Don Cooper on John Danks, Chris Sale and Jake Peavy

 

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When Don Cooper recently met with White Sox season ticket holders, he shared his insights on John Danks, Chris Sale and the White Sox closer’s role in 2012.  He even spoke on the secrets of Jake Peavy and his views on how fans could best support the team.  What did he have to say?  Keep reading to find out.

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White Sox Fire Sale? Edwin Jackson traded to Blue Jays, Danks and Floyd on Trading Block

Earlier today, the White Sox traded pitcher Edwin Jackson and utility man Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for reliever Jason Frasor and minor-league pitching prospect Zach Stewart. Jackson may not even have time to put a Jays cap on as he is expected to be traded to the Cardinals in a deal for CF Colby Rasmus. Rasmus was recently the center of trade rumors with the White Sox in a deal for Carlos Quentin and Matt Thornton. Jackson was inconsistent in his time with the White Sox but has been solid as of late. He is 7-7 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts for the White Sox.

Does this trade indicate White Sox GM Kenny Williams has officially waived the white flag on the 2011 season or is he building on strengths for a stretch run?

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Chicago White Sox to Trade For a Closer?

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After the Chicago White Sox loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, 670 A.M. the Score broadcasters Ed Farmer and Darin Jackson indicated that GM Kenny Williams is likely going to be on the phone exploring ways to fix the back end of his bullpen. As the Sox blew another two-run lead in the ninth, it is obvious something needs to change. Just two days after White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he would likely stick with Matt Thornton as his closer, he brought in rookie Chris Sale. Sale quickly got into trouble, so he turned to Thornton, who blew his 4th save in as many chances.

Here are the top trade candidates followed by possible internal solutions within the organization who might to assume the role.

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GM Kenny Williams on White Sox Stretch Run Needs

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With All-Star set-up man Matt Thornton and part-time closer/key reliever J.J. Putz now headed to the 15 day DL, the Chicago White Sox clearly have some deficiencies in the bullpen. And even before the injuries occurred, the bullpen had been the team’s Achilles heel the past couple weeks.

Sox GM Kenny Williams addressed the media on Tuesday, and mostly fielded questions about the Manny Ramirez rumors, but he also had a lot to say about what the team needs to fix internally; before filling gaps with additional players.

“I think more than anything what we’ve needed the last couple of weeks is just consistency out of our bullpen,” Williams said.

“They’ve fought to get ahead, they’ve fought to climb back in games and then take the lead only to lose it, I think more than anything that’s been the problem,” he continued.

By Paul M. Banks

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