As we saw before:
But Atlanta isn’t the only team interested in Carlos Quentin:
Kenny must be requesting something good in return:
Chuck Garfien says Kenny wants starting pitching:
With the trade deadline coming at 3pm on Sunday, who knows if the current White Sox team will still be intact by then. The hot rumor right now has GM Ken Williams dangling Carlos Quentin to the Braves and Phillies in return for starting pitching.
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:
MLBTR transcribes Ken Rosenthal’s latest video:
Don’t be surprised as to see the White Sox end up as sellers, says Rosenthal. They’ve got six starters as it is, so Edwin Jackson could be moved without harming the rotation much. Carlos Quentin could be dealt as well, and be replaced by Dayan Viciedo. Controlled through 2012, Quentin would become one of the hottest chips on the market.
BTW, the “White Sox and Red Sox have done a lot of scouting of one another over the last week,” tweets the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
Gonzales @ CT:
Mixing a 96 mph fastball with a sharp-breaking slider against a free-swinging lineup, Jackson needed only 101 pitches to throw his first complete game since his no-hitter at Tampa Bay on June 25, 2010, when he threw 149 pitches while pitching for the Diamondacks.
Pitching before several scouts that included representatives from the Cardinals, Brewers and Red Sox, Jackson earned 18 outs on grounders and needed only two strikeouts.
Other White Sox links: J.J. recaps today’s game, James recaps yesterday’s game, and Alex Rios is trying to find out where to put his hands.
Merkin @ CWS:
“I’ll always respect [Guillen] as a person and give him credit that’s due,” Jenks said. “But I want to play for a manager who trusts his relievers, regardless of what’s going on.
“With the way Ozzie was talking this winter and the way he treated me, I don’t want to fight with the guy. How many times did he question my ability, and then saying how he would love to have me back, but I would have to come to Spring Training and fight for the closer’s role like anyone else?
“Why would I come back to that negativity?” Jenks said. “I’m looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen.”
According to Jenks, the White Sox offered two years at $10 million after the Winter Meetings and the team then asked for an answer on the morning before the initial agreement was reached with Crain. The White Sox source said the organization spoke with Jenks’ agent before Crain was signed, but no offer was made. It simply was a conversation about expectations.
Other teams besides Boston had interest. Jenks listed those opportunities from closing for Tampa Bay to starting — yes, starting — for the Texas Rangers. Jenks was a starter for five Minor League seasons with the Angels before being converted to the bullpen when joining the White Sox.
UPDATE: Seems Oney Guilen, Ozzie Guillen’s son, didn’t like Jenks’ comments.
Rosenthal @ FS:
Carlos Delgado suddenly could be in demand. The White Sox are showing interest in the free-agent slugger, major-league sources say, and the Red Sox, Rockies and Mariners are among Delgado’s other possible fits.
Delgado, coming off arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, has not played since May 10, 2009. He has received two minor-league offers and would need a couple of weeks in the minors to get ready, according to his agent, David Sloane.
The White Sox, in search of a run producer, pursued Lance Berkman, Manny Ramirez and Adam Dunn before the non-waiver trade deadline. Delgado, 38, would require much less of an investment in dollars, and none in prospects.
Delgado’s stats (B-R).
He feels like Mark Kotsay and Andruw Jones are equipped to fill that role, but just need to start producing.
“Every time we talk about a hitter, we get to the point, we know, I think our production from Kotsay and Andruw is not the one – it has to be better. Those two guys have to start getting better on production. I don’t think we will play another 50 or 60 games with that production we got from them. I’m not going to put pressure on them but every time we don’t have production from them, this conversation is going to come up how we need another bat, we need another bat. Well, we [don’t] need another bat. We need those guys to start producing and do what we think they can do. If those guys produce the way we think, then we won’t be talking about any hitter. We need them to start producing, at least to make my life easier, not for you guys, but from Kenny asking me questions about it. I think everyone here feels the same way. We don’t need a bat. We need them to start producing.”
UPDATE: Bruce Levine says the Sox had “extensive conversations” with Delgado’s agent, according to a Major League Baseball source.
UPDATE #2: Delgado signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox.
Kenny Williams on Brian Anderson:
“To be honest, I’d like to still have him. But that’s secondary to me giving him my word. He’s had opportunities here and they haven’t gone as well as he would have liked. It didn’t go as well, obviously, as we would have liked. I asked him to go down (to Charlotte) with a good attitude and if the opportunity presented itself I’d give him an opportunity to go elsewhere.”
and Josh Fields:
“Josh and I have talked. And I spoke with Josh’s agent early this morning before any deal was made. I understand exactly how they feel right now.”
Fields could be out…
In his 89 plate appearances this year when he got off to a 1-0 count, Anderson batted .329 with a .472 on-base percentage and .457 slugging. … But in his 89 plate appearances this year when he got off to an 0-1 count, Anderson batted .129 with a .169 on-base percentage and .153 slugging. …
Lindsey relays a cool BA story too.
Deadspin: Last month, the Red Sox took young Michael Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl, in the 36th round of MLB’s First-Year Player draft. The 18-year-old outfielder committed to Vanderbilt University, although he did hint that the chance to play for his grandfather’s old team could change his mind. But since the Red Sox organization seems to have forgotten how to spell one of the most revered last names in team history, perhaps Vanderbilt’s a better fit right now. Y-A-S-T-R-Z-E-M-S-K-I.
The Red Sox were dealt a blow today when third baseman Mike Lowell was placed on the DL with a right hip strain. In a new video today, ESPN’s Peter Gammons commented on the situation:
“One way or another, they need to find another bat… He’s a huge loss on and off the field.”
Can Kenny get someone young for Josh Fields?