Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010
Peavy's rehab session makes White Sox happy
Two weeks ago, Jake Peavy threw under the watchful eyes of White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, who came away with uplifting reviews over the results.
"With my eyes, he looked free and easy and was going through what he was doing pretty darn well," said Cooper, who was joined by White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider at Peavy's workout. "I was immediately talking about how he looked looser, freer, easier and quicker.
"He did a heck of a job to be where he's at," said Cooper. "I really didn't think he would be right there. I thought it would be slower, but he hopped right into it and has a chance to be ready."
In addition to the news on Peavy, Cooper stated that Chris Sale will prepare as a starter during spring training but would slide in as closer with a healthy Peavy in place. (mlb.com)
Toews loses award to Joey Votto
It's been an amazing year for Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, but he won't be adding to his 2010 awards list. Toews finished runner-up to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto for the inaugural QMI Agency Canadian Male Athlete of the Year award.
In hockey's nation it's a true wonder that the guy who led Canada to the gold medal at the Olympics in Vancouver, wins the Conn Smythe trophy and Stanley Cup lost out to the National League MVP. (torontosun.com)
Bulls can't sing for the holidays
Some fan-favorite Bulls players past and present got together to record a Christmas jingle but their lack of talent was clear. Plus, Derrick Rose makes a bold remark in the process. It's definitely a video worth a watch. (huffingtonpost.com)
The White Sox continued their rebuild Thursday by trading for an intriguing young right-handed pitcher.
The South Siders acquired Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.
The 24-year-old Vieira is a Brazilian native and has only made one appearance in the big leagues, striking out a batter in one perfect inning of work in 2017.
While his career minor-league numbers don't jump off the page — 14-19 with a 4.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 13 saves and 7.4 K/9 in 290.2 innings \— Vieira has been reportedly clocked at 104 mph with his fastball and was ranked as the Mariners' No. 8 prospect at the time of the deal. He also held righties to .194 batting average in 2017.
Here's video of Vieira throwing gas:
And this may explain why Vieira was even available:
Control has been an issue throughout his career, as he's walked 4.6 batters per nine innings in the minors. He has improved in that regard over the last few seasons, however, walking only 22 batters in 54 innings across three levels in 2017 and he doled out only one free pass in 5.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2016.
What does this deal mean in the big picture for baseball? How did the Sox pull off a move like this while not having to give up a player in return?
This may help shed light on the situation from Baseball America's Kyle Glaser:
Either way, the White Sox may have just acquired a guy who could potentially throw his name in the hat for "future closer." Or at the very least, throw his name in the hat for "best name."
After posting career numbers in 2017, Avisail Garcia is already attracting trade suitors this offseason.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, the Oakland A's have interest in acquiring the outfielder, who would fill the team's need for a right-handed bat.
The buzz should come as no surprise given Garcia produced a slash line of .330/.380/.506 in his breakout campaign, where he was also named the lone representative for the rebuilding Sox at the All-Star Game.
Now the question centers on whether GM Rick Hahn, whose phone constantly stays buzzing, sees the 26-year-old as a piece for the future or trade bait. Heading into winter meetings, Hahn reiterated that he would listen to deals involving Garcia and Jose Abreu, especially considering the South Siders are likely still a few years away from seriously competing in the American League.
With Garcia under club control until 2019 and his value at its peak, now may be the ideal time for Hahn to sell high and stockpile even more prospects for the already talent-rich farm system. The A's currently have four players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100.
It may be Avi Time in Oakland.