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December 7, 2010

White Sox interested in Kerry Wood? [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2010 11:56 am
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Rosenthal @ FS tweets:

Yankees still want Kerry Wood back; [Cliff] Lee comes first. White Sox also showing interest in Wood; [Paul] Konerko first. Sox need late-inning help.

Wood wasn’t offered arbitration so he won’t cost any draft picks. But if Paulie wants $15 million per year there won’t be any money left for bullpen guys like Wood…

UPDATE: DV Dyck says “Wood is thought to be seeking a multi-year deal worth $9 million or more.” Kenny just hanged up..

UPDATE #2: Cowley tweets:

Sox-Wood rumors were just blown-up by a source. Sox feel Wood is too expensive even if they don’t get Konerko.

December 5, 2010

Is Kenny Williams going after Cliff Lee?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 5, 2010 1:32 pm
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Rosenthal @ FS:

There is a mystery team in on Cliff Lee.

I don’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing there is one team — maybe even more than one — making a stealth run at the free-agent left-hander, refusing to accept the conventional wisdom that he will sign with the Yankees or Rangers. …

WHITE SOX: You put anything past GM Ken Williams? Or, for that matter, owner Jerry Reinsdorf?

Williams, after signing Adam Dunn, acknowledged that the White Sox are operating with an “all-in” budget, whatever that might be.

KW is always looking for pitching, always looking to make a splash. Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle and righty Edwin Jackson are free agents after next season, so the need is just short of pressing.

If the Sox, as expected, re-sign free-agent first baseman Paul Konerko, forget Lee. If not, Williams will at least start tapping his calculator, examining the numbers.

If he hasn’t already.

October 25, 2010

Kenny Williams indeed kicked the tires on Cliff Lee in July

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 25, 2010 7:55 pm
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Geoff Baker talked with Seattle Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong:

“I went home Thursday night, thinking we had a deal with the Yankees,” Armstrong said. “Pending an exchange of the physical information of the players involved. The next morning, when we got into the details of the physicals of the players involved, one of the players that was coming to us from the Yankees was disabled, and based upon the best medical information that our team medical director, Edward Khalfayan, had, he recommended that we not proceed. Jack (Zduriencik) and his people then spent some time with the Yankees trying to come up with an alternative player, or players, to replace that player. Or even players to be named later. If we could come up with that. In the meantime, other clubs became involved. The White Sox, Minnesota and Texas to name a few.”

So, Larry Stone heard correctly. Same for Ken Rosenthal. And, if you think Seattle asked for Gordon Beckham you are correct!

UPDATE: Tim Brown (Yahoo) says Cliff Lee might be a Kenny Williams target again in the off-season. Other possible Kenny Williams targets: Prince Fielder, Rafael Soriano, Matt Kemp.

July 11, 2010

Seattle wanted Gordon Beckham for Cliff Lee. Kenny Williams hanged up.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 11, 2010 2:52 pm
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Heyman @ SI:

chisox tried for lee but mariners wanted beckham, whose off year hasnt killed value. chi still looking around

July 10, 2010

Kenny Williams likes Adam Dunn; hates his price

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 10, 2010 6:29 pm
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MLBTR on Ken Rosenthal’s latest video:

The White Sox made a run at Cliff Lee, but never got close to landing him. Although a left-handed bat remains their biggest need, there aren’t many on the market who appeal to them besides Dunn, whose price tag is “exorbitant.” They might settle for acquiring a right-handed hitter, and could also pursue another starter if Daniel Hudson struggles.

That’s what happens when you listen to Ozzie Guillen and his underpants theory of baseball, Kenny.

July 9, 2010

Good thing we don’t play the Rangers again this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2010 9:13 pm
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Cliff Lee is joining his fourth team in 12 months and the Rangers are hoping he can lead them to the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The Rangers pried Lee away from the Mariners and multiple suitors today in a blockbuster deal that makes the 50-35 Rangers clear favorites to win the AL West.

They obtained Lee, Mark Lowe (who is out for the season with back surgery) and cash considerations from the Mariners for Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Matthew Lawson and Josh Lueke.

White Sox games remaining against the Rangers: 0

Twins games remaining against the Rangers: 7

Tigers games remaining against the Rangers: 5

July 8, 2010

Kenny Williams is “kicking the tires” on Cliff Lee

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2010 6:46 pm
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Larry Stone:

I’m hearing rumblings that the White Sox are at least kicking tires [on Cliff Lee] — which isn’t surprising, considering their hot streak that has thrust them back into contention, and their GM, Ken Williams, who never shies away from blockbusters.

July 2, 2010

Are the Sox in the mix?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 2, 2010 9:08 pm
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Heyman @ SI:

Much of the attention this trading season, and rightfully so, will be on Mariners’ left-handed starter Cliff Lee, and competing teams now say they believe trade talks involving the Seattle star are starting to heat up. One GM estimated “12 to 15 teams” will show interest, and not just the teams that are mentioned most often right now, like the Twins, Mets, Yankees, Rangers, Angels, Cardinals and Dodgers. It also appears the Rays and Phillies are in the mix.

Kenny: no comment.

June 1, 2010

Joe Cowley says season’s over; but he has a plan!

Cowley says replace Mark Buehrle and Gavin Floyd with Cliff Lee and Daniel Hudson, re-sign Freddy Garcia, trade Bobby Jenks, re-sign J.J. Putz, pickup Matt Thornton’s option, say goodbye to Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, Carlos Quentin, promote Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers, sign Carl Crawford or Adam Dunn, and sign the one and only Juan Uribe.

I say forget free-agents and the money in the draft and international scouting.

July 26, 2009

Sox interested in Cliff Lee or Dan Haren?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 26, 2009 3:09 pm
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Jason Gage:

Joe Cowley from the Sun Times reported in a radio interview that the Chicago White Sox might be interested in acquiring Indians ace Cliff Lee or Diamondbacks ace Dan Haren. Cowley went on to say that Octavio Dotel mentioned he might be part of a “3 team deal” which would send Lee to the White Sox. Gavin Floyd is the name Cowley through out as the potential “centerpiece” of a Dan Haren Deal. …

More from Jason Gage here.

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