Chris Sale had a good start in today’s intrasquad game:
Sale said he was mindful during warmups and at the start of the game to not go hard from the onset.“
Just taking it nice and easy and really loosening it up because you have time,” he said. “You’re in no rush. That was nice to go out there and flip some in and start stretching it out and pick it up as it goes.”
Shingo Takatsu, aka Mr. Zero, made an appearance!
And a photo from today’s game. Chris Sale pitches to Alex Rios:
More pictures here.
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No, I feel pretty bad when I hear the name Daniel Hudson. What was Kenny hoping to do when he did the trade? Wasn’t he aware Hudson was in his first year of service time, that Edwin Jackson’s contract would be over after the 2011 season, and that Jackson’s agent was Scott Boras?
Padilla @ ESPN:
The White Sox already are on the hook for at least $120 million in roster commitments, and could be close to matching the highest payroll ever for a season ($121 million in 2008). Adding Soriano would definitely take them into new financial world. The 31-year-old Rafael Soriano made $7.25 million last season and will get a healthy raise on that for 2011.
Furthermore, as Buford mentioned, Soriano is over 30 and a Boras guy.
Kenny, if you need pitching look elsewhere.
UPDATE: Is Phil Rogers suggesting the Sox trade John Danks to clear payroll to sign Rafael Soriano? Oh God!
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. …
In an unrelated matter, Viciedo switched agents 10 days ago and is now represented by Scott Boras. Viciedo is signed through 2012.
Viciedo’s old agent was Jaime Torres.
Cot’s on Viciedo’s contract:
- 4 years/$10M (2009-12)
- signed Major League contract with White Sox 12/12/08 as an amateur free agent from Cuba (via Mexico and US)
- $4M signing bonus
- 09:$1M, 10:$1.25M, 11:$1.25M, 12:$2.5M
- if Viciedo has enough service time to qualify for arbitration after 2011, he may void 2012 season (if voided, club may exercise option at $3.5M)
- award bonuses: $15,000 for Silver Slugger; $25,000 each for Gold Glove, All Star start ($15,000 for All Star selection); $50,000 for TSN All Star; $75,000 for LCS MVP; $0.1M for WS MVP; $0.1M for MVP ($90,000 for 2nd in vote, $80,000 for 3rd, $70,000 for 4th, $60,000 for 5th)
- agent: Scott Boras (previously Jaime Torres)
- ML service: 0.000