Tag:Daniel Hudson
Posted on: September 29, 2010 1:56 am
 

D-Backs' Towers talks 2011

New Arizona general manager Kevin Towers talked to reporters on Tuesday and had several interesting tidbits. Among them, he'll have more money to play with than he did with the Padres.

When asked about what kind of payroll the team could have in 2011, Towers wouldn't be specific, but did get a dig in at his old team and current divisional rival.

Kevin Towers "I never want to let my competitors know what I've got to work with," Towers said (via MLB.com's Steve Gilbert on Twitter). "Certainly more than I had in San Diego, let's put it that way."

One of Towers' prime targets for next season is a veteran starter for his rotation.

"I think it's important to probably get another starter, another veteran starter, to log some innings," Towers said, according to the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. "Him and [Joe] Saunders would allow those kids to be at the back end of the rotation. It's tough when you take a kid and expect them to be a No. 2 or a No. 1. It's nice to let them slowly evolve into those guys and let the veteran guys show them the way."

The youngsters Towers referenced are Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson and Barry Enright, who along with Saunders should make up the 2011 rotation.

Towers also said he doesn't see much starting pitching in the free agent market after Cliff Lee, the team would also like to get more offense out of left field and he'd make an effort to upgrade the bullpen. He also said it "looks good" that interim GM Jerry Dipoto will stay with the Diamondbacks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 9:52 pm
 

No surgery need for D-Backs' Hudson, Upton

Three little injury-related Diamondbacks tidbits from Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic :

* Right-hander Daniel Hudson is done for the season, but will not need surgery for the strained tendon in his right middle finger. Lefty Zach Kroenke will start in his place.

* Outfielder Justin Upton will not need surgery on his right shoulder. Dr. James Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis. Upton could still play during the final games of the season, but Piecoro writes he doesn't sound optimistic.

* Finally, right-hander Brandon Webb will throw a game in the instructional league in Tucson on Wednesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: July 30, 2010 1:23 pm
 

ChiSox nab Jackson from DBacks

Edwin Jackson After blanching at the asking price of Adam Dunn by the Nationals, the White Sox went in a different direction and scooped up starter Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks.

The ChiSox outmanuevered the Nats for Jackson -- Washington reportedly lusts after the 26-year-old who is signed through 2011 before becoming a free agent.

Jackson experienced a breakthrough year in 2009 for the Tigers, posting a 3.62 ERA in 214 innings, winning 13 games. Prior to that, he was an inconsistent, back-of-the-rotation starter for the Rays after coming over from the Dodgers. Jackson has backslid thus far this year to a 5.16 ERA, thanks to a regression in his walk rate. He still remains a quality young arm, even if $8.35 million due his way in 2011 and a total of $4 million in 2009 make the right-hander pricey.

The Diamondbacks made Jackson available both due to price and the fact that the club is rebuilding after shipping Dan Haren to the Angels. Jackson gives the White Sox a mid-rotation starter, something they were seeking along with a thumper. To get Jackson, the Pale Hose will surrender Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg.

Hudson made his debut in 2009 as a 22-year-old and while he doesn't have a high ceiling, is ready to pitch in the big leagues now and can give the Diamondbacks years of cost-controlled salaries with the potential of seeing Hudson develop into a No. 2 or 3 starter (the latter more likely). Hudson has strong strikeout rates in the minors that he has been able to translate to the majors, but his control has taken a beating. He needs as much time in the majors as possible to get familiar with the strike zone which will only happen on a non-contending team. Whaddya know, that's Arizona.

Holmberg was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft and threw up a 4.72 ERA between the bullpen and rotation for the Rookie club as a 17-year-old over 40 1/3 innings. Baseball America labeled Holmberg the ChiSox's eighth best prospect entering the season, projecting him as a workhorse in the rotation.

Repeating the level for 2010, Holmberg has a 4.46 ERA in eight starts, walking nine and whiffing 29. He's an intriguing prospect and along with Hudson may actually give the DBacks a far more tantalizying package than they got for Dan Haren. Funny how that works.

Also, the Diamondbacks are certainly hoarding picks from the 2009 draft, as Nick Piecoro from the Arizona Republic points out. With Pat Corbin and Tyler Skaggs from the Haren deal along with Holmberg joining 'Zona's prospects, the team has 11 of the first 95 picks in the draft inside the organization.

Will Chicago hang onto Jackson? It's very possible, but it's also possible that the White Sox use Jackson as a means of getting Adam Dunn.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Beckham, Quentin will stay with Sox

Gordon Beckham The White Sox are certainly one of the most talked-about teams at the trade deadline, with their interest in both Prince Fielder and Adam Dunn, among others.

It seems every rumor has other teams asking general manager Kenny Williams for second baseman Gordon Beckham, but the Chicago GM has already told his sophomore second baseman he's not going anywhere. The Daily Herald 's Scot Greg reports Williams has told Beckham and Carlos Quentin that they will still be members of his team on Saturday.

However, rookie starter Daniel Hudson is apparently the piece Williams is throwing out there for other teams.

"He should be proud," Guillen said of Hudson. "If your name is out there, it means somebody wants you. That's all you can say."

Hudson said he'd like to stay with the White Sox, but understands it's that time of year.

Beckham was the team's top pick out of the University of Georgia in 2008 and had an impressive rookie season in 2009. However, he's struggled mightily this season, hitting .239/.292/.343 with four home runs and 29 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: Chicago White Sox

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Kenny Williams On June 8, the White Sox were nine games under .500 and 9 ½ games back in the American League Central. But then they roared back into the playoff picture with an amazing surge and now sit atop the division.

General manager Kenny Williams has said he wants to bulk up for the second half, and he’s one of the more mercurial figures in the game, prone to acting boldly and quickly. On the other hand, Williams has said he’s not impressed with what’s available and the asking prices, and might stand pat. There’s not much the White Sox could do this month that would shock anyone.

Record: 52-42, two games ahead of Detroit (50-44) and Minnesota (51-45) in the American League Central
General manager: Kenny Williams, 10th year
Expectations: High. The South Side got a championship fix in 2005, and White Sox fans are buzzing over the big rally they have made in the standings.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was $108.2 million, seventh-highest in baseball. The White Sox have about $66 million committed for 2011.

What they need

Left-handed bat: The White Sox have gotten a collective .231 batting average from their designated hitters, so bringing in a slugger to upgrade there is an obvious target. They’ve been focusing on left-handed power.

Starting pitcher: Considering Jake Peavy is out for the year, Chicago is actually in pretty decent shape and could sit tight with the rotation. But Daniel Hudson’s name is coming up a lot as part of a package to get a hitter, and if the Sox lose him they’ll probably need to move on adding a starter.

Who may fit

Adam Dunn Left-handed bat: Reports indicate the NationalsAdam Dunn is Williams’ top priority, and Dunn would be a great fit. As of early this week, the asking price (Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, for openers) was more than Williams was willing to pay.

The other big name connected to the Sox is Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, though reports vary on whether Chicago is in that race. As with Dunn, the price would be steep.

On the next tier would be the AstrosLance Berkman, who is not having a great year and is expensive.  Also a possibility, though a remote one, is right-handed Toronto home run leader Jose Bautista.

Starting pitcher: Don’t expect Chicago to be in on the biggest names, but they could focus on a second-tier guy like Jake Westbrook, Kyle Farnsworth or possibly Fausto Carmona.

Trade chips

Young infielder Beckham (.241/.297/.341) is the first name to come up in talks, but the White Sox really want to hang onto the 23-year-old, whom they drafted in the first round in 2008. He’s still learning the ropes at the big-league level, but he has a huge upside at the plate.

Right-hander Hudson, also 23, is projected by most teams as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but the White Sox think his potential could be even higher.

They don’t want to move outfielder Quentin (.244/.344/.517), especially with the way he’s been hitting lately, but if it’s what it takes to get Dunn (who, in addition to bringing a high trade price would need a place to play, since he refuses to DH) without giving up Beckham, they might do it.

Why not offer closer Bobby Jenks? Right-hander J.J. Putz and left-hander Matt Thornton both have closing experience and are pitching out of their minds right now, so Jenks, a pending free agent, is expendable.

Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo, 21, also is attracting a lot of attention. He has batted .295 in limited major-league action this season.

Predictions

The White Sox don’t meet the Nationals’ price for Dunn, who stays in Washington. They end up with Berkman or turn to alternative options such as Kosuke Fukudome or Adam LaRoche.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter (click on city name for blog)
Buyers: New York YankeesLos Angeles Angels
Sellers: Florida MarlinsToronto Blue Jays

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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 7, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 5:39 pm
 

Peavy DL could make White Sox bidders for Lee

Jake Peavy Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune said Wednesday that Jake Peavy appears headed to the disabled list after straining a muscle in his back Tuesday night. Peavy had an MRI exam Wednesday, but the team has not yet released the results.

Even the best-case scenario, a handful of missed starts, is a blow to the White Sox, who have used just five starters this season and had seen Peavy begin to round into form after a brutal start to the season. Peavy has allowed three or fewer earned runs in his past six starts.

The upside is that Chicago appears to have a good option to replace Peavy in the rotation. Daniel Hudson has been lights out for Triple-A Charlotte, 7-2 with a 2.64 ERA in his past 10 starts, with opponents batting .194 against him.

Rogers wonders whether Peavy's injury might push the White Sox into the picture for Seattle left-hander Cliff Lee. As he points out, it would serve the dual purposes of adding a top-shelf pitcher while keeping him from division rival Minnesota, which has been rumored to be the front-runner for Lee.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Peavy was placed on the DL Wednesday afternon after the MRI showed what the team called a "detached" muscle, which doesn't sound too good. They promoed Jeffrey Marquez, though it's not clear who is going to take Peavy's scheduled start on Sunday.

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:07 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 8:14 pm
 

Peavy to meet with White Sox GM


The White Sox's Jake Peavy will meet with general manager Ken Williams to determine his status for this weekend's series at Washington, the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez reports .

Peavy told Gonzalez that his right shoulder feels better, but Triple-A Charlotte pitcher Daniel Hudson has been put on the ready to start either Friday or Saturday against the Nationals. Steven Strasburg starts for the Nationals on Friday. The White Sox have yet to name a starter for either game.

"Obviously, it's not my call," Peavy said.

Peavy was scheduled to start on Thursday, but Mark Buerhle will start against the Pirates tonight.

In addition to Hudson, Gavin Floyd will be able to pitch one of those games, with Freddy Garcia closing out the weekend series against the Nationals.

UPDATE: Gonzalez reports Peavy will start Saturday, Floyd on Friday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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