Did you say Derek Holland Kenny?
John Danks? Kenny just hung up:
But there is another suitor:
You mean the Yankee$ aren’t among the suitors? Well:
The Diamondbacks agreed to sign J.J. Putz to a two-year, $10MM deal with an option for 2013. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links), MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert and Jon Heyman of SI.com all reported on the deal, which is pending a physical. Putz earns $4MM in 2011, $4.5MM in 2012 and either $6.5MM or a $1.5MM buyout in 2013, according to Rosenthal. LSW Baseball represents Putz, who posted a 2.83 ERA with 10.8 K/9 in 54 innings last year.
Since Putz declined arbitration the Sox will get a supplemental first round draft pick. I’d have liked to keep J.J. though…
Ringolsby @ MLBB:
[Arizona GM Kevin] Towers had extended talks with the agent for Paul Konerko, hoping to convince the free-agent first baseman to sign with the Diamondbacks instead of returning to the Chicago White Sox.
Dyck @ CT says, besides Arizona, other Konerko suitors are Texas and Baltimore.
Morosi @ FS tweets that Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t like that:
Reinsdorf on Konerko: “He belongs in Chicago.”
Padilla @ ESPN says Reinsdorf will do everything he can to keep Konerko:
A source has indicated that Reinsdorf is ready and willing to do whatever he can to keep Paul Konerko on the White Sox roster, and by the end of the first day of the winter meetings Monday, in the shadow of Disney World, he just might feel like he is in the happiest place on Earth.
And don’t miss the Godfather reference in Padilla’s article!
UPDATE: Garfein @ CSN tweets Arizona is “reportedly making big push.
Olney @ ESPN tweets:
Heard this: The D-backs have had virtually no dialogue with Konerko.
Multiple National League sources said the Diamondbacks have interest in Sox free agent reliever J.J. Putz. The Diamondbacks could have an advantage because Putz, who had a 2.83 ERA in 60 games and limited opponents to a .204 batting average last season, resides in the northwest suburb of Peoria. …
Putz is a Type-B free-agent, so if the Sox offer him arbitration and he declines and then signs with Arizona, the Sox get a supplemental first round draft pick. Though, I’d like the Sox to re-sign Putz.
The White Sox picked up Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks for Dan Hudson and David Holmberg. Jackson has a great arm but is a mediocre pitcher at this point. I like Dan Hudson a lot, and frankly his chance to pitch well down the stretch is just as good as Jackson’s, if not better. Holmberg is a decent Grade C+ pitching prospect. I don’t like this trade from the White Sox perspective at all. There are rumors that Jackson was supposed to be flipped to another team but it didn’t happen, so as it stands I think this is a bad trade for Chicago.
BTW, Hudson got the win in his first game as a D-back today.
Price @ BTB:
Jackson’s inconsistency and lack of command will always hold him back, it seems. But right now he’s flashing a strong 51% groundball rate along with good whiff and contact rates, so there’s a lot to like about Jackson beyond one of the hardest fastballs among starters in all of baseball.
Jackson gives the White Sox a small upgrade over Hudson through 2011, although I’m not convinced that it’s enough to forfeit Hudson’s extra years of team control. ZiPS projects Hudson to put up a 4.06 FIP for the rest of the season, compared to a 4.16 FIP for Jackson. I think that alone says a lot about how close these guys are in terms of performance. And when one guy is owed about $10M through 2011 before hitting free agency and the other guy isn’t even arbitration-eligible yet, I think you need a lot more than a slight upgrade to justify making that kind of deal.
I don’t really like this deal for the White Sox. Holmberg’s nothing special, really, but I’m not really convinced that Jackson is some sort of big upgrade on Hudson. It just feels like the White Sox just committed to spending around $10M through 2011 on a pitcher that’s not much better than the one he’s replacing. …
Sanders @ FG:
Kenny Williams likes to deal, but this is not one of his better ones. One may expect the price for Jackson to be lower than what the White Sox paid, given what the returns were for superior pitchers in Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren. Instead of keeping Hudson and letting him fill the rotation spot that Jake Peavy vacated, the White Sox decided to go out and fill it with a more expensive source. While Jackson probably won’t be enough by himself to change the direction of the White Sox’s season, he is a good piece for this year and beyond. All that remains to be seen is if he will stay a White Sox for long.
More: HardballTalk, BaseballAmerica, FutureSox, SoxNet, Marchman
The White Sox, frustrated by their inability to acquire Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn, instead are on the verge of ending up with one of the Nationals’ leading targets: Diamondbacks right-hander Edwin Jackson.
The Sox are in serious discussions about a trade in which they would obtain Jackson for rookie right-hander Daniel Hudson and a prospect, according to major-league sources.
… While the White Sox coveted Dunn, they shifted their focus to a starting pitcher after growing discouraged about their chances of completing a trade with the Nationals, sources say.
Fangraphs on Edwin Jackson: 104 K / 60 BB, 5.16 ERA, 4.27 FIP, 4.28 xFIP, 1.9 WAR, 50.5% GB%, .318 BABIP, 6.97 K/9, 4.02 BB/9
- 2 years/$13.35M (2010-11)
- $0.8M signing bonus
- 10:$4.2M, 11:$8.35M
The numbers and the money say to me he’s not worth Hudson alone.
UPDATE: Rosenthal says it’s up to the Nationals what do the Sox do with Jackson, ie. send him to the Nationals for Adam Dunn or keeping him (ugh).