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Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Chicago White Sox

Magglio Ordonez

By C. Trent Rosecrans


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

If there's an opposite of the Oakland A's and Billy Beane's Moneyball, it's Kenny Williams and the White Sox. The White Sox have not drafted well and searched to fill holes through free agency, spending money and taking big chances in trades. While Williams' way makes him the butt of some jokes and nobody's making a movie about him anytime soon, he does have something Beane doesn't have -- a World Series trophy.

Lineup

1. Alexei Ramirez, SS
2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
3. Michael Morse, 1B
4. Chris Young, CF
5. Carlos Lee, DH
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
7. Ryan Sweeney, LF
8. Brent Morel, 3B
9. Chris Stewart, C

Starting Rotation

1. Mark Buehrle
2. Gio Gonzalez
3. Daniel Hudson
4. Brandon McCarthy
5. Clayton Richard

Bullpen

Closer - Jon Rauch
Set up - Matt Guerrier, Chris Sale, Addison Reed, Boone Logan, John Ely
Long - Lucas Harrell

Notable Bench Players

Not surprisingly, when looking at the state of the organization (and the state of that lineup), the White Sox are thin on bench players, with Dayan Viciedo making a push for the starting lineup as well as Chris Getz on the infield and Mike Cameron in the outfield.

What's Good?

There's no Adam Dunn, for starters. The rotation is good, especially at the top with Buehrle and Gonzalez. The rest of the rotation is good enough, as well. While Rauch isn't the top closer around, the rest of the bullpen is talented.

What's Not?

The lineup isn't going to strike fear into too many pitching staffs, even though there are nice pieces. The corner outfielder and DH are all on the down side of their career. There's also not much depth on the roster among position players.

Comparison to real 2011

The White Sox finished 79-83 in 2011, thanks to poor seasons from Dunn, Morel, Beckham and Alex Rios. The rotation is likely a little better in real life than this team, while the bullpen is better here than in real life, evening out. The lineup may not put up a lot of runs, but the White Sox didn't, either. The real team has an impact bat in Paul Konerko and a good complimentary piece in Carlos Quentin. This lineup doesn't have those kinds of weapons, so I'm not so sure our hypothetical team could match the 79 wins the White Sox finished with in 2011.

Next: Baltimore Orioles

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Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:30 am
 

Burglar has fun in Kenny Williams' house

By Matt Snyder

If you're going to break into the house of a rich person, you might as well get your money's worth. And that's exactly what a Chicago-area man allegedly did in the home of White Sox general manager Kenny Williams.

Wayne L. Field III, 51, of Chicago has been arrested and charged with residential burglary for his alleged break-in of Williams' home. But the details of the story are pretty funny, via NBC Chicago.

Field allegedly wore Williams' clothes and 2005 World Series ring. Field allegedly drank Williams' beer, defrosted a lobster and ate frozen pizza (I mean, who hasn't had a craving for some pizza and lobster while intoxicated?). He also surfed the Internet and "kicked his shoes off on the bed."

Creepy? Of course. Hilarious? Since no one was harmed, I'd say absolutely.

There was no word on whether or not Field's next planned act was to call Adam Dunn and offer him even more money.

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Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:20 am
 

Guillen fires back at White Sox pitching coach

Ozzie GuillenBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Chicago just can't quit Ozzie Guillen.

And can you blame him? If you're a columnist, just call him up and you've got a story (I can't quit him, either). The latest has the Marlins manager lashing out at his former pitching coach, Don Cooper. Two weeks ago Cooper said he signed an extension with the White Sox without Guillen getting a deal because Guillen allegedly told management to "let (the coaches) sweat" when asked by general manager Ken Williams about extensions.

Guillen lashed back on Monday, talking to the Chicago Sun-Times' Joe Cowley, saying, "Cooper needs to look in the mirror. He didn't back-stab me. I know who he is. He back-stabbed his fellow coaches, the guys he worked with for years. You got family? That's fine. Everyone does. We all knew Coop was Kenny's (expletive deleted, but suffice to say it refers to a gender of canine).

"Look, Coop is not a good coach; he's a great coach. But Coop is Coop. He doesn't worry about anyone; he worries about himself. I stuck up for my coaches like a (expletive deleted, but it's two words, the first being mother).

"I told [the White Sox] I want to keep my coaching staff, and I never lied to the media. I talked to Jerry Reinsdorf maybe five times [about extensions for the coaches]. The reason I was so comfortable with the Sox was the coaches. Let them sweat it out? Coop was Kenny's guy, and my staff knew that. We all know what he really is."

Guillen did say he was happy for the White Sox and new manager Robin Ventura -- "the Sox picked the right guy," he told Cowley.

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Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 1:08 pm
 

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

By Matt Snyder

Within the past few weeks, the White Sox let manager Ozzie Guillen go and then hired former third baseman Robin Ventura to be the new manager. We knew this. What we didn't know is who exactly general manager Kenny Williams considered for a manager before eventually deciding on Ventura. One name he considered is a shocker: First baseman Paul Konerko.

Yes, current first baseman Paul Konerko. Williams told reporters Tuesday he mulled it over and decided he'd rather Konerko just focus on playing -- also noting he never spoke to Konerko about the thought (Scott Merkin via Twitter).

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The Ventura hire was very unpopular in the Chicago media, so I can't imagine the uproar this would have caused. There hasn't been a player-manager since Pete Rose did so for the Reds back from 1984-86.

Konerko, 35, is a five-time All-Star and a great baseball man. He's played in the majors since 1997 and has been with the White Sox since 1999. There's no question he eventually be an asset in the dugout for someone as a coach or manager, if he wants to take that path with his post-playing career. But there's a reason there hasn't been a player-manager for 25 years. Being a player and being a manager are two entirely different full-time jobs and giving one man both of those is just too much.

In fairness to Williams, "considering" someone and thinking seriously about hiring him are not synonymous. It's just amusing Konerko was even a consideration -- and quite the compliment to the veteran as well.

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Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2011 4:55 pm
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Chicago White Sox

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Another season gone, another disappointment for 29 teams as one is immortalized forever. Let’s take a look back at 2011 and forward in Eye on Baseball’s R.I.P. series... 

Team name: Chicago White Sox
Record: 79-83, 3rd place AL Central, 16 GB
Manager: Ozzie Guillen/Don Cooper
Best hitter: Paul Konerko -- .300/.388/.517 with 31 HR, 105 RBI
Best pitcher:Mark Buehrle -- 13-0, 3.59 ERA, 205 1/3 IP, 109 SO, 45 BB

2011 SEASON RECAP

That feeling Red Sox and Braves fans had in the last days of the season? That's what it felt like all season long on the Southside of Chicago. The White Sox spent big money to bring Adam Dunn to town and dreams of him crushing balls out of U.S. Cellular Field. Instead, he was the biggest flop since Cowboys vs. Aliens. Dunn had an emergency appendectomy early in the season, and that may have been his highlight for 2011, finishing the season hitting .159/.292/.277 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI. The disappointment in Dunn permeated the entire season, even though the White Sox were just three games back in the American League Central leading up to the trade deadline, they never looked like a serious contender. They didn't disappoint, going 11-17 over the last month of the season as manager Ozzie Guillen dropped hints about wanting out before getting his way and being sent to the Marlins for a couple of minor-leaguers.

2012 AUDIT

The White Sox already have nearly $90 million committed for 2012, so there's little chance of a quick fix. Jake Peavy, Alex Rios, Dunn and Konerko alone will account for $55.5 million, more than the entire 2011 opening day payroll for the Diamondbacks, Indians, Padres, Pirates, Rays and Royals. The will be looking to get some of its younger players, like catcher Tyler Flowers and outfielders Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza.

FREE AGENTS

LHP Mark Buehrle
OF Juan Pierre
RHP Jason Frasor ($3.75 team option)
UTIL Omar Vizquel
C Ramon Castro

OFFSEASON FOCUS

  • Forget the big-name managerial candidates. There's no need to throw money at Tony La Russa or Terry Francona. Hire Rays bench coach Dave Martinez. He's learned at the hand of baseball's best manager, Joe Maddon, and he's ready for his own challenge. Martinez also knows the landscape, as part of his long big-league career, he played for both the White Sox and Cubs. Sandy Alomar Jr., another former White Sox, would be a good choice, as well. UPDATE: Former third baseman Robin Ventura has been named manager, just hours after this was originally posted.
  • Avoid the free agent market. Yes, this could be difficult for Kenny Williams, but this is not the time for the White Sox to spend big bucks on free agents.
  • Not that anyone expects anything different, the White Sox should give Buehrle a nice watch and wave him goodbye. Buehrle would like to return, but his price tag is likely too high. His time, like Guillen's, is over.
  • Juan Pierre? Gone.
  • Dangle John Danks and Gavin Floyd. While there are some attractive names on the free agent market, the pitching market isn't as as good as the available position players. Teams will be looking for pitching, and either Floyd (making $7 million in 2012 with a club options or 2013) or Danks (in his final year of arbitration). If neither bring back the kind of return the team wants, you can pull them back. Look at Toronto's trade of Shaun Marcum for Brett Lawrie as an example. The White Sox have by far the worst minor-league system in baseball, and it needs replacements.
  • Tell Chris Sale to get ready to start. Kenny Williams already told him this, but let it be known it's his spot to lose.
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Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:49 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Report: Guillen to Marlins for two players

Guillen

By Evan Brunell

Ozzie Guillen is expected to become the Marlins' new manager in exchange for infielder Osvaldo Martinez (MLB.com) and minor-leaguer Jahn Marinez (Chicago Tribune). To that end, Guillen tweeted Tuesday afternoon that it was "Weird to be in miami in this time but very happy ready to go."

Guillen Leaves White Sox
Guillen was let out of his contract after Monday night's game, capping an end to a tumultuous career as White Sox skipper. Winning the World Series in 2005, Chicago collapsed in 2011 amid high expectations. Guillen's relationship with GM Kenny Williams was by all accounts poisonous, leading to the parting. While Guillen was technically let out of his contract and free to negotiate with any team, the club had arranged a deal with the Marlins should Florida elect to make Guillen its new skipper, which is now clear will come to pass.

It's likely that Guillen will be introduced to the media after Wednesday's season finale for the Marlins, providing a bolt of news for a team that goes into a pivotal offseason with a new stadium, a name change (Florida to Miami) and new logos and uniforms. Guillen himself posted an article Monday night about becoming the Marlins' new manager before it was taken down, the Associated Press reported.

"The post quoted Guillen as saying he was thrilled to join the Marlins and couldn't wait to get started," the AP wrote. "The post went up Monday night, then was removed a short time later and replaced by a blog that discussed Guillen's departure from the Chicago White Sox while making no mention of the Marlins."

Only last year, it was rumored that Chicago wanted left fielder Logan Morrison in exchange for Guillen when the Marlins inquired as to the skipper's availability. That was a steep price to pay and its no wonder Florida passed, but the price dropped significantly once Guillen's future in Chicago was settled. Martinez, 23, is a solid defender but struggles with the bat. He's amassed a handful of at-bats each of the last two years, totaling 71 plate appearances with a .258/.300/.348 line. In Triple-A, he hit just .245/.296/.322 in 371 PA. Martinez figures to serve as a defensive replacement off the bench for the White Sox and could replace Omar Vizquel if the ageless infielder moves on.

Marinez had a 3.57 ERA for Double-A this season, striking out 11.5 per nine innings in 58 innings while also walking 6.5. If he can tighten up his command, he has the power potential to eventually become a top setup man or closer.

It's not yet known who the minor-leaguer is and that will truly determine the value of this deal. But already, both Florida and Chicago have won. The White Sox end the constant soap opera, while the Marlins finally get their man to lead the team into what they hope is a new beginning.

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Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Is Ozzie on his way out of Chicago?

Ozzie GuillenBy C. Trent Rosecrans

It's beginning to look more and more like the Ozzie Guillen era with the White Sox is coming to an end.

Not only did FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal cite a "source with knowledge of Guillen's thinking" as saying there was only a 10 percent probability that Guillen would return in 2012, there was something more telling from Guillen's own mouth, something so shocking that it can only mean he's looking to leave: support of White Sox general manager Kenny Williams.

Before Chicago's game in Kansas City, Guillen told reporters Williams shouldn't lose his job (which has to mean he doesn't want to be back, right?)

"He did a good job. One thing about it -- all the people in Chicago, they're going to blame Kenny," Guillen said (via the Chicago Tribune). "I remember when we made this club, (everybody) was excited. Don't turn your back on the man. Don't do that. I took the blame yesterday. I think they gave me a good club to manage it. We don't play well? Yes, and we have to [take the] blame. Who? Pitchers, catchers, hitters. No, no. Blame the team, but I'm the one running this club. But don't turn on Kenny. People in Chicago, don't do that."

Rosenthal reported Guillen and Williams' relationship was "unsalvageable," according to the same source. So could his pleas for the White Sox to keep Williams mean that if there's a decision between him or his G.M., he wants Williams to stay and himself out -- and on to Florida?

Guillen said his team had "lost its fight" following Wednesday's loss and it looks like maybe he has too.

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Posted on: September 4, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Guillen says he wants to stay in Chicago

Ozzie GuillenBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Today's Ozzie Guillen update: the White Sox manager says he wants to stay in Chicago.

Before Sunday night's game, Guillen was asked about his "strength of conviction to return." His answer:

"Two-thousand percent," Guillen said (MLB.com). "That's the talk about dinner, lunch, sleep, everything. This is the talk with my family. And we never change one bit. All my time, my desire, everything has been Chicago.

"See this White Sox logo? I'm part of that. I wish I could be in the Hall of Fame one time, so I could wear this freaking uniform. That's how much I love this organization."

Guillen said he's not sure what he would do if he was asked to change his coaching staff.

On Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported general manager Kenny Williams had an argument with hitting coach Greg Walker. Earlier in the week the newspaper reported that Guillen and Williams' relationship was "beyond repair" and then Guillen said he wouldn't manage next season without an extension. Guillen is under contract for 2012.

Without meaningful games to be played to take the attention away from Guillen's future (the White Sox are fading fast in the American League Central), and that question may not be answered quickly. The big question is if Guillen will go -- or the White Sox will let him go -- to the Marlins, who open a new ballpark in 2012 and their current manager, Jack McKeon, reportedly will not return next season.

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