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December 6, 2010

Kenny Williams talks bullpen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2010 11:12 pm
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Ballantini @ CSN:

Williams forecasted the news that J.J. Putz apparently signed with Arizona to become the Diamondbacks’ closer, saying, “We wanted him back, but [Putz is] headed elsewhere.”

As for the recently non-tendered Bobby Jenks, Williams remained open to a return by his five-year closer, with logical hesitation: “He’s new to the market, and he’s got to flesh some things out before he gets back to us.”

With holes in the pen (just Matt Thornton, Sergio Santos, and possibly Chris Sale and Tony Pena project as holdovers in 2011), Williams knows he needs at least one recognizable addition in the trenches.

“[A trade is] quite possibly the way we might have to go because we’ve taken ourselves to—or beyond—our payroll limits,” he said. “I might have to get a little creative with trades…[but] I don’t think a reliever is going to come at these meetings for us. That will be after.”

Arizona to sign J.J. Putz to a 2-year deal

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2010 7:23 pm
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MLBTR:

The Diamondbacks agreed to sign J.J. Putz to a two-year, $10MM deal with an option for 2013. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links), MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert and Jon Heyman of SI.com all reported on the deal, which is pending a physical. Putz earns $4MM in 2011, $4.5MM in 2012 and either $6.5MM or a $1.5MM buyout in 2013, according to Rosenthal. LSW Baseball represents Putz, who posted a 2.83 ERA with 10.8 K/9 in 54 innings last year.

Since Putz declined arbitration the Sox will get a supplemental first round draft pick. I’d have liked to keep J.J. though…

November 30, 2010

J.J. Putz and Paul Konerko decline arbitration and become free-agents

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 30, 2010 8:37 pm
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Garfein @ CSN:

J.J. Putz declined arbitration from the White Sox, making him a free agent.

The White Sox have expressed a desire to re-sign Putz, but they’ll have to wait in line.

“Eight or nine teams have shown preliminary interest,” Putz told Comcast SportsNet. “Some for closer roles, others to be a set-up man with a chance for closing.” …

A.J. Pierzynski is talking to multiple teams too. One of them is the Dodgers.

UPDATE: Merkin tweets:

Konerko declines salary arbitration, as expected

November 29, 2010

Paul Konerko, J.J. Putz expected to turn down arbitration

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 29, 2010 10:37 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Tuesday marks the deadline for first baseman Paul Konerko and right-handed reliever J.J. Putz to accept or decline the salary arbitration offered by the White Sox on Nov. 23. If either player accepts, he will be under team control for 2011 at an increase from last year’s respective salaries. Konerko earned $12 million in 2010 in the finale of a five-year, $60-million deal, and Putz earned $3 million.

Both are expected to turn down arbitration in pursuit of multiyear deals. Their decline would mean that the White Sox would receive two Draft picks for Konerko and one for Putz. It wouldn’t mean that the White Sox are done with an organization staple for the past 12 years, in Konerko, and a key cog to a talented bullpen, in Putz.

You can sign players that turned down arbitration this year.

November 23, 2010

White Sox offer arbitration to Paul Konerko, J.J. Putz; not on A.J. Pierzynski, Manny Ramirez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 23, 2010 3:13 pm
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scott merkin tweets:

White Sox offer arbitration to Konerko, Putz; Decline arbitration on Pierzynski and Manny Ramirez.

UPDATE: Konerko, Pierzynski and Ramirez are Type-A free-agents. Putz is a Type-B. Merkin explains what happens now:

Konerko, 34, has been classified as a Type A free agent, meaning the White Sox will receive two extra Draft picks in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft if Konerko declines arbitration and signs with another team. Konerko and Putz have one week to decide if they will accept the arbitration offer, with Nov. 30 standing as the deadline.

A first-round pick would go to the White Sox from the Konerko-signing team, as long as that team’s pick is not protected in the Top 15. The White Sox also would receive a sandwich pick in between the first and second rounds.

It’s unlikely for Konerko to accept this arbitration offer, meaning he would be under the White Sox control for just the next season at an increase from his $12 million salary in 2010. Konerko figures to command a multiyear offer, based on his overall body of work, his leadership skills and his .312 average, 39 home runs and 111 RBIs put up last year, with the White Sox certainly remaining in the picture.

Putz, 33, meanwhile, has Type B classification, meaning the White Sox would receive a supplemental selection between the first and second round if he declines arbitration and signs elsewhere. If Putz accepts arbitration by next Tuesday, the White Sox would have an important bullpen cog back in the fold for 2011 at a cost slightly above the $3 million Putz earned in 2010.

UPDATE #2: Padilla @ ESPN:

Williams suggested that not offering arbitration to Pierzynski was a sign of respect:

“We felt that if we did offer arbitration to A.J. and there were [compensation draft] picks involved that it would potentially hurt a guy that is loyal to us and has been a stud behind the plate and brings it every day,” Williams said. “We just didn’t want to do that. The market will define what his worth is and there will be a time in the offseason when we will get together with his guy and discern the options for bringing him back and whether it’s affordable.”

UPDATE #3: Here’s MLBTR’s Free-Agent compensation primer. and MLBTR’s Free-Agent compensation offer tracker.

November 21, 2010

Arizona interested in J.J. Putz

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2010 6:03 pm
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Gonzo:

Multiple National League sources said the Diamondbacks have interest in Sox free agent reliever J.J. Putz. The Diamondbacks could have an advantage because Putz, who had a 2.83 ERA in 60 games and limited opponents to a .204 batting average last season, resides in the northwest suburb of Peoria. …

Putz is a Type-B free-agent, so if the Sox offer him arbitration and he declines and then signs with Arizona, the Sox get a supplemental first round draft pick. Though, I’d like the Sox to re-sign Putz.

November 9, 2010

Most Important Sox, 2011 and beyond edition (#11-20)

Ballantini @ CSN:

As the coals in the hot stove are just beginning to get stoked up, it’s time to rank the current Chicago White Sox, in order of importance for 2011 and beyond. It’s not intended to be a strict list of merely the best players, or best values, on the White Sox. Rather, it takes into account team depth, the free agent market, or answering the question of which player would hurt the most not being on the team? …

12.    Juan Pierre, LF

Another player who is easy to take for granted is Pierre, but the left-fielder was a miraculous find for the White Sox in 2010. Pierre almost completely offset his arm in the field by getting to every ball hit his way, compiling a UZR of 13.4, ninth-best in baseball, sixth among outfielders and third among left fielders. Pierre was also one of the best pressure hitters in baseball, with a 1.15 Clutch rating that was tied for eighth among all players. Pierre brought $9 million in value to the White Sox, who paid him just $3 million for the season. Williams and Guillen so gush over what Pierre brings to the field that it would not surprise if the soft-spoken speedster ascends to the role of team captain if both Konerko and Pierzynski fail to return.

October 29, 2010

Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski are officially Type-A free-agents

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 29, 2010 3:19 am
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MLBTR:

Type A

Paul Konerko — 78.095
A.J. Pierzynski — 80.804
Manny Ramirez — 76.154

Type B

J.J. Putz — 62.213

October 4, 2010

Chuck Garfein’s 2011 off-season predictions

Garfien @ CSN:

Let’s start with the four World Series heroes, and their chances of coming back:

Paul Konerko: 50 percent

A.J. Pierzynski:  40 percent

Bobby Jenks: 1 percent

Freddy Garcia:  25 percent

I’d go with those numbers too. More predictions at the link.

August 10, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski still on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2010 9:40 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 89.862
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.871
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 76.959
Jorge Posada New York A A 76.037
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.037
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 72.350
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 71.889
Bengie Molina Texas B 71.429

August 2 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 89.286
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.673
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.061
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.041
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.020
Bengie Molina Texas B 71.429
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 69.388

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is again on track to be a Type-A (he had slipped to Type-B) but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

August 4, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski still on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 4, 2010 8:38 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 89.286
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.673
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.061
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.041
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.020
Bengie Molina Texas B 71.429
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 69.388

July 26 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 87.619
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.857
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.143
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.143
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.667
Bengie Molina Texas A 73.333
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.000

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is on track to be a Type-B but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

July 26, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 12:55 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 88.095
Victor Martinez Boston A 83.333
Jorge Posada New York A A 79.524
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.571
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.190
Bengie Molina Texas A 74.762
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.476

July 15 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 87.619
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.857
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.143
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.143
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.667
Bengie Molina Texas A 73.333
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.000

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez slipped to a Type-B but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

July 14, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski on track to be a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 14, 2010 7:12 pm
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AL catchers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 88.177
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.759
Jorge Posada New York A A 78.325
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 78.325
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.340
Bengie Molina Texas A 72.414
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 69.458

July 4 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 87.619
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.857
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.143
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.143
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.667
Bengie Molina Texas A 73.333
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.000

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are on track to be Type-Bs. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is a Type-A but isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

July 4, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski: currently a Type-A free-agent after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 4, 2010 7:00 pm
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AL catchers:

American League Catchers
Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 87.619
Victor Martinez Boston A 82.857
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.143
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.143
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 76.667
Bengie Molina Texas A 73.333
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 70.000

Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz are Type-B. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is a Type-A but isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

June 10, 2010

Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz have been scouted extensively

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 10, 2010 3:04 am
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Levine:

White Sox general manger Kenny Williams is ready to discuss trades…. Many teams have asked White Sox officials if bullpen pieces like closer Bobby Jenks and setup man J.J. Putz are available. Both pitchers have been scouted extensively by the Phillies over the last 30 days.

Cowley:

The one player that has drawn serious interest is closer Bobby Jenks. Not only because of his improvement on the field — eight of his last nine appearances have been scoreless — but there is some economic control. Jenks is arbitration-eligible in 2011 before becoming a free agent in 2012.

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