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While not official yet, the White Sox have reportedly signed right handed reliever Jesse Crain to a 3 year, $13 million contract. Crain will likely function as the top right handed setup man for the Sox.
After Thursday's 5-4 win over Pittsburgh, the Chicago White Sox announced that 3B/1B Dayan Viciedo would be called up from AAA Charlotte. To make room for Viciedo, IF Jayson Nix has been designated for assignment.
Viciedo, a 21 year old slugger from Cuba, was hitting .290 with 14 home runs and 34 RBI in 62 games for Charlotte.
A new Arizona law that allows suspected undocumented immigrants to be detained has led to protests nationwide, along with a request by an Illinois lawmaker that the White Sox take a stand and leave Camelback Ranch.
It's evident that the White Sox offense isn't capable of slugging it out with opponents on a regular basis, but they'll still hit their share of home runs, or die trying, because this weekend, it was all about late-inning long balls and a pair of strong starts from Freddy Garcia and John Danks.
Freddy Garcia got lit up in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays, and it shouldn't come to a surprise or be a concern to anyone. Serving as a No. 5 starter and winding down a largely successful career, Garcia is going to have bumps. But if you're going to put so much weight and thought into one bad start, you should put equal attention to his last start. For Thursday though, focus on the offense, which had a roller coaster series, scoring 8, than 2, than 11, than 3 in the four-game series. So much for Ozzie's balanced lineup.
Ozzie Guillen was in ever impressive form when talking about an incident former Blue Jay Alex Rios
had with a group of fans in Toronto last year:
"I swear to God, I'll be in jail right now," Guillen said. "Because the
people surrounding him were harassing him and I don't think they
approached him the right way. They forgot. I saw the YouTube with his
wife next to him. People think they can do whatever they want with
celebrities, 'Oh, us poor people, whoever makes money or whoever a
celebrity is'. That's not right. That's the point I make and was
looking at. If you have a tough day and all of a sudden they were
making fun of him. 'Who wants your autograph after the day you had?'
That's pushing the button."
We have a manager encouraging people to beat up fans if they talk smack in public....hurrraaah. Lets say Jenks or Konerko or Quentin or whomever gets drunk and a fan hassles them for a bad game and they punch them a fan in the face. You think the player can tell the cops, don't worry about it, my manager said it was ok.
Clearly it isn't ok and Ozzie needs to SHUTUP
. I understand he is trying to defend Alex Rios, but Rios was not physically threatened in the incident. And I'm not saying what those fans did was ok, but don't condone violence Ozzie.
And maybe I'm a little harsh on this, but in the history of idiotic things Ozzie has said or done, this tops my list. A guy many kids look up to and the face of the White Sox franchise is actually encouraging violence.
Am I nuts on this or is Ozzie becoming more idiotic by the day? And when do the White Sox draw the line?
If Monday was a glimpse of how good the White Sox can be this season, Wednesday was a glimpse of another path, as Jake Peavy went just five innings in his 2010 debut, and the offense managed just two hits.
Forget the end result ... if the White Sox play the rest of the season like they played Monday, things will be very good. And as expected, it all starts with the rotation and Mark Buehrle.
There was little up for grabs on the White Sox roster this spring, aside from the 24th and 25th spots on the roster, which have been filled by Jayson Nix and Sergio Santos.
The White Sox cut their camp down 39 Wednesday
with the demotion or releasing of five players: IF Dayan Viciedo (AAA), OF Stefan Gartrell (AAA), Jeff Marquez (AAA), Daniel Cabrera (released) and Jason Botts (released).
Sample sizes in baseball isn't the ideal way to assess a player; simply too many games, too many plays, too many at bats. But from a sample size and what's been said, CJ Retherford is gaining my support to at the very least to take the final spot on the bench over Jayson Nix and Brent Lillibridge. It's looking good, especially with both Nix and Lillibridge failing to show they can be what Ozzie Guillen wants/needs them to be
Every team this time of year is confident about their team, and if not will at least say so to not create controversy for being honest. Ozzie Guillen and John Danks are confident
, and with good reason. It's hard not to like the rotation. But the lineup and bullpen doesn't carry the same feelings, with the middle of the lineup consisting of an aging Konerko, over-paid Rios and injury-ridden Quentin, and the pen relying perhaps a bit too much on one guy coming off a 5.22 ERA, 29 IP season. To keep the negativity going, let's talk about the starting four...
As if it being less than a month from opening day wasn't exciting enough for White Sox fans, this news
comes out today on Twins "closer" Joe Nathan.
Dayan Viciedo, the soon-to-be 21-year-old, is a raw talent with a lot to learn with the bat and glove, but also something called work ethic. Days after switching agents to Scott Boras -- fantastic news for the White Sox -- Viciedo felt it was ok to jog out a play at first base. This isn't going to keep him on Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams good side, at least the sides of Guillen and Williams that like to make you think the White Sox roster is only for hard-working, gritty players.
Let's ignore half of Sox's roster over the past decade where running hard was optional, or even Saturday, when Andruw Jones decided to walk/jog home with a play at the plate. Fact is the White Sox are no different than most MLB teams. Dogging it is unacceptable ... unless you're an established big leaguer.
SoxNet.net is hearing good things from one of its sources this morning in regards to the Johnny Damon situation. This information is consistent with what Cowley reported two days ago and reiterated yesterday in regards to the front office being confident that Damon will choose the White Sox. Our source indicated that one of the new reasons for optimism appears to be related to the fact that the Tigers offer might not be as large and/or long as originally suspected.
The Score 670 is reporting that former White Sox DH Jim Thome could sign with the Minnesota Twins as early as today. Sn Take: I personally don't put much validity into this rumor. Thome would provide the Twins with added power, but the Twins already have an above average DH (Jason Kubel) and I don't see Thome signing this early to be a back-up. Despite what Ozzie says, I expect the Sox to sign Thome if they are unable to land Adrian Gonzalez.
I was baffled when the White Sox let DJ Carrasco go because of a couple million, but when a player's next option is a non-roster spring training invite for the Pittsburgh Pirates
, maybe there was some logic to the White Sox's move after all.
With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in a little over a month (Feb. 20) the White Sox announced some minor league deals and other non-roster invites. The most intriguing name on the list is right-handed pitcher Daniel Cabrera.
For anyone wondering if Tyler Flowers was going to be the backup or in a platoon with AJ Pierzynski at catcher next season, the answer looks to be neither, as Ramon Castro was re-signed, according to Ken Rosenthal
. The deal is for one year and worth $1 million.
Halfway through the off-season, the White Sox and Kenny Williams have undergone one of the bigger makeovers from 2009, with the likes of Jake Peavy, Freddy Garcia, Juan Pierre, JJ Putz, Alex Rios, Mark Teahen, Andruw Jones, Omar Vizquel expected on the opening day roster, all of whom where not in the organization opening day last season. Let's add December to our list.
For die hard baseball fans, the winter months can be tough. Sure, there's the hot stove to watch, but usually all that provides is a couple days of simmering and a whole lot of watched pots. So let's turn our attention south, where the weather is actually suitable for outdoor activity, and where some White Sox talent (both major league and minor league) are getting in some work... The Caribbean Winter Leagues.
Perhaps something to dive into further later on, but here's a quick ESPN read on why the 2005 White Sox should considered one of the decades best teams
. Couldn't agree more.
Small move, but the White Sox have claimed soon-to-be 27-year-old right-hander Freddy Dolsi off waivers from the Detroit Tigers
. In 48 major league games (2008-2009), Dolsi has pitched 58.1 innings with a 3.55 ERA. Opponents batted .275 against him (.310 last season), and he's both walked and struckout 32 guys. He has been added to the 40-man roster.
The Chicago White Sox have acquired lead-off hitter Juan Pierre from the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Yahoo! Sports. The Sox are reportedly sending minor leaguers John Ely and Jon Link to the Dodgers, who are said to be picking up roughly half of the $18.5 million left on Pierre's contract. Pierre is signed through 2011.
In a relatively surprising development, The Chicago White Sox are not expected to tender a contract to reliever DJ Carrasco. Carrasco, 32, was one of the most effective mop-up men in baseball last season and Ozzie Guillen's team MVP.
Mark Gonzalez, Chicago Tribune
It also appears more likely that versatile reliever D.J. Carrasco will not be tendered a contract by Saturday at 11 p.m. and become a free agent. The Sox met with Carrasco's agent Wednesday.
"You'll just have to wait for those things to come down the pipeline, and everything will reveal itself in time," Williams said.
The Chicago White Sox have announced that the club has agreed to a one year with free agent reliever JJ Putz. The deal with pay Putz $3 million and includes an additional $3.5 million in performance incentives, which are based upon saves.
According to the Sun-Times, the White Sox and the Kansas City Royals have both expressed interest
in New York Yankees' centerfielder Brett Gardner, who is sure to be on the trading block with the Yanks' recent acquisition of Curtis Granderson.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, and Chicago Cubs are all contending with the White Sox for the services of free agent Scott Podsednik. Rosenthal is probably accurate about the other teams, but the Sox interest in Podsednik has waned over recent weeks, so much so that Williams has told the media on multiple occasions that the Sox have “moved-on”.
Bruce Levine is reporting that the Chicago White Sox have offered a contract to Free Agent Reliever JJ Putz.
The Cubs and White Sox appear to be the lead teams on signing former closer J.J. Putz to a contract. Putz worked out for the cubs on Wednesday and will do so again on Friday. Upwards of six or seven other teams have also watched Putz work out. The former Seattle and Mets relief pitcher will most likely get an incentive-laden contract that could start at around $2.5 million and can realize another $6 or $7 million with incentives. The White Sox have been the most aggressive team on Putz and have already made an offer to his agent Craig Landis.
The tone of the White Sox front-office changed from patient to aggressive during day two of the winter meetings. The club signed Mark Teahan and was involved in nuemrous rumors involving Hideki Matsui, JJ Putz, Coco Crisp and more.
SoxNet has been reporting the Sox news and rumors out of the Winter Meetings as they happen, but below is an update of some of the latest blurbs coming out of Indianapolis:
The New York Daily News is reporting that the White Sox have emerged as a serious contender for Hideki Matsui
. Matsui, 35, would provide the Sox with a stabilizing, left handed bat, in the middle of the order. The Angels and Yankees have also shown interest in the 2009 World Series MVP.
Scott Reifert is reporting that the Chicago White Sox have avoided arbitration and agreed to a three year contract with newly acquired third baseman Mark Teahen. The deal is worth $14 million and will buy out two years of arbitration and one year of free agency. Teahen made $3.75 million last season.
The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays have had numerous discussions this off-season involving not only Bobby Jenks but apparently a deal that would have sent Carlos Quentin to the Rays for Carl Crawford.
One month into the off-season, the White Sox have been active, but still have a ways to go over the the next 2/3 of it. Through it, we'll be recapping each month and projecting the opening day roster based off the team's present state.
NBP Tracker, a well respected Japanese Baseball blog, is reporting that the Chicago White Sox are one of eight teams interested in former Dodgers closer and Red Sox set-up man Takashi Saito. Saito would be the third Japanese player to represent the White Sox, joining Tadahito Iguchi and Shingo Takatsu.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Chicago White Sox and OF Andruw Jones have reached an agreement on a 1yr, 500K contract.
More to Come
The Tribune's Mark Gonzales is reporting that the White Sox have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Coco Crisp, according to Crisp's agent, Steve Compt.
The St. Petersburg Times reported on Sunday that the Chicago White Sox have been amongst the teams to show interest in Tampa Bay Ray outfielder and former No. 2 overall draft pick BJ Upton.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Chicago White Sox are on the verge of signing Omar Vizquel to a 1 year contract worth $1 million. Vizquel, 42, spent the 2009 season with the Rangers as a backup at SS, 3B, and 2B and batted .266 in 62 games.
Bob Nightengale, USA Today, is one of a handful within the media to report that the White Sox will be one of many teams to stay away from free agency (which officially begins tonight @ Midnight, EST).
The Chicago White Sox, who acquired starter Jake Peavy and outfielder Alex Rios over the summer, are staying away from free agency, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf says. They already are close to their 2010 budget, Reinsdorf says, particularly after adding $117.3 million worth of contracts in the two players.
"We signed our free agent already," Reinsdorf says. "His name is Jake Peavy."
Mark Gonzalez is reporting that the Chicago White Sox have expressed interest in former Chicago Cubs back-up catcher Henry Blanco. Blanco, 38, is widely regarded as a premier defensive back-up, having thrown out 43% of would be base stealers in his career (40% in 2009). By comparison sake, Sox catchers threw out just 32% of would be base-stealers.
Sun-Times columnist Joe Cowley responded to SoxNet's recent report involving 1B Adrian Gonzalez. For those familiar with Cowley's twitter and columns, the response wasn't the least bit surprising.
We at SoxNet saw Cowley's actions as unprofessional, offensive, and completely inappropriate and felt it necessary to send Joe Cowley the following email:
SoxNet.net has learned that the Chicago White Sox have had preliminary discussions with the Anaheim Angels and San Diego Padres on a potential 3 way deal which would involve Paul Konerko, Adrian Gonzalez, and Angel and White Sox prospects.
SoxNet.net is not aware of the specifics of the trade (ie, names of prospects and exact details as to how many prospects, etc) but the discussions are built on the Sox sending Konerko and prospects in-return for Adrian Gonzalez. The Angels would receive Konerko with the Padres receiving a combination of Sox and Angel prospects.
Mark Buehrle has been a stellar defensive pitcher for years, so hopefully that had something to do with him winning
the popularity contest also known as the Gold Glove awards.
The White Sox have bought out the final year
of Jermaine Dye's contract for $950,000. The alternative was picking up his 2010 option for $12 million, so there was little for Kenny Williams to think about.
Ozzie Guillen, baseball analyst? Yep. In a likely attempt for ratings, Fox Sports is bringing in Guillen to be an analyst during the World Series' broadcasts. As much as I don't like these attempts at ratings -- 1) Guillen isn't the easiest person to understand and 2) he's never been media before to deserve to be an analyst for baseball's biggest series -- I'll probably now tune in to a pre-game or post-game show or two just to see how Guillen does. Ugh.
If you're a major league pitcher, and fat, than any sort of drop in performance will be attributed at some point, by someone, to your weight. That's what White Sox closer Bobby Jenks thinks. Talking with MLB.com
, Jenks responded to comments by Ozzie Guillen about Jenks weight. Jenks said, "for four years now, I've been the same guy, and when I slow down a little ... Bad things happen to anyone, not because I need to get into shape. This has been me the whole time, so where is the problem?"
Kenny Williams made his first off-season decisions Tuesday, which will be two of the easiest ones he'll face this winter, and that's picking up the 2010 options
on Freddy Garcia and Matt Thornton. Garcia's option is for $1 million and could double to $2 million with incentives. Thornton's option is for $2.25 million.
Jake Peavy's third start with the White Sox was a lot like his second. Both were Friday starts against the Detroit Tigers where Peavy went deep into the game, didn't allow a run and got the win.
If there was ever a good time to get injured, for the White Sox it's right now. With Bobby Jenks, Gavin Floyd, DJ Carrasco and Carlos Quentin already heading into the off-season in need of recovery or surgery, you can add Chris Getz to the list.
With games meaningless, Gavin Floyd, DJ Carrasco and Mark Buehrle may be calling it a season one week early.
For the many weeks the White Sox floated six games behind the Tigers, optimists, led by Paul Konerko, talked about the six games yet to be played with the Tigers. The first of those six games starts tonight at the Cell ... and it means nothing to the Sox, as their playoff hopes were mathematically (finally) squashed last night with the Tigers 6-5 win over the Indians
Disappointed with the season, Kenny Williams made one thing clear during this past series with the Minnesota Twins: he doesn't like quitters and when looking at the current roster of the White Sox, he's seen a few
. So make no mistakes, changes will be made, but unlike too many other GM's, the those on the coaching staff won't be the first to go
Reports following Tuesday night's game have Bobby Jenks being shutdown for the season with a calf problem.
Make it stop. Put this 2010 White Sox season to bed. Not only has it been frustrating to watch this team fit with the so many of the right pieces play so badly, but perhaps just as frustrating is the fact that playoff hopes haven't fully been flushed away.
After watching his team blow 3-1 lead in the ninth inning with two outs, and eventually lose five innings later, Ozzie Guillen said a lot in so few words.
The much-talked about debut of Jake Peavy has arrived
. Peavy will start against the Royals Saturday at the Cell.
Picking Alex Rios and his large contract off waivers was a big risk at the time, has looked bad since, and there is probably one scout that isn't too surprised
Due to their .500 record and time running out, the White Sox need wins, regardless of the quality of their opponent. Even going into a weekend where they're facing one of the AL's best (Angels) and the Tigers are facing one of the AL's worst (Blue Jays), the Sox needed to make up ground, no excuses. And with the Tigers dropping two of three, they had their chance.
Second place, five games out. That's what the White Sox could have been this morning had they of taken advantage of another pair of losses by the Twins and Tigers. But they aren't, thanks to a boring 7-1 loss to the Angels
, where the only entertainment from the Sox came when Ozzie Guillen was hit in the dugout by a foulball
If you're the optimistic type and are searching for anything that keeps the White Sox playoff hopes alive, then the Tigers being swept by the Kansas City Royals should do the trick. The Sox are still a sizable six games out, but with six games left between the two teams and 13 games away from any of them being played, a Tigers skid could open the door for the Sox (and Twins) to at least make it interesting.
The deeper the hole you put yourself in, the further you'll not only have to climb, but your opponent will have to fall. It took Labor Day weekend for the White Sox to finally play playoff-race baseball, as they have now won five of their last six. Unfortunately for them, the Tigers have been playing the way division-winners play, and have managed to extend the already gapping hole between the two teams with a six-game winning streak. The Sox are now 7.5 out.
Ozzie Guillen isn't ready to quit. "I'm not going to give up," said Guillen. "I don't care. If they give up, that's their problem. I never will give up." Not sure who "they" are, but for at least a game -- better yet, one inning -- "they" weren't the players. Down 2-0 in the ninth with two outs and Joe Nathan on the mound, the White Sox scored four runs to avoid a series sweep and win in their final game at the Metrodome.
If you were holding out hope for the White Sox's playoff chances, that hope took another hit Tuesday night, as the Twins won in walk-off fashion, beating the Sox, 4-3
. The Sox are now five games under .500 and seven games out first.
Following tonight's 4-1 loss, both Jim Thome and Jose Contreras have been traded in a final-hour waiver-wire deal; Thome to the Dodgers and Contreras to the Rockies
It's hard to find the words to describe this weekend's series with the Yankees, but Ozzie Guillen does a good job of it: "The only thing I got to say is we come to New York, and we visit Yankee Stadium. It's a pretty nice ballpark, a very attractive ballpark, and the hotel we stayed at was very nice. That's all I can say."
For at least one game, the White Sox found a solution to their late-inning scoring woes: score early and often, especially before a shortstop comes in to pitch later in the game. Behind back-to-back four-run innings in the second and third, the Sox built a big lead, let John Danks do the rest, and are leaving Boston having avoided a four-game sweep with a 9-5 win
Every year around this time, baseball analyst from all over look at contenders' remaining schedule to see who has the advantage. The "advantage" usually goes to the team playing the most sub-.500 teams; teams like the White Sox.
Yes, the White Sox are now below .500, coming on the bat of David Ortiz, whose Red Sox won in walk-off fashion Wednesday with a 3-2 win.
Put Freddy Garcia in a big game and he'll find a way to compete. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the 2009 White Sox offense. On Tuesday, Garcia went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs, doing so with a heavy dose of breaking balls that kept the Red Sox off balance. The bats, despite plenty of opportunities and some help from the Red Sox, failed in a 6-3 loss.
Just last week Jose Contreras went head-to-head with Zack Greinke ... and won
. I commented how another Contreras run couldn't come at a better time. I thought we were in store for one, seeing that Contreras has a knack for following up disaster with dominance. Not this time, because with Monday's third-inning breakdown, Contreras finds himself headed to the pen
The White Sox had the early momentum, generated by a 4-1 lead and a shaky looking Clay Buchholz, but they lost it all in the third inning when Contreras lost his control and compounded it with a game-changing error, which kick-started a six-run inning and an eventual 12-8 Red Sox win. The loss puts the Sox at just one game over .500 with another nine games left in this road trip.
Following this weekend's three-game series with the Orioles, two things are known -- one reaffirmed, the other realized. One, the White Sox playoff hopes are still alive and well (still 2.5 games out), and two, they are far from deserving of it.
Twenty days from today we'll have a pretty good idea of where the White Sox stand in their quest for the divisional title, and perhaps a glipse at how they'd fare in the playoffs. Over the next 20 days, they will play 8 games with the Red Sox, 3 with the Yankees, 3 in the Metrodome, and just in case their adreniline (and yours) wasn't up enough, one game against the Cubs at Wrigley. But the Sox couldn't have it any better of a start to it, as they play a three-game series at home against the Orioles, who hold baseball's third worst record.
Early hope from the White Sox was that Jake Peavy would be starting for the Sox after 2-4 minor league starts. But nothing was concrete, so nobody should have got their hopes up. Still, they were pretty confident it wouldn't be too long and even set a tentative date of Aug. 28 in New York against the Yankees. After a couple side sessions and a pair of rehab starts in AAA, you'd think they'd have a definite time-table. Not the case.
That's why you play the game, because when Jose Contreras goes up against Zack Greinke, anything can happen. On Wednesday afternoon, Contreras out-pitched Greinke, allowing just one run over seven innings, en route to a 4-2 White Sox win.
Prior to Monday's game, Kenny Williams had some words about the performance of this year's team
to this point. In short, he called them "underachievers." The Sox responded with an 8-7 win, but that wasn't of the pretty variety
. On Tuesday, the underachievers were out in full force, going up 4-1 only to lose 5-4 to the team with the AL's worst record.
Joe Cowley is reporting that Dewayne Wise will be placed on the 15 day disabled list with a shoulder injury. No word on when/how the injury occured, but tonight's starter, Freddy Garcia, will replace Wise on the active roster.
Monday night's White Sox win would have been much better had it come on the lead they built in the 6th and 7th innings, and not after the lead they blew in the eighth. A win is a win though.
Freddy Garcia will be called up and will start on Tuesday against the Royals, according to WhiteSox.com.
With a 4-11 record and 5.09 ERA (6.75 ERA in five starts since the break), Jose Contreras has been dead weight on a contending White Sox team. Add in the strides made by Freddy Garcia down in Charlotte, and tonight's game against the A's isn't just about the Sox proving they can beat a bad team, but Contreras proving he's still fit to start.
Jake Peavy made his White Sox debut on Thursday, pitching 3 scoreless innings in a rehabilitation start for AAA Charlotte. Peavy started strong, striking out the first three opponents and finished the game with five strikeouts. He also gave up a hit and a walk while throwing a total of 43 pitches (26 strikes).
The Chicago White Sox have placed Chris Getz on the 15 day disabled list with a strained oblique. Brent Lillibridge was promoted to AAA Charlotte to replace Getz on the roster.
CBS Sports is reporting that the White Sox have acquired journeyman infielder Andy Cannizaro from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. Cannizaro, 30, is batting .222 in 14 career MLB games (13 with Yankees, 1 with Tampa) and spent the entire 2009 season with the Indians AAA affiliate (Columbus) where he batted, .269 with a .348 OBP.
Jose Contreras is on the hot seat, and the guy next in line is a fellow arm from the '05 rotation - Freddy Garcia. Garcia struck out nine and walked none in six innings, allowing two runs
, for the Charlotte Knights Tuesday.
If you enjoy the art of pitching, then last night's game between the White Sox and Mariners was one to watch. Two polar opposites took the mound in Mark Buehrle and Felix Hernandez and produced the same results: inning after inning of zeros. Unfortunately, there needs to be a winner, and that was the Mariners, who scored the game's first run in the bottom of the 14th inning
The news of the White Sox being rewarded the waiver claim of two-time All-Star Alex Rios on Monday afternoon came to no surprise to those following the news around internet sports sites such as ESPN and Soxtalk. However, this does not lessen the effect of such an unprecedented talent being given away during the prime of his career on the mindset of the economic stability, or rather, instability of Major League Baseball.
The White Sox and comeback wins haven't gone together this year. One-hundred-thirteen games in, they hadn't done it a single time. They mixed it up Tuesday night
. Down 1-0 heading into the ninth, Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run homer for their first comeback win of the season.
Gavin Floyd has been the one stable arm in the rotation of late, but last night he joined the rest of the pack. Floyd surrendered five runs in 5.2 innings to the Mariners on Monday, as the White Sox fell back to 1-game over .500 with a 6-4 loss.
Joe Cowley is reporting that the Chicago White Sox have acquired outfielder Alex Rios from the Toronto Blue Jays. The Sox acquired Rios via the waiver process and as a result did not have to give up any players to get Rios. The move will effect the future of the franchise though as Rios, 28, is set to make 58.7 million between the 2010 and 2014 seasons.
When you publically talk about planning to retaliate the next time your players get hit by a pitch, you should expect to be disciplined. Guillen did, so this should be of no surprise
The White Sox season till this point can probably best be described in a word: tease. Watch them, and you know deep down they are nothing more than a slightly above average team in a questionably average division. But then they offer moments of surprise, and get you thinking they are more than they seem.
Coming from the "what the deuce?" category of baseball rumors, there is talk that the White Sox are the secret team that claimed Jays' outfielder Alex Rios off waivers, according to ESPN's Buster Olney
After a quality first appearance
, Carlos Torres is getting his second career start Saturday
, going up against the oddly hot Indians.
In a move that will impact the Sox (good or bad) both this weekend and down the stretch, the Minnesota Twins have landed Carl Pavano from the Indians for a player to be named later.
According to Don Cooper, Jake Peavy may make his first rehab start as early as Thursday, August 13. And if all goes right then (the plan is for him to make at least three starts), he could make his White Sox debut on the mound against the Yankees on Friday, August 28
Take every series one at a time, with the goal of taking 2-of-3 or 3-of-4, and if you succeed, you'll be in great shape come September.
Gavin Floyd went 8+ innings and Jim Thome hit a pair of opposite field homers to carry the Sox to a 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels
, who like the Yankees before them, entered the Cell as the AL's best and will be trying to fight off a sweep in the series finale.
The White Sox aren't alone in their struggle to hit never-before-faced pitchers, but it's been an obstacle nonetheless. In game two, the Angels will be sending 21-year-old rookie Sean O'Sullivan (RHP) to the mound. O'Sullivan, who is 3-0 in five starts with a 3.72 ERA, was recalled from Triple-A, where he threw a no-hitter in his last outing.
It can become difficult playing with a 23-man roster, but that's what Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox are subject to at the moment, with Bobby Jenks and Alexei Ramirez still day-to-day
Baseball is a lot about momentum, and the White Sox certainly have that going for them right now after taking 3-of-4 from the Yankees and sitting in second place, just two games behind the Tigers and 1.5 ahead of the Twins, who were just swept by the Angels, who the White Sox start a three-game series with tonight at the Cell.
The White Sox season took a roller coaster-ish turn last week and into the weekend. Dropping quickly with two lackluster series' against the Tigers and Twins, and then an impressive rise behind news of acquiring Jake Peavy and taking 3-out-4 from baseball's best.
The White Sox have called up hard throwing righty Johnny Nunez to replace INF Brent Lillibridge. Lillibridge had been called up yesterday to give the Sox some added infield depth while Ramirez recovered from a sprained ankle (Ramirez is expected to start Wednesday).
The Sox have all the buzz in baseball right now with the acquisition of Jake Peavy, but there's a game to be played tonight, and the Sox are down a starter. While this spot in the rotation will likely belong to Carlos Torres until Peavy gets back from injury, the ball goes to DJ Carrasco tonight. Consider this your Friday night game thread.
No joke. Jon Heyman reports the Sox get Peavy. Sounds like for Aaron Poreda, Clayton Richard, Dexter Carter and Adam Russell.
Interesting deal, as Peavy could be out til nearly September, but a 2010 rotation of Mark Buehrle, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd and John Danks is straight up nasty.
It's been an odd stretch for the White Sox these past two weeks. There's been exciting: Mark Buehrle perfect game, followed by a record 45 straight retired; Gordon Beckham proving on a daily basis how special of a player he can be; Clayton Richard throwing back-to-back 8-inning, 1-run outings. But none of it has helped much in the win column.
The non-waiver trade deadline is quick approaching - 3 PM Central on July 31 to be exact. SoxNet will work its hardest to report the latest in rumors and moves concerning the Chicago White Sox. The latest rumor will be on front, while older rumors will be collected below the fold.
3:03 PM CT - Deadline has passed. No Sox moves announced.
Bruce Levine is reporting
that Ken Williams is seeking a top-flight defensive outfielder for the pennant race and that one of those options is former Cubs phenom Felix Pie. Evidently the Sox have been scouting Pie for over six weeks and the Tribune's Mark Gonzalez is further substantiating the rumor, indicating
on Wednesday, that the White Sox, will try to trade recently demoted infielder Josh Fields for Pie.
Ozzie Guillen isn't very happy with Bartolo Colon
, who kept secret the fact that his throwing elbow is, well, inflamed.
The White Sox have reportedly promoted LHP Randy Williams from AAA Charlotte. Williams will join Matt Thornton, who has returned to Minnesota after attending the birth of his child, as the lefties in the Sox pen. No official word on who Williams will replace on the White Sox roster, but SoxNet is hearing that Bartolo Colon, who was scratched (elbow) from tonight's start, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 24.
Add another pause to Bartolo Colon's return to the White Sox. After a solid outing against the Tigers on Friday, Colon will now miss his next start (Wednesday) because of a sore elbow
When you lose your starting third base job to a 22-year-old shortstop, and then your role on the bench to a declining veteran, Your time with an organization is probably winding down. Josh Fields' agent and GM Kenny Williams talked about Fields future
and his desire to continue it elsewhere.
Mark Buehrle just retired former White Sox, Joe Crede, to set a new major league record for most consecutive batters retired (42). The streak ended at 45 when Mark Buehrle walked Alexi Casilla on a 3-2 count. The Twins followed-up the walk with a single which ended Buehrle's no-hit bid.
Joe Cowley is reporting that the White Sox will make room for newly acquired 1B/OF Mark Kotsay on the 25 man roster by sending 1B/3B Josh Fields to AAA Charlotte. The move won't be made official until Wednesday, which is when Kotsay is expected in the Sox dugout. The Sox have also announced the lefty Clayton Richard will be sent to the bullpen with Bartolo Colon replacing him as the 5th starter.
The White Sox and Red Sox have swapped recently designated outfielders' Brian Anderson and Mark Kotsay. The Sox have also received cash considerations in the deal.
Not quite sure if the White Sox could have had any worse of a letdown following Mark Buehrle's perfect game then what's transpired since. Dropping three of four from the Tigers as a result of little offense and a stumbling bullpen, and then starting a three-game series with the Twins with an ugly second inning that assisted the Twins in notching another Dome win.
Days away from the July 31 trade deadline, it's safe to say it's the beginning of crunch time for the contenders. The White Sox, having dropped the first three in a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers, had their biggest regular season game to date on Sunday. Win, and you're two games back heading into another key series with the Twins. Lose and you're four games back and one bad stretch of games away from falling out of the race. Thank you, Clayton Richard.
Joe Cowley from the Sun Times reported in a radio interview that the Chicago White Sox might be interested in acquiring Indians ace Cliff Lee or Diamondbacks ace Dan Haren. Cowley went on to say that Octavio Dotel mentioned he might be part of a "3 team deal" which would send Lee to the White Sox. Gavin Floyd is the name Cowley through out as the potential "centerpiece" of a Dan Haren Deal.
Justin Verlander's career numbers against the White Sox going into today weren't particularly good with an ERA near 5.50 in just under 100 innings, but for the second time this season, Verlander gave his pen the day off, throwing a complete game and sending the White Sox back into second, at least for the next few hours. Game two of the day-night double-header starts at 6:05 (WCIU) with Bartolo Colon, fresh off the "DL" / stint in Charlotte going up against righty Eddie Bonine.
Chicago White Sox starter Mark Buehrle threw the 18th perfect game in MLB history on Thursday. The perfect game was part of a 5-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays which gave the Sox a share of the division league with the Detroit Tigers. The perfect game was the 2nd in White Sox history. Mark Buehrle has now started and closed a world series game, thrown a perfect game, and a no-hitter. We are researching but we believe he might be the first player in MLB history to accomplish all of those tasks and he is the 6th player in MLB history to throw both a no-hitter and a perfect game.
According to WhiteSox.com Brian Anderson, days removed from his demotion to Triple-A Charlotte, is asking to be traded.
Mark Gonzalez, Chicago Tribune, is reporting that the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, and Arizona Diamondbacks had scouts in attendance at Wednesday nights Sox game. The question is why?
In an update to our original story
, FutureSox.com has learned that Carlos Torres will make his major league debut on Wednesday, starting in place of LHP John Danks. Danks had been scratched from Wednesday's game against the Rays due to an injured finger (blister).
Mark Gonzalez, Chicago Tribune, is reporting that the Chicago White Sox have purchased the contract of Carlos Torres from AAA Charlotte. Torres will replace Aaron Poreda on the White Sox roster, who was optioned back to Charlotte. Charlotte now has one too many on the roster so expect a roster move to follow, potentially Jeff Marquez being placed back on the DL.