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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2014

Rock Island Argus, December 18, 1914:

Naming of Clarence Rowland, manager last year of the Peoria Three-Eye league club, as head of the White Sox for the coming year has caused a profound sensation in Chicago baseball circles. Discussing the subject the Chicago Tribune today says…
...
“Rowland’s previous experience has been with teams in smaller leagues, where his success has been such as to attract the attention of the master of the White Sox, who began his career in Dubuque before the new manager of the team was out of knickerbockers.”

Rowland reacts to his appointment as manager:

The opportunity I have been striving to obtain, the chance of handling a major league ball club, has been realized, and to say that I am pleased is entirely too mild an occasion. I’m tickled to death.

It was a surprise hire, but it was a great one. The Sox improved by 23 games in Rowland’s first season and won the World Series in his third year in charge. A slow start in year four in addition to disagreements with Comiskey led to the end of Rowland’s managerial career. He went on to serve as an American League umpire, president of the Pacific Coast League, and was named the top executive in minor league ball as the president of the 1944 Los Angeles Angels.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 18, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, pants rowland, white sox

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sox stealth pursuit of Melky Cabrera pays off - Chicago Tribune

I guess this means that steroid use really pays off in the end.

MLB.com confirmed the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42-$43.5 million, pending a physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, melky cabrera, white sox

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Semien poised to make quickest Majors impact | athletics.com

Jim Callis breaks down the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 03:27 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, white sox

White Sox reportedly acquire Samardzija from A’s | MLB.com

According to CBSSports.com, the deal sending the right-hander to the South Side was complete as of Monday night, and included infielder Marcus Semien going to Oakland along with two prospects. The San Francisco Chronicle reported right-hander Chris Bassitt to be part of the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:14 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, chris bassitt, jeff samardzija, marcus semien, white sox

White Sox To Sign David Robertson

The White Sox have agreed to sign David Robertson to a four-year deal worth more than $40MM, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter).  Robertson has been zeroed in on landing a four-year deal this winter and he found a team happy to give him one with a solid average annual value.

Robertson may not have landed the ~$50MM Jonathan Papelbon-type deal that he was said to be looking for, but he did out earn fellow free agent Andrew Miller, who will be pitching late in games for his former club.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2014 at 12:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: closers, david robertson, free agents, white sox, yankees

Monday, December 08, 2014

White Sox setting their sights on David Robertson | New York Post

The White Sox have serious interest in David Robertson and they aren’t blanching over the elite closer looking for a four-year deal in the $50 million neighborhood.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david robertson, free agents, white sox, yankees

Monday, December 01, 2014

White Sox interested in Jeff Samardzija, but price may prove too high - Chicago Tribune

Are the Cubs in on him?

A source close to Samardzija said he would prefer to come home if he’s dealt but added it was unlikely he would agree to an extension since he’ll be a free agent after 2015 and stands to cash in with another strong season.

Still, it’s a match that makes sense. Samardzija grew up in Northwest Indiana attending Sox games at U.S. Cellular Field before becoming a star wide receiver and Notre Dame and then pitching for the Cubs from 2008-14. He’s always been a fan of the Sox, and of the ballpark as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2014 at 06:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff samardzija, white sox

Friday, November 21, 2014

MLB.com: White Sox Land Adam LaRoche With 2 Year/$25M Deal

The White Sox added a veteran power bat to mix with their young sluggers Friday evening, agreeing to a two-year, $25-million contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche, sources have told MLB.com.

The agreement was first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

LaRoche, 35, is an 11-year Major League veteran who spent the past four seasons with the Nationals, hitting .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBIs in 2014.

Guys the Pirates discarded years ago are the new market inefficiency? Evidently the White Sox believe so.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

White Sox To Sign Zach Duke

The White Sox will announce the signing of left-handed reliever Zach Duke later today, reports Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com (Twitter link)...

Duke quietly had a dominant season in the Brewers’ bullpen in 2014, pitching to an electric 2.45 ERA with 11.4 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 57.7 percent ground-ball rate. Opposing lefties hit just .198/.267/.302 against Duke last year, though righties couldn’t figure him out either, mustering a mere .242/.288/.298 against the well-traveled lefty… With Milwaukee, Duke’s velocity stepped up a tick to an average of 89.7 mph, and he began to throw more sliders and more curveballs at the expense of his changeup and four-seam fastball. With the Brewers, he relied primarily on a two-seamer, his slider and his curve, and he also dropped his arm slot to feature more of a sidearm delivery…

Duke’s contract is a multi-year deal, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

The District Attorney Posted: November 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, transactions, white sox, zach duke

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Teams with excess depth could play big role in offseason | New York Post

Joel Sherman is very entertaining. He has a lot of ideas.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2014 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, nationals, red sox, trade rumors, white sox, yankees

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rick Hahn expects White Sox to be rumor-mill fixture this winter | CSN Chicago

According to the quotes in the article, the White Sox will either sign a big contract or they won’t. Thanks for the insight!

But the White Sox general manager expects his club to be prominently mentioned in baseball gossip this offseason if only because of their position; they could have $40 million to spend with multiple upgrades needed. Not only that, the White Sox intend to kick a lot of tires to see what’s out there.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 06:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Monday, November 10, 2014

As Cubs get headlines, don’t overlook work of White Sox GM Rick Hahn - CBSSports.com

Rick Hahn isn’t number two in Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, rick hahn, white sox

Friday, November 07, 2014

Levine: Alexei Ramirez In High Demand « CBS Chicago

Alexei Ramirez is a good, all-around shortstop signed to a reasonable contract. If a team like the Mets wants him, they will have to pony up something good.

Ramirez’s contract is considered a strong selling point for the White Sox if they do entertain a deal. He’s making a modern-day bargain of $10 million in both 2015 and 2016. The Cuban native has missed just 22 games in the last five seasons out of 810 games possible (an average of 156 played per year). Ramirez made the All-Star team for the first time in 2014, and he’s averaged 68 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and 17 errors over the last five seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2014 at 07:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alexei ramirez, dodgers, mets, white sox

Friday, October 31, 2014

NY Times: In Rare Film, White Sox Before They Were Black Sox

The second segment is a series of “close-ups” of [1917 NL pennant winning] Giants filmed at the Polo Grounds. McGraw looked grimly at the camera and doffed his cap. Pitcher Ferdie Schupp was described on-screen as “the best twirler in the game;” right fielder Dave Robertson was said to “cover as much territory as a three-ring circus;” and the multisport star Jim Thorpe was introduced as the “Indian all-’round world champ.”

Click through for film excerpt.

bobm Posted: October 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: film, giants, history, white sox

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jose Abreu, Queller of All Concerns | FanGraphs

Speaking of batted ball distribution, his fly ball rate was just 31.2%. That’s quite low for a monstrous power hitter. So the bad news is that I would project that to rise next year, which is going to take another bite out of his BABIP, all else being equal. The good news is that there’s your home run upside. Yes, even though he hit 36 homers this season, his relatively low fly ball rate suggests that a 40+ homer season is easily within his grasp.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jose abreu, sabermetrics, white sox

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sox in ‘15: Three options at second base - Chicago White Sox Blog - ESPN Chicago

This is the kind of problem a team wants. Both Micah Johnson and Marcus Semien look like good options at 2B.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 08:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Terrance Gore scores from second on Lorenzo Cain’s walk-off infield single as Royals beat White Sox 4-3

Gore scored on a walkoff infield single by Lorenzo Cain. He raced all the way home from second base. In a way, he replicated the path blazed by Jarrod Dyson, his pint-sized, elder counterpart.

The final sequences were hard to fathom. Catatonic for most of the evening, the Royals came to life in the final frame. Gore and Dyson catalyzed the scoring. Dyson replaced Mike Moustakas at second base after an opposite-field double with one out. With two outs, Dyson swiped third base and raced home on a wild pitch by closer Jake Petricka.

From there, it was up to Cain. He did not hit the ball particularly hard. But the White Sox failed to field it cleanly. Gore was a streak around the bases.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Chris Sale’s Season for the Ages

0.920. Sale’s WHIP. Only three lefties have finished a season with a lower mark, and Sale is not old enough to remember any of them: Dave McNally (0.842) in 1968, Dutch Leonard (0.886) in 1914 and Doc White (0.903) in 1906.

30.28. This is Sale’s strikeout percentage, the best in the AL. He’s striking out almost every third batter he faces. Only one other lefty did it better in a full season, and that was Randy Johnson—twice. The Big Unit had a 34.24 mark in 1997 and a 33.95 percentage in 1995.

With all apologies to David Price, plenty of us have been saying for a while that Sale is baseball’s best lefty not named Kershaw, and now we have the numbers to better illustrate this point. Kershaw has a 213 ERA+ to go with Sale’s 196. No season prior to 2014 has seen two lefties put up numbers this high.

madvillain Posted: September 12, 2014 at 11:19 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, cy young award, white sox

Thursday, September 11, 2014

South Side Salute:  For White Sox’ Paul Konerko, 16 Years of Earning His Keep Is an Ample Farewell

...the White Sox are not an ivy-covered afternoon party, the way it is at Wrigley Field for the hapless Chicago Cubs. The White Sox work harder for the hearts of fans, and they never doubt the sincerity of those who support them.

Konerko, a serious slugger who never left the South Side, has been their perfect representative. The farewell of the Yankees’ captain, Derek Jeter, has been a backdrop to the entire major league season. Konerko, the White Sox’ captain, has been honored at just two ballparks outside the American League Central — Wrigley Field, where he was given his No. 14 from the scoreboard, and Yankee Stadium, where Jeter gave him an autographed base….

The White Sox are honoring Konerko’s career all month with nightly giveaways ranging from T-shirts and lapel pins to towels and posters. His No. 14 is bound to be retired before long; the White Sox have an open space between Luis Aparicio’s 11 and Ted Lyons’s 16 in their row of retired numbers above the home-plate suites. Konerko, a bench player now, broke a bone in his left hand on Sept. 2, but has vowed to return before the end of the season….

In some ways, Konerko compares more closely to Bernie Williams than he does to Jeter, a certain Hall of Famer. Konerko, like Williams, may fall short of Cooperstown, but he is similarly cerebral, a thoughtful interview subject with a guitar in his corner locker….

Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 11, 2014 at 08:43 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: general, white sox

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Brisbee: Finding baseball’s most hopeless franchise

The included tweet should guarantee the honor just on principle.

Old teams in large markets with thin farm systems

This is where the Phillies are. This is where the Yankees are. Here be the White Sox… None of these teams will ever qualify for most-screwed status, though… their large-market status will always guarantee that there’s someone in a worse spot.

Older teams in small markets

The Reds might really be screwed… A lot of what makes the Reds a sorta-contender now, though, could still be good in the future… In about a week, the Brewers could be here… A lot of their best players are still 30 or under, though, so I’m not sure if they’re close to an “old” team just yet…

Cursed teams

the Padres… have a respected farm system, for what it’s worth, and they have young talent on the roster. Heck, they’re close to .500 right now because they’ve proven adept at developing pitchers, at least the ones who stay healthy.

They make the list, though, because they’re the Padres…

The Rockies

They get their own category because they win. What are the Rockies? Have you ever seen a team like this, a team so committed to its GM through 90-loss seasons, unless that’s not really the GM? An owner who might be something of a meddler and whose brain might be filled with gestational YouTube comments that he filters through his fingers and shares with fans?

Their franchise players are chronically hurt, and they have a long track record of breaking young pitchers, both in body and spirit. Everything about them is a mess right now, from the top down. That’s all before you get to the worst part: They already start with the biggest disadvantage in baseball, the thin air of Coors Field… It’s one of the Hilbert problems of baseball, except it’s been the same mathematicians working on the problem for the last 15 years, and most of the available evidence suggests they’re using a watch calculator with the “7” key missing.

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, padres, phillies, reds, rockies, white sox, yankees

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn

Woulda fit in better with the John Jaha/Matt Stairs crew, but oh well. Cue various “never been to the postseason” lists.

The A’s have acquired Adam Dunn from the White Sox in exchange for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn, the team announced. Though the A’s were on his limited no-trade clause, word broke this morning that Dunn, who has never played in the postseason, was willing to waive that clause in order for a chance to win.

Dunn, 34, is hitting .220/.340/.433 with 20 homers on the season… The hope for the A’s is that adding some left-handed pop can help to spark an offense that has gone dormant in the month of August… John Jaso has served as Oakland’s left-handed DH quite a bit this season, but the A’s recently placed Jaso on the seven-day disabled list due to concussion-like symptoms, and they’ve been mixing and matching with Brandon Moss, Coco Crisp, Derek Norris and Gomes of late. Crisp, however, has recently re-strained his neck, which could lead to more outfield time for Moss, especially if Crisp is out for a significant amount of time.

Dunn is in the final season of a four-year, $56MM pact with the White Sox, meaning he is owed about $2.54MM for the month of September.

The District Attorney Posted: August 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: adam dunn, athletics, trades, transactions, white sox

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Orioles Acquire Alejandro De Aza

A “why not?” deal for the O’s.

The Orioles have announced that they’ve acquired left-handed outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. De Aza, 30, has hit .246/.312/.358 this season… He’s making $4.25MM this season in his second year of arbitration, and he can become eligible for free agency after 2015.

The Orioles already have a strong starting outfield of Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, but they can surely use De Aza as a backup…

Chalas, 22, has pitched most of the season with Class A+ Frederick, where he posted a 4.80 ERA, 6.4 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 69 1/3 innings of relief… Blackmar, also 22, has pitched 130 1/3 innings for Frederick, with a 3.18 ERA, 5.7 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9, pitching mostly has a starter. MLB.com does not rank either of them in its list of the top 20 Orioles prospects.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

HardballTalk: White Sox veteran Paul Konerko gets autographed base from Yankees in final trip to Bronx

Derek Jeter has been collecting retirement gifts in every road city that the Yankees have traveled to in his farewell season, but he did the presenting Sunday afternoon in New York …


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Angels Acquire Gordon Beckham

Can he pitch?

The Angels announced that they have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

Beckham, 27, has struggled this season with the White Sox, hitting just .221/.263/.336 in 390 plate appearances.. he is a lifetime .244/.306/.374 batter…

Beckham will bring some degree defensive versatility to the Angels, and Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register tweets that he will come off the bench… Defensive metrics such as Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved have pegged Beckham’s glove as roughly average over the past four seasons.

The District Attorney Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:50 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, trades, transactions, white sox

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sellout Crowd Turns out in AAA Charlotte for Native Son Carlos Rodon

Rodon walked slowly off the mound after compiling these first- inning numbers: 13 pitches, two strikeouts, no hits and one warm ovation from the sellout crowd.

Rodon, 21, was a star at Holly Springs high outside Raleigh. He led the school to the N.C. 4A baseball championship.

He pitched three seasons at N.C. State, helping the Wolfpack to the College World Series.

The Chicago White Sox selected him with the third pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. After a quick stop in Arizona, and 9 2/3 innings with the Class A Winston-Salem Dash, Rodon drove to Charlotte on Monday and started for the Knights on Tuesday.

In minor league baseball, even in Class AAA, fans go to the ballpark for the sport and the experience. They watch or half-watch a game that, on a late summer night, enables them to sit outside with friends and family.

Tuesday was different. Red N.C. State shirts, caps and jerseys were common. In the fifth-inning, I made a lap around the concourse and encountered 14 fans – on the concourse – wearing Wolfpack garb.

N.C. State associate basketball coach Bobby Lutz had hoped to join them. But he had to stay in Raleigh for a meeting.

Rodon “is the type of player I’d love to coach,” Lutz says Tuesday night. “My favorite story is when he told coach Elliott (baseball coach Elliott Avent) ‘To get off my mound’ when he wanted to bring in a relief pitcher.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/19/4082863_sell-out-crowd-turns-out-to-see.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

madvillain Posted: August 20, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos rodon, white sox

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