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January 15, 2010

January 15 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 15, 2010 9:13 pm
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- 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.

December 28, 2009

8 teams interested in D.J. Carrasco

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 28, 2009 2:31 pm
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Wright:

On Friday, Carrasco said eight teams had already shown some interest in signing him. Carrasco’s agent preferred that he didn’t mention which teams.

After pitching 93 innings and posting a 3.76 ERA in 2009, including a 3.43 ERA as a reliever, he shouldn’t have to wait too long to find a new home. …

December 14, 2009

Details of the Sox failed negotiations with D.J. Carrasco

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 14, 2009 11:44 am
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Gonzales:

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.

December 12, 2009

D.J. Carrasco on being non-tendered by the Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 12, 2009 10:26 pm
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Merkin:

“You want to be in a place where you are wanted and needed,” Carrasco said. “The White Sox probably still wanted me, but didn’t need me. I love playing the game, but you’ve got to be smart, and there’s just not a lot of longevity in middle relief. It’s about closing and starting and setting up. I feel I can really help a team, and it will be an interesting learning experience seeing what teams think of me.”

… “There are other things I feel I can do, not just being a long man,” Carrasco said. “But I praise the White Sox for giving me an opportunity. One of the reasons I’m going to miss Chicago is the passion and knowledge of the White Sox fans,” said Carrasco, when asked if he had heard of fans’ disappointment over his departure. “It holds a special place in my heart that they wanted me back.”

Sox non-tender D.J. Carrasco

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 12, 2009 7:02 pm
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Gonzales:

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.

D.J’s Stats.

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.

December 11, 2009

D.J. Carrasco “probably” will be non-tendered

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 10:06 pm
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Gonzales:

One pitcher probably out of the loop is versatile reliever D.J. Carrasco, who stands a strong chance not to be tendered a contract by Saturday’s 11 p.m. deadline. The Sox met Wednesday with Carrasco’s agent at the winter meetings in Indianapolis but were several hundred thousand dollars apart.

That could give rookie Daniel Hudson a shot at taking over Carrasco’s role as a long reliever while being groomed as a future starting pitcher.

Gonzales:

With D.J. Carrasco likely to not be tendered a contract Saturday night and become a free agent, there is the chance that rookie Daniel Hudson could slide into Carrasco’s long relief role while receiving hands-on training from pitching coach Don Cooper and veteran pitchers Jake Peavy and Mark Buehrle.

But another consideration would be to send Hudson to the minors for more consistent work until he’s ready to join the major league staff. That would create a spot for Sergio Santos, who was converted from an infielder to a pitcher and possesses a 98 mph fastball.

Santos is out of options, and the Sox avoided losing him in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft by putting him on their 40-man roster. If Santos doesn’t pitch well in spring, the Sox could be faced with exposing him to waivers.

D.J’s Stats.

Kenny on the Sox bullpen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 2:44 pm
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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.”

Sox could non-tender D.J. Carrasco

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 12:46 pm
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Merkin:

An 11 p.m. CT deadline sits this Saturday for 2010 contracts to be tendered to unsigned players on the 40-man roster. Carrasco contractually falls into the arbitration-eligible category, along with White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, starting pitcher John Danks, reliever Tony Pena and outfielder Carlos Quentin, meaning Carrasco will get a nice bump from his $440,000 salary in 2009.

With the White Sox at their payroll limit and still looking to add another impact player or two, including a possible frontline reliever such as J.J. Putz, Carrasco might be the odd-man out. The White Sox approach the 2010 campaign with one of the top starting rotations in all of baseball, the ‘Fab Five,’ as Carrasco mentioned, and might choose to go with a cheaper route such as rookie Daniel Hudson in what shapes up as the lesser-used category of middle relief.

… According to Carrasco, one contract offer has been exchanged between the White Sox and his agent, but nothing more. He’ll simply wait and see how the final decision plays out on Saturday, ultimately thankful the Sox gave his career a second chance to which he thoroughly responded as a non-roster invitee in Spring Training 2008.

September 30, 2009

Dotel Done?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 30, 2009 8:13 pm
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Gregor:

The bullpen is also beat up. Bobby Jenks (pulled calf muscle) is out for the season, and D.J. Carrasco (hamstring) and Octavio Dotel (neck) might also be finished for the year.

September 28, 2009

Gavin is done with 2009

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 28, 2009 7:17 pm
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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. …

September 20, 2009

Monday’s starter: Daniel Hudson or Carlos Torres

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 20, 2009 1:07 am
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Merkin:

When D.J. Carrasco reports to Spring Training with the White Sox sometime in mid-February, 2010, the right-hander is hoping for a chance to compete for the final spot in the team’s starting rotation.

Carrasco thought there might be an early opportunity to make his case for that job on Monday, as Ozzie Guillen announced before Saturday’s 13-3 victory over the Royals that Carrasco would be replacing Gavin Floyd and his sore left hip for this spot start. But there was Carrasco, pitching two scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, helping protect Jake Peavy’s first American League win in his first American League start.

Despite Carrasco throwing only 20 pitches, Guillen said after the game that he will not start against the Twins. That job now will now fall to one of two rookies: Daniel Hudson or Carlos Torres.

“I told the coaches, ‘I don’t care about Monday if we don’t win today,’” said Guillen as to why he turned to Carrasco to pitch the seventh and eighth innings with a four-run lead. …

August 28, 2009

Jose ‘removed from the starting rotation’ Contreras to start tomorrow?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2009 5:35 pm
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Gonzales:

Three days after saying he didn’t want to get a heart attack, manager Ozzie Guillen said the White Sox are considering Jose Contreas as well as D.J. Carrasco to start Saturday against the New York Yankees. Guillen said the Sox didn’t want to use a pitcher from Triple-A Charlotte. …

August 18, 2009

Linebrink loses setup duties (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2009 9:46 pm
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Gonzales:

Linebrink getting “break” from 8th inning role: Dotel, Pena and Carrasco to share those dutues.

no thornton?

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?”

August 9, 2009

No D.J. start in the near future

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 9, 2009 4:11 pm
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Levine:

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.

August 4, 2009

Don Cooper on Saturday’s starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 4, 2009 8:17 pm
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Joe Cowley:

“We have D.J. [Carrasco] a possibility again, but we could go with the kid Torres again or go with Wes Whistler. Those are the names. … Freddy won’t be ready for that. Freddy probably needs at least three more [starts] for us to start saying, ‘OK, let’s see where he is right now.’ He’s still getting his feet and legs underneath him. Freddy is up to five innings, 60 pitches, and his velocity was 87-88 mph average. We know that Freddy is hard balls and smarts, and we know his curveball, slider, changeup will be there, because they’re always there, he can throw them on Christmas morning. It’s a little more game stuff for him, making sure legs are under him and arm is strong. He’s further along than where Jake is, but Jake didn’t have an arm injury, Freddy did. Getting to Jake, he’s going to have a side day [Wednesday] in San Diego and take two days off. Then he’ll do something with us on Saturday.”

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