Tag:White Sox
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 19, 2010 9:40 pm

White Sox can't find good value

Kenny Williams White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is in a pessimistic mood.

"Right now I don't see anything materializing," Williams told Mark Gonzales of ChicagoBreakingSports.com of Chicago adding a piece at the trade deadline.

Williams said that there's only a specific "pool" of players available that he has interest in,  and of those players, the demand is too high.

"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," Williams stated, "... it's more detrimental to our present and our future than we'd like."

Things can always change, but as of right now, nothing certainly seems close. Williams is also leery of messing too much with a squad that was 33-34 a month ago and is now 50-41 and atop the AL Central entering play Monday night.

While most of his discussion was about significant players being added to the lineup -- like Adam Dunn, whom has been linked to the ChiSox for weeks now -- he was also cautious of adding a complementary player. If a player is to be imported to try to help the club out, he'll have to provide value over and above who he would replace.

"I think 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," Williams noted.

The GM mentioned that not only is his conundrum making sure a potential lineup piece would fit, but so would a starting or relief pitcher fit. The team has been linked to Cliff Lee (and that's not happening anymore, obviously) and Roy Oswalt.

The general consensus around the league that has begun to emerge is that the prices are high for a minimal amount of talent. Kenny Williams certainly agrees.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 11, 2010 4:26 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:20 am

Quentin going homer happy

Carlos Quentin Somebody needs to bottle whatever has gotten into White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin this week.

Quentin hit two homers, including a grand slam, in the first five innings of Saturday's game against the Royals. He has 10 multi-homer games in his career, and three of them have come in the past four games.

Quentin's first homer came as the White Sox absolutely unloaded on Royals spot starter Anthony Lerew, who stepped in when defending Cy Young winner Zach Grienke was a late scratch with shoulder stiffness.

Chicago hit four homers in a seven-run third inning against Lerew: a two-run shot by Alex Rios, a Quentin solo homer, a three-run shot by Andruw Jones (his 400th career homer) and a solo shot by Dayan Viciedo.

Entering Saturday, Quentin was batting .240/.342/.500 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs.
-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 10, 2010 8:21 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 8:27 pm

Girardi has intriguing options to replace Morneau

Kevin Youkilis So now that Justin Morneau is officially out of the All-Star Game with concussion symptoms, it's up to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, skipper of the American League team, to replace him.

The starter almost certainly will be Miguel Cabrera, the only other first baseman on the AL roster and certainly a worthy replacement.

But Girardi will need to put another first baseman on the roster. After narrowly missing the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote election, Boston's Kevin Youkilis would seem to be a natural pick. His numbers -- .294/.408/.584 with 57 RBI and 18 homers -- certainly justify it.

Also worthy is Chicago's Paul Konerko (.299/.380/.559, 20 HR, 62 RBI), even though he didn't even finish in the top five in fan voting at first base. The White Sox only have one representative (pitcher Matt Thornton) at this point.

But here's a thought: Could Girardi throw everyone a curve, and add some fire to the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, by picking New York's Mark Teixeira?

Teixeira's numbers (.243/.353/.453) aren't in the same league as Youkilis or Konerko. But he's on fire after a slow start, he has been more productive than his averages (17 HR, 59 RBIs) and he's Girardi's guy. And Girardi can fall back on the argument that Morneau was voted by the fans to start, and Teixeira finished second in the voting.

It wouldn't be the right call, but it sure would make some sparks fly.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune reports that Konerko says he's going.

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 2:38 pm

Oswalt doesn't like the Midwest

Roy Oswalt Once the Cliff Lee deal goes down, Roy Oswalt may become the next hot name on the trade block. Yesterday he showcased himself to scouts with a complete-game one-hitter, but it's not just who wants Oswalt, but also where he'll go. Oswalt has a full no-trade clause in his contract, so he must sign off on any trade.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweets Oswalt won't accept a trade to the White Sox or Tigers, along with others.

The other difference between Lee and Oswalt is that he still has another year on his contract for $16 million, a team option at $16 million for 2012 and he can opt out of 2012 for a reduced rate from the $2 million team buyout. Not only that, he's still owed the remainder of his $15 million 2010 contract and the Astros don't want to pick up too much of the money themselves. So with all that, maybe the Yankees are the leader.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 2:23 pm

Ranking the suitors for Lee

Cliff Lee Is your team in on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes?

Chances are -- unless you're a Pirates or Orioles fan, the answer is yes.

An anonymous source tells Newsday's Ken Davidoff that "pretty much every team within five games of the playoffs" has called the Mariners about Lee.

So, if you're counting, that's 17 teams, nine National League squads and eight American League clubs.

Besides the whole 15 games under .500 thing, Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik must feel like the prettiest girl in school.

This is far from a final list, and I could be completely wrong -- but here's a listing of the possibilities in some semblance of an order. Feel free to offer your own favorites.

1. Twins -- still a good possibility, they've got the desire, the prospects (Wilson Ramos, Aaron Hicks) and with a new ballpark, they also have an influx of cash and urgency to do something special. With Lee, we could have some postseason snow-outs.

2. Mets -- the other New York team is always out there trying too hard -- like your one friend who gets a little too dressed up and has that extra spray (or four) of cologne when you go out. Sadly, he always seems to strike out.

3. Reds -- never underestimate the desire of an owner to make a splash. Bob Castellini is an emotional owner and believes firmly in his town's desire to see a winner and ultimately support it. If the Mariners want corner prospects, the Reds could dangle Yonder Alonso and Juan Francisco -- blocked by Joey Votto and Scott Rolen's three-year extension, respectively. There's also Todd Frazier, who can play about anywhere, and pitchers Matt Maloney and Travis Wood, who could be added to the rotation right away.

4. Rangers -- they're not as long of a long shot as you might think. Lee's not about money. It's about prospects, and Justin Smoak is a prospect that would fit perfectly. Roy Oswalt would be costly; Lee is only $4 million for the rest of the season. If money's still an issue, they could sweeten the pot with another prospect. MLB -- the organization -- has a vested interest in the Rangers and they'd likely loan the Rangers the money to make it work. A Rangers team in the playoffs is more valuable to a bidder than one that breaks down in August.

5. Yankees -- the team could go get him, but why rent him now and give up prospects when you've still got a good shot at winning and will just buy him in the offseason, anyway. That way you keep the prospects. But with the Yankees, you've always got to have them in the discussion. They're a courtesy top five, due to the fact they're the Yankees.

6. Rays -- pitching depth isn't a problem in this system, but they have a potential impact bat in B.J. Upton, and a serviceable catcher in Dioner Navarro. A Lee-David Price front of the rotation could be lights-out in a short series.

7. Phillies -- yeah, the Phillies could add the former Phillie, but it would likely cost them Domonic Brown -- who GM Ruben Amaro Jr. wouldn't give up for Roy Halladay. The desire is there, but the prospects may not be.

8. White Sox -- the news on Jake Peavy makes them the highest-riser on the list, plus GM Kenny Williams loves to make a splash, and this would certainly qualify.

9. Cardinals -- despite needs to fill out their rotation, the Cardinals are reportedly looking for bats more than arms. Still, it's tempting to think of a playoff rotation of Lee, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright -- that would make them a favorite based on "the great" Albert Pujols' offense alone.

10. Tigers -- Detroit could use him, that's for sure. GM Dave Dombrowski has never shied away from a big deal, but it's unclear whether Detroit has the juice in either prospects or cash to get it done.

11. Red Sox -- a lot of needs with all their injures, Lee would be a luxury -- not that they haven't indulged in those in the past.

12. Braves -- Atlanta could certainly use Lee -- who couldn't? -- but they don't seem like a fit in either needs or assets. The Braves, more likely will be crossing their fingers that Lee doesn't land in the NL East, which is still up for grabs.

13. Rockies -- they are more likely to fine-tune than to do anything big. GM Dan O'Dowd has prized prospects and is unlikely to mortgage the future for a rent-a-player.

14. Padres -- sure, they're broke and they're pitching well, but there is some reason here. 1. Owner Jeff Moorad has said he'll deal for an arm if he can, and 2. most of the Padres arms are young arms. Mat Latos, Wade LeBlanc and Clayton Richard may not only tire down the stretch, Latos, at least, is on an innings count of 150 to 180 and he's already an out away from 100 innings on the season.

15. Giants -- looking for bats, not arms.

16. Angels -- ditto.

17. Dodgers -- Jamie McCourt is unlikely to give any of her alimony to help Frank out.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:13 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 11:42 pm

White Sox 'all over' Dunn

Adam Dunn If Adam Dunn is trying to boost his trade value, he's certainly doing a good job.

Dunn cranked three home runs on Wednesday as the Nationals edged the Padres 7-6. He has 20 home runs on the year and is well in line to reach 40 home runs for the sixth time in seven years (and barely missed in 2009 with 38). With a .280 mark, he's also well over his .251 career mark.

All told, the free agent to be is having a sensational year, and is available to be traded as the Nationals are not in the playoff hunt. While Dunn may return to Washington after the year, for now his destination for the rest of the year is in question.

Dunn has been linked most heavily to the White Sox, but there have been conflicting reports of the ChiSox's interest. ESPN's Buster Olney, however, says that Dunn would fit Chicago perfectly and the White Sox are "all over" Dunn.

Dunn can play first base and left field -- perhaps not capably, but he can. And of course, Chicago has the DH slot open for Dunn that he would likely occupy. Paul Konerko is all set at first, but on his days off Dunn could step in. As for the outfield, Juan Pierre, Alex Rios and Carlos Quentin occupy these spots, meaning current DHs Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay -- who also double as outfielders -- stand to lose a lot of playing time upon a Dunn acquisition.

Jones has been a solid power hitter for Chicago even as he struggles to get over the Mendoza Line while Kotsay isn't bringing much to the plate even though he has a similar OPS to Jones (.722 as opposed to .734 for Jones). Kotsay would probably be the one to lose his roster spot to Dunn.

Dunn in Chicago would be a tremendous fit. The home park is homer-happy, and if Dunn goes on a hot streak, couldn't be discounted for 45 or even 50 home runs in that park. The White Sox would also have the resources to extend him at the end of the year if both teams were pleased with the fit.

Dunn would also get a chance to play for a contender -- his only other time doing so was with Arizona after being swapped from the Reds in 2008. 'Zona finished 82-80, second in the NL West, two games behind the Dodgers.

Although Dunn expressed interest in returning to the Nationals, that may be because sees Washington on the upswing. Chicago, however, offers him a chance to see October in 2010 as the Pale Hose are just 1 1/2 games behind Detroit, tied with Minnesota for second.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 7, 2010 5:06 pm

Peavy says surgery likely

White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a detached latissimus dorsi muscle, told the Chicago Tribune he expects to have to undergo surgery.

"It looks like surgery is the way we're going to have to go," Peavy said.

Given the expected recovery time -- the White Sox aren't making any official projections -- Peavy's season could well be over. It would be the second consecutive lost season for the 2007 Cy Young winner, who pitched in only 16 games last season because of an ankle injury.

-- David Andriesen

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