Tag:Chicago White Sox
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:23 am

AL Central rivals in chase for Damon

George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports the Tigers are closing in on signing free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon.

But the Chicago Tribune reported that Damon, who hit .282 with 24 homers and 82 RBI for the Yankees last year, was being wooed while playing golf with White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson on Tuesday, as the two Chicago .

While the Tigers are reportedly offering the 36-year-old, left-handed hitter a deal for two years at $14 million or one year at $7 million, the ChiSox are offering less and are showing no intentions of budging.

Posted on: January 26, 2010 12:56 pm

Is Thome's path cleared to sign with Minnesota?

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune :

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters that free-agent slugger Jim Thome won’t return to the team this year, a decision that could clear the way for Thome to sign with the Twins.

Another report said the Rays and Tigers are also interested in Thome but called the Twins the favorite to sign him.

Posted on: December 10, 2009 12:53 pm

White Sox interests

According to the Chicago Tribune , GM Ken Williams downplayed his interest in Hideki Matsui and acknowledged his interest in J.J. Putz.

"We thought we had something going on [with Putz]," Williams said. "But as I've told you guys many times before, when things become public, to a large degree, the entire game changes and more times than not, you're not going to get a deal."

In the same media session, Williams said the Sox's finances are tight and they are focusing on certain areas, like the bullpen but not Matsui.

Putz has received interest from at least 10 teams but wasn't close to a decision unless an offer overwhelmed him, sources said.

A source also said the White Sox talked to the Dodgers about Juan Pierre but nothing came out of it.

Posted on: December 3, 2009 1:53 pm

White Sox start talks with Jenks

A source told the Chicago Tribune that preliminary talks with Bobby Jenks have started, although Jenks' representatives were unavailable for comment.

In the meantime, the Sox will continue to talk to executives from other teams as well as agents representing free agents.

Posted on: December 2, 2009 11:41 am

Interest in Dye

Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports on interest around the league in Jermaine Dye ...

Dye previously told the Sun-Times he has recieved calls from at least eight major-league teams and wasn't ruling anyone out.

The Yankees denied reports they were interested but Cowley believes the club is trying to work "under the radar."  A source said the Yankees already had asked for Dye's  medical reports.

The Texas Rangers were an early favorite, but Dye did not want to take most of his at-bats as DH.

The Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants also have shown interest.
Posted on: November 24, 2009 4:26 pm

White Sox interested in Crisp

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune has confirmed, via agent, that the White Sox have expressed interest in free agent Coco Crisp.

"I have talked to (general manager) Kenny Williams on a preliminary basis," Steve Compte said. "We're going to be a little patient. We haven't talked dollars. We're trying to identify the teams where there's definitely a fit, and I'm sure they want to explore other options."

Crisp was limited to 49 games last season is expected to be fully recovered from right shoulder surgery by spring training.

Posted on: November 23, 2009 10:21 am

Status of Adrian Gonzalez

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Padres GM Jed Hoyer and the agent for Adrian Gonzalez met to discuss the first baseman.

"It was a good meeting," said John Boggs, Gonzalez's agent. "We all know we have a unique situation that won't be resolved quickly. The way we look at it, Adrian is a Padre the next two years unless we're told otherwise."  According to the report, Gonzalez's contract status was not discussed.

Gonzalez is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2011 season, leaving the Padres with three options. 1. Let him play then walk as a free agent, 2. re-negotiate a long-term deal or 3. trade him for prospects. 

Currently, three teams — Boston, Seattle and the Los Angeles Dodgers — are known to have interest in Gonzalez. Hoyer denied trade rumors linking Gonzalez to the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets.
Posted on: November 18, 2009 11:00 am

White Sox and Blanco

The agent for free agent catcher Henry Blanco told the Chicago Tribune the White Sox are one of several teams interested in his client.

Blanco, 38, is regarded as a valuable backup because he has thrown out 43 percent of would-be base stealers throughout his career and had a 40 percent success rate in 2009 with San Diego.
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