Kenny Williams got his guy.
Earlier, it was Mark Teahen. Then, it was Omar Vizquel and Andruw Jones. Now, it’s Juan Pierre. This move didn’t come out of left field, though, as the Sox’ interest in Pierre was reported eight days ago at the Winter Meetings.
At the time, though, it looked like the Sox weren’t going to end up getting Pierre. The Dodgers wanted pitching in return and it was uncertain how much of Pierre’s contract Los Angeles could pick up given the team’s messy ownership situation.
But with Hideki Matsui off the market, the White Sox’ left field options took a hit. Maybe the team never was interested in Matsui, maybe they were. The timing of the Pierre trade—one day after Matsui signed—is somewhat curious, though. Maybe Williams wanted to lock up a left fielder before all his favorite options went elsewhere.
Obviously, this trade will have a whole lot of implications for the rest of the offseason and into next season. A look at the good, the bad, and the ugly: …
UPDATE: Here are a couple more posts analyzing the Pierre trade.
Ben Bradler at yesterday’s Charlotte Knights game:
Hudson, 22, showed three pitches that scouts who have seen him this year have said all at least flash as major league average or better. Hudson’s fastball ranged from 90-93 mph, mostly coming in at 91-92. He didn’t have great command, however, as he had to leave after throwing 91 pitches (53 strikes) and too often started behind in the count. Hudson’s changeup elicited more than a handful of swings and misses, showing good sink and fade at 81-83 mph. His 81-86 slider was a solid pitch at times (scouts who have seen him this year have said it’s flashed average tilt), though it flattened out occassionally when he dropped his arm slot. Hudson also flashed a couple of slow but big-breaking 70-71 curveballs as a show-me pitch. …
Bradler also has a report on closer Jon Link:
While pitching a scoreless ninth inning yesterday, Link showed a 93-94 mph fastball, an 85 mph slider and an 82 mph changeup. …
Here’s FutureSox’s Midseason Top 25 Sox Prospects list. I’d put Viciedo lower and, of course, my guy Jack Egbert higher.
Dayan Viciedo is improving:
Viciedo’s numbers still aren’t impressive on the whole, but he’s making every necessary improvement right now. Last month, it was all about the quality of his contact. This time around, it’s his walks and strikeouts. Check it out:
* April: 2 BB, 19 K
* May: 3 BB, 23 K
* June: 9 BB, 11 K
He also topped .400 in slugging for the first time in a month (.426), along with his career high in OBP (.342). He’s still committing plenty of errors, but the Sox paid him to hit, and he’s following the correct curve right now.
BTW, Jhonny Nunez was promoted to Charlotte.