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January 25, 2012

Good guys wear red

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 25, 2012 10:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Fans of the late Chuck Tanner’s 1972 White Sox squad, featuring Dick Allen, Bill Melton and Wilbur Wood, to name a few, will get a 40-year memory jog this year on Sundays at U.S. Cellular Field when the 2012 team wears uniforms similar to those that group wore.

The uniforms will feature the red pinstriped jersey with the iconic “Sox” script over the chest, red numbers (front and back) and a White Sox patch on the sleeve, along with the popular red cap with its unique variation of the Sox script. The White Sox will wear the throwback uniforms on 13 Sundays this season, starting with April 15 vs. Detroit.

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August 24, 2011

Did the Sox place a waiver claim on Jim Thome? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2011 12:05 am
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Schouwen @ CST:

A source said the Sox were one of several teams putting a claim in for Thome, whose mere presence in the clubhouse would be a plus. It wouldn’t hurt Dunn and those Sox who didn’t play with Thome in 2006-09 to watch the future Hall of Famer approach his every-day job and the designated hitter role.

What do you say Ozzie?

“I’d love to add Jim Thome back, to be honest with you,” said Guillen, who was looking for a more versatile designated hitter that also could play the field when Thome left for Minnesota in 2010. “A lot of people think I don’t want Jimmy. It was just at that time we didn’t have any place for him.”

Yeah, we had room for Mark Kotsay but not Jim Thome.

“But I have said day in and day out that Jimmy is one of my favorite guys in baseball. That’s up to [general manger] Kenny [Williams]. I don’t know if we’re going to have five DHs. I don’t expect him to be here, but if they want to bring him here, if you ask anybody wearing this uniform if they want Jim Thome back, everybody here would say yes. But that’s not our department.”

UPDATE: I forgot this last night the Sox may be blocking Cleveland from getting Thome. And we see today that they may have claimed another lefty: OF/DH Jason Kubel.

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August 10, 2011

The 5-man rotation returns

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2011 11:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

But pitching coach Don Cooper believes a decision will be made by Saturday, with the likelihood of a five-man rotation returning.

“More than likely, and this is not official, we move one of the guys to the bullpen,” Cooper said. “We have off-days coming up, and that’s too many days off for a lot of guys.

“We are looking at it and we are going to reassess and see what we have to do. Right now, it is what it is through Sunday.”

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July 29, 2010

White Sox out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 3:42 pm
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Buster Olney (ESPN):

Heard this: The White Sox are saying internally that they are currently out of the mix on Dunn.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman (SI) says the Sox are still interested:

dunn derby could be like a damon repeat: white sox vs. tigers. plenty of interest in slugger.

and that 3-way scenarios are alive:

chisox among teams trying for adam dunn. 3-way scenarios with edwin jackson going to nats are in play.

February 21, 2010

Let the hat-tipping begin

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 21, 2010 2:48 pm
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Gonzales:

White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy tipped his cap to the rival Detroit Tigers for their acquisition of left-handed hitting free agent Johnny Damon.

”I wanted him on my team,” Peavy said Sunday morning. “Johnny Damon is a winner.” …

February 20, 2010

Tigers Reach Agreement With Johnny Damon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 20, 2010 5:48 pm
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MLBTR:

The Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year deal with Johnny Damon, a source tells Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. The deal is worth $8MM, and apparently has no second-year option. Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that the deal is pending a physical. …

Well, so long for that… Will Jermaine Dye now agree to play DH? I got the projections ready!

A.J. Pierzynski doesn’t think Johnny Damon will come to Chicago

Gonzales:

“No, I haven’t talked to him,” Pierzynski said Saturday at Camelback Ranch. “No, I’m not playing golf with him. I don’t know where he’s signing, but it’s not going to be here.”

but merkin tweets that “Of course, A.J. made that comment with a smile, and I’m guessing he probably doesn’t know the latter point to be true for certain.”

February 19, 2010

Sox offer to Johnny Damon not really withdrawn?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 19, 2010 7:51 pm
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Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi:

White Sox general manager Ken Williams told reporters Friday that he had withdrawn the team’s offer, but later allowed that Damon still has time to accept it.

Kenny speaks! (on withdrawing the offer to Johnny Damon)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 19, 2010 7:46 pm
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Here’s Kenny:

“We’re touching the opening of spring training, and you know how I am about spring-training distractions. That’s never a good thing. Never a good productive thing for everyone to be watching the door. From the first day on, I want everyone pulling from the same rope. … We asked for their bottom line, and obviously we underestimated on what the market is for him because we thought we were competitive with what the rumors were out there. With what we got back [Friday afternoon], unless Johnny sees this as a great opportunity for him, enjoys a chance to win in a great city, it’s an unrealistic number [that] we got back from them. … If circumstances change in the next 24 hours, I certainly will be willing to revisit it. Jermaine Dye cashed in big time for something like this, taking less money to win a championship, and maybe Johnny wants to do the same. … It’s the nature of the beast, but this has gone on long enough. We have a have a pretty good club as is. Would Johnny Damon add to it? He’s proven that. He was icing on the cake as far as we’re concerned. … If there is a silver lining here, from beginning to end, Scott and I had some pretty good dialogue. At the end of the day, it wasn’t a meeting of the minds, but it may lay the groundwork for future deals.’’

And:

Kenny: “the delicate part is what is a player’s value to team x vs. team y and in city x vs. city y. Some of it is real, some is manufactured.

Sox withdraw their initial offer to Johnny Damon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 19, 2010 5:25 pm
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Is Kenny trying to take revenge by screwing Boras?

The White Sox made the Johnny Damon sweepstakes a bit more interesting Friday, rescinding their offer to the free-agent outfielder.

“It became clear to us in our recent negotiations that the money that we were offering was not going to be good enough for Johnny at this time,” White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said to ESPNChicago.com. “At this particular point, we feel it’s necessary to withdraw our offer.”

The Web site, citing Major League sources, reported that the offer was for one year and $6 million, but Williams said the withdrawal doesn’t mean the club isn’t still looking to work something out with Damon …

Gonzales @ the Tribune sounds as things are done:

… A big roadblock, however, was gauging Damon’s value to the Sox versus that of Detroit, which has a more urgent need for a left-handed top-of-the-lineup hitter. The Sox also were negotiating against the Tigers’ reported one-year, $7 million offer.

Nevertheless, ”Johnny isn’t about getting the last dollar and remained very interested in playing for the White Sox,” Williams said. “I think there were other factors.”

Despite pulling out of the Damon sweepstakes, Williams likes the construction of his team and will continue to monitor the market for left-handed hitters.

Does the name of these “other factors” start from B and ends in s?

Cowley too:

The game of chicken has all but come to an end. White Sox general manager Ken Williams said on Friday that while the club was still giving free agent Johnny Damon until Sunday morning to take the last offer they had put on the table for the outfielder, any further negotiations have died. …

Kenny says:

“If circumstances change in the next 24 hours I certainly will be willing to revisit it. Jermaine Dye cashed in big time for something like this, taking less money to win a championship, and maybe Johnny wants to do the same. It’s the nature of the beast, but this has gone on long enough. We have a have a pretty good club as is. Would Johnny Damon add to it? He’s proven that. He was icing on the cake as far as we’re concerned.”

Levine:

Asked if the White Sox would get back into the running for Damon at some point, Williams said: “As you can see by the way that we kept going after this situation, we are very much interested in the player. All I can say is that I reiterate at this time that this offer for now is off the table.” Major league sources said that the White Sox would gladly get back into the negotiations for Damon if they saw more reality in signing the outfielder

SoxNet rumor: Sox Closing in On Johnny Damon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 19, 2010 2:45 pm
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Jason Gage:

SoxNet.net is hearing good things from one of its sources this morning in regards to the Johnny Damon situation.  This information is consistent with what Cowley reported two days ago and reiterated yesterday in regards to the front office being confident that Damon will choose the White Sox. Our source indicated that one of the new reasons for optimism appears to be related to the fact that the Tigers offer might not be as large and/or long as originally suspected.

BTW, Detroit’s GM confirmed that Detroit has made an offer to Damon but said nogthing is imminent. His “remarks hinted that an end to the Damon saga is in sight.”

February 18, 2010

Ken Harrelson talks to Johnny Damon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2010 12:41 pm
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Garfein:

What has become public is Damon’s round of golf with Pierzynski on Monday at a charity golf tournament in Florida. Hawk Harrelson was also there. Because of wrist problems, Hawk didn’t play, but rode along for nine holes. Speaking with the Sox broadcaster by phone on Thursday, Harrelson said he made his own sales pitch to Damon.

“I told Johnny that we’re going to win the division whether he’s with Detroit or not. And when I left after nine holes, I looked at him and said, ‘I’ll see you at Camelback Ranch’(the White Sox spring training facility). He smiled back and said, ‘I hear what you’re saying.’” …

… Damon is two months older than Dye, but as Harrelson put it, “It’s a good thing Johnny can play baseball, because he can’t play golf.”

Garfein also says that Atlanta’s 1-year offer to Damon is similar to the one by the Sox and Chipper Jones is the Atlanta’s recruiter.

Kenny Williams to speak about Johnny Damon on Sunday

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2010 11:02 am
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Gregor:

In his first public comment on rumors linking free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon to the White Sox, general manager Kenny Williams on Thursday morning told the Daily Herald: “I will talk about this on Sunday.” …

Gregor thinks the timing means Damon might sign with Detroit. Gregor says Kenny has a history of ignoring media requests before completing a deal, but Sunday is the day pitchers and catchers report and Kenny may know that Damon is close to a deal with Detroit.

Yesterday, Cowley wrote that the Sox haven’t imposed a timetable:

… There is no timetable on when a final decision is coming, but the Sox are expecting Damon to make the announcement soon, especially with pitchers and catchers reporting on Sunday.

Nothing new going on Johnny Damon talks?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2010 12:06 am
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Levine @ ESPN:

Despite several media reports, the status of the Chicago White Sox’s negotiations with free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon has not changed over the last two weeks, a league source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com. …

Cowley:

… There is no timetable on when a final decision is coming, but the Sox are expecting Damon to make the announcement soon, especially with pitchers and catchers reporting on Sunday.

February 17, 2010

Hawk Harrelson on Johnny Damon: he’s a winner

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 17, 2010 8:28 pm
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Merkin:

“Johnny Damon would be a good fit anywhere. He’s that kind of player,” Harrelson said. “I watched him his whole high school and professional career, starting in Kansas City [from 1995-2000], and he’s a winner.

“He is a contributor. He’s great in the clubhouse. We have some pretty good players here already, but Johnny is a guy who can make a difference.” …

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