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September 13, 2009

Sox to re-sign Freddy?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 13, 2009 12:51 pm
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MLBTR dissects John Perrotto’s column. Here’s one nugget:

The White Sox plan to re-sign Freddy Garcia to be their fifth starter.

BTW, here’s another MLBTR post: The Sox like Chone Figgins.


September 8, 2009

Ozzie Guillen wants Freddy Garcia back next year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 8, 2009 7:53 pm
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Here’s Guillen:

“I’d rather go with Freddy, that’s my first choice. Freddy has to be healthy and I think he will be. Make sure I monitor him during the off-season, if I can find him. I think Freddy knows his career. I’m not going to say it’s over, right now it’s getting tougher every year when you get older. I think Freddy’s taking care of himself a lot better now, he’s a better pitcher. If you had to pick somebody right now, it would have to be Freddy.”

Remember, Garcia’s contract with Sox has a $1 million option for next year. That option includes $2 million in incentives based on the innings pitched next year.

September 6, 2009

Freddy to stay in the rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 6, 2009 2:15 am
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Freddy Garcia earned his first victory in nearly a year Friday and secured a rotation spot for September. ”At least we don’t have to come up with a different rotation every five days,” Guillen said. ”It’s not easy to sit down and say who’s pitching in four or five days. Freddy is a smart pitcher. He knows when he has to throw big pitches. That’s why he gives himself a chance to win all the time.”

September 2, 2009

SoxNet’s September To-Do list


Relieve Matt Thornton. While Ozzie Guillen and the players aren’t quitting (according to him), his GM certainly did once that reported memo went out telling fellow GMs that a list of veteran Sox players were available. That said, it’s not time to put on a show and more a time to give Thornton a rest. Between pitching in the World Baseball Classic and throwing 59.2 pressure-packed innings (throwing in the high 90’s throughout), Thornton call it a season. He’s too valuable of a 2010 piece – especially with the current state of the pen – to waste further energy and risk injury pitching in meaningless September games. You can say this about anyone I’m sure, but relievers unreliable health from year-to-year makes this too obvious of a choice. …

August 29, 2009

Freddy wants to come back next year (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 12:12 am

Freddy Garcia:

”Hopefully they do want me back. They gave me a shot this year, and maybe I can show them that I am good enough to come back next year. We’ll see. It depends on what they’re looking for, but, hey, I’m here already, so maybe they will bring me back. This is where I want to be. I missed the game a lot. The last two years have been rough for me. I tried to come back last year with Detroit, was feeling good. Pitched three times, and then my shoulder started bothering me and never stopped. I came back this year to spring training [with the Mets], and I was never really given a chance to pitch like I want to. I’ve always been a starter. They put me as a reliever, and that pushed me back. I didn’t have a chance to recover after I pitched, and the stuff wasn’t there. My velocity and stuff. When I got released, that was a good thing that happened. I went home and was able to rest my shoulder. I ran, did my stuff, but let my shoulder rest. … After that [MRI that showed his shoulder was clean], I was able to say, ‘OK, I know now I can really come back, and [the Sox] know that nothing is wrong with my shoulder,”’ he said. ”That helped mentally. Now, I just want to move forward again.”

UPDATE: Garcia’s contract with Sox has a $1 million option for next year, that includes $2 million in incentives based on innings pitched next year (source).

August 23, 2009

A pitch F/X look on Freddy Garcia’s game on Tuesday

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 23, 2009 2:53 pm


On Tuesday, Freddy Garcia made his 2009 debut for the Chicago White Sox. He wasn’t all that impressive, going 4.1 innings, allowing 5 earned on 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Let’s take a more detailed look in pitch f/x: …

BTW, here’s BrookBaseball’s Pitch F/X tool entry on Freddy’s outing.

August 18, 2009

Reminder: The Chief returns tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2009 4:32 pm


August 17, 2009

Potential September callups

Matthew Pouliot:

The big decision for the White Sox will be whether to call up Tyler Flowers, who has hit .292/.354/.444 in 72 at-bats since a promotion to Triple-A. Before that, he was at .305/.449/.556 in 243 at-bats in Double-A. He would have been more useful before the Alex Rios pickup provided another right-handed hitter. As is, the White Sox can already sit Jim Thome when they want to and they’re probably not going to trust Flowers to step in behind the plate just yet. It seems the only way he’d have any fantasy value is if Thome required a DL stint. . Freddy Garcia won’t have to wait until September for his callup, but when he’s installed as the fifth starter on Tuesday, he’ll be a weak option in AL-only leagues. . Josh Fields will be brought back for what may be his last stint in a White Sox uniform. Also, Jhonny Nunez, Carlos Torres and Wes Whisler could join the pen. Whisler is the only lefty among the 26 pitchers in Double- and Triple-A for the White Sox.

August 15, 2009

‘Big Game’ Freddy is back

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 15, 2009 1:49 pm
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Freddy Garcia will make his return to the White Sox on Tuesday night against Kansas City. Garcia has recovered from right shoulder problems. He lasted pitched for the Sox in 2006.

Freddy’s message to Ozzie: “bro, ready to roll.”

Jose Contreras will start Wednesday against Zack Greinke.

It’s official.

August 14, 2009

Freddy Garcia will probably be called up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 14, 2009 11:35 pm
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what’s happening with Tuesday’s starter?

Guillen said it was still being discussed, but privately it sounds like the decision has been made and it will be “Big Game” Freddy Garcia. The Sun-Times reported on Thursday that Garcia was already saying farewell to his Charlotte teammates, heading to Chicago for the weekend.

“A lot of people recommend Freddy from the minor leagues,” Guillen said. “Is that the guy we’re going to call up? I don’t know yet. Freddy is throwing the ball real good, the ball is coming out of his hand. I think he’s got enough starts, but I’m excited to know exactly what we’re going to do.”

Freddy Garcia update

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 14, 2009 12:41 am
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Scot Gregor:

Charlotte teammate Freddy Garcia is also close to joining the White Sox’ starting rotation, and the 32-year-old righty could pitch against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday at U.S Cellular Field. … Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters in Seattle Wednesday night Garcia is “real excited,” but isn’t sure when he’ll join the Sox.

August 12, 2009

Freddy Garcia to start on Tuesday?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 12, 2009 10:31 pm
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Freddy Garcia has moved into position to start for the White Sox. The question is whether he will start Tuesday when the Sox need a fifth starter, possibly taking over if Jose Contreras should struggle, or provide insurance in September.

BTW, Bartolo Colon is  rehabilitating his sore right elbow in Arizona.

August 11, 2009

9 Ks, 0 BBs for Freddy Garcia

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 8:44 pm
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Freddy Garcia’s line for Triple-A Charlotte vs. Pawtucket: 6in, 8 hits, 2ER, 0 walks, 9 strikeouts. Garcia whiffed Brian Anderson 3 times.


Garcia, F 6.0 8 2 2 0 9 1 6.35
Cassel, Ju 2.0 4 2 2 0 4 1 4.95

August 9, 2009

Freddy Garcia to join Jake Peavy at Charlotte

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 9, 2009 7:06 pm
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It appears it will be a busy week at Triple-A Charlotte for White Sox pitchers. Freddy Garcia will be moved up from Single-A Kannapolis and will make a start with Charlotte on Tuesday, according to White Sox sources. Jake Peavy‘s first rehab start will be Thursday with the Knights. The consensus among Sox brass is, if Garcia has two good starts at Triple-A, he will be a viable alternative in the fifth-starter role.

The Knight’s marketing department is going nuts. A Cy Young and a World Series winner!

Freddy Garcia is on his way up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 9, 2009 2:25 pm
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Here’s Ozzie:

“Freddy’s on the way up, I’ll be honest with you. I’m not going to hide anything from you guys,” said Guillen of his close friend and basically family member, working his way back through Minor League starts. “He’s throwing real well. “I’m not saying Freddy’s going to be the next guy, he’s not. But the way he’s pitching right now, we like that. I think Freddy needs a couple more starts in the Minor Leagues still.”

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