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March 31, 2011

White Sox Opening Day payroll: $127,789,000

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2011 11:10 pm
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USA Today:

Chicago White Sox $127,789,000
Minnesota Twins $112,737,000
Detroit Tigers $105,700,231
Cleveland Indians $49,190,566
Kansas City Royals $36,126,000

A WAR-based look to this year’s White Sox-Twins battle

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2011 9:20 pm

Ballantini @ CSN:

So, how weakened are the Twins, and is the retooled White Sox offense and bullpen enough to make up the six games the team trailed Minnesota by in 2010? What follows is by no means a definitive outlook, but an educated projection, position by position, on how the two clubs stack up. (Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, is the standardized figure I’m using to compare players and teams.) …

Jermaine Dye retires

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2011 9:08 pm

Singer @ CWS:

Jermaine Dye, the former All-Star outfielder who remained on the sidelines last season when he did not receive any contract offers to his liking, has formally decided to call it quits, according to a published report.

“It’s time to start my second life,” Dye said in the report by FOXSports.com.

Dye’s last active season was 2009, when he batted .250 in 141 games with the Chicago White Sox, with 27 homers and 81 RBIs. But those overall respectable numbers were diluted in the eyes of possible suitors by a second-half swoon in which he hit only .179.

“It’s unfortunate the way it ended,” Dye said. “But I went out on my terms. I guess I could have signed a Minor League deal. But I didn’t get any offers this year. With the last year I had, I’m happy. I’m at peace with it.”

The Dodgers were known to have interest in Dye in the most recent offseason, but wouldn’t offer him more than the split contract, for a $1 million Major League salary, they eventually gave to another outfielder, Marcus Thames.

Dye, who turned 37 in January, closes the book on a 14-season career that produced 325 home runs and 1,072 RBIs along with a lifetime average of .274. He also won a World Series Most Valuable Player Award with the White Sox in 2005.

Thanks for all your contributions Jermaine and wishing you good luck going forward.

Sox to use 4-man rotation to start the season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2011 3:57 pm
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