– John Danks, Bobby Jenks, Carlos Quentin and Tony Pena filed for arbitration. Scot Gregor’s take.
– Jeff F. Marquez is focused on returning to form.
– The Pirates signed D.J. Carrasco and are close to signing Octavio Dotel.
– Matt Thornton will answer questions in Scott Merkin’s next mailbag. Submit yours using the form on the middle of the page.
– Jim looks at the Sox ticket prices for Spring Training and compares them to the other baseball teams that have Spring Training in Arizona. He also looks at the 15 players that the Sox invited for Spring Training.
– Happy 39th birthday to Don Cooper.
– Fangraphs looks at the remaining 1B/DH players.
Carrasco, who made $440,000 last season, was offered a $160,000 raise. That wasn’t what he or his agent had in mind, and the gulf became apparent during a lunch Wednesday at the winter meetings involving Carrasco’s agent and a Sox official.
Brickey got $4.5 million last year. But he was 10 times better. Clearly.
The White Sox informed the agent for D.J. Carrasco that they will not tender him a contract by Saturday’s 11 p.m., thus making him a free agent.
… The two sides were several hundred thousand dollars apart after a meeting Wednesday in Indianapolis, and talks Saturday didn’t advance any further. Carrasco earned $440,000 last season, and this was his first winter as an arbitration eligible player.
Why Kenny? Why? Say DJ didn’t like the contract he was offered by the Sox and had gone to arbitration and earned $1 million. So, what? It would be money well spend…
BTW, MLBTR is keeping track of all the players that were tendered, and non-tendered a contract. Ex-Sox Brian Anderson, Mike McDougal, Lance Broadway, and Neal Cotts were non-tendered. Jack Cust too. Ex-Sox Boone Logan and Brandon McCarthy were tendered.
Kenny Williams is confident about the Sox bullpen:
“Obviously, Bobby (Jenks) is the closer. (Matt) Thornton can do a little bit of both, and now you have J.J. who also can do that. And everyone fills in behind them.”
on J.J. Putz’ status:
“No restrictions whatsoever.”
on the possibility of tendering D.J. Carrasco:
“You’ll just have to wait for those things to come down the pipeline, and everything will reveal itself in time.”
Maybe Mark Buehrle and D.J. Carrasco too:
The chances of Gavin Floyd pitching against Detroit this weekend basically were reduced to none on Monday, based on manager Ozzie Guillen’s pregame comments concerning shutting down his right-hander. Floyd has been bothered by muscle soreness in his left hip area and has not pitched since starting in Seattle on Sept. 16. But he doesn’t look to be the only White Sox pitcher out of service in these final six games. Mark Buehrle will pitch in the 2009 regular season finale only if the game means something to the Tigers. And reliever D.J. Carrasco, one of the most reliable hurlers on the White Sox staff this season, could be done as well due to a strained left hamstring suffered while stretching in the bullpen last week. …
Linebrink getting “break” from 8th inning role: Dotel, Pena and Carrasco to share those dutues.
Matt Thornton would be the logical bridge to closer Bobby Jenks, but Guillen likes to use Thornton at any point late in the game to get out of trouble. Octavio Dotel and Tony Pena will get late looks, but Guillen added that middle reliever D.J. Carrasco should not be ruled out. “If we think Carrasco is the guy to do it, we’ll just pitch him for an inning,” Guillen said. “Carrasco can do a lot of things. I think Carrasco has a stamp on his forehead, ‘pick-up garbage guy.’ Everything he’s been doing has been great.”
UPDATE: Ozzie said he wants to get Linebrink “back on start.” Linebrink’s response: “Get me back on track how?”
Guillen is not considering using middle reliever D.J. Carrasco as a starter any time in the near future. Guillen said today that Carrasco should just concentrate on doing what he’s doing and not worry about being a starter.
Speaking of D.J., Jim has a nice post on him.