Kaplan: Sox protected by insurance policy for Peavy

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Kaplan: Sox protected by insurance policy for Peavy

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Posted: 2:24 p.m.

By David Kaplan
CSNChicago.com

Thank Goodness for Insurance

Baseball sources tell us that while Jake Peavy's contract calls for him to be paid 16 million in 2011 and 17 million in 2012, plus a 4 million dollar buyout of his 2013 option year which was for 22 million, the White Sox are significantly protected by an insurance policy that was originally purchased by the San Diego Padres when Peavy signed his current three-year deal in 2009. While exact figures are not available we hear that approximately 65 of the dollars owed to Peavy are covered by insurance. Depending on the severity of his injury, that savings should allow the White Sox some flexibility if they decide to trade for another pitcher during the season.

Peavys agent Barry Axelrod would not comment on the value of the insurance policy but he did tell us that his client fully cooperated when the Padres went to insure the contract. We had a responsibility to cooperate and do all that was asked by the insurance company and Jakes former club (San Diego) to allow them to insure his deal and we did do that.

Axelrod also told us that it is now much more difficult to insure long term deals on pitchers than it was just a few years ago. Industry wide it is becoming much more difficult to insure a contract for a pitcher beyond three years because of the risk of injury in the job, Axelrod said.

Iowa hoopster Cully Payne transfers to Loyola

Former Schaumburg HS basketball star Cully Payne has decided to transfer from Iowa to Loyola. Payne was named to the All Big 10 Freshmen team in 2009-10 and will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2011-12 season per NCAA rules.

Dining Out Dept

Bulls players Taj Gibson and Ronnie Brewer enjoying dinner together at Hugos Frog Bar over the weekend.

White Sox stars John Danks and Peavy taking rookie third baseman Brent Morel to dinner at The Fifty50.

Acting legend Burt Reynolds dining at Harry Carays on Navy Pier.

This from the Cincinnati Enquirer

Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman, who got the last three games off to get over a tender elbow, worked the ninth inning of Monday night's loss to the Pirates and threw a pitch that registered 106 mph on the scoreboard but was clocked at 103 on another pitch tracker. Read the rest of the story here.

More from The Cincinnati Enquirer

Reds pitcher Mike Leake was charged with misdemeanor theft hours before Monday's game after being accused of removing security tags from six T-shirts at a downtown store and leaving without paying for them, store security and police said. Employees at Macy's called police after they said Leake removed the tags from six American Rag T-shirts, valued at 59.88, and left the store with them. The incident was captured by security cameras, police documents state. Read the rest of the story here.

David Kaplan is the host of Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast SportsNet. Follow him on Twitter @thekapman.

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

PHOENIX -- The red-hot White Sox ran into Zack Greinke on Monday night.

He cooled them off in a hurry.

Greinke struck out 12 hitters and Daniel Descalso blasted a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the White Sox to a 5-1 loss in front of 18,333 at Chase Field. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the White Sox, who had scored 24 runs in their final two games against the Seattle Mariners.

Descalso’s three-run shot off Gonzalez followed a two-out walk of Chris Owings in the bottom of the fourth inning. It broke a scoreless tie and gave Greinke all the breathing room he needed.

Not only did Greinke strike out a dozen hitters, he limited the White Sox to four hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez had two hits, the first coming after Greinke opened the game by retiring seven straight batters. Leury Garcia homered off Greinke with one out in the fifth inning to break up his bid for a shutout.

It was quite the turnaround from when the White Sox bashed Yovani Gallardo and Chris Heston on consecutive days in Seattle. The White Sox scored a combined nine first-inning runs in winning three of four against the Mariners.

Gonzalez was sharp for three innings as he faced one over the minimum. After he walked nine batters in his previous two starts, Gonzalez walked only one on Monday. The right-hander also yielded a solo home run to Paul Goldschmidt. Gonzalez allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five innings. 

Luis Robert the latest high-end acquisition for White Sox

Luis Robert the latest high-end acquisition for White Sox

PHOENIX -- The White Sox rebuild has another significant addition in Luis Robert, one general manager Rick Hahn won’t discuss until the deal is final.

But that didn’t stop the White Sox general manager from dropping a massive hint during Monday’s media session at Chase Field. As he discussed each aspect of player acquisition, Hahn briefly and, it would seem purposely, paused when he brought up international prospects. Hahn said he’s pleased with how much talent the White Sox have accumulated in the last 11 months only two days after club signed Robert. While Robert is yet another critical piece to the team’s future, Hahn again suggested the White Sox are only part way through the process.

“We were obviously thrilled with the draft last year and we’re getting ready to hopefully repeat that in the coming weeks,” Hahn said. “We’ve been able to do some things internationally that, umm, nice additions to the system potentially. And the last several trades we’ve done have put us in a stronger position as an organization.

“But we’re pleased with what we’ve been able to do in the last 10-11 months (and) we know we’ve got to repeat that over the next 10-11 again to put ourselves in the position we want to be in for the long term.”

Robert is just the latest puzzle piece that the White Sox have added. Hahn started to scoop up high-end talent last June with the additions of Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and others in the amateur draft. Each of the team’s first five selections was listed in Baseball America’s top-10 White Sox prospect list when it was first issued in November. But that list was totally overhauled when the White Sox added seven more prospects in December with the trades of Adam Eaton and Chris Sale.

The addition of Robert (pronounced Robber), who could be ranked the No. 3 prospect in the White Sox farm system, is the latest big piece. He potentially gives the White Sox another big bat in the future, one that was needed as many of the recent additions have been pitchers.

The White Sox also hold the 11th overall pick in June’s draft and are hopeful for another bountiful draft class. They expect to hold a high pick in the 2018 draft as well.

And that doesn’t count the young talent they could add later this summer when the White Sox begin to sell off more pieces around the Aug. 1 trade deadline. Though the club has outperformed expectations with its 20-22 start, Hahn has always maintained the club is focused on the big picture. That view would appear to include Hahn picking up his mobile phone often over the next few months.

“We’ve received a lot of phone calls because of the talent on this roster,” Hahn said. “We’re remaining very open-minded about whatever opportunities make us better for the long run. Our focus is on doing something that’s more sustainable than one season. We’re in the same mode we were in this past offseason, looking for opportunities to find some long-term pieces to put us in a place to contend on annual basis.

“It’s gotta fit for the long term. That’s sort of the same approach for the entire offseason that was build something for the future. Some of it you’re seeing here in 2017 and some of it’s going to take a little longer.”