Archive for December 2011

Happy New Year's, and oh, hey, Quentin's gone

Happy New Year's, and oh, hey, Quentin's gone
I was just putting some things together for New Year’s Eve, buying absurd amounts of tonic, assembling plastic champagne flutes, etc…and oh hey!  Carlos Quentin got traded to the Padres for two minor league pitchers!  Awwwww crap, that probably merits a post. Good luck making a clear conclusion out of this one, though.  There’s enough... Read more »

Danks contract terms - unveiled!

Danks contract terms - unveiled!
Responding to the horrific gap in the news cycle, caused by an absence of a Carlos Quentin trade, and the absence of a rebuilding process, the White Sox graciously released a new story for the public, and formally announced the terms of John Danks’ new contract. Well, it’s not really a new story, it’s the details... Read more »

The Oakland A's being ridiculously poor really did not help the White Sox trade market

The Oakland A's being ridiculously poor really did not help the White Sox trade market
Initially I had this titled “I hate the Oakland A’s”, but I realized that was too harsh.  It’s more that I’m cross with the A’s due to their current situation–dirt poor, selling all their shiny things for breadcrumbs.  Also, while hating people for being poor may feel as comfortable as slipping into a warm bath for... Read more »
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Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, and their albatross contract brethren

Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, and their albatross contract brethren
Jake Peavy is the highest paid player on the 2012 White Sox. Thaaaat doesn’t make me feel great, but there’s only one more season before a nice, comfy buyout awaits him in 2013. The next two highest paid players are Adam Dunn (who’s got a $2 million raise coming for this year) and Alex Rios.... Read more »

The prospect of losing Gavin Floyd

The prospect of losing Gavin Floyd
Now that John Danks is pretty much agreed to be in the fold, the pending decision of whether to trade Gavin Floyd will say more about the direction of the franchise than any other move that relieves the unfortunate outfield logjam or sheds an expensive bullpen arm.  That’s less about Floyd and more about who his... Read more »

White Sox holiday gifts that merit my mockery

What makes your garden-variety moneyclip into a $70 moneyclip?  Why, slapping a small piece of dirty leather and yarn on it, of course!  I enjoy that this plays on the concept that some people are so rabidly devoted to the sport of baseball that they will consume anything that contains an association to it.  I've met some of those people, and I often envy them, just not in times like this.  And oh, what if your loved one doesn't appreciate the fact that you spent $70 to have a baseball skin-grafted onto a perfectly good moneyclip?  Aw, that would just be tragic,
Has it already gotten to December 24th without a post mocking some of the odder gift selections on whitesox.com?  That’s embarrassing!  Certainly more embarrassing than the concept of writing a post such as this in the first place! If you’re really hard-up for White Sox news, it is rumored that they’re open to trading Gavin Floyd.... Read more »
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The White Sox have their own definition of rebuilding, which still doesn't mean they're fulfilling it

The White Sox have their own definition of rebuilding, which still doesn't mean they're fulfilling it
“Rebuilding” is a term that has some pretty rigid standards in the baseball world.  You ship out all your valuable trade chips for prospects, and dutifully wait through years of futility as they and your presumably competently selected draft picks mature.  Low-cost veteran stopgaps, and low-ceiling youngsters will dot the big league roster in the... Read more »

John Danks is not hitting the free agent market

John Danks is not hitting the free agent market
Well now!   The title of this piece is about all that can be regarded of certain at this juncture, but apparently the White Sox reached an agreement with John Danks on a contract extension that will probably resemble 5 years for $65 million.  I went ahead and linked to the original tweets of the... Read more »

Getting where Frank Thomas is coming from

Getting where Frank Thomas is coming from
Generally when the topic of steroid use in baseball comes up on a sports talk show, it’s an invitation to begin eye-rolling. It’s a noble effort for baseball to regulate what could otherwise be a wild arms race of experimentation in performance supplements in their sport, but the mass effort to extract a penance from the “steroid... Read more »
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Hot Stove Watch - Day 52 Recap

Hot Stove Watch - Day 52 Recap
First and foremost, news was passed down by the man with his ear to the street, the inside source on all things White Sox–team beat writer Scott Merkin!  Surely his article responding to reader emails has a scoop buried in it! “…don’t think Williams will move players just to move them. However, after looking at... Read more »