My weekly offseason opinions and observations about the White Sox:
There’s nothing more I’d like to do than write about all the trades the White Sox have made and the free agents they’ve signed. But as Lucy of Peanuts fame once told Charlie Brown when he wanted to know why he couldn’t excel in baseball AND win over that little red-haired girl, “We live in a real world.”
So, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday the truth is that there’s not much to report except some interesting rumors and minor transactions that came out this week from the GM meetings in Orlando and elsewhere.
Here’s what I do know:
* The White Sox are still among the teams targeting Nationals slugger Adam Dunn. The Tigers and Cubs are among the other suitors. Conventional wisdom says the Sox won’t get him.
* The Sox aren’t shopping Carlos Quentin, but reports have the Phillies interested in the Pale Hose rightfielder.
* The Rockies are showing interest in Sox righty Gavin Floyd and outfielder Andruw Jones, who was hot and cold last season on the South Side.
* Word is that if A.J. Pierzynski isn’t back in the fold, former Sox backstop Miguel Olivo may be.
* Once a top Angels prospect, lefthanded hitting third baseman Dallas McPherson has signed a Sox minor league pact and likely will be invited to spring training. Also signed to a minor league deal was reliever Brian Bruney, who was on the 2009 World Champion Yankees.
* One player the Sox won’t get is the exciting Carl Crawford, a free agent who will be leaving Tampa Bay as the Rays cut payroll. Too expensive for the Sox to seriously consider, the Angels and Tigers are both very much in the running.
* Four ex-Sox pitchers are in the news. Jose Contreras just signed a two-year extension with the Phillies. Javy Vazquez has expressed interest in the Marlins and the team is interested in him, but Florida may not be able to afford him (the Nationals are a possibility). The Rockies are interested in signing Jon Garland, but it appears he may find a better deal elsewhere–maybe with the Orioles. And two-time Sox hurler Bartolo Colon isn’t done. He’s making a comeback with the hope somebody will take a chance on him.
* If Cliff Lee doesn’t sign with the Rangers, AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz may move into the rotation. If the Sox non-tender Bobby Jenks, the big guy may wind up as the Texas closer.
* The Diamondbacks covet free agent J.J. Putz, hoping he can solidify their bullpen. If Putz heads to Arizona or elsewhere and Jenks isn’t retained, it’s be interesting to see what the Sox brass decides to do with the pen.
* Word out of St. Louis is that Colby Rasmus, the talented, lefthanded hitting centerfielder the Sox apparently covet, is pretty much off the market. In Kenny Williams we trust, but don’t count on Rasmus patrolling center on the South Side next season.
* Shortstop Eduardo Escobar, who turned heads with his impressive all-round play in the Arizona Fall League, has been placed on the White Sox’s 40-man roster along with righthanded pitchers Anthony Carter and Nate Jones. Escobar and Carter played at Birmingham in 2010, Jones was at Class A Winston-Salem.
* There’s speculation that the Sox are considering ’09 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui as their DH. He hit 21 homers with 87 RBI while batting .274 for the Angels this past season.
* Don’t expect the Sox to offer arbitration to Manny Ramirez. Oakland may be his next stop.
Happy Thanksgiving White Sox fans…Don’t forget to be thankful for your family, friends, good health–and for being a Sox fan.