Sox Drawer: How Close was Peavy to Cubs?

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Sox Drawer: How Close was Peavy to Cubs?

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
6:30 PM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

Not sure how many Cubs fans read the Sox Drawer, but a warning to those who do: The following sentence from Jake Peavy could be hazardous to your health.

My agent called me and said, This trade to the Cubs is about to go down, its about to get done, Peavy said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet about his near trade last winter to the North Side. In the next couple of days, we basically agreed on a deal. I was excited about the opportunity.

But as we know, that opportunity never materialized.

Talks between the Padres and Cubs broke down. The same with the Padres and White Sox later that May after Peavy vetoed the deal, preferring to stay in the National League for the moment. However, Kenny Williams made one last attempt to pry Peavy loose last July, and just minutes before the trade deadline, Peavy gave the Padres the green light to send him to the Sox.

But how fortunes would have changed had Peavy gone to the Cubs ...

I knew I was getting ready to leave San Diego, Peavy recalled. It was just inevitable, and I was excited about going to a great city and great franchise. I dont want to sit here because were arch rivals and talk bad about the Cubs. Theyve got a great franchise and history and I was excited about being a part of that, but it didnt work out and Im certainly glad about where I am today.

Peavy is from the South. Does he have a little South Side in him?

There is, Peavy said with a laugh. You know what I love about the White Sox, they seem to be a blue collar team. We dont have any prima donnas, no pretty boys. Were just a bunch of good ol boys who dont mind getting dirty. If you look at the past, Carlton Fisk, even our manager Ozzie, were just a bunch of good ol boys.

Ozzie Guillen, a good ol boy? Thats a first.

I think we embrace the people of the South Side of Chicago, and certainly that relates to where I come from for sure.

Jake admits that hes a fiery guy, which just so happens to be a trait shared by his catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, and his manager, who can occasionally be a bad good ol boy.

Does Peavy expect to see some problems from time to time?

It certainly has all the capabilities to," he said. "Im passionate and believe what I believe, and A.J. and Ozzie are the same way. But at the end of the day, we love one another. Its all going to be in good fun, if anything was to happen. But Ill certainly back down to anything from my manager. Hes the one in charge. But Im going to speak my mind in a respectful way, Ill promise you that.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox slugger Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

Yoan Moncada 'relieved' to get first White Sox hit out of way

Yoan Moncada 'relieved' to get first White Sox hit out of way

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yoan Moncada can’t complain much about his first hit with the White Sox.

Given all the elements, it rates about a 9 1/ 2 out of 10. Only a homer would have been better.

Baseball’s top prospect continues to look comfortable at the plate and in the field. Two days after he made his team debut, Moncada earned his first hit when he ripped a two-out, bases-loaded triple early in Friday night’s 7-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Moncada finished 1-for-4 with four RBIs.

“Once I got that first hit, I felt relieved,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “First, because it was the first one. And second because of the situation. It was a three RBIs triple. It was a very big moment of the game. I think that from now on I’m going to feel more relaxed and comfortable.”

Moncada has put together a series of good plate appearances in his first two games. He’s looked at ease while in the box and hasn’t panicked even when he gets behind in the count. Moncada said he felt even more comfortable when he stepped in to face Royals starter Ian Kennedy in the third inning. Not only was it his second time facing Kennedy, but Moncada sat in the on-deck circle as Matt Davidson drew a 10-pitch walk to load the bases with two outs.

Hitting left-handed, Moncada fell behind 0-2 in the count but Kennedy hung a 78-mph knuckle curve and the rookie lined it deep into the left-center field gap to clear the bases. Moncada not only showed his power, he also showed off his wheels: his 11.24 seconds from home to third was the fastest time by a White Sox player this season, according to MLB Statcast.

“He's seeing the ball,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He seems pretty calm, composed out there. It's just a couple of days, but in terms of how he's carrying himself, his body language, he seems to be transitioning pretty well up to this point, first couple of days.”

Moncada said Friday was much calmer than his Wednesday debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he drew a walk and went 0-for-2. The switch-hitting second baseman had an RBI groundout in his first at-bat Friday to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Then he stood in and tracked Kennedy with Davidson at the plate.

All in all, Moncada’s happy with how he’s executed his plan at the plate thus far. He said he choked up on the 0-2 pitch and put a good swing on it.

“That at-bat gave me more time to see in real life his pitches,” Moncada said. “I’ve been feeling very comfortable. In Chicago, that first game, it was a little bit nervous. But overall I feel very comfortable hitting and with my defense.”

Is it time for the White Sox to call up Reynaldo Lopez?

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Is it time for the White Sox to call up Reynaldo Lopez?

With Yoan Moncada now with the White Sox and making an early impact, White Sox fans may be wondering which highly-touted prospect is next to join the big league roster.

Reynaldo Lopez is certainly making a strong case for himself in Triple-A Charlotte. Lopez, one of the pitchers the Sox received from the Washington Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade, gave up one run in six innings for the Knights on Friday night. That was the latest in a string of five strong starts for the 23-year-old.

In Friday's 2-1 loss against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, Lopez struck out six and allowed just two hits and one walk. That's five straight starts for Lopez in which he has allowed two or fewer runs while pitching six or more innings.

Here's his last five starts:

June 29 vs. Columbus: 6 2/3 innings, 1 run, 11 strikeouts, 1 walk, 6 hits

July 4 at Durham: 6 innings, 1 run, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, 5 hits

July 9 at Louisville: 6 innings, 2 runs, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, 7 hits

July 16 vs. Gwinnett: 7 innings, 1 run, 12 strikeouts, 2 walks, 2 hist

Tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: 6 innings, 1 run, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, 2 hits

Loepz has a 3.65 ERA on the season with 107 strikeouts in 106 innings against 40 walks and 90 hits. In a short stint in the majors last season, Lopez had a 4.91 ERA in 44 innings in six starts and five relief appearances for the Nationals.

Does Guaranteed Rate Field await the Dominican right-hander?