Word on the Street: White Sox nearly traded Ozzie?


Word on the Street: White Sox nearly traded Ozzie?

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)

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

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Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”

White Sox name Chris Getz Director of Player Development

White Sox name Chris Getz Director of Player Development

The White Sox announced on Friday they have named former MLB infielder Chris Getz as Director of Player Development.

Getz replaces Nick Capra, who after five seasons in his position was named the White Sox third base coach on Oct. 14.

The 33-year-old Getz has spent the last two years with the Kansas City Royals as a baseball operations assistant/player development in which he assisted in minor-league operations and player personnel decisions.

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“I'm excited about the opportunity to help teach and develop young talent in the organization where my professional career began,” Getz said in a press release. “I was drafted twice, worked through the minor leagues, and reached the major leagues with the White Sox. Through this journey, I was able to gain an understanding of the individuals within this organization, who I respect greatly.  The director of player development is an important role, and the health of the minor-league system is vital for major-league success.  I look forward to putting my all into making the White Sox a strong and winning organization.”
White Sox Senior VP/general manager Rick Hahn added: “We are pleased to add Chris’ intellect, background and energy to our front office. He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago.”

Getz, originally a fourth-round selection by the White Sox in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Michigan, played in seven MLB seasons with the White Sox (2008-09), Royals (2010-13) and Blue Jays (2014).

Getz had a career slash line of .250/.309/.307 with three home runs, 111 RBI and 89 stolen bases.