Friday, Oct. 29, 2010
Alleged Guillen trade to Florida nixed
According to sources from inside the front office for the Florida Marlins, the alleged trade of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for top outfield prospect Mike Stanton was never even discussed.
As Chris De Luca, a staff reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, reports:
"According to major-league sources, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was intent on making Guillen his next manager. Talks, sources say, progressed to the point that there was discussion of executing a trade that would send Guillen, who has a year left on his contract, to the Marlins for 20-year-old outfielder Mike Stanton, who hit 22 home runs and knocked in 59 runs in just 100 games as a rookie this season."
According to the same sources, when Guillen met with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf before the season ended, the Marlins talks died.
Guillen, however, is content on staying with the Sox for '11 and possibly beyond.
''My goal is not to just manage the White Sox one year," he said in De Luca's Sun-Times article. "I hope I finish my career there. I'm open to finishing my career there. It's up to them as to what they do.'' (Chicago Sun-Times and Palm Beach Post)
Cubs add to 40-man roster
Catcher Robinson Chirinos' rapid progression continued Friday as the Major League club selected him for the 40-man roster. The 26-year-old Chirinos set a career high with a .326 batting average in 2010, clubbing 18 home runs and 28 doubles while driving in 74 runs.
Over the past two seasons, the catching prospect has advanced from the Cubs' Single-A level to Triple-A, hitting .312 over that span.
The Cubs also outrighted outfielder Jim Adduci to Triple-A Iowa. The 25-year-old hit .248 last year in 114 games for Iowa in '10, but lead the club with 23 steals. (Cubs.com)
Derrick Rose kicks off acting career
Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose is taking his show to primetime TV. Rose will reportedly make an appearance on CBS' drama "The Good Wife." The show stars Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth and takes place in Chicago, but is filmed in New York. It is unknown if Rose will play himself or not. (Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Sky announce new coach
The Chicago Sky annouced Pokey Chatman as the new general manager and head coach for the team. Chatman coached in Russia last year, leading the Russian Spartak Moscow Region to a 16-0 record in the Euroleague. She was head coach of the Louisiana State University's women's basketball team prior to her Euroleague days, and led the Lady Tigers to consecutive NCAA Final Fours.
The Sky finished 2010 with a 14-20 record, good enough for last place in the Eastern Conference. (USA Today)
Sox infielder standing out in Arizona Fall League
Eduardo Escobar, a shortstop in the White Sox's organization, currently stands atop the Arizona Fall League home run chart with three dingers. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two walks in a 15-1 win by his Peoria Saguaros over Phoenix Desert Dogs. (Chicago Tribune)
Sox's Mitchell rehabbing well from injury
Jared Mitchell, one of the White Sox's top outfield prospects, is positive about his return from a devastating ankle injury that cost him all of the 2010 season.
"I haven't lost any speed," he said in a Chicago Tribune article. "Everything will be fine. Right now, my focus will be getting at-bats, getting a chance to play and getting acclimated to the game again."
Mitchell suffered the injury--a tendon tear on the inside of his right ankle--in March, but expects to be fully recovered from the injury and subsequent scar tissue by the start of Spring Training. (Chicago Tribune)
Fox Sports' Whitlock calls for Kelly's job after student death
Jason Whitlock, a columnist for FoxSports.com, is calling for Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly's job after Kelly negligently allowed team manager and videographer Declan Sullivan to stay in a 50-foot tall tower to film practice Wednesday.
Sullivan was up in the tower as hazardous winds whipped around him and eventually caused the tower to crash down, killing the 20-year-old in the process. Whitlock claims it's a head coach's job to put the safety of all students over the course of his practices. (FoxSports.com)
Cubs bullpen catcher cited for possession of marijuana
Corey Miller, the 34-year-old bullpen catcher for the Chicago Cubs, was cited for marijuana possession after a traffic stop on I-80.
The Lincoln County Court records that were originally obtained by Lincoln Journal Star showed that Miller was stopped for speeding when a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in a bag of baby formula and 8.4 pounds of the drug were found in a suitcase. (Chicago Tribune)