pen now is going to be someone that is on a one-year contract. No one is going to let anyone go who is producing that is on a multiyear contract because they’re going to need him for their pen next year. You’re going to get somebody who is high-priced who is not performing. Well, be careful when you put that claim in because you might end up getting it. And then you take a look at the possibilities out there and you weigh them against what you already have? You go, hmmm. We already have better in-house. So we’ve got what we got.”

August 24, 2010

Gordon Beckham hits HR #8 [August 24] (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2010 11:03 pm

A 3-run HR in the 7th inning against Baltimore’s starter Jeremy Guthrie

Video: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11333953&c_id=cws (0:49)

MLB Gameday didn’t have any pitch identification data.

Holy Batman!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2010 7:54 pm


if the Sox claim Ramirez and Los Angeles doesn’t pull him back, they would have to pay Ramirez roughly $4 million this year and $5 million in each of the next three years, which is all deferred as part of Manny’s 2010 salary.

thankfully that was corrected to:

if the Sox claim Ramirez and Los Angeles doesn’t pull him back, they would have to pay Ramirez over $1 million this year and over $3 million in deferred money.

I commit my share of mistakes like this!

Kevin Goldstein on Trayce Thompson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2010 2:03 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

Trayce Thompson, OF, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 2-for-4, RBI. Toolsy-but-raw prospect has 11 total bases in last three games; .244/.306/.476 line is actually a very pleasant surprise.

Here are Trayce’s stats.

White Sox will claim Manny Ramirez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2010 1:51 pm
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Rosenthal @ FS:

Manny Ramirez will not get through waivers. The White Sox, who pursued Ramirez before the non-waiver deadline, will claim him with the intention of acquiring him, according to a major-league source.

The Dodgers have yet to put Ramirez on waivers, but that move is expected as early as Tuesday. National League teams would get the first crack at claiming Ramirez, but none would be expected to take such a step.

The White Sox, whose record is the worst of the AL contenders, seemingly would be in good position to win the claim. However, they could back off claiming Ramirez if the Dodgers delayed putting him on waivers and the White Sox’s deficit in the AL Central grew from 41/2 games. …

Cowley tweets that according to a major-league source “Ken Williams is pushing all his chips on getting Manny Ramirez.”

BTW, here’s Aaron Gleeman’s take.

August 23, 2010

What salary would the White Sox have to pay Manny Ramirez?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 23, 2010 8:43 pm
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Olney @ ESPN:

The structure of Ramirez’s contract might make him more attractive to teams interested in the slugger. Any team that made a move for Ramirez would owe him a prorated portion of his $20 million salary. However, about three-quarters of his salary is deferred.

So if the Chicago White Sox or Tampa Bay Rays, for example, were to acquire Ramirez, they would owe him only $1.1 million for the rest of this season, and about $3.3 million in deferred salary.

Sounds expensive…

UPDATE !: As I was reminded below, Manny will probably net the White Sox free-agent compensation when he leaves after the season’s over. He doesn’t sound so expensive now.

UPDATE #2: Strike from the record UPDATE #1.

MLBPA official on no-trade clauses and waiver trades

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 23, 2010 7:10 pm


A no-trade clause does not necessarily give a player the right to prevent his team from handing him over on waivers, according to an MLB Players Association official who spoke to MLBTR this afternoon. In many cases, a player has a non-assignment clause that would prevent trades and waiver claims. However, not all players with no-trade clauses can prevent their teams from handing them over on waivers.

In other words, Damon’s ability to prevent the Tigers from handing him to the Red Sox depends on the wording in his contract.


Did Greg Walker take a shot against the White Sox pitching stuff?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 23, 2010 6:14 pm

Merkin writes an article about the 1983 and the 2010 White Sox:

Starting pitching became a prime cause of the White Sox slow start this season, with a 5.20 ERA weighing the team down in early June. The rotation’s 34-15 record, 3.18 ERA and 50 quality starts in the past 68 games emerged as the backbone of the exciting comeback.

“Pitching turned everything around for both teams,” said Greg Walker, a reserve first baseman with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs in 1983, and the current team’s hitting coach. “Everybody looked at that 1983 team as really gutty, coming up with clutch hits.

“Well, it’s easy to get those when your pitchers are shutting people out and you are winning games with low scores. Our starting pitching in 1983 was phenomenal, especially in the second half.”

Not that I disagree with him.

John Sickels on Brent Morel

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 23, 2010 2:11 pm
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John Sickels answered a question on Brent Morel:

Q: Morel just keeps on hitting, and now he’s being moved around the infield a little bit (to accommodate Viciedo, mainly). Can he be an everyday 3B?

A: If they don’t expect him to hit 20 homers, why not? Think Joe Randa.

He also answered my question on Andre Rienzo. Unfortunately Rienzo isn’t on his knowledge base yet:

Q: what can you tell us about the 22 year old (07/1988) brazilian in kannapolis’ rotation? his ratios look pretty good

A: I don’t know anything about him other than the numbers at this point. Will have to research.

Stay tuned for the answer!

Not even slot

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 23, 2010 12:02 pm

Callis @ BA:

How much money each team spent in the first 10 rounds of the 2010 draft, and how that compares to its estimated slot allowance from the commissioner’s office:

Team Picks Signed Bonus Total Slot Total Slot Spent
White Sox 11 9 $3,455,200 $3,988,200 87%
Average 11 10 $5,504,791 $4,417,790 125%

August 22, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski still on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 22, 2010 9:24 pm

MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.208
Victor Martinez Boston A 86.147
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 78.788
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.355
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.489
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.892
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 73.160

August 10 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 89.862
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.871
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 76.959
Jorge Posada New York A A 76.037
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.037
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 72.350
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 71.889
Bengie Molina Texas B 71.429

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is on track to be a Type-A but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

Andre Rienzo: 9 K / 0 BB / 3 H [August 22]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 22, 2010 8:00 pm
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Rienzo (W, 7-4) 7.0 3 0 0 0 9 0 3.90

Rienzo has a 108 / 29 BB ratio (3.72 K/BB) in 90.0 IP. He also has a 1.24 WHIP.

No winning expectations for the White Sox?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 22, 2010 2:23 pm

Ozzie Guillen speaks about Lou Piniella stepping down:

Guillen admitted it was tougher to manage the Cubs than his White Sox.

“I think it’s easy to manage this side because they don’t expect us to win,” Guillen said.

Long familiar with the Chicago baseball scene, Guillen understands the unique challenges of managing on the North Side.

“The expectations on that side of town are higher,” Guillen said. “There’s no question about it.”

First, who the hell told you that? Second, don’t you have the whole expectations thing backwards? When the Sox don’t have a good team, attendance goes down. When the Cubs don’t have a good team attendance is the same (full). You may have whatever impression you have, but Sox fans do care about winning.

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