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Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:27 am
Edited on: February 28, 2012 11:04 am
 

Astros name Brett Myers their closer

Brett Myers

By C. Trent Rosecrans


The Astros' search for a closer has led them to their own rotation. Brett Myers, Houston's opening-day starter a season ago, will close this season, manager Brad Mills told reporters on Tuesday.

Houston Astros
Myers has been a starter in all but one of his 10 years in the majors, closing for the Phillies in 2007. Last year he was 7-14 with a 4.46 ERA in 34 games, 33 of those starts. In 2007, he had 21 saves after moving from the team's opening-day starter to the back of its bullpen. He had a 4.33 ERA overall that season, but had a 2.87 ERA in 48 appearances as a reliever.

The team approached Myers about the switch after he reported to camp. Houston signed Lian Hernandez and Zach Duke to minor-league deals in the offseason to join the rotation with Wandy Rodriguez, Bud Norris and J.A. Happ. The team also has Jordan Lyles, Lucas Harrell, Henry Sosa and Kyle Weiland competing for a starting spot.

"From my standpoint, we have some depth in the rotatiton between Duke, Livan, Happ, Sosa and Harrell and all the young guys," Luhnow told reporters, including Brian McTaggert of MLB.com. "We feel like we're in pretty good shape there and have some choices. We felt like we were a little exposed in the bullpen and having a guy who's been successful in that role and who's got the mentality and stuff to do well takes the pressure off of Brandon Lyon coming off an injury and doesn't put pressure on young kids like David Carpenter and Wilton Lopez."

Lyon started the season as the team's closer last season, but was injured early in the season. Mark Melancon took over, picking up 20 saves. The Astros traded Melancon to the Red Sox for infielder Jed Lowrie and Weiland in December.

Myers, 31, is in the second year of a two-year deal paying him $11 million this season. The Astros have a $10 million club option (with a $3 million buyout) for 2013 that vests based on his number of starts. According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter), the team has adjusted Myers' option in accordance to his new role.

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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What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional?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: February 21, 2011 6:09 pm
 

'Big day' for Peavy

Jake PeavyThe first day of live batting practice is usually a big day for pitchers and batters, being the first step back actual baseball activities -- but Monday's session was even more important for White Sox starter Jake Peavy.

"A day like today is a fun day and a big day for you because there are times you think you'll never do what I did today again," Peavy told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. "I certainly think about it when you're sitting down with surgeons and they're trying to figure out how they're going to do surgery and try to figure out a rehab program. It's something that does cross your mind. What if I come back, and I'm never close to the same? Certainly, those are things you think about when you have alone time, but I think we're all past that and moving forward to being who I know I can be."

Peavy threw about 40 pitches to Jordan Danks, Stefan Gartrell and Brandon Short. Peavy said he threw at about 75 percent intensity and also threw some breaking pitches. The next test is how he reacts Tuesday, the day after throwing.

Peavy is expected to pitch March 4 against the Angels in another big test. Peavy has said that he hopes to be ready for opening day, but the White Sox won't need a fifth starter until a little while after that. Chris Sale will not be an option to replace Peavy in the rotation -- Phil Humber, Lucas Harrell, Jeff Gray and Charlie Leesman have been noted as options to pitch in the fifth spot instead of Peavy.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 17, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Sale will spend 2011 in bullpen

Chris Sale Chris Sale will start the season in the bullpen, White Sox general manager Ken Williams said on Thursday.

"Chris Sale is going to be in the bullpen," Williams told reporters, including the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzales . "This is very important because I had to explain this to my coaching staff as well: the reason we had Chris Sale as starter is because that's what he has done his whole life. So if you tell him to prepare differently, you might not see the guy you last saw in September.

"We want him to prepare as he did so we can expect the same guy to show up. That means using all of his pitchers and building him up as a starter. He has shown he can transfer that to a relief role."

There had been a belief that Sale could start the season as a starter until Jake Peavy is ready. Now, Phil Humber, Lucas Harrell, Jeff Gray and Charlie Leesman will compete for the temporary fifth starter's spot until Peavy's ready.

Peavy threw a bullpen session on Thursday and said it was "just what I expected, because I've been on the mound before. Just nice and easy. Nothing too much. Just a side session."

Sale was drafted last season out of Florida Gulf Coast University and debuted on Aug. 6 against the Orioles. He pitched in 21 games for the White Sox, going 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA and four saves in 23 1/3 innings pitch. He struck out 32 and walked 10.

Despite making the majors as a reliever and spending this season as a reliever, the White Sox still believe he'll be a starter long-term.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 2:27 pm
 

White Sox put Putz, Thornton on DL

Bobby Jenks
Not long ago, everyone was calling for Bobby Jenks to be deposed as White Sox closer. After all, Chicago had options from the right (J.J. Putz) and left (Matt Thornton) sides that were both pitching incredibly well.

How quickly things can change. On Wednesday, both Putz and Thornton were put on the disabled list, and the White Sox are feeling lucky to have Jenks (pictured) around.

Thornton has an elbow problem and Putz, who came out of Tuesday's game after just three pitches, a knee problem. Both have had MRI exams that showed no damage, but both need time and are unavailable. The Chicago bullpen, which also saw Tony Pena throw seven innings in a spot start Saturday, is in dire straits.

Coming up as reinforcements are left-hander Erick Threets, who is coming back from a DL stint due to turf toe, and rookie right-hander Lucas Harrell, whose only major-league appearance was a successful start on July 30.

"I need some guys that can go out there," manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters after Tuesday's game. "I'm not saying we're in trouble, but I think everyone in the bullpen has to pick it up a notch for at least the next seven days ... We'll figure it out."

-- David Andriesen

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