Is that a code-word for 'soon to be traded'? From Scott Merkin's 2008 preview:
"Jerry Owens played one heck of a center field and created that Scott Podsednik sparkplug type at the top," said Williams of Owens, who hit .340 during September of last season and finished with the highest stolen base total among all rookies in the Major Leagues at 32.
"When I got recalled again in early July, I went up with a different attitude," Owens added. "I was thankful for that second chance to prove I could contribute, but in that second time, I just trusted my ability, played as hard as I could and let things happen."
As the lineup currently stands, either Owens or Orlando Cabrera, the team's new addition at shortstop, would hit at the top of the order. But the White Sox envisioned Cabrera as the perfect second hitter and are looking for a little better on-base potential than Owens' .324 on-base percentage in 2007.
And that conundrum brings the White Sox back to the pursuit of a veteran outfielder. The free agent avenue appears to have been exhausted, with the pursuit of Coco Crisp or Willy Taveras via trade as possibilities.
- Jim previews Jermaine Dye and Mark Buehrle. BTW, have you seen his anti-Justin Morneau propaganda poster?
- John Sickels has published his Oakland A's Top 20 prospects list. Chris Carter is at #4 with a B+ grade, and Aaron Cunningham is at #8 with a B- grade.
- Scott Merkin has been "researching [Alexei] Ramirez's past playing days in Cuba and talking to people who have watched him in action, it sounds as if Ramirez can play second, shortstop and even handle the job responsibilities in center field." But "Don't look for Ramirez to take over in center on a full-time basis."
- Hot Stove: The Blue Jays re-signed Reed Johnson and Adam Lind may be the odd man out. -- And MLBTR looks at players under 30 in next year's free agent class.
- BP's Bryan Smith previews the upcoming College Baseball Season.