Merkin @ CWS:
on Thursday, the White Sox announced they declined to tender a 2011 contract to Bobby Jenks. Left-handed reliever Erick Threets also was non-tendered.
Contracts were offered to arbitration-eligible players in John Danks and Carlos Quentin, as well as Tony Pena, who appeared to be on the proverbial non-tender bubble.
UPDATE: The Sox can still re-sign Jenks. He’s a free-agent now.
UPDATE #2: Kenny won’t close the door:
As far as Jenks, Williams wouldn’t close the door on him completely, but not at the price Jenks would have received in arbitration.
“Bobby Jenks brought a World Series to Chicago and I will never forget that,” Williams said. “And I haven’t closed the door on that. All it says today is with the dollars it will bring in an arbitration hearing we cannot go there. The message I have to Sox fans and to Bobby Jenks is he gave us everything he had. I’m proud of his growth as a person, a player and as a dad. I wish the best for him if indeed he does end up somewhere else.”
I’d rank them in this order: Hudson, Sale, Flowers, Mitchell, Viciedo.
Prior to today’s game vs. the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago White Sox made the following seven roster moves:
• Optioned OF Alejandro De Aza, RHP Daniel Hudson and INF Brent Lillibridge to Class AAA Charlotte;
• Reassigned RHP Greg Aquino, LHP Charlie Leesman, C Donny Lucy and LHP Erick Threets to minor-league camp.
With the moves, the White Sox 25-man roster includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, seven infielders and four outfielders.
Sergio Santos and Jayson Nix made the opening day 25-man roster.
Mark Gonzales remind us that Jayson Nix and Sergio Santos don’t have any minor-league options left and must pass through waivers to remain with the Sox if they aren’t named to the roster. OTOH, Alejandro De Aza and Brent Lillibridge have minor-league options and can be sent to the minors. Erick Threets and Greg Aquino have signed AAA contracts and will remain with the Sox even if they aren’t included in the team’s the roster. Conclusion: Sergio Santos with his 98mph fastball and his three above average pitches ain’t going anywhere. BTW, Jim warns on the danger of taking a 13th pitcher in Jayson Nix’s place.
He thinks Jayson Nix and Sergio Santos are the frontrunners for the utility man and 6th bullpen spot roster battles.
– How valuable is a good farm system?
– Carlton Fisk disagrees with Marc Mcgwire.
– The Sox outrighted catcher Cole Armstrong to AAA Charlotte.
– Dayan Viciedo is working out at 1st base at Camp Cora.
– Kenny can’t figure out why Linebrink sucked last year. J.J. wonders what the Sox will do with him after this year.
– Paul Konerko a Hall of Fame player?.
– Erick Threets: Don Cooper Spring Training project.
The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with right-handed pitchers Greg Aquino and Daniel Cabrera, left-handed pitcher Erick Threets, infielder Freddie Bynum and outfielder Jason Botts.
The Cabrera signing is new. Stats: Cabrera. Stats for others: Bynum, Botts, Aquino, Threets.
Those 5 were invited to Spring Training. Also, Jordan Danks, Jared Mitchell, Brent Morel, and C.J. Retherford highlight the 10 players within the Sox system that were invited to Spring Training. More organization invitees: Charlie Leesman, Josh Phegley.
UPDATE: The other 4 organization invitees are C Miguel Gonzalez, C Donny Lucy, OF Josh Kroegar, and RHP Ryan Braun. Pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 21, position players on February 26. Here’s FutureSox’ post.