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May 12, 2011

Adam Dunn launches a baseball into orbit [UPDATE]

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14722245&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws (0:54)

More video from last night’s game here.

UPDATE: The hittracker says the true distance of Dunn’s dinger was 442 feet.


May 5, 2011

Fangraphs’ Eno Harris isn’t buying low on Gordon Beckham

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 5, 2011 10:37 pm
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Harris @ FG:

The more reliable numbers this year are just as bad: his plate discipline is shot right now. That swinging strike rate is almost in a reliable sample. Contact percentage is in a reliable sample, and he’s showing his career-worst in that category (79.9% career, 76% this year). Since batters have been swinging at pitches outside the zone at different rates over the past year, we can normalize that category to see that Beckham has gotten worse there, too: He swung at pitches outside the zone at 98% of league average in 2009, 110% last year, and 124% this year. His contact on balls in the zone has dropped 6% down from league average in that category. …

However, Fangraphs’ Jeff Zimmerman is (buying low).

Other White Sox links: JJ looks on A.J. Pierzynski’s struggles, and compares the 1992 White Sox to the Springfield Power Plant team (Simpsons), and FutureSox looks at Sox prospects in April and how Jared Mitchell is doing.

April 22, 2011

Carlos Quentin: now OPSing 1.121 (video) [UPDATE]

Video: HR #1 (0:54), HR #2 (0:52). Dr. Fishbein is doing an awesome job!

BTW, here are some BABIPs from statcorner:

Gordon Beckham: .237
Adam Dunn: .250
Brent Morel: .250
A.J. Pierzynski: .250
Alexei Ramirez: .241
Alex Rios: .213

Edwin Jackson: .342
Jesse Crain: .200
Will Ohman: .348
Chris Sale: .346
Sergio Santos: .250
Matt Thornton: .400


March 24, 2011

A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton, and Chris Sale, are ‘all in’ [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 24, 2011 11:30 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13260195&topic_id=16598450&c_id=cws (0:30)

UPDATE: Here’s the ‘Behind the scenes’ video (1:42).

March 14, 2011

White Sox vs. Padres on 3:05 pm CT; televised on CSN [UPDATE #3]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2011 12:15 pm
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Game at 3:05 CT. Jake Peavy’s rehab continues against his former team today, when the White Sox host the Padres at Camelback Ranch.

UPDATE: I don’t see anything on the webcast. The schedules are bad again.

UPDATE #2: I screwed up too. There was no webcast as the whitesox.com schedules said, but the game was televised on CSN (unannounced). Thankfully there is a rebroadcast at 7 p.m CT. It’s 0-0 in the 2nd inning right now.

UPDATE #3: A.J. Pierzynski gets Ken Harrelson’s autobiography on TV.

January 13, 2011

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.

December 11, 2010

White Sox interested in Miguel Olivo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2010 7:52 pm
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Morosi @ YB:

Free-agent catcher Miguel Olivo has drawn varying levels of interest from the Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays, a major-league source told FOXSports.com. The Red Sox could also get involved if they are unable to re-sign Victor Martinez.

J.J. explains (#3) how the Olivo interest and John Buck’s Florida deal means A.J. Pierzynski will likely be offered arbitration.

December 8, 2010

White Sox re-sign Paul Konerko to a 3-year, $37.5 million contract

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2010 12:13 pm
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Nightengale @ USAT:

The Chicago White Sox, who nearly lost first baseman Paul Konerko to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday and had already plans to acquire another first baseman, reached a three-year, $37.5 million agreement with the slugger, USA TODAY reported Wednesday. The deal was later confirmed by the White Sox, and Konerko will receive $12 million in 2011 and 2012 and $13.5 million in 2013. The White Sox said the final year will be paid out at $6.5 million in 2013 and $1 million a year from 2014-2020.

Konerko chose to return to the White Sox over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who offered a three-year contract for $30 million, the Diamondbacks said. Konerko grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., but also has a close relationship with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and in the end chose to return to the club he’s played for since 1999.

UPDATE: Press release here.

And BP has Kenny’s comments on the defferred money:

“What we need to do next is figure out a way to pay for all of this. We’ve certainly ramped it up here recently and have been very aggressive, and I think that at this point — as I’ve stated before — I feel comfortable and confident in the everyday lineup and the defense that we’re going to put out there, as well as the starting rotation and the back four guys in the bullpen. But I think we’ve got to augment that just a bit to make ourselves as strong as possible and contend for the division. So we’ve got some work cut out for us and are at a point where we need to get a little creative, because we’re about tapped out right now. We need to either get creative or we need to get a flood at the ticket counter pretty quickly.”

Paul Konerko has some good teammates, because one of the things that helped us to get this done was Adam Dunn coming in and caring more about winning than the last dollar — certainly dollars this year — because he was more than accommodating in [deferring] some of his money back to the latter part of his deal. A.J. Pierzynski did the same thing, and the rest came together through, literally, our marketing department and accounting people pulling together as many revenue sources as possible. This is something that you have to do when you’re in our situation, and we just thought that we had to capitalize on it. Fortunately we were dealing with a player who really wanted to be here in Chicago and finish his career here.”

Video of Kenny’s comments here (3:23). And a larger version (9:14).

December 5, 2010

Gammons: A.J. Pierzynski was ready to sign with the Dodgers [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 5, 2010 1:22 pm
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Gammons @ MLB tweets:

A.J. Pierzynski was “a minute away” from signing with the Dodgers when Jerry Reinsdorf stepped in

UPDATE: Jackson @ ESPN says the Dodgers offer was a 1 year deal worth more than $4 million.

December 3, 2010

Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski deferred money to make room for Paul Konerko

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 3, 2010 6:10 pm
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Adam Dunn is also willing to play DH:

New White Sox slugger Adam Dunn said he’ll do whatever is asked of him, including deferring part of his salary so the team can re-sign first baseman Paul Konerko. Dunn, who was introduced at news conference on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, said he was willing to trade in his glove to become a designated hitter and even joked he would put on the catcher’s gear and get behind the plate.

… Dunn and catcher A. J. Pierzynski, who was officially re-signed Thursday, both deferred part of next year’s salary so the Sox culd pursue Konerko, who turned down their arbitration offer. Dunn signed a four-year, $56 million contract and will be paid $12 million next season, which goes up to $15 million in each of the final two years. Pierzynski will be paid $2 million next season and $6 million the following year.

Kenny is having a good off-season.

December 2, 2010

White Sox sign A.J. Pierzynski to a 2-year, $8 million deal

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 2, 2010 9:43 pm
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Rosenthal @ FS:

Sources: [A.J.] Pierzynski back with White Sox. Hearing deal is two years, $8 million, though that is unconfirmed.

Heyman @ SI:

big day on south side: pierzynski back with chisox, confirming Ken_Rosenthal report. it is indeed $8 mil for 2 yrs, i hear.

A.J. Pierzynski close to signing with Toronto? No

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 2, 2010 7:34 pm
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The Blue Jays are close to signing A.J. Pierzynski, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Even though John Buck signed with the Marlins and Miguel Olivo declined the team’s offer of arbitration, the Blue Jays still have two capable catchers. Jose Molina will return in 2011 and J.P. Arencibia showed power in a late-season call-up and won Pacific Coast League MVP.

Here’s Cowley:

Later, Williams was asked about the talks concerning free agent A.J. Pierzynski, and again brought up the pursuit of Konerko as a big reason why Pierzynski is on hold for now.

“We’ve had conversations, we’ve had a lot of conversations,” Williams said of bringing his catcher back. “Again, I value A.J.. I would love to have him back. My dilemma right now is do you take such an overture and let it take you out of the payroll zone that you may need to get a Paul Konerko back. We’re in a holding pattern because to be honest the next thing I would like to put back in a Sox uniform is Paul Konerko.”

The problem is that the Pierzynski ship may have already sailed. A source close to the situation said that Pierzynski was close to signing with Toronto.

That would leave the Sox going with Ramon Castro and Tyler Flowers, or pursuing Miguel Olivo.

Not so fast tweets Ken Rosenthal:

Sources: Pierzynski is NOT close to signing with Blue Jays. White Sox still appear in mix.

November 30, 2010

J.J. Putz and Paul Konerko decline arbitration and become free-agents

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 30, 2010 8:37 pm
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Garfein @ CSN:

J.J. Putz declined arbitration from the White Sox, making him a free agent.

The White Sox have expressed a desire to re-sign Putz, but they’ll have to wait in line.

“Eight or nine teams have shown preliminary interest,” Putz told Comcast SportsNet. “Some for closer roles, others to be a set-up man with a chance for closing.” …

A.J. Pierzynski is talking to multiple teams too. One of them is the Dodgers.

UPDATE: Merkin tweets:

Konerko declines salary arbitration, as expected

November 24, 2010

Texas Rangers interested in Paul Konerko

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 24, 2010 1:12 pm
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Rosenthal @ FS:

The Rangers continue to talk with Vladimir Guerrero, to whom they did not offer arbitration. According to the source, they also are showing interest in a surprising name — free-agent first baseman Paul Konerko. Such a move would make sense, considering the Rangers were willing to sign [Victor] Martinez in addition to Cliff Lee, as previously reported by FOXSports.com.

Konerko, if he does not stay with the White Sox, would prefer to join a team near his home in Scottsdale, Az. The Rangers are not as close as the Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Angels, but the club trains in Arizona and the flight from Dallas to Phoenix is only about 2.5 hours. From Chicago to Phoenix, it’s about four. The White Sox offered salary arbitration to Konerko, but that should not be a deterrent to the Rangers, who were willing to sacrifice their first-round pick for Martinez. That selection, due to the team’s 90-win season, will be only No. 26 overall. The Rangers would not lose a pick if they re-signed Lee and gain one – likely a first rounder — if he signs with another club.

Another White Sox free agent, catcher A.J. Pierzynski, also could be a possibility for the Rangers, who are looking for catching help. The White Sox did not offer Pierzynski arbitration, so a team can sign him without forfeiting a pick.

November 23, 2010

White Sox offer arbitration to Paul Konerko, J.J. Putz; not on A.J. Pierzynski, Manny Ramirez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 23, 2010 3:13 pm
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scott merkin tweets:

White Sox offer arbitration to Konerko, Putz; Decline arbitration on Pierzynski and Manny Ramirez.

UPDATE: Konerko, Pierzynski and Ramirez are Type-A free-agents. Putz is a Type-B. Merkin explains what happens now:

Konerko, 34, has been classified as a Type A free agent, meaning the White Sox will receive two extra Draft picks in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft if Konerko declines arbitration and signs with another team. Konerko and Putz have one week to decide if they will accept the arbitration offer, with Nov. 30 standing as the deadline.

A first-round pick would go to the White Sox from the Konerko-signing team, as long as that team’s pick is not protected in the Top 15. The White Sox also would receive a sandwich pick in between the first and second rounds.

It’s unlikely for Konerko to accept this arbitration offer, meaning he would be under the White Sox control for just the next season at an increase from his $12 million salary in 2010. Konerko figures to command a multiyear offer, based on his overall body of work, his leadership skills and his .312 average, 39 home runs and 111 RBIs put up last year, with the White Sox certainly remaining in the picture.

Putz, 33, meanwhile, has Type B classification, meaning the White Sox would receive a supplemental selection between the first and second round if he declines arbitration and signs elsewhere. If Putz accepts arbitration by next Tuesday, the White Sox would have an important bullpen cog back in the fold for 2011 at a cost slightly above the $3 million Putz earned in 2010.

UPDATE #2: Padilla @ ESPN:

Williams suggested that not offering arbitration to Pierzynski was a sign of respect:

“We felt that if we did offer arbitration to A.J. and there were [compensation draft] picks involved that it would potentially hurt a guy that is loyal to us and has been a stud behind the plate and brings it every day,” Williams said. “We just didn’t want to do that. The market will define what his worth is and there will be a time in the offseason when we will get together with his guy and discern the options for bringing him back and whether it’s affordable.”

UPDATE #3: Here’s MLBTR’s Free-Agent compensation primer. and MLBTR’s Free-Agent compensation offer tracker.

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