Word on the Street: Sox claim Joaquin

Word on the Street: Sox claim Joaquin

Monday, Nov. 22, 2010
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Sox claim Joaquin
The White Sox claimed relief pitcher Waldis Joaquin off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Joaquin, 23, made only four appearances after making the Giants opening day roster in 2010, racking up a hefty 9.64 ERA. He spent the rest of the season in Triple-A Fresno, where he had a 1-2 record with a 4.93 ERA in 23 appearances.

Joaquin's fastball has been clocked at 97 mph. His addition brings the Sox's 40-man roster to 35. (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Eagles CB Hobbs to miss game vs. Bears

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs will miss at least 1 week with a disc injury to his neck. Hobbs suffered the injury on Sunday night in the Eagles 27-17 win over the Giants. Hobbs was down on the field for 11 minutes after suffering the injury before coming off the field.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said he did not know the severity of the injury, only that he would not be available to play next Sunday against the Bears. (Washington Post)
Gibson misses second straight practice

Bulls forward Taj Gibson missed his second straight practice on Monday, and said that he will visit a foot specialist. Gibson said he suffered a pinched nerve in his right foot warming up for practice.

"Ididn't turn my ankle or anything," Gibson said. "It was the nerve on the side of my foot. It was tingling. I'm just hoping it's nothing serious. We don't know about (Tuesday against the Lakers)." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Votto wins NL MVP

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was named the National League MVP on Monday. Led by Votto, the Reds made their first playoff appearance since 1995. That was also the last year that a Red, Barry Larkin, won an MVP award. Votto received 31 of 32 first place votes, nearly sweeping the voting. Pujols, who came in second in voting, received the other first place vote.

When I found out I won the N.L. M.V.P., I thought I must have snuck it in there, said Votto, I didnt think it would be so conclusive. (New York Times)

Tinoisamoa expected to return vs. Eagles

Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa is expected to be back this Sunday when the Bears and Eagles square off at Soldier Field. Tinoisamoa missed last Thursday's game against Miami due to a knee injury. His return will send Nick Roach back to the bench. (Rotoworld)

SI ranks Bears No. 9

Sports Illustrated, who ranked the Bears 29th in their preseason rankings, ranked the team No. 9 in this week's power rankings. The Bears' Thursday night domination of the Miami Dolphins helped spring the Bears into the top 10, up five spots from last week's rankings. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

Jack Swarbrick shoots down Brian Kelly rumors, says things are 'business as usual' at Notre Dame

Jack Swarbrick shoots down Brian Kelly rumors, says things are 'business as usual' at Notre Dame

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick shot down any and all rumors about Brian Kelly being fired or leaving South Bend for another job on his radio show with Jack Nolan this week, and said things are operating as usual within the Irish football program. 

"I certainly understand the sort of the engagement and the discussion of the program, but it’s been very much business as usual," Swarbrick said. 

Swarbrick, who in an October comment to ESPN gave a vote of confidence to Kelly, said while he was disappointed with Notre Dame's 4-8 season, he evaluated the seventh-year Irish coach from a larger viewpoint. That viewpoint included 2015's 10-3 season, which Swarbrick said was a "remarkable" coaching job by Kelly after Notre Dame lost an unprecedented number of key players to season-ending injuries. 

"It was an extremely disappointing year,” Swarbrick said. “Every player, every coach, myself, other administrators involved in the program, we all share the same view. There's no way around that conclusion. It's not bad breaks, it's not a play here or a play there, we didn't do what we need to do. 

"But I think there’s a danger in overreacting to any one piece of information that you get in the course of evaluating football programs. That begins with — it looks one way from a this season perspective, but it feels a little different for me from a two-season perspective. I thought last year was one of the best coaching jobs I’ve seen, and I’ve been around elite-level coaches for 35 years. I think to achieve what we achieve with the things we faced with the attrition of our roster, which was like nothing I’ve ever seen before, was a really remarkable year as reflected in the contributions that the players and coaches made to collectively achieve that year.

"This year we get a different result. You don’t ignore it, you certainly evaluate it and pay attention to it, but I don’t look at it in isolation. I look at it in the context of where the program is overall."

Swarbrick made clear that Notre Dame's academic violations brought to light by the NCAA's Nov. 22 report are not a factor in reviewing Kelly's status, pointing to there being no evidence of a lack of institutional control or a coach or academic advisor spurring the cheating that took place a few years ago. Swarbrick's vote of confidence to Kelly came four weeks to the date of the NCAA committee on infractions' hearing with Notre Dame, at which Swarbrick and Kelly were present. 

"When in mid-season I made that comment I did about Brian’s future, I already had that information," Swarbrick said. "This wasn’t something new coming late into the season I had to factor in." 

Swarbrick said he and Kelly had a discussion the day after Notre Dame's season-ending loss at USC, after which multiple reports surfaced detailing that Kelly had explored other coaching options outside Notre Dame. Kelly said he "absolutely" wanted to be back at Notre Dame immediately after the USC game and put out an early-morning statement a few hours later pushing back on those reports. 

"I fully understood the background of those reports," Swarbrick said. "Brian and I had clear discussions about his intentions and his future, and of course he clarified those I think both at the press conference after the game and then when his subsequent statement went out."

When asked if Notre Dame's board of trustees could still step in and go over his head to fire Kelly, Swarbrick said "No, no. It doesn't work that way here."

So things are operating normally at Notre Dame, according to Swarbrick, even though end-of-the-season meetings are happening a month earlier than they normally do. Swarbrick said he'll meet with Kelly on Friday to discuss the future of Kelly's coaching staff, but doesn't expect massive changes beyond bringing in a new defensive coordinator. Whatever staff changes do come will flow from the new coordinator hire. 

"I think we have a very talented staff of committed coaches and broader staff in the program," Swarbrick said. "So I don’t anticipate wholesale changes."