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White Sox Acquire Jake Peavy for Clayton Richard and Minor Leaguers (Russell, Poreda, Carter)

Wow! Kenny Williams comes from under the radar again and gets Jake Peavy [again]. This time he accepts! Just after the Twins and Tigers make big moves and the White Sox act like everything’s quiet…

I personally think this could be a steal. The only issue is Peavy’s injury, but he is making good progress and could be starting as soon as late August/early September. The Sox will need to use the likes of Torres, Colon, or Freddy Garcia to make up the time until then. D.J. Carrasco will start against the Yankees in place of Clayton Richard tonight (maybe the trade deadline should be a day off for all teams??). Podsednik-8, Beckham-6, Thome-DH, Konerko-1B, AJ-C, Quentin-LF, Kotsay-RF, Nix-SS, Getz-2B are starting against Mitre tonight. As you can see, Ozzie seems to really like Kotsay, and Ramirez is out after his injury in Minnesota. The real story tonight will be the Sox pitching against the Yankees’ hitters since it will be a complete bullpen effort tonight.
Back to the trade…Because of the injury, this has the potential to hurt the Sox in the short-term. If the Sox can hang tough until September, it may be brilliant. For the next couple years, the projected rotation looks great (Buehrle, Peavy, Floyd, Danks as the first 4). Richard has looked good recently but he probably wasn’t the answer. Considering the Sox could be getting an ace back, I think Kenny Williams may have really stolen this one.
(Note: I haven’t been blogging as much recently. I had some events and less times recently so I haven’t been doing post and pregame thoughts for every game, but will try to post when I have time and/or any big events happen)
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White Sox trade Brian Anderson to Red Sox for Mark Kotsay

This move has been confirmed by Scott Reifert. Anderson requested a trade after being sent to AAA last week. Mark Kotsay really does nothing for me…he will be 34 in a few months and wasn’t able to catch on with the Red Sox. The Sox have much more important things to worry about and this just feels like a move that was made for the sake of making a move. It’ll be interesting to see what roster moves the Sox make in lieu of this news. Kotsay would probably be an OF and/or 1B backup, which have been roles for Dewayne Wise and Josh Fields in recent times.

In a way, I feel good for Anderson. He was never given the chance to prove himself when he was supposed to be the CF three years ago (and forced to platoon with other players every year); it also seems like Ozzie Guillen had a personal vendetta with the guy. Guillen was out of line when he threw Anderson’s name out in a media tirade a few years ago. Boston is getting a good defender and good clubhouse personality. Anderson has struggled at the plate over the years, but he will hit a few home runs whenever he gets a chance to play regularly.

White Sox send minor league 1B Brandon Allen to Arizona for RP Tony Pena

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090707&content_id=5746226&vkey=news_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws

Overall, I like this move. There were many who thought Allen would be the future 1st basemen of this team, but there are many future options for 1B in the coming years.  Fields, Viciedo, and maybe even Flowers could be options, especially if the Sox are determined to  keep Beckham and Ramirez  and 3B and SS for years to come.

I don’t know much about Allen, but his stats are decent, especially against righties. This could be another project for Cooper, who turned Matt Thornton from average into a top reliever.  If you remember, the book on Thornton used to be that he had the stuff but couldn’t find the control, and the word was that Cooper and co. saw something in his mechanics that they thought could be fixed easily. It appears that the book on Allen is similar, great stuff, but struggles with control.

To make room for the move, Jimmy Gobble was sent back to the minors, which is no loss at all.