Wow. I completely bailed on the blog for the past week. I just haven't really had anything worthwhile to add, so rather than trying to squeeze an entry out of nothing, I elected to completely abandon it instead. Have no fear, I have not disappeared entirely, and neither have the sox.
Last week they made a few roster moves to finalize their 40-man roster.
...The White Sox purchased the contracts of right-handers Kris Honel and Matt Smith, and infielder Pedro Lopez from Double-A Birmingham. They also purchased the contracts of right-hander Sean Tracey, left-hander Paulino Reynoso and infielder Casey Rogowski from Single-A Winston-Salem.
Basically, they just added those players who they valued enough to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Currently, the Sox roster has 37 players on it, making them eligible to select players in the Rule 5. It also means there was room available to protect other players.
The Sox lost Rudy Yan
and Ryan Wing
to the Texas Rangers when they were removed from the 40-man. Yan isn't really much of a loss. He could steal some bases, but you can't steal first base. Wing was injured and didn't pitch in '04. The Sox just figured that the he wouldn't get claimed; Wrong
. The Rangers scouts remembered both Wing and Yan from the Carl Everett deal in '03.
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The Sox also made their first free agent signing of the season, inking former Giant and Padre Kevin Walker(complete stats
). This is essentially a non-signing. The way I read the press release
, he is only guaranteed $100k, and would only make the reported $550k if he somehow makes the 25-man roster. He is a left-handed pitcher, so, you never know. He's strangely more effective against righties. Somewhere, Dave Sanders
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A little birdie told me the Baseball America top ten prospect list for the White Sox, even though it's not released on the Web until the 29th. I'm putting together a little something, in between avoiding my family and watching the Bears blow another game on national TV.