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September 27, 2011

Don Cooper will be the Sox manager for the two remaining games

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 2:44 pm
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The minor league pitcher in the compensation for releasing Ozzie Guillen from his contract will be Jhan Marinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 2:40 pm
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RHP Jhan Marinez‘ stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2006 17 Marlins DOSL FRk FLA 2 1 .667 7.00 20 2 4 0 0 1 36.0 44 30 28 0 26 22 6 0 8 172 1.944 11.0 0.0 6.5 5.5 0.85
2007 18 2 Teams 2 Lgs FRk-Rk FLA 2 3 .400 5.47 8 5 0 0 0 0 26.1 19 22 16 1 23 0 29 3 0 9 126 1.595 6.5 0.3 7.9 9.9 1.26
2007 18 Marlins GULF Rk FLA 0 0 10.80 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 5 5 4 0 4 0 4 1 0 1 19 2.700 13.5 0.0 10.8 10.8 1.00
2007 18 Marlins DOSL FRk FLA 2 3 .400 4.70 5 5 0 0 0 0 23.0 14 17 12 1 19 25 2 0 8 107 1.435 5.5 0.4 7.4 9.8 1.32
2008 19 Marlins GULF Rk FLA 1 1 .500 6.11 12 1 2 0 0 1 17.2 21 14 12 0 14 0 18 2 1 1 87 1.981 10.7 0.0 7.1 9.2 1.29
2009 20 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 1 1 .500 3.14 29 0 10 0 0 1 43.0 28 17 15 4 20 0 42 4 0 3 179 1.116 5.9 0.8 4.2 8.8 2.10
2010 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA FLA 1 1 .500 1.71 36 1 25 0 0 10 42.0 21 9 8 2 21 1 64 1 0 8 162 1.000 4.5 0.4 4.5 13.7 3.05
2010 21 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 0 1 .000 1.42 21 1 14 0 0 4 25.1 12 4 4 1 14 1 44 1 0 6 99 1.026 4.3 0.4 5.0 15.6 3.14
2010 21 Jacksonville SOUL AA FLA 1 0 1.000 2.16 15 0 11 0 0 6 16.2 9 5 4 1 7 0 20 0 0 2 63 0.960 4.9 0.5 3.8 10.8 2.86
2011 22 Jacksonville SOUL AA FLA 3 8 .273 3.57 56 0 20 0 0 3 58.0 47 26 23 7 42 0 74 1 2 13 259 1.534 7.3 1.1 6.5 11.5 1.76
6 Seasons 10 15 .400 4.12 161 9 61 0 0 16 223.0 180 118 102 14 146 1 249 17 3 42 985 1.462 7.3 0.6 5.9 10.0 1.71
AA (2 seasons) AA 4 8 .333 3.25 71 0 31 0 0 9 74.2 56 31 27 8 49 0 94 1 2 15 322 1.406 6.8 1.0 5.9 11.3 1.92
FRk (2 seasons) FRk 4 4 .500 6.10 25 7 4 0 0 1 59.0 58 47 40 1 45 47 8 0 16 279 1.746 8.8 0.2 6.9 7.2 1.04
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 1 1 .500 6.86 15 1 2 0 0 1 21.0 26 19 16 0 18 0 22 3 1 2 106 2.095 11.1 0.0 7.7 9.4 1.22
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 1 2 .333 2.50 50 1 24 0 0 5 68.1 40 21 19 5 34 1 86 5 0 9 278 1.083 5.3 0.7 4.5 11.3 2.53
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2011.

John Sickels had this to say on his prospect review for Marinez:

10) Jhan Marinez, RHP, Grade C+:  4.27 ERA with 62/36 K/BB in 46 innings for Jacksonville, 42 hits. Outstanding K/IP ratio, strong stuff, too many walks.

The C+ grade is from the time he published his Marlins prospect list on back in January.

Compensation for Ozzie Guillen will be a minor-league pitcher and utility infielder Ozzie Martinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 4:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

A source told MLB.com that the players coming to the White Sox figure to be utility infielder Ozzie Martinez and a Minor League pitcher, after Guillen was released from the one year remaining on his contract per his request to pursue other opportunities.

SS Ozzie Martinez‘ stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2006 18 Marlins GULF Rk FLA 49 194 171 21 45 4 1 1 21 7 4 19 21 .263 .335 .316 .651 54 4 0 3 1 0
2007 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A–A+ FLA 39 131 114 8 21 5 0 0 6 8 2 12 25 .184 .268 .228 .496 26 3 1 4 0 0
2007 19 Jamestown NYPL A- FLA 38 130 114 8 21 5 0 0 6 8 2 11 25 .184 .262 .228 .490 26 3 1 4 0 0
2007 19 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 20 Greensboro SALL A FLA 85 331 304 44 90 11 3 6 29 5 5 13 46 .296 .331 .411 .742 125 12 4 8 2 0
2009 21 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 130 485 433 54 110 16 5 1 45 16 4 41 51 .254 .323 .321 .644 139 15 4 5 2 0
2010 22 Jacksonville SOUL AA FLA 130 587 516 90 156 28 4 5 54 13 9 49 64 .302 .372 .401 .773 207 10 9 11 2 0
2011 23 New Orleans PCL AAA FLA 88 371 339 43 83 15 1 3 26 11 4 21 57 .245 .296 .322 .618 109 9 5 3 3 0
6 Seasons 521 2099 1877 260 505 79 14 16 181 60 28 155 264 .269 .331 .352 .682 660 53 23 34 10 0
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 131 486 433 54 110 16 5 1 45 16 4 42 51 .254 .324 .321 .645 139 15 4 5 2 0
A (1 season) A 85 331 304 44 90 11 3 6 29 5 5 13 46 .296 .331 .411 .742 125 12 4 8 2 0
AA (1 season) AA 130 587 516 90 156 28 4 5 54 13 9 49 64 .302 .372 .401 .773 207 10 9 11 2 0
Rk (1 season) Rk 49 194 171 21 45 4 1 1 21 7 4 19 21 .263 .335 .316 .651 54 4 0 3 1 0
A- (1 season) A- 38 130 114 8 21 5 0 0 6 8 2 11 25 .184 .262 .228 .490 26 3 1 4 0 0
AAA (1 season) AAA 88 371 339 43 83 15 1 3 26 11 4 21 57 .245 .296 .322 .618 109 9 5 3 3 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2011.

John Sickels gave Martinez C+ grade:

7) Osvaldo Martinez, SS, Grade C+:  .230/.286/.306 with 18 walks, 48 strikeouts in 278 at-bats for New Orleans. 3-for-20 in the majors. The bat is going to be a big problem, and he only ranked this high due to the weakness of the system. Baseball America had him fifth.

As I said earlier, could the minor league pitcher be 20-year old Class-A+ prospect LHP Chad James?

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 19 Greensboro SALL A FLA 5 10 .333 5.12 24 24 0 0 0 0 114.1 116 70 65 3 65 0 105 5 0 18 513 1.583 9.1 0.2 5.1 8.3 1.62
2011 20 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 5 15 .250 3.80 27 27 0 0 0 0 149.1 173 77 63 12 51 0 124 2 0 10 650 1.500 10.4 0.7 3.1 7.5 2.43
2 Seasons 10 25 .286 4.37 51 51 0 0 0 0 263.2 289 147 128 15 116 0 229 7 0 28 1163 1.536 9.9 0.5 4.0 7.8 1.97
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/26/2011.

John Sickels had this to say for Chad James:

3) Chad James, LHP, Grade B-   3.89 ERA with 114/47 K/BB in 134 innings for High-A Jupiter, 155 hits, 3-15 record. He hasn’t been awful but is hittable. Young at 20.

Sickels’ grades are from last year. Comments are from his review.

Kenny Williams comments on Ozzie Guillen’s exit; Ozzie Guillen’s comments too (audio)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 3:45 am
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Mark Gonzales:

“Was it time for a change? I don’t think so. I guess things were accelerated. We had no intention of firing him. This was kind of acquiescing to some of his desires more than anything. It is what it is. I can’t, I don’t wish to expound on any of the peripherals to the degree that they become more of a story than they really are.”This is a case of a man making a business decision for himself and his family. And we respect it. We respected it enough to allow this to happen. Obviously we didn’t agree with the request for an extension and in answer to your question, yes, we’ve had I can’t tell you how much dialogue on the subject.”

ESPN has audio for Kenny Williams’ press conference (10:17) and Ozzie Guillen’s press conference (18:21).

September 26, 2011

Joey Cora to manage the last 2 games. (UPDATE: Maybe not.) Then he’ll go the Marlins

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 11:51 pm
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Then,

UPDATE:

Don Cooper is staying with the Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 11:40 pm
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Jon Paul Morosi reports it too

Kenny Williams’ shot to Ozzie Guillen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 11:37 pm
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Return in Ozzie Guillen trade probably not Logan Morrison; UPDATE: Return will be two minor leaguers?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 9:12 pm
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Jon Heyman:

Ozzie Guillen is close to becoming the manager of the Marlins.

A deal between the teams is at hand.

… It appears [Logan] Morrison is not part of the current deal.

Maybe 20-year old Class-A+ prospect LHP Chad James?

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 19 Greensboro SALL A FLA 5 10 .333 5.12 24 24 0 0 0 0 114.1 116 70 65 3 65 0 105 5 0 18 513 1.583 9.1 0.2 5.1 8.3 1.62
2011 20 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 5 15 .250 3.80 27 27 0 0 0 0 149.1 173 77 63 12 51 0 124 2 0 10 650 1.500 10.4 0.7 3.1 7.5 2.43
2 Seasons 10 25 .286 4.37 51 51 0 0 0 0 263.2 289 147 128 15 116 0 229 7 0 28 1163 1.536 9.9 0.5 4.0 7.8 1.97
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/26/2011.

UPDATE: Bruce Levine reports that:

Should Guillen take a managerial job with a different organization in 2012, the White Sox retain the right to be compensated. In order to fulfill that right, the Marlins will send two minor leaguers to Chicago, the source said.

Possible replacements for Ozzie Guillen; UPDATE: Quick process?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 9:11 pm
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 Scott Merkin:

… With Guillen gone, general manager Ken Williams embarks on his second managerial hiring process. Possible candidates include Triple-A Charlotte manager Joe McEwing, Minor League director Buddy Bell, Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez, and Cleveland first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. Tony La Russa, a close friend of Reinsdorf and one-time White Sox manager, also has been part of the speculation, but it is not certain whether La Russa will stay with the Cardinals.

Not La Russa. Please.

I nominate Tom Tango as replacement. Hell, he can become the GM too.

UPDATE: Three more names by Mark Gonzales: Jim Fregosi, 69, Braves special assistant. John McLaren, 58, Nationals special assistant. Ryne Sandberg, 52, Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager.

UPDATE:

Multiple sources say Ozzie Guillen will be traded to Florida by the time tonight’s game ends

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 7:49 pm
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Joe Cowley:

According to multiple sources, the Sox and Florida Marlins are in the final stages of completing a deal that would send the never-boring Guillen to South Beach, ending his eight-year stay with the club he grew up white as a player and helped guide to a World Series in 2005 as a second-year manager.

The end is expected to become at the conclusion of Monday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field, sources said.

As far as the coaching staff, expect mass changes there as well, all except pitching coach Don Cooper, who according to sources, already has a deal on the table to stay with the organization.

… Sources have indicated, however, that privately Guillen walked away from the meeting knowing his days with the Sox were over, and the talk was more about the details of the split. It was not heated, and if anything, emotional from both sides.

Standard Joe Cowley disclaimer applies.

UPDATE: WSCR reports it too.

Bruce Levine reports that:

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gathered his players before Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays and told them that it would be his final one, according to sources close to the situation.

UPDATE: More on the CSN postgame report.

UPDATE: A couple tweets from the Sox:

UPDATE: Press Release: White Sox release manager Ozzie Guillen from contract.

Mark Buehrle wants to play for a couple more years

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 7:48 pm
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Scott Merkin:

“Obviously, I’d like to play two or three more years,” said [Mark] Buehrle, speaking in the White Sox dugout before Monday’s series opener with the Blue Jays. “Getting a five-year deal is probably not going to happen. If a one year deal was the only offer, then you got to take it. But I’m looking for a couple more years.

“It’s the first time I’m testing as a free agent, so you kind of go home and wait for the phone to start ringing and go from there. You have a conversation with your agent and your wife and talk it out and see what you want to do.”

During last week’s series in Cleveland, Buehrle told MLB.com that moving to the National League has a certain appeal after working 12 years against the same teams in the American League Central. He also talked about the allure of seeing what another organization is like, with the White Sox being the only one he has ever known.

Numerous decisions remain on the table for the White Sox to make as they move toward 2012, including who will be running their team. With Jake Peavy, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Zach Stewart, Philip Humber and potentially Chris Sale all under team control as part of the rotation, Buehrle could be deemed expendable.

Of course, Buehrle’s high value extends from the pitcher’s mound to the clubhouse, making him a potential mistake to let go.

“I’d like to think so, but they have a business standpoint,” Buehrle said. “Money they spent this year and we didn’t get to where we should have been and what they have out there for next year, and young guys they want to get in the starting rotation. I’d like to think someone is going to miss me around here.

“At the same time, everything’s got to come to an end. You’ve got to move on, whether it’s this year, two years or five years down the road.”

Jerry Reinsdorf gives Ozzie Guillen nothing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2011 6:42 pm
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Doug Padilla:

On the same day Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon said he would retire after the season, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen met with team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on Monday, and he said he left the meeting with “nothing.”

Guillen’s contract is set to expire after the 2012 season. About a month ago he said he wouldn’t return for the final year of his contract unless he gets an extension.

“We talked about different things, my future here, how we’re going to do it and what we think about the ballclub, what we want, and I left the meeting with nothing,” Guillen said before Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. “We have to wait.

That’s nice. Ozzie is under contract for 1 more year. No need for an extension.

September 25, 2011

Ozzie Guillen is trying hard to sell tickets

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 25, 2011 10:36 pm
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Brett Ballantini:

“I think we’re a losing team when I get the ‘x,’” Guillen said, referring to playoff elimination. “I’m not here for stats. Once I see the ‘x,’ I’m done.”

Brooks Boyer is thrilled.

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September 24, 2011

Another home run for Brent Morel (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2011 7:49 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19594889&c_id=cws

First 5 months: 2 HRs
September: 8 HRs

The guy is on a tear…

UPDATE: Sahadev Sharma:

A closer look at numbers shows that the Chicago White Sox third baseman’s increased power coincided with his developing more patience at the plate.

“Early in the year [pitchers would] kind of just make their pitches and I’d swing at them,” Morel said. “It was tough to do anything. The more patient, the more selective you are, the more they have to come in the zone.”

On Aug. 20, Morel had walked just four times in 309 plate appearances. In his 116 plate appearances since then, he’s drawn 17 walks. …

Carlos Quentin is out

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2011 3:05 am
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Scott Merkin:

Out for some time with a sprained left shoulder, Carlos Quentin will not play for the White Sox again this season, manager Ozzie Guillen said on Friday.

After spraining the AC joint in his left shoulder while making a diving catch on Aug. 20, Quentin spent time on the 15-day disabled list. He came back for one game on Sept. 12, but hasn’t played since.

“Every time he [tries to play], it’s just sore and it gets worse and worse. I put him out there, and he went backward — maybe 10 more days,” Guillen said. “I don’t know why we have to take that chance. What’s he got to prove? Can he play in the big leagues? Yeah, he don’t have to prove anything.

“But he’s fine, it’s not like there’s something very serious about it. Just sore. He needs time to recover, and I don’t think we gave him enough time to do it.”

And Q! may very well be traded in the off-season.

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