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January 18, 2012

The Hardball Times projects the 2012 AL Central

The Hardball Times:

American League Central
Team Wins Losses
DET 91 71
MIN 85 77
CHA 76 86
CLE 76 86
KCA 63 99

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November 30, 2009

Boras tried to convince Kenny on signing Joe Crede

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 30, 2009 7:42 pm
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Kenny Williams, White Sox GM. The White Sox weren’t expected to do much, but they’ve already traded Chris Getz and Josh Fields for Mark Teahen, and signed Andruw Jones and Vizquel, two big-time former stars. Williams surprised folks by forging a deal with Boras for Jones, whom he has coveted for years (they tried many years ago to pry him away from the Braves). Boras, who’s had a sticky relationship with Williams, also tried to sell him on signing Crede rather than trading two young players for the talented unproven Teahen. But apparently détente has its limitations.

November 7, 2009

Teahen and $1 million?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 7, 2009 5:03 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

[Sox GM Kenny] Williams said the trade for Teahen from the Royals for second baseman Chris Getz and infielder Josh Fields, which was reported Thursday, needed approval from the commissioner’s office before an announcement could be made. The Sox also received a reported $1 million from the Royals.

Gonzales, also, says with Dye’s buyout the Sox are expected to look for another outfielder while keeping an eye an their own outfield prospect, Jordan Danks, in the Arizona Fall League.

November 6, 2009

Kenny on the Teahen deal; Podsednik talks disintegrate

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 6, 2009 4:38 pm
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“We’ve kept our eye on [Teahen] the last few years, asked about him last year and nothing materialized,’’ Williams said of the trade. “He’s a tough-nosed ballplayer. He was hurt last year and dragged his ass out there. He’s a winner.’’ It didn’t hurt that current minor league director Buddy Bell had Teahen under him when Bell was the Royals manager. “It’s about projection sometimes guys,’’ Williams said in response to those that might criticize the move. “The defensive fit, Buddy Bell’s experience with Mark in the clubhouse and having him on the field made him a pretty attractive player for us.’’ …

BTW, talks on bringing Scott Podsednik back appear to have broken down:

The other news to come out of Friday was that talks with Podsednik on staying atop the lineup for 2010 have broken down, meaning that Jordan Danks could be tabbed as the third outfielder/leadoff hitter. Williams said there was very little money for a free agent, making Chone Figgins a pipedream once again. “Money is tight,” Williams said. “Money is tight all over the world, certainly on the South Side. We’ll spend whatever we have available, but there’s not much.” “As far as Podsednik is concerned, we already had talks and a little bit of dialogue back and forth with him. It’s not likely based on what he wants so we’ll have to look elsewhere.”

Teahen trade official; Beckham moves to second base

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 6, 2009 4:32 pm
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“I didn’t know what city I was going to play in,” said Teahen, during a Friday morning conference call to announce Teahen’s trade to the White Sox, in exchange for starting second baseman Chris Getz and first baseman/third baseman Josh Fields. Rumors of the trade involving these three players began early Thursday morning, but none of the individuals involved really had anything confirmed. That confirmation came before the weekend began, with Teahen and cash considerations coming over from the Royals. And as for that position roulette experienced recently by Teahen? Well, general manager Ken Williams answered that question through his opening comments in Friday’s call. “He’s going to be the starting third base, and Gordon Beckham will be moved to second,” said Williams of Teahen and the infield configuration. “I had a very good conversation with Gordon, prior to pulling the trigger on this deal, and he’s all for it and ready to go.”

The reason for the delay was the cash that Kansas City send to the Sox:

The Teahen trade was delayed because the money exchanged by the two clubs had to be approved by the commissioner’s office, a common occurrence when $1 million or more is involved.

November 5, 2009

Did Joe Cowley punk us?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 6:39 pm
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According to reports on Thursday, the Royals’ Mark Teahen has been traded to the White Sox in exchange for second baseman Chris Getz and third baseman Josh Fields.

But hold on.

Neither club would confirm the reports, which surfaced first in the New York Daily News and later appeared on the Chicago Sun-Times Web site. …

Cowley says the holdup is over possible minor-league players involved:

A source close to the situation then confirmed to the Sun-Times that the deal was all but done, but there were still talks about the possibility of minor-league prospects being involved. There was the hold up.

THT on the Teahen trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 6:17 pm
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Evan Brunell says ‘Both sides come out ahead in Teahen swap‘:

The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals hooked up for an intradivision trade the day after the World Series ended, agreeing to send 3B/RF Mark Teahen to the south side of Chicago in exchange for 2B Chris Getz and 3B Josh Fields. This trade is certainly no blockbuster, but the trade appears to be very telling on how each general manager is approaching the offseason and construction of its roster. Chicago is receiving a player that has a shot to knock 20 home runs in The Cell with a batting average around .270. He’s under control for two more arbitration years, and many seem to feel he’s a lock to be the White Sox’s new right-fielder with the departure of Jermaine Dye. I’m not so sure. …

BTB looks at the Teahen deal

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 5:21 pm
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A Bill Madden report has Teahen pegged to replace Jermaine Dye in right field next year. Throughout his career he’s logged nearly 2,500 innings in the outfield – mostly the corners – and has a -1 UZR to show for it. That’s not horrible, especially not when contrasted to Jermaine Dye’s dead-horse act the past few seasons. His bat is what it is. Over the last three years his wRAA have ranged from -8.5 to 1.4, with a -3.9 year thrown in for good measure. Given the move to a more hitter friendly park, Teahen’s raw offensive numbers should improve. He is 28-years-old and Cot’s accredits him with service time of 3.155 (years.days). Add a year and Teahen will become a free agent for the first time following the 2011 season. …

The Transaction Oracle looks at the Teahen and Kotsay deals

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 4:56 pm
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2010 ZiPS Projections
Player        AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR RBI  BB  SO  SB    BA   OBP   SLG  OPS+
Fields       411  48  100  20  2  12  49  41 120   7  .243  .314  .389   85
Getz         413  52  117  21  3   3  34  32  51  18  .283  .338  .370   88
Kotsay       290  30   79  16  1   4  35  22  33   3  .272  .321  .376   85
Teahen       526  72  136  26  4  18  57  48 136   8  .259  .324  .426   96

Sox trade for Mark Teahen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 12:17 pm
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The White Sox have traded Josh Fields and Chris Getz to Kansas City in exchange for infielder-outfielder Mark Teahen, the White Sox have confirmed. Teahen hit .271 while connecting on 12 home runs and driving in 50 runs last season. The 28-year-old lefty has spent his entire five-year career with the Royals. The move likely means Jermaine Dye, who is a free agent, will be replaced in right field by Teahen. …

Stats: Teahen, Getz, Fields.

More from Cowley:

But if the versatile Teahen is now a South Sider, the deal could have been made to move Gordon Beckham to second base. Two weeks ago, manager Ozzie Guillen said that he saw Beckham as a future second baseman when asked if Beckham could ever return to his natural position of shortstop. The 28-year-old Teahen hit .271 with 12 homers and 50 RBI last season, and can play third base, as well as the outfield. The other option is that the Sox will play Teahen in the outfield, moving Beckham to second and clearing the way for the push to sign free agent-to-be Chone Figgins.

And Gonzales:

There also is the possibility that Teahen could take over at third base, with rookie sensation Gordon Beckham moving to second base. Teahen could maintain the third base position until Brent Morel is ready for the majors in 2012 or sooner.

September 16, 2009

Sox will try to trade Josh Fields in the off-season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2009 10:52 pm
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The White Sox will actively look to trade Josh Fields this offseason. That comes as no secret since both sides have agreed that the former first-round pick would probably be better off somewhere else when the 2009 regular-season closes. … Fields said he and general manager Ken Williams did have a talk right before he was sent down in midseason, and “everything has been discussed and everything has been laid out on the table from both sides. He knows where I’m coming from and he gave me the position of the White Sox. As far as I can see, everything stands the exact same.” The Sox just won’t just give Fields away, but expect them to try and kick down every door to get him relocated.

August 31, 2009

Tyler Flowers, come on up!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 31, 2009 12:09 pm
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Guillen said he and general manager Ken Williams discussed call-up candidates Friday. ”He named a couple of players,” Guillen said. ”He named [catcher Tyler] Flowers. He named Getz, and I think [Josh] Fields should be here. He named Fields, Getz [and] pitcher Carlos Torres. I don’t know after that. We mentioned that we need a lefty for the bullpen.”


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.

July 30, 2009

In which the Josh Fields for Felix Pie rumor appears again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2009 12:51 pm
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Sox  Net:

Bruce Levine is reporting that Ken Williams is seeking a top-flight defensive outfielder for the pennant race and that one of those options is former Cubs phenom Felix Pie. Evidently the Sox have been scouting Pie for over six weeks and the Tribune’s Mark Gonzalez is further substantiating the rumor, indicating on Wednesday, that the White Sox, will try to trade recently demoted infielder Josh Fields for Pie. …

Kenny is seeking a top-flight defensive outfielder? LOL! Let’s trade for Brian Anderson!

July 29, 2009

Sox interested in George Sherill

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2009 7:33 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

The White Sox have some degree of interest in Orioles lefty George Sherrill, major league sources indicated Wednesday, but it’s unclear if the sides have had any serious talks. Baltimore prefers to get a third baseman in return for Sherrill, and Chicago may have enough infield depth that general manager Kenny Williams could include Josh Fields in the deal. Fields, once a highly-regarded prospect, came up through the minors as a third baseman but was replaced there by Gordon Beckham last month. Fields, batting .220, has since become a part-time player.

Sherill is a Free Agent at the end of this season.

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