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June 1, 2011

Chris Sale finishes the game with a strikeout of Adrian Gonzalez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2011 2:00 am
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That was exciting. It was only 1 at-bat but Sale looked good. First pitch was a 94mph 2-seam fastball that resulted in a strike. Second pitch was a 97mph 4-seam fastball that resulted in a strike. Third pitch was an 84mph slider that resulted in a strike:

Pitch F/X:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 96.80 96.8 6.42 3.49 1 1 / 100.00% 1 / 100.00% -0.0624 0.404
SL (Slider) 83.70 83.7 -3.04 -0.94 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1868 0.457
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.10 94.1 10.25 2.00 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0431 0.404
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.

Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.

Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.

Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
9 3 3 100.00 3 -0.292

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James is excited too and wants more Sale to get high-leverage innings.

December 6, 2010

White Sox offered Gordon Beckham to S.D. for Adrian Gonzales? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2010 7:36 pm
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Nightengale @ USAT tweets:

The Chicago White Sox were runner-up in the Adrian Gonzalez derby, offering IF Gordon Beckham and prospects.

Is there a rule that says half of the White Sox prospects must be shipped to San Diego?

UPDATE: Heyman @ SI tweets:

chisox dangled beckham for a-gon. Was talk deal could expand to include gavin floyd. But chisox didn’t favor big quick extension for adrian 

October 4, 2010

Chuck Garfein’s 2011 off-season predictions

Garfien @ CSN:

Let’s start with the four World Series heroes, and their chances of coming back:

Paul Konerko: 50 percent

A.J. Pierzynski:  40 percent

Bobby Jenks: 1 percent

Freddy Garcia:  25 percent

I’d go with those numbers too. More predictions at the link.

May 10, 2010

Ken Rosenthal’s players who could be traded

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 10, 2010 10:22 pm
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The Twins could force the issue by running away in the AL Central. The White Sox already are eight games back, barely showing a pulse.

Trade for Adrian Gonzalez? Please.

Barring a turnaround, the Sox should just dust off their white flag and dump their potential free agents: Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, Andruw Jones and J.J. Putz.

May 2, 2010

White Sox and Padres talked Adrian Gonzales this week?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 2, 2010 12:32 am
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One major-league scout said this week that the Sox and San Diego Padres had further discussions about Adrian Gonzalez and even discussed names. It shouldn’t come as a surprise because the organizations know each other’s personnel so well after the Jake Peavy deal.

March 26, 2010

Scott Merkin’s says the Sox should keep AJ around

From Merkin’s mailbag:

I know this comment sounds strange, considering Flowers is pegged as the organization’s catcher of the future. But in my humble estimation, you have to keep Pierzynski for another couple of years. I really think he’s as valuable as any player on the team, in terms of all the intangibles he brings to the equation. He calls a good game, is one of the game’s better catchers on offense and possesses the sort of strident leadership you need in a winning clubhouse.

March 4, 2010

Gordon Beckham hasn’t been involved in any negotiations


The Adrian Gonzalez -to-the-White Sox speculation has started to subside after last week’s rumor mill had the Padres and the South Siders in trade talks.

A Chicago White Sox official told me two days ago that the team has never put Gordon Beckham’s name in any negotiations with any team. Nevertheless, the rumors persisted, which left Beckham to wonder about his future. And although the team assured him he wasn’t in trade talks, it was still distracting to the second baseman. …

March 3, 2010

Merkin reassures us Gordon Beckham isn’t going anywhere

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 3, 2010 2:40 am
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I’m sharing this little vignette because Guillen was questioned after Tuesday’s B game with the Dodgers about the possibility of Gordon Beckham being moved for a high-end performer, in this instance, San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez. And Guillen’s response?

“We plan to have Gordon for a long time,” Guillen said. “I don’t see why people still talking about it.”

Beckham isn’t going anywhere. Ozzie said so. You can take that to the bank:

During a weekend at home in early August of last season, I remember one of my esteemed colleagues asking Ozzie Guillen about rumors of the White Sox reportedly putting in a waiver claim for Toronto outfielder Alex Rios.

“Who?” Guillen responded, knowing full well who Rios was, but seeming to be somewhat surprised by this bit of personnel news involving his team.

Two days later, Rios joined the White Sox in Seattle.

March 2, 2010

Ozzie Guillen on the Adrian Gonzalez trade rumors: no-one is untouchable

Ozzie likes the team he has:

“Right now, the expectation about this guy and that guy, I like the team we have. We have a general manager [in Ken Williams] who keeps things quiet, thank God. And when he makes deals, it’s for a reason. But we plan to have Gordon for a long time. I don’t see why people are still talking about it.”

On the Gordon Beckham – Adrian Gonzalez trade rumors:

“That’s all a TV thing. Every trade the White Sox want to make, people think they’re going to make with the White Sox is Gordon, [Gavin] Floyd and [John] Danks. Those names are going to come up. And we have to deal with that every time they talk about White Sox trying to make a deal. We got to stay on our toes. Believe me, right now it’s not in our plans. Maybe two weeks from now, that’s a different thing but it’s not in the White Sox plans right now.”

So, is Beckham untouchable?

“no one was untouchable except one.”

that one is Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

Phil Rogers on the Adrian Gonzalez trade rumors

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 2, 2010 12:11 pm
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The name thrown around in most of the speculation is Gordon Beckham. It would be an act of insanity to trade Beckham at this time. He is exactly the kind of player you want to build a contender around — a homegrown young player whose salary will be affordable for the foreseeable future. …

That sounds right!

February 28, 2010

Jake Peavy confirms recruiting Adrian Gonzalez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 28, 2010 2:05 pm
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Peavy confirmed CBS’ report that he encouraged Kenny to go after Adrian Gonzalez:

“Kenny asked me at one point in time, ‘What kind of guy is this guy?’ I went into full recruiting mode,” said a smiling Peavy, who clearly is as honest as he is talented. “I said, ‘Listen, if you put this guy in the mix on this team, a left-handed bat in the middle of the lineup, a guy that could spell Paulie [Konerko] at first and is a Gold Glover …

“There’s not much bad about the guy. I said, ‘Kenny, absolutely. You put this guy on your club, and he’s a great person as well.'”

Don’t even think trading Beckham, Kenny:

Any trade involving a player who has at least 30 home runs and 99 RBIs in each of his last three seasons probably will require a fairly significant haul of young talent in return. The Sportsline article quoted a White Sox source in stating that Williams would give anything to get Gonzalez, “maybe even Gordon Beckham.”

That move seems highly unlikely, especially if Gonzalez was nothing more than a one- or two-year presence in Chicago. Beckham’s ultimate upside has been projected along the lines of Texas’ Michael Young, and five years of 200 hits, 40 doubles, 90-100 RBIs and an average near or over .300 would be about equal to Gonzalez’s contributions.

Breathing easier…

February 27, 2010

No! Don’t trade Gordon Beckham! Please Kenny!


“I want Adrian [Gonzalez] to be my teammate over here,” Peavy said.

Interesting thought.

Peavy said he has already discussed the idea with White Sox general manager Ken Williams. Williams didn’t really need the suggestion, because the talk in White Sox camp is that whenever the Padres decide to move on trading their first baseman, Williams will be one of the first in line to make a deal.

“That’s really what we need, a big left-handed hitter,” one Sox person said. “They’re saying Kenny would give anything to get him, maybe even [Gordon] Beckham.”  …

More from Knobler:

[Alex] Rios hit .199 in his 41 games with the White Sox after he was claimed on waivers last August, but he insists that the Sox and Guillen suit his style of play more than the Blue Jays did. “I don’t think this team’s a ‘Moneyball’ team,” Rios said. “This is how you should play baseball.” …

Too much time listening to Hawk Harrelson…

February 13, 2010

Sox have talked with Toronto about Scott Downs and San Diego about Heath Bell

Bruce Levine:

Williams is still looking for another solid bullpen pitcher. Major League Baseball sources told me the White Sox have talked to the Toronto Blue Jays about the left-handed relief pitcher Scott Downs, who if acquired, would be an upgrade as the second left-hander in the Chicago Bullpen. The Sox have also asked about Padres closer Heath Bell. San Diego officials insist that Bell will not be traded at the beginning of the season, the likelihood is that by the time the trading deadline approaches july 31, that bell will be dealt. The same scenario exists for Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. …

Levine also hears that “the White Sox payroll is maxed out at $104 million for 2010.” Other stuff talked are the Johnny Damon rumors, Kenny’s #1 worry for 2010 being Carlos Quentin, and talking the marketing dept. (Brooks Boyer) before making a trade.

And here’s a link to the podcast of the interview with Kenny (12:29).

Stats: Downs, Bell.

Both Downs and Bell are on the last year of their contracts and are making $4 million. Bell would be too expensive to get, and Downs would be bad allocation of money. Bad? Yes, why not use that money to go after a DH?

December 2, 2009

Kenny Williams on the Adrian Gonzalez rumor

Kenny said he hasn’t even heard the 3 team (Sox-Angels-Padres) Adrian Gonzales rumor but:

I asked Williams if he had talked to Jake Peavy during this offseason, trying to get a gauge on Peavy’s fire and preparedness for his first full season in Chicago. Williams told me that the two had spoken, with Williams needing to ask Peavy about a player from another team to whom he had interest.

“He’s already pumped up,” said Williams of Peavy.

When I asked Williams if that player he asked Peavy about was Gonzalez, he responded with a quick “No comment.”

Remember, a Sox fan talked with Peavy and Peavy said the Sox are trying to get Gonzales.

BTW, Kenny also said it’s too early to talk about extensions to Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski.

December 1, 2009

BDD looks at possible Adrian Gonzales suitors

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 1, 2009 9:32 pm
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the Sox are a Dark Horse:

Yes, the White Sox are coming off a disappointing season.  Yes, they took on a Yankee-like amount of payroll at the 2009 trade deadline last season.  But make no mistake about it, they are in win-now mode.  After letting slugger Jermaine Dye walk this offseason, the Sox will be looking to add more punch to their team.  Combine that with the great early returns that Peavy showed (3-0, 18Ks, 1.35 ERA) and you just may have a match waiting to happen.  Gonzalez would provide current first baseman Paul Konerko with a much-needed move to the DH spot to help prolong his productive offensive career into his late 30s. …

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