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January 25, 2012

Good guys wear red

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 25, 2012 10:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Fans of the late Chuck Tanner’s 1972 White Sox squad, featuring Dick Allen, Bill Melton and Wilbur Wood, to name a few, will get a 40-year memory jog this year on Sundays at U.S. Cellular Field when the 2012 team wears uniforms similar to those that group wore.

The uniforms will feature the red pinstriped jersey with the iconic “Sox” script over the chest, red numbers (front and back) and a White Sox patch on the sleeve, along with the popular red cap with its unique variation of the Sox script. The White Sox will wear the throwback uniforms on 13 Sundays this season, starting with April 15 vs. Detroit.

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October 25, 2010

Kenny Williams indeed kicked the tires on Cliff Lee in July

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 25, 2010 7:55 pm
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Geoff Baker talked with Seattle Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong:

“I went home Thursday night, thinking we had a deal with the Yankees,” Armstrong said. “Pending an exchange of the physical information of the players involved. The next morning, when we got into the details of the physicals of the players involved, one of the players that was coming to us from the Yankees was disabled, and based upon the best medical information that our team medical director, Edward Khalfayan, had, he recommended that we not proceed. Jack (Zduriencik) and his people then spent some time with the Yankees trying to come up with an alternative player, or players, to replace that player. Or even players to be named later. If we could come up with that. In the meantime, other clubs became involved. The White Sox, Minnesota and Texas to name a few.”

So, Larry Stone heard correctly. Same for Ken Rosenthal. And, if you think Seattle asked for Gordon Beckham you are correct!

UPDATE: Tim Brown (Yahoo) says Cliff Lee might be a Kenny Williams target again in the off-season. Other possible Kenny Williams targets: Prince Fielder, Rafael Soriano, Matt Kemp.

July 29, 2010

White Sox interested in Lance Berkman, Brad Hawpe

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 6:38 pm
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Heyman (SI) said last friday:

chisox like prince fielder but have discussed dunn, laroche and berkman, in that order, as possible 2nd choices

If the Sox are not hot on Prince Fielder, and the Sox are out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes, it makes sense they are interested in Lance Berkman, Brad Hawpe:

Olney (ESPN):

Heard this: The White Sox consider Lance Berkman as one of their Plan B options, now what they don’t expect to get Adam Dunn.

Renck (Denver Post):

The White Sox have been the other team poking around about Hawpe. Not sure how serious. All depends on what happens with Adam Dunn

Stats from B-R: Fielder, Dunn, Berkman, Hawpe

Other possibilities: Scott, Branyan, Laroche

UPDATE: Prince Fielder if off the market (staying in Milwaukee).

July 28, 2010

White Sox “not hot” for Prince Fielder

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2010 6:55 pm
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… Generally speaking teams have “backed off” Fielder, a source said. A second source said the White Sox have made overtures about Fielder, but are “not hot” on Milwaukee’s slugging first baseman.

July 24, 2010

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


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 23, 2010

Kenny Williams’ trade targets (bat section)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 23, 2010 12:45 pm
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Heyman @ SI:

chisox like prince fielder but have discussed dunn, laroche and berkman, in that order, as possible 2nd choices

Hang up if they ask for Danks, Floyd, Hudson or Beckham, Kenny. Not for a 2 month rental. Not for Fielder too since he’ll probably cost 2 of those.

Stats from B-R: Fielder, Dunn, Laroche, Berkman

Other possibilities: Scott, Branyan

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 19, 2010

Kenny Williams doesn’t see anything in the trade horizon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 19, 2010 9:13 pm
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Kenny’s back down to 50 cents:

“If I’m being honest and completely transparent right now of the price that is being asked for some of the players that we’ve inquired about, for us, it’s more detrimental to our present and our future than we’d like,” said Williams, speaking in the White Sox dugout prior to Monday’s contest at Safeco Field. “We’ll see how that develops. But right now, I don’t see anything materializing.”

… “Real quickly, what it is is a limited market for us. What we view as potential help is, really, there’s only a small group of players,” Williams said. “And even with that, we all still have to have the conversation amongst ourselves and we kind of do it on a daily basis this time of year, amongst ourselves what we’re looking at the right fit.

“The right fit, both skill set-wise, fit in the lineup or fit, whether it be a bullpen piece, a starter piece. Is it the right fit? Are you going to gain exponentially by making that move in lieu of staying with what you have? And I’m very mindful of how this team has banded together and overcome a mountain of hurdles to get to where they want to get right now.

“So, I think you have to be very cognizant of doing something that isn’t, like I said, exponentially better and making sure it’s not disruptive at the same time,” Williams said.

… “If you’re going to, again, make such a move, you’d better make sure that player is going to come here, and when the guy walks through the door, have the feeling that, ‘OK, this is going to add to in a major way or tweak in a minor way,’ such as we did in 2005 with Geoff Blum to where it is a need that is filled,” Williams said. “Otherwise, you’re better off standing pat.

“Obviously, we put the roster together thinking it can compete, it could be a winning roster, and I like the fight in them. But how they fought through some of the adversity lately has just been, and you take [Sunday’s] game that was another one we should have won in Minnesota as well, you take those and then you go back through all the losses we’ve had in the past six weeks or so, and they have fought to the very end.

“As a general manager, you can only hope and pray that your coaching staff can get the guys to play at that level of intensity and the players themselves have to have it internally to keep that drive going,” Williams said. “As I sit here, I’m very cognizant of all those things and we will go through our drills and have our conversations. But it’s a very small group of players that may be potentially available and can help.”

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.

April 27, 2010

Phil Rogers speculates the Sox might trade for Prince Fielder


… the White Sox have the parts to do a deal if they decide they’re not going to re-sign Paul Konerko.

What about Fielder to the White Sox for a package built around pitching and Triple-A first baseman Dayan Viciedo? John Danks certainly would get Melvin’s attention. Gavin Floyd might to a lesser degree and both Daniel Hudson and Sergio Santos have a ton of value. Hudson gives the Sox the flexibility to deal a big-league starter, assuming he doesn’t have to be in the package himself.

It’s hard to see the Sox having the will to keep Fielder long-term, however, which makes it a huge risk to give up young talent for 1 1/2 seasons of his mashing. But what if the Brewers are interested in Alex Rios, who is signed through 2014 at a level just beyond what they have paid Fielder? Trading for a veteran is easier than signing a proven player through free agency.

If Rios went to the Brewers in the deal, the Sox might be able to sign Fielder to a Teixeira/Howard contract long term. After 2010, he would replace Konerko and Rios on the payroll, with Andruw Jones (if the Sox can keep him) or Jordan Danks in center.

Fielder to the White Sox is probably a long shot. But so is Fielder staying put.

First, John Danks isn’t going anywhere. Now, if you think the Brewers will be interested in Dayan Viciedo in a Prince Fielder trade, you are smoking something. Same for Alex Rios.

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