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January 20, 2011

Ozzie Guillen leaning towards Chris Sale as closer

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2011 1:27 pm
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Gregor @ DH:

Ozzie also talked about the closer’s role, and he is leaning toward Chris Sale but also keeping a close eye on Jake Peavy’s health.

The White Sox’ manager also said Dayan Viciedo might get a shot in either left or right field.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

Although Guillen couldn’t provide any clarity on Sale’s immediate future, he did admit that breaking camp with a “closer by committee” is not a routine he wants to follow.

“That’s a good thing for the pitcher, knowing what [his] position is going to be,” Guillen said. “I think that’s one thing we’re looking for and I hope we do.

“You look around and Matt Thornton is the guy with experience. The guy was there before. You look at Sale and we don’t know. We got to wait to see if Peavy is ready and see if we use Sale or somebody else. I got to wait for that. But pitching, Cooper knows about that and [general manager] Kenny [Williams] has an idea and I feel comfortable either way.

“Having Sale in the bullpen is a plus,” Guillen said. “That depends on Peavy and who’s going to cover early in the season.”

1 Comment »

  1. both ideas are dumb, viceido needs time in the minors to convert to outfield and work on being selective at the plate. and like coop said, sale shouldn’t be switched around in the pen a whole lot. personaly I’d rather sale close than Thornton because Thornton is perfect for the 7th or 8th inning jams. but, I guess one of them need to close.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 20, 2011 @ January 20, 2011 3:13 pm | Reply

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