(Edited to correct three spelling errors. I should have done a better job editing my stuff last night. Sorry…)
The Chicago White Sox have been active shedding salary in a remaking of the 2012 roster.
Carlos Quentin Going Home to San Diego
The Chicago White Sox dealt outfielder Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres for two pitching prospects, Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez.
Quentin broke out in 2008 after the Sox lifted him from Arizona for Chris Carter. Now, the GM that traded Quentin away (Josh Byrnes) gets him back – just in a different city. Quentin grew up in the San Diego area and attended the University of San Diego, so this is a homecoming of sorts for the power hitting outfielder. What might make the Padres nervous is that Quentin has never played more than 131 games or made it to 500 at bats – but he is a consistent threat to hit the ball out – even in spacious San Diego. My take on it, though, is that he will likely hit about .225 with 18 homers – I’ll have to do the math…
White Sox GM Kenny Williams says that Dayan Viciedo will likely get the first shot at being the regular right fielder. Essentially equal in talent to Quentin, Viciedo is also seven years younger and not arbitration eligible…
Simon Castro is a righty starter who has struggled as he has moved up into AA and AAA ball – he’s been especially hard hit at AAA Portland and Tucson. The Sox will have to tinker with him to find an out pitch. Left Pedro Hernandez has superb control and has been more successful at the higher levels. Both will likely need one more year, though, before they contribute to the Sox rotation or bullpen.
Sox Send Frasor to Jays in First Trade of 2012
Just days after acquiring veteran lefty reliever Darren Oliver, the Blue Jays added Jason Frasor – a former Jay – in a trade with the White Sox. The White Sox receive minor league pitchers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb.
Jason Frasor spent eight seasons in Toronto before being sent to Chicago as part of the Colby Rasmus deal last summer and actually has pitched in more games than any other player in Blue Jays history (455).
Myles Jaye was a 17th round pick in 2010 and pitched reasonably well in Bluefield (RK) of the Appalachian League, finishing with a 3 – 3 record with 49 Ks in 54 innings with decent control – not bad for a first year kid out of high school. Daniel Webb pitched at two levels last year, is 22, and hasn’t shown signs of a career a couple of years removed from his days at the Northwest Florida State (thanks to a writer/visitor for pointing out an error here). Unless Jaye pans out, this looks like a salary dump if you ask me.
Ryan Braun’s Suspension a Lock?
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote that he had spoken with an MLB person “in the know” and that person suggested that there is little chance that Ryan Braun‘s positive test for a banned substance will be overturned. According to the article, two things are working against him: (1) that both test samples came back positive, and (2) that the Brewers did not approve anything Braun may have been taking at the time. Already likely without Prince Fielder, the Brewers are planning for a third of the season without the 2011 MVP in left field.
Braves Trainer Loses Wife in New Year’s Eve Crash
The Atlanta Braves are joining together to help Head Athletic Trainer Jeff Porter deal with the aftermath of a horrific car crash that killed his wife, Kathy, and injured himself, his son, David, and family friend Courtney Ann Williams. Porter’s car was hit by a state police car that was racing through an intersection en route to participate in a high speed chase nearby.
Jones Remains a Yankee…
Andruw Jones will return to the Yankees as a utility outfielder and DH for $2 million and incentives. Last year, the veteran outfielder hit .247 with 13 homers in hitter friendly Yankee Stadium. Is Jones still thought of as a Hall of Fame candidate?
Those celebrating with cards, cake, or remembrances include:
Tim Keefe (1857)
Bumpus Jones (1870)
Ethan Allen (1904)
Hank Greenberg (1911)
Earl Torgeson (1924)
La Marr Hoyt (1953)
Fernando Tatis (1975)
Hank and Hoyt you probably heard of… Bumpus Jones was a pitcher for hire in the 1890s and early 1900s – mostly in the minors. However, in his first ML game, he threw a no-hitter. Fernando Tatis, you may recall, hit two grand slams in the same inning – the best inning of hitting ever.