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January 19, 2011

Jake Peavy is already throwing off a mound

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 19, 2011 6:15 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Jake Peavy appears ahead in his lengthy recovery from surgery near his right shoulder. Pitching coach Don Cooper reported that Peavy, who suffered a detatched latissmus dorsi muscle in July, has been throwing off a mound. “It’s going well,” Cooper said. “He’s feeling better about his command.” In conversations and text messages, Peavy has revealed to Cooper that he has felt normal stiffness and rustiness at times. But Peavy originally wasn’t scheduled to start throwing off a mound until the start of spring training. …


January 18, 2011

Will the White Sox move Dayan Viciedo to the outfield?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2011 7:45 pm

From page 66 of Monday’s (1/17/11) Tribune:

Gonzales wrote in his Sunday mailbag that “Dayan has worked hard since his first spring training and has kept his weight at a playable level.” I guess that’s good (Viciedo keeping  his weight at a playable level)!

Jonathan Mayo ranks Brent Morel MLB’s #3 3B prospect for 2011

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2011 2:50 pm

Mayo @ MLB:

3. Brent Morel, White Sox: Morel fits more the mold of a batting-title contender than a power-hitting type, sort of a right-handed Wade Boggs type (without the walks). That’s not to say he has no pop, but it’s not as big a part of his game right now. He has hit .305 in the Minors since being drafted in 2008, and that should continue. He’s very good with the glove, even showing the ability to play shortstop if needed. A good spring could land him the job at the hot corner for the White Sox on Opening Day.

White Sox announce 2011 Spring Training broadcast schedule

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2011 2:25 pm

ESPN’s Doug Padilla has the times:

Radio (all games on AM670):

Feb. 28 vs. L.A. Dodgers, 2:05 p.m.; March 6 vs. KC, 2:05 p.m.; March 11 vs. Cubs, 2:05 p.m.; March 12 vs. Texas, 2:05 p.m.; March 13 vs. L.A. Dodgers, 3:05 p.m.; March 20 vs. L.A. Dodgers, 3:05 p.m.; March 25 vs. Arizona, 9:05 p.m.; March 27 vs. Milwaukee, 3:05 p.m.; March 28 vs. Cincinnati, 3:05 p.m.


March 10 vs. Arizona, CSN, 7:40 p.m.; March 11 vs. Cubs, CSN, 2:05 p.m.; March 16 vs. San Francisco, CSN, 3:05 p.m.; March 20 vs. Dodgers, WGN, 3:05 p.m.; March 24 vs. Cubs, ESPN2, 4:05 p.m.; March 26 vs. L.A. Angels, CSN, 3:05 p.m.; March 28 vs. Cincinnati, 3:05 p.m.

Internet (free webcasts on whitesox.com with Bill Melton and Trey Bender)

March 1 vs. Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m.; March 3 vs. Seattle, 2:05 p.m.; March 6 vs. KC, 2:05 p.m.; March 7 vs. Cleveland, 2:05 p.m.; March 8 vs. Colorado, 2:05 p.m.; March 12 vs. Texas, 2:05 p.m.; March 14 vs. San Diego, 3:05 p.m.; March 18 vs. Oakland, 6:05 p.m.; March 23 vs. L.A. Dodgers 3:05 p.m.; March 25 vs. Arizona, 9:05 p.m.

Here’s the Spring Training schedule. Opening Day is April 1 (4/1).

White Sox claim right-handed pitcher Phil Humber off waivers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2011 2:00 pm


The Chicago White have claimed right-handed pitcher Phil Humber off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.

Humber, 28, spent most of the 2010 season with Class AAA Omaha in the Kansas City organization, going 5-6 with a 4.47 ERA (59 ER/118.2 IP) and 80 strikeouts in 21 games (20 starts). The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder also pitched in eight games (one start) with the Royals, going 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA (10 ER/21.2 IP) and 16 strikeouts.

Humber is 2-1 with a 5.26 ERA (30 ER/51.1 IP) and 35 strikeouts in 26 games (two starts) over parts of five major-league seasons with New York-NL (2006-07), Minnesota (2008-09) and the Royals (2010).

He originally was selected by the Mets with the third overall pick of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Humber and three other Mets minor-league players were traded to Minnesota on February 2, 2008, in exchange for pitcher Johan Santana.

With the claim, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 38.

Humber’s Wikipedia entry has already been updated.

White Sox sign John Danks, Tony Pena and Carlos Quentin to 1 year contracts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2011 12:37 pm
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The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with left-handed pitcher John Danks, outfielder Carlos Quentin and right-handed pitcher Tony Pena, avoiding arbitration with all three players.

Under terms of the agreements, Danks will receive $6 million in 2011, Quentin $5.05 million and Pena $1.6 million.

Danks, 25, went 15-11 with a 3.72 ERA (88 ER/213.0 IP) and 162 strikeouts in 32 starts with the White Sox in 2010, recording his second straight season with at least 10 wins, 30 starts and 200.0 IP. He established career highs in victories, strikeouts and IP and limited opponents to a career-low .237 (189-799) average. Since 2008, Danks ranks third among American League left-handers in IP (608.1) and strikeouts (470) and fifth in victories (40).

Quentin, 28, hit .243 (110-453) with 25 doubles, 26 home runs and 87 RBI in a career-high 131 games with the White Sox last season. He finished fifth in AL Most Valuable Player voting in 2008, batting .288 (138-480) with 36 home runs and 100 RBI in his first season with the Sox.

Pena, 29, was 5-3 with a 5.10 ERA (57 ER/100.2 IP) in 52 games (three starts) with the White Sox in 2010. He established a career high with 100.2 IP and led all AL relievers with 81.2 IP.

The White Sox have no remaining arbitration-eligible players.

January 17, 2011

John Danks could get a salary close to $6 million for 2011

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 17, 2011 9:50 pm

Gonzales @ CT:

White Sox left-hander John Danks turned down a multiyear contract two years ago, and that move could pay off soon.

Danks could be assured close to $6 million for 2011, as the Sox and Danks’ representatives will exchange salary arbitration numbers Tuesday if an agreement isn’t reached.

Danks, 25, is expected to receive a healthy raise from his $3.45 million salary in 2010 on the basis of his career highs in wins (15) and innings pitched (213), as well as limiting opponents to a .237 batting average. …

Zlatan Ibramihovic’ goal (January 16, 2011)

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ January 17, 2011 9:45 pm

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h/t Deadspin

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January 15, 2011

$450,000 per game broadcast on CSN?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 15, 2011 7:00 pm

Levine @ ESPN:

A major league source told ESPNChicago.com that the Cubs and Chicago White Sox will each get $450K per Comcast broadcast in the 2011 season. That price has continued to go up every year since the Cubs, Sox, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, along with Comcast, became partners in Comcast SportsNet.

New youtube download methods

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ January 15, 2011 6:55 pm


We’ve shared various YouTube bookmarklets in past to easily download Youtube videos, but none of them seems to be working now because of frequent changes in Youtube algorithm. I’ve searched a new and 100% working bookmarklet which lets you directly download youtube videos in FLV, MP4, HQ, HD 720p, Full HD 1080p formats.

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January 14, 2011

Don Cooper is confident Chris Sale can make it as a starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 14, 2011 9:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

… That pitching education translates into Cooper feeling confident in Sale doing more than surviving a potential switch, even with his high-water innings-pitched mark checking in at 136 last season.

“No, I think we are OK,” said Cooper, when questioned directly as to whether Sale’s mechanics needed to be altered. “He does some things, he’s a low three-quarter guy, so I don’t see anything there. But listen, he’s going to have to get stronger.

“I know the delivery and what to look for, and with the way we do things with the White Sox, we’ve been doing it well here for a long time. I work hard to get this information. I see nothing with Sale that throws up a red flag.”

Coop, also, says:

“If we decided to start Sale, I’m ultra-confident we would get him to have a solid season,” Cooper said. “But I also look back on Danks and when we had Clayton Richard, where you know in a guy’s rookie season there will be times he trips and falls and times he does well. It takes time and patience for us to get a guy on the line of a Danks.”We took some lumps and gave some lumps,” added Cooper of Danks’ inaugural starting effort. “But we were not going anywhere as a team in 2007.” 

Does Cooper imply Sale should go to the minors if the Sox choose a starting role of him?

January 13, 2011

Alexei Ramirez bulks up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 13, 2011 6:22 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

Ramirez, in particular, was noticeably different. Beckham said the svelte shortstop, who hit 18 home runs last season and had a .431 slugging percentage a year ago, added even more muscle.

“He looks to have gained muscle and it’s pretty exciting,” Beckham said. “I think some guys have hit more than I have (this offseason) but everybody is ready and excited and that’s important. When you have guys that are prepared and exited that’s a good combination.”

More Beckham here.

White Sox sign 27-year old C Alexis Fonseca

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 13, 2011 6:04 pm
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Minor League Transactions: Jan. 1-10

Chicago White Sox
C Alexis Fonseca

B-R says he started his minor league career in Seattle’s minor league system as a 25-year old and batted .367/.387/.433/.820 with 5 K and 1 BB in 31 PAs (.440 BABIP). Then he made 2 very brief (6 PAs) stops in the rookie-ball and Class-A+. He didn’t play in 2010.

Camp Cora video

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/3090/video-live-from-camp-cora (1:11)

Camp (Joey) Cora: Gordon Beckham, Ramon Castro, Brent Morel, Alexei Ramirez, Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo, Juan Pierre, A.J. Pierzynski and hitting coach Greg Walker.

January 10, 2011

The 2012 payroll is getting up there

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 10, 2011 7:51 pm
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The payroll commitments for 2012 are already $80.5 million. Arbitration costs, for 2012, are estimated by B-R to be $27.3 million. And if you fill up the rest of the roster with $500,000 players you get a total, commitments + arbitration + fillers, of $127.3 million for 2012.

I think those figures don’t include the salary for Will Ohman, whose contract was finalized today. If we add $2 million for Ohman ($2.5 million salary for 2012 minus a $500,000 filler), we get $129.3 million. Let’s round it to $130 million. Whoa Nellie! Yes, the $130 million figure is not very accurate but it provides a helpful estimation.

Now, I wonder how hard the White Sox will try to extend John Danks’ contract (Danks becomes a free-agent after the 2012 season). I guess not very hard unless a trade or two take place before or after Danks signs.

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