Word on the Street: Sox looking to trade Floyd?

Word on the Street: Sox looking to trade Floyd?

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
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Floyd on the block

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd is reportedly on the trading block as the MLB GMs meet in Orlando, Fla., this week.

Floyd has a contract through the 2012 season with a club option for 2013, but the 27-year-old starter may still be dealt nonetheless. He had a 4.08 ERA last year with the Sox and according to Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald, the South Siders may deal Floyd to the Rockies for 25-year-old third baseman Ian Stewart, who hit 18 homers in 121 games last year. Floyd would likely be a good fit in Colorado, posting a career-best 49.9 percent groundball rate in the '10 season.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, however, believes the Brewers, Yankees, Rangers, Marlins, Nationals, Astros, Pirates, Diamondbacks and Dodgers are also expected to have interest in Floyd besides the Rockies. (MLB Trade Rumors, Daily Herald)

Cubs close to a trade?

Not to be outdone by their Chicago counterparts, the Cubs are reportedly close to a deal with the Texas Rangers. 25-year-old first baseman Chris Davis is the main component of the deal, as the Cubs are wanting to diminish their gaudy payroll, not add to it, which means a trade would help fit that bill rather than signing an expensive free agent. The Rangers are also in need of a catcher and the Cubs have two talented catchers in the minor leagues in Welington Castillo and Robinson Chirinos.

Davis is a power-hitting left-handed bat, exactly the type of player the Cubs have expressed interest in. He only hit .192 with 1 HR in 45 games last year, but hit 21 homers just two short years ago. (Cubbies Crib, SB Nation Dallas)

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The All Star game starters will be announced Jan. 27. (Chicago Tribune)

Sox keying in on Olivo

With A.J. Pierzynski filing for free agency, the White Sox need somebody to fill the hole at catcher and rumor has it they might be turning to Miguel Olivo, who began his Major League career with Chicago in 2002.

Pierzynski was a clubhouse leader, but only threw out 26.5 percent of would-be base stealers last year. Olivo, on the other hand, threw out 42.3 percent of runners, second only to Yadier Molina (48.5) in the Majors. Olivo also provided some offense, smacking 14 homers in '09. (Chicago Tribune)

Yankees extend invite to Piniella

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Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said Piniella will "always be a consultant for me." (Chicago Tribune)

Bears somehow avoiding injury bug

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The Vikings are in what Marvez calls the "Stable Condition" category while Green Bay falls under "Intensive Care" and the Lions are in the worst shape, falling under the "On Life Support". (FoxSports.com)

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Todd Frazier wasn’t pleased with a call Saturday afternoon that led to the first ejection of his career.

It’s not that the White Sox third baseman is arguing about whether or not he deserved to get thrown out in the seventh inning of a 10-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. Frazier is more miffed by first-base umpire Sam Holbrook’s initial ruling --- that his throw pulled Jose Abreu off the bag --- and the determination by replay officials that the call was correct.

Frazier was ejected shortly after word arrived that the call stands, which means officials in New York didn’t believe they have enough evidence to overturn the original ruling. That fact bothered Frazier, who was charged with an error and began to speak his mind. White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected shortly thereafter for the third straight home game.

“It’s just frustrating with the technology we have today,” Frazier said. “It’s just crazy. It boggles your mind. It really does. You know -- I’m the one. I’m vocal. I’m emotional. But when it’s wrong, 100 percent wrong. I saw it on the MLB Network. I saw it in our cameras and our computers. I just don’t understand how we can see it and they can’t see it in New York. It’s just, it’s frustrating as all hell to be honest with you. It turned into a big inning. We were down a lot, don’t get me wrong. But still, Jake (Petricka) is pitching his heart out and next thing you know he gives up an unearned run and two more runs. So it’s really not that hard. Honest. It’s not that hard.”

Renteria raced onto the field in an attempt to save Frazier from a quick ejection, but didn’t have enough time. It was the third home game in a row in which a White Sox player was ejected for the first time in their career. Tim Anderson got the boot on Friday night after he argued with plate umpire Jim Wolf. And Avisail Garcia got tossed from the June 15 series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Renteria said taking into context who his players are and their track record made him want to further defend their actions.

“I don't ever go into a situation arguing with someone to get thrown out,” Renteria said. “I don't. I think what happens is, like anybody emotionally, when you start talking and expressing yourself, you have a tendency to get heated. You don't plan on doing that. I certainly don't go out there planning on having that happen. I think what happens, and I think it's just human nature, you start thinking about the whole situation, you're losing a player. You're losing a guy that's supposed to be in there for the next two, three innings to help you maybe continue to chip away. Our team has been fighting every day, since day one of spring training. I don’t care what our record is, I don't care what the score is, we fight. And when you take one of those pieces out of the lineup, you get pissed.”

Even though he had a chance to cool off, Frazier still felt the same after the contest. He stuck his head into the team’s video room after the game to check out the play. Teams have a variety of angles from which they can determine whether or not to challenge a call. They also have the option of taking a freeze frame and magnifying the picture, which left no doubt in Frazier’s mind that the call was incorrect.

“Like I said just frustrating,” Frazier said. “It’s just not that hard. And with all the technology like I said, I don’t mean to repeat ourselves, but with all the technology and 8 different angles it’s just one of those things where I just can’t let that go. It turned into a huge inning. You never know. We were down 6 we coulda came back. You gotta be 100 percent. You gotta be 100 percent right on that and I really don’t think he was.”