A look at the course of action teams from the junior circuit are considering this offseason, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.
The hot stove season really began to heat up this week during the general manager's meetings in Orlando and figures to only get warmer by the time executives return to the Magic Kingdom on December 6 for the winter meetings. Here is a look at what each of the American League teams might do between now and the start of spring training:
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The Sox remain just a few moves away from striking distance in a perennially winnable AL Central.
Kenny Williams hasn’t always seen eye to eye with either PECOTA or his human counterparts, but the White Sox GM has managed to maintain his position for a full decade, experiencing considerable success along the way. The collection of talent he assembled last season finished with the sixth-best record in the AL, which left the Sox six games behind the Twins in what seems to be a perennially winnable Central division. Chicago’s third-order record backed up its status as the second-best the Central had to offer.
Optioned RHP Carlos Torres to Charlotte (Triple-A); purchased the contract of LHP Chris Sale from Charlotte. [8/4]
Activated 4C-L Mark Teahen from the 15-day DL; optioned 1B/3B-R Dayan Viciedo to Charlotte. [8/13]
Placed LHP Matt Thornton on the 15-day DL (elbow), retroactive to 8/18; placed RHP J.J. Putz on the 15-day DL (knee); activated LHP Erick Threets from the 15-day DL; recalled RHP Lucas Harrell from Charlotte. [8/25]
Placed LHP Erick Threets on the 15-day DL (torn UCL, elbow); recalled RHP Carlos Torres from Charlotte. [8/28]
Claimed DH-R Manny Ramirez off waivers from the Dodgers; transferred RHP Jake Peavy from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [8/30]
Optioned RHP Carlos Torres to Charlotte; activated DH-R Manny Ramirez. [8/31]
Recalled C-R Tyler Flowers and OF-L Alejandro De Aza from Charlotte; purchased the contract of RHP Gregory Infante from Birmingham; designated RHP Clevelan Santeliz for assignment. [9/1]
Outrighted RHP Clevelan Santeliz to Charlotte. [9/2]
Activated LHP Matt Thornton from the 15-day DL; purchased the contract of 3B-R Brent Morel from Charlotte; transferred LHP Erick Threets from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [9/3]
Recalled RHP Carlos Torres and 1B/3B-R Dayan Viciedo from Charlotte. [9/7]
Activated RHP J.J. Putz from the 15-day DL. [9/9]
Edwin Jackson has rebounded well from his 149-pitch no-hitter, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.
Edwin Jackson's right arm has yet to fall off despite throwing a whopping 149 pitches in a no-hitter earlier this season. However, the White Sox pitcher might be in danger of missing time with splinters in the knuckles of his pitching hand.
Manny Ramirez has an odd first press conference with the White Sox, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.
Very little information was revealed by Manny Ramirez in the mercurial slugger's introductory press conference Tuesday afternoon. In fact, about the only thing that was clear during the bizarre 10-minute affair was that non-answers and clichés spoken in Spanish translate into non-answers and clichés in English.
A look at the Twins' new playground, including the scoop on stadium concessions.
For the second consecutive summer, a wedding brought me to Minnesota, affording me the opportunity to check another major-league ballpark off my slowly-growing list.* The contrast between the two Twins venues couldn't have been more stark, but the common denominator was a boisterous fan base backing a playoff contender while affirming that baseball is alive and well in the Gopher State, lest anyone have any doubts. While the Twins hardly resembled that contender on this particular night, as they were trounced 11-0 by the White Sox, their recent roll has given them a leg up on an October berth, their sixth in the nine years since Bud Selig and company tried to shut them down—ostensibly due to owner Carl Pohlad's inability to secure public financing for a new ballpark.
A double dose of no-hit history goes by the wayside in Wrigleyville.
So much for best-laid plans. On Wednesday, we'll be delivering at least a couple of columns talking a bit about what's wrong—and right—with the two teams of the Windy City, but Sunday night's game earned a carved-out column all its own. If it didn't show off what's right or wrong with Chicago's two teams, it did show off what's right about baseball in general, while also showing off Chicago's love for beating its second city rap to flinders. And all because both the White Sox and Cubs chased no-hit bids late into the game, an unusual enough occurrence, but an important reminder that both teams boast big-name rotations, and that by stacking starting pitching talent as well as both clubs have, you may not be guaranteed playoff spots, but you will get a few well-spun ballgames in the course of the campaign.