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August 5, 2011

Stephen Colbert wants Adam Dunn and Craig Counsell to be tested for performance diminishing drugs

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB,Uncategorized — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 1:00 pm
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At least Counsell turns 41 in 2 weeks.

July 16, 2011

Scouts from St. Louis, Milwaukee, Boston and other teams at today’s Sox game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 16, 2011 11:45 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Mixing a 96 mph fastball with a sharp-breaking slider against a free-swinging lineup, Jackson needed only 101 pitches to throw his first complete game since his no-hitter at Tampa Bay on June 25, 2010, when he threw 149 pitches while pitching for the Diamondacks.

Pitching before several scouts that included representatives from the Cardinals, Brewers and Red Sox, Jackson earned 18 outs on grounders and needed only two strikeouts.

Other White Sox links: J.J. recaps today’s game, James recaps yesterday’s game, and Alex Rios is trying to find out where to put his hands.

October 23, 2010

Joey Cora is one of the four finalists for the Milwaukee coaching job

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 23, 2010 9:33 pm
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Gonzales:

White Sox bench coach Joey Cora is a finalist for the managerial position with the Brewers, according to a source. Cora is one of four finalists for the position vacated after the firing of Ken Macha. …

Joey Cora and Bob Melvin are the two known finalists.

October 8, 2010

Joey Cora to interview for Milwaukee’s coaching job

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 8, 2010 2:43 pm
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Bob Nightengale @ USAT:

The Brewers are expected to interview White Sox bench coach Joey Cora for their managerial opening while Bob Melvin remains the favorite

Tom Haudricourt says “Cora is one of the hot “new” names on the circuit this winter” and has more on all the candidates for the Brewers’ job.

August 26, 2010

Kenny Williams denies claiming Trevor Hoffman on waivers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2010 8:58 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

Reports surfaced Thursday that the White Sox had the winning claim on the right-hander [reliever Trevor Hoffman ], but were unable to come to an agreement a deal and the Brewers pulled him off waivers, deciding to keep him.

“It didn’t [happen] by the way,” Williams said. “Don’t take that any further than you need to.”

Williams had just spent nearly a minute explaining why he wouldn’t comment on a Hoffman claim, before then saying there was none.

July 24, 2010

Seattle wants Brent Morel for Russell Branyan; White Sox scouting Brad Hawpe

Gonzales:

Bill Scherrer, one of the Sox’s top evaluators, was in Florida last week for the Marlins’ series with Colorado, which has left-handed hitter Brad Hawpe.

The Sox had a limited chance Monday to watch Seattle’s Russell Branyan, who has been sidelined with back stiffness. But the Mariners made an indirect inquiry about Sox third base prospect Brent Morel.

The two top targets appear to be Washington’s Adam Dunn and Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder. A Nationals scout watched the Sox’s Triple-A Charlotte affiliate last week, and a Brewers scout observed the Sox in Seattle and in Oakland on Friday. …

Kenny Williams confident he’ll get Prince Fielder or Adam Dunn?

MLBTR goes over Ken Rosenthal’s latest video:

White Sox GM Ken Williams is said to be confident about landing either Prince Fielder or Adam Dunn.  Williams continues to talk to the Brewers about Fielder but there doesn’t seem to be a match as they seek pitching in return.  Meanwhile, the Nats have told everyone that they’ll need to be overwhelmed by an offer to move Dunn.  If the White Sox strike out on the two big-time left-handed sluggers, they’re unlikely to reach for a player such as Russell Branyan or Brad Hawpe.  Instead, they’ll look to go small and try to improve their bullpen and bench.

I don’t get Kenny’s confidence here. The price for Fielder and Dunn is high and the Sox can’t afford to weaken their starting rotation by trading players like Dan Hudson, John Danks, and Gavin Floyd. Today’s game is a good example why.

July 22, 2010

Milwaukee wants a big arm and a big bat for Prince Fielder [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 22, 2010 11:36 am
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Heyman @ SI:

The Angels and White Sox are said to have interest, but the price is expected to be steep. “A big arm and big bat,” said a source in reference to what it would take to get Fielder.

Buster Olney says the bat is Gordon Beckham and Ken Rosenthal says the arm is someone better than Dan Hudson. Kenny Williams should be hanging up now.

UPDATE: Cowley:

The other problem in acquiring Fielder is, again, the asking price. If Williams thought it was high for Dunn, he hasn’t seen anything yet. Start with John Danks or Gavin Floyd and add in Beckham.

So, the big arm is John Danks or Gavin Floyd. Run away Kenny!

July 21, 2010

Milwaukee wants Gordon Beckham for Prince Fielder

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 21, 2010 7:14 pm
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Buster Olney:

The White Sox are interested in Prince Fielder; it appears they probably can’t make a deal unless they offer Gordon Beckham in the package.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal earlier:

Reversal from yesterday: White Sox trying to accelerate talks for Prince. Problem: Brewers want SP, and view Hudson as only a 3 or 4.

July 20, 2010

Hudson + Viciedo + ? = Fielder + Starting Pitcher?

Haudricourt @ MIL/WI JS:

Most lists of Chicago’s top prospects have Hudson at No. 1 and Viciedo in the top five. Any deal for Fielder probably would have to start with those two. I also have to believe that Melvin would prefer trading Fielder out of the NL, though he could sign with any club he chooses after 2011.

This is not to say a deal is in the works. But Williams has been known to make big deals in the past, which is how he got Peavy. The White Sox have been doing quite nicely as they stand now, roaring to the top of the AL Central. But, if they go for the jugular, they might make a move on Fielder.

I was told the White Sox probably would ask for a starting pitcher in return to plug into their rotation, so the Brewers might have to include a pitcher such as Chris Narveson or Manny Parra in any deal. Otherwise, Chicago would be short of starters and the deal might not make sense. …

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal tweets Kenny is not on Fielder :

White Sox not on Fielder – don’t like $$$, no match given Brewers’ need for starting pitching. Also not on Berkman. Focus still Dunn.

Losing Daniel Hudson because Kenny listened to Ozzie who didn’t want Thome would suck. 6 years of Daniel Hudson down the drain. With the money the Sox signed Mark Kotsay, they could’ve signed Big Jim…

July 16, 2010

Milwaukee wants Gordon Beckham and Dan Hudson for Prince Fielder?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 16, 2010 1:04 pm
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MLBTR on Buster Olney’s column:

Executives are divided on whether the Brewers will trade Prince Fielder this July. … The White Sox, Rays and Angels could be fits, but rival officials doubt the White Sox would have enough to offer the Brewers unless they offer Daniel Hudson and Gordon Beckham.

Kenny Williams won’t like that.

July 6, 2010

Kenny Williams cools his interest in Adam Dunn

Seems Rizzo wants too much for Kenny:

According to a source Monday, general manager Ken Williams has cooled on the pursuit of the Washington Nationals slugger for the time being, partially because of the initial asking price.

Williams seems willing to sit back and watch what the rest of the market does for Dunn, as well as explore other options.

The Sun-Times first reported of the Sox’ interest in the left-handed slugger last week, as multiple sources told the paper that if Williams was to act, he would have to act quickly. Obviously, he didn’t act quick enough. The interest in Dunn went from two teams to ”a handful” almost overnight, and the Nationals are ”asking for the moon” from each team. …

July 5, 2010

Kenny Williams after Prince Fielder? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2010 5:15 pm
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Scot Gregor:

Last week, the big rumor was Adam Dunn to the White Sox. This week, it’s Prince Fielder. The nonwaiver trade deadline is just over three weeks away, and you never know what GM Kenny Williams is going to do.

“If Kenny thinks we need somebody, he will get it,” Ozzie said before Monday night’s game against the Angels. “Believe me, he will get it.” The popular thinking is Kenny will get a left-handed power bat if he decides to make a move.

Seems like only speculation.

UPDATE: Bruce Levine says Fielder would be the biggest gate attraction the White Sox have had since:

Adam Dunn, Lance Berkman and Luke Scott have been confirmed as possible trade prospects the White Sox would be interested in. However, if Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder becomes available before the trading deadline the White Sox would certainly have interest.

Projecting Fielder at U.S. Cellular Field, the lefty slugger, only 26, would be a 50 -homer threat and, more importantly, a home-run producer who people would pay to see.

A case could be made that Fielder would be the biggest gate attraction the White Sox have had since Frank Thomas left the team as a free agent after the 2005 season.

May 21, 2010

Scouts from Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh in yesterday’s White Sox game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 21, 2010 12:52 pm
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Gonzales:

Scouts from Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh were in attendance. Much of the trade speculation has focused on catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who has attracted interest from Texas but can veto any trade on June 14.

But Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun went on the 15-day disabled list because of a right shoulder strain. The Brewers also need pitching help, and the Sox may have a surplus of relievers available.

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