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Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:11 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:03 pm
 

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

Adam Dunn White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is "desperately" trying to land the Nationals' Adam Dunn, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley writes .

Cowley cites a major-league source as saying Williams has spent the last few days trying to get the Nationals' slugger, offering up "anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package."

However, Cowley writes the Nationals' Mike Rizzo is "still fixated" on getting Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin in return.

With Daniel Hudson and Dayan Viciedo on the table, the White Sox are just waiting to hear back from Rizzo.

Still, Williams is playing it close to the vest

"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," Williams said.

If anyone is going to overpay for a player like Dunn, it'll be Williams, who is prone to bold gambles. That said, Dunn in U.S. Cellular Field would be a dream for the White Sox.

Dunn, however, is a free agent after the season and made it known he doesn't want to be a full-time designated hitter, while any manager with that option on the table would be fired for negligence if they put him in the field when there's the option to keep his bat in the lineup and glove out of it. If, after the season, a National League team made a play for his services, he'd bolt.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Two benchings, two reactions


B.J. Upton There are two ways to take not being in the lineup: the B.J. Upton way and the Gordon Beckham way.

Upton is out against the Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Manager Joe Maddon told Upton it was because he was 1-for-13 with a homer against Matsuzaka.

The White Sox are sitting Beckham for the second straight day in favor of Brent Lillibridge.

Both managers, Ozzie Guillen and Maddon, say these moves aren't permanent, but that was no consolation to Upton.

Upton was upset and told the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin so , "I thought I was an everyday player," Upton said. "I don't know if I'm subject to matchups now or not. I'm not going to get too bent out of shape about it, but obviously I want to be out there everyday."

Maddon told Upton he'd be in the lineup for the remaining six games before the All-Star break, but that was no consolation to Upton. Asked if he was an everyday player, Upton told Topkin, "I don't know. I have no idea. I could not tell you."

Upton is hitting .228/.321/.399 with seven home runs and 29 RBI.

Gordon Beckham Beckham is playing even worse. He's hitting .206/.271/.280 with two homers and 20 RBI.  Lillibridge was 4-for-6 on the White Sox's recent road trip.

"Lilly has been getting hits and hitting the ball hard," Beckham told the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzales . "I don't think I'm hitting the ball softly. I'm not lucky, that's for sure. There's nothing I can do about it."

Guillen stood by Beckham and denied speculation that Beckham could be headed to the minors.

"[Beckham] is my second baseman," Guillen said. "He still is my second baseman. But right now, I think the way Lillibridge is playing, I'm going to give him a shot."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 5:34 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 6:26 pm
 

Zambrano blows up again

Carlos Zambrano The Cubs were able to unload Milton Bradley this offseason, but they may have a bigger, more expensive problem on their hands in Carlos Zambrano, and it's beyond his ineffectiveness on the mound.

Friday, Zambrano blew up once again after allowing four runs in the first inning. Zambrano got A.J. Pierzynski to ground out to first to end the inning, and after Derrek Lee tossed the ball to a covering Zambrano, Big Z stomped on the bag.

Zambrano, a known head-case, began a temper-tantrum when he got into the dugout. At some point Lou Piniella said something to Zambrano and then so did Lee. At that point, Zambrano started coming at Lee and yelling at him. Lee could be seen telling Zambrano his actions were "B.S." but he didn't use initials. After Zambrano threw down a water cooler, Lou Piniella got involved again and Zambrano went to the clubhouse. As Tom Gorzelanny warmed up in the bullpen, Zambrano came back into the dugout.

Whether the conflict was between the two players or just Lee sticking up for the other 23 men on the team was unclear. Juan Pierre did lead off the game with a grounder down the line by Lee, but it appeared to be a tough play as Lee was playing in to defend against the bunt. Zambrano was lifted after one inning, four hits and the four runs -- three off a home run by Carlos Quentin. Gorzelanny threw 3 1/3 innings, not allowing a hit until Gordon Beckham's solo homer in the fifth.

Lee was the first batter of the inning and struck out. After coming back to the dugout, he sat near Zambrano. In the several TV shots of the dugout, the two were not looking at each other.

Cubs announcer Bob Brenly unexplainably said it was "good to see some emotion" and that the Cubs have been a "dead-ass team."

The difference was who was showing emotion and what that emotion was. Zambrano has had several of these types of blow-ups in the past -- plunking White Sox players a year ago on the Southside, a fight in the dugout with Michael Barrett, a destroyed Gatorade machine and too many tantrums to count. Brenly's partner rightfully called him on it, as Len Casper noted emotion can be good, but with Zambrano it's a tired act.

It's no secret that opposing clubs like to get to Zambrano early because they all know he can be rattled and taken out of his game, leading to big innings and ineffectiveness. He's got a reputation in opposing clubhouses as a big, immature baby.

What's worse for the Cubs, who have already demoted Zambrano to the bullpen once this season, is that they're stuck with him. He signed a five-year, $91.5 million extension with the Cubs in August of 2007. Zambrano makes $17.875 million this season and next, $18 million in 2012 and there is a vesting player option for 2013, but he must finish first or second in the Cy Young vote in 2011 or in the top four in 2012 for that option to take effect.

The Cubs can't afford to release him and nobody will touch him on waivers, so they're stuck with him, cursing the team more than any goat.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE: According to a Chicago Tribune tweet, Zambrano was filmed screaming obscenities at local cameramen on his way out of the ballpark. The Cubs are going to love seeing that on TV ad nauseum.

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 2:04 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Guillen believes Beckham whiffing too much

Gordon Beckham Gordon Beckham had a rapid ascension to the major leagues after being the eighth overall pick in 2008. He made his debut June 4, 2009 and went on to post a strong .270/.347/.460 line in 102 games as a 22-year old.

In the offseason, Beckham was shifted to second base and expected to be a significant offensive contributor, starting the season batting second. However, he has now been moved to ninth and may be on his way to the bench in a platoon situation after suffering a debilitating sophomore slump.

Beckham is batting a scant .199./270/.251, one of the worst offensive performers in the game. Yet, he still gets in the lineup every day and has amassed 231 at-bats on the year and whiffed 48 times which puts him on pace for 113 whiffs.

Manager Ozzie Guillen is now contemplating putting Beckham in a platoon situation with Omar Vizquel as a way to get 21-year-old Dayan Viciedo more playing time. Even though Beckham is struggling in every facet of the offensive game, the manager chose to focus on the strikeouts as Beckham's negative.

"If you strike out like that, you got to hit 40 home runs and hit .250," Guillen told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

"When you're batting ninth, [you're] the one guy has to put the ball in play," Guillen continued. "A lot of swings and misses, and only one home run. When you swing and miss and strike out that much, you got to be Jim Thome. You got to be that type of guy. But I'm really concerned about the strikeout situation."

Guillen seems to be overstating things a bit as strikeouts have been on the rise in recent years. In Guillen's playing career, 48 whiffs through 64 games would absolutely be cause for concern, but Beckham is tied for 82nd with five other players in 2010 strikeouts.

Yes, Beckham is certainly whiffing too much for someone that is batting .199, but anyone batting .199 strikes out too much. The problem is an overall offensive approach, not strikeouts. Other people are striking just as much as Beckham and producing.

Of Beckham's compatriots with 48 whiffs, Russell Branyan has 10 home runs, Jason Kubel is an important part of the Twins offense, Stephen Drew is a starting shortstop with a secure job, and Sean Rodriguez and Cliff Pennington both play part-time for the Rays and Athletics, respectively -- meaning their strikeout rate is actually higher than Beckham's.

It seems as if Guillen is looking at things from when he played, not how things are now. You definitely don't have to be Jim Thome to register 113 whiffs a year. In 2009, Bobby Abreu was 54th in the league with 113 whiffs, and Chone Figgins had 114. This is a completely new game, and these comments by Guillen should make one question if he understands the game as it is today to properly manage it.

-- Evan Brunell

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