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Trade Deadline Rumors? No Danks.

July 28, 2011

Rumors are aplenty this time of year.  No team or player are exempt.  Some are no brainers, others can leave you baffled.

One of the trade rumors flying around this morning (while all the “unofficial” reports of the Jackson/Teahan trade were being parroted) was that both Gavin Floyd and John Danks could be potential commodities, should Kenny Williams decide to become a seller this trade deadline.  The appeal is obvious; two quality pitchers whose contracts don’t expire at the end of the season.  Gold.

Gavin Floyd is a quality pitcher that many teams would love to have starting for them, make no mistake about it.  But Floyd’s stuff just isn’t Ace-worthy– he’ll always be a middle starter.

However, many people consider John Danks to be the heir apparent to the number one spot once Mark Buehrle departs (as he eventually will, either with his longtime team crush the Cardinals, or retirement).

Kenny Williams has always been the kind of guy who never tips his hand before pulling the trigger on a trade.  It would be interesting to see how Danks’ outing today would play into a trade deal (striking out a career high ten batters and making the Tigers lineup look foolish with his cutter).  His stock is certainly high.

But with the White Sox taking two of three from Division leading Detroit (and almost handing Verlander his second loss in a week), the ground before Kenny Williams may have gotten a bit firmer.  Being only 3.5 games back in a Division where teams seem to be fighting to give each other first place, KW would be hard pressed to go on a massive fire sale in an effort to rebuild for future seasons.  So while more trades are possible, the likelihood of any major selloff happening are pretty slim.

That being said though, you just never know with KW.

Here’s hoping that we’ll be able to continue writing punny headlines for John throughout the rest of the season, and not have to end it with “So long John, and Danks for the memories.”

You may commence with the groaning now.

Photo credit: (Paul Beaty / Associated Press)

This site is merging!!

January 24, 2007

I know it seems short lived, but this site is now moving. I have joined forces with Jeeves from Chi-Sox Blog and James from Fleece the Pig, Flog the Pony to create a mega Chicago sports blog network– Sweet Home Sports. All content will now be posted at the new Sox Blog, Life In The Cell.

Join us, will you?

Baines lives to see another vote… and other various opinions…

January 9, 2007

Harold Baines eeked through to next year’s voting for the Hall of Fame, being only one of two freshman candidates to move on to next year (the other was McGwire).

I can honestly say I’m torn on whether Harold deserves to be in the hall. On the personal side, I have many, many fabulous memories of Harold Baines from my childhood. He was the player that always seemed to be up when the game was on the line and he was a lock to produce. And when he didn’t, it seemed like a fluke.

However, I don’t think his numbers are good enough to be enshrined– 2866 hits, 384 HR, .289 AVG. These are fantastic numbers, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think they’re HOF numbers. And don’t bother emailing me about Player Q who had worse stats and is in the HOF. I won’t listen. 😉

Harold, I wish you all the luck in the world in the next 14 years, you’ll always be Mr. Clutch to me.

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I have to say I was glad to see McGwire not make it to the Hall in his first attempt. It makes you wonder though, would his vote count have been the same sans all the steroid crap? I’m thinking no. But would his numbers have been the same? Again, I’m thinking no.

But it does raise an interesting question– what’s going to happen when Bonds reaches eligibility. Will he sail through? Or will he be met with the same (apparent)apprehension. I, for one, hope so.

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Uribe– Will he stay or will he play?

I’m hoping he stays at home this year. And while he’s home watching the team play without him, hopefully he’ll be practicing his swing, getting rid of that gawd-awful “I’m a power hitter” mentality.

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McCarthy—

I’m going to say something that probably isn’t very popular– I’m glad to see him go. And BM may very well make me eat these words one day, but i don’t think he’s the pitcher he’s been hyped to be. I just hope the trade doesn’t turn out to qualify for Sports Illustrated worst trades of all time honor.

Time will tell.

Out of Hibernation, momentarily

November 17, 2006

Just a note to say Neal Cotts is gone.  I’ve never heard of the players the Sox got for him, but I have to say I’m relieved.  Anyone with two eyes can see that Cotts has mental problems (in games, that is.  No clue to his mental health in “real life”).  Anyone, except the Cubs that is. 😉

Which ex-Sox Player is going to win it all?

October 8, 2006

I was looking last night, and realized that each team in the playoffs has at least one player that has worn a Sox uniform.

So with ex-Sox player will be getting a ring this year?

A’s – Frank Thomas
Tigers – Magglio Ordonez

Mets- Jose Valetin, Julio Franco, Orlando Hernandez, Roberto Hernandez
Padres- Geoff Blum, Mike Cameron
Cards – Aaron Miles

Aaron Miles? He played like 8 games. Honest.

Which Ex-Sox player will be representing?

October 7, 2006

Which one is going to the Series?

Frank “I will curse the South Side for dumping me” Thomas

Magglio “I’ll never get a haircut until I get a ring” Ordonez.

I’m saying the A’s in 6, but with how my predictions are going so far, you’ll probably be better off putting your money on Detroit.

Some changes around here?

October 4, 2006

I initially set this up as a multiple sports blog. This was before I started seriously writing, and several other projects.

As it stand now, I have yet to watch more than five minutes of football this year, and the prospect of catching many NHL games isn’t very good.

So, for now, I’m keeping it as is. But don’t be surprised if this becomes a White Sox blog, and going into a temporary hybernation.

I’m no Cubs fan, but….

October 4, 2006

It would behoove them to pickup Girardi as manager. They need him.

That is all.

First round playoff predictions…

October 3, 2006

Twins over A’s in 4

Yankees over Tigers in 3

Mets over the Dodgers in 5

Padres over Cardinals in 4.

What the Sox need to do for 2007.(Keepers, Iffies, and Dumpers)

September 21, 2006

Here is what I think the Sox need to do to bring the Championship back to Chicago. (I know, it’s a bit premature, seeing as how the Sox still have a slight chance to make the playoffs), but hey, it’s my blog.)I’m not going to list everyone… Only the ones that matter. All this is done without knowledge of contract status…

First things first, the lineup;

Keepers

Jermaine Dye, RF– An obvious keeper. One of the only bright spots this frustrating season. Whatever he wants, he gets, in my book.

Paul Konerko, 1B– Similar to Dye. These two are the cornerstones of this team.

Tadahito Iguchi, 2B– I think he’s a great second basemen and has pop in his bat.

A.J. Pierzynski, C– I think if he’s not careful he might start to recieve the same reception at the Cell that he got when he was in San Fran. But for now, he’s a keeper.

Jon Garland, SP– Having a breakout year (and to my count should have over 20 wins, what with all the leads the bullpen blew for him.) and should continue into next season. He’s #1 next year in my book.

Brandon McCarthy, SP– notice I said “SP” not “RP”. Give this boy a chance to pitch the way he should– starting. I don’t know if he’ll live up to expectations, but he should be given the chance to do just that. He’s #5

Jose Contreras, SP– He came skidding out of the All Star break after a stellar first half, but part of that skid is the lack of offensive help. He’s #2.

Pablo Ozuna, Util– I like this guy on the bench, versitile with some speed.

Ross Gload, Util– Same as Ozuna as I like having him on the bench, and he does decently at first for when Konerko or Thome need a day off.

Jim Thome, DH– At first I was going to put him in the “Iffie” pile, but I thought better of it. Truth is, he’s the perfect DH, and I cannot think of anyone else that would fill that role on this club better (other than Thomas, *snarl*). Plus I really like him sandwiched between Dye and Konerko.

Bobby Jenks, RP– Up until his hip injury, Jenkies was rolling. He’s staggered some since, and I’m not convinced he’s healed, but having a nice winter off and he’ll be back to his fireballing in April.

Mike MacDougal, RP– One of the few bright spots in the bullpen, one of the better improvements the Sox made this year.

Dumpers

Scott Podsednik, LF– This is probably the move I feel the strongest about. He’s proven time and again he’s an average hitter, a below average fielder with a peewee arm (C’mon, you have guys with OK speed tagging from second to third on his rubber arm.) He had a career year in 205 and will never hit that plateau again, dump him on some developing team using the “speed” argument. Just make sure to use 2005’s SB numbers.

Juan Uribe, SS– The man can play defense, I will give him that. But he lives with the delusion that he’s a power hitter. The Sox have all the power hitters they need. Hopefully they can trade Juan top a team that needs power for a solid middle reliever.

Mark Buehrle, SP– He wants to go to St. Louis, I say ship his ass across the Mississippi. Maybe they’ll give up David Eckstein and solve our hole at SS.

Javier Vazquez, SP– This guy has a mental block involving the sixth inning and I for one never want to see him hurl a ball again. Unless they move him to the pen and make certain he never pitches in the 6th.

Sandy Alomar, C– you’re getting rid of Buerhle, no need for his personal catcher to stick around.

Iffies

Brian Anderson, CF– this is by far my hardest choice. I like this kid, I think he has awesome talent in the field. But his hitting need severe work. And that’s where I sit, teetering between fielding and hitting, keeping and dumping. I guess if they traded him for a grinder, I’d accept it. I’d also accept them keeping him, but if his hitting does not come around either trade him or drop him to Charlotte.

Joe Crede, 3B– He would be in my keepers pile without a doubt except for two things, his back and his bat. It’s obvious that hit back is bothering him. He plays stellar defense, but his hitting is suffering for it. If he comes to spring training healthy, that’s all the better for the Sox.His bat? What’s wrong with his bat? He suffers from the same delusion that Uribe has. He’s not a power hitter but he wants to be one. He needs to get over this and stop trying to kill the ball with every swing.

Freddie Garcia, SP– Up until two starts ago, he was on my “Dumpers” list. If he sticks with this sinker/forkball/splitter/whatever it is and continues to pitch like he has in his last two, I will keep him. If he reverts back to the whiny baby he was earlier in the year, ship him out.

Neil Cotts, RP — if he shows up to spring training looking like he did in 2005, keep him where he’s at. If he shows up looking like Damaso Marte, demote or trade him.


Next, the note to Ozzie–

Go back to small ball. You claimed you would for 2006, but it didn’t happen. You’re the skipper and the blame falls on you. Do I think you should have Konerko or Dye bunting guys over? No. But I do expect postions 1,2,6,7,8,9 to do so mercilessly.

I don’t care who’s pitching, he starts looking fatigued, he’s out. I don’t know many players who would openly admit to being done, and I don’t know if I’d want pitchers that did. You get paid the big bucks for making these decisions, make them.

I don’t care how many runs we’re down, LEAVE our starting lineup in the game (excluding the pitcher, of coure). I can’t remember how many games we lost because captain hook pulled guys like Thome and Konerko because the Sox were down by eight (Anyone else remember the Cleveland game at home where they came without a dog hair’s width of making an 8 run comeback in the ninth? would’ve been helpful if Dye and Konerko were still in the game).

finally, the sum up–

Get a quality left fielder with speed and leadoff potential. Keep Anderson on a really short leash, otherwise get a grinder in center like you had with Rowand. Grab a shortstop that can match Uribe’s range and arm but without the delusions of being a power hitter. Pickup quality middle relievers. Return to the World Series and win. Rinse and Repeat.