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Sox sign Colon - bye, bye Freddy Garcia

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The White Sox were looking to add a veteran pitcher to compete in the starting rotation at some point this offseason, and all signs pointed toward it being the pitcher nicknamed "Big Game.''
Rather than take a chance on the ailing shoulder of Freddy Garcia, however, they are now poised to ink a certain right-hander known more for his "Big Waist.''
A team source confirmed reports on Wednesday night that the South Siders will ink Bartolo Colon to a one-year, incentive-based deal if he passes his physical, bringing the one-time ace in and having him compete with the likes of Jeff Marquez and Clayton Richard for a spot at the backend of the starting rotation.
Colon, no stranger to Ken Williams after the general manager traded for him prior to the 2003 season, went 15-13 in his lone year with the club, posting a 3.87 ERA in 242 innings of work. He became a free agent after that season, though, and was swept away by the Angels.
The 35-year-old did spend last year with Boston, but back problems hampered him most of the season, and when he did return and find he had been put in the bullpen, Colon walked away from the Red Sox, earning a suspension from the team.
It will be nothing but open arms for Colon with these Sox, however, as the team admittedly sent manager Ozzie Guillen to the Dominican last winter to watch Colon pitch. A one-year deal was offered then, but Williams said the Sox didn't hear back from Colon and "no one could find him.''
While it would seem hard for an almost 300-pound pitcher to disappear, Colon then resurfaced with the Red Sox.
Now, he gets to try and resurrect his career with pitching coach Don Cooper, who has made a career out of playing Yoda with pitchers looking for answers.
As far as Garcia, that all but ends any chance the Sox will pursue him, with the club excited about Marquez, and also having an insurance policy possibly returning in late July in veteran Jose Contreras [ruptured Achilles].

Play Ball ! The White Sox blog is back

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Of the 18 non-roster invitees that the White Sox will bring into spring camp when it starts next month, three players will have all eyes on them.
Left-handed pitcher Aaron Poreda, infielder Gordon Beckham and catcher Tyler Flowers not only represent promise for the organization's future, but a future that could be coming sooner than later. Poreda could easily break camp in the bullpen, while Beckham and Flowers have September call-up potential.
With the good, however, comes the bad. The enigma that is reliever Mike MacDougal was also given an invite, but unless he spent the winter visiting the Wizard of Oz to get a heart and some courage expect him to be nothing more than trade bait or a quick release.

Other thoughts as spring camp approaches:

--With the roster currently as is, general manager Ken Williams will either look like a genius or simply a guy that got caught up in his history of having more hits than misses in his tenure come September.

--Brian Anderson and Carlos Quentin = "Bromance.''

--The producers at VH1 missed a huge opportunity in the casting of "The Tool Academy.'' Last I saw, Orlando Cabrera still wasn't doing anything.

--The over and under on "Demon Chops'' that will hit the throat and chest areas of Sox public relations personnel this spring is five. I'm taking Dale Torborg and the over.

--Finally, for the readers of this blog, or reader - thanks mom - the first of many Cowley fan contests that will be held this spring. Prizes include: on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness. A simple lineup prediction is being asked for. Feel free to update as the roster changes.

As it stands right now, here is mine:

CF - Jerry Owens
SS - Alexei Ramirez
LF - Carlos Quentin
DH - Jim Thome
1B - Paul Konerko
RF - Jermaine Dye
C - A.J. Pierzynski
3B - Josh Fields
2B - Chris Getz

Bonus prediction: Winner of "Rock of Love Bus'' - Kelsey.

Roberts rumors simply more Internet madness

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Further evidence that anyone with a blog or "a source'' can be dangerous was offered again over the last week. And no, not just the fact that some fading Internet company hired a certain unemployed former No. 2 columnist from the Sun-Times.
A report from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network had Sox general manager Ken Williams once again contacting the Baltimore Orioles about acquiring second baseman/leadoff hitter Brian Roberts. According to the story, this time it was for Gavin Floyd.
One problem: Williams sent word out this week that he had not spoken to anyone from the Orioles since November.
The other problem, trading Floyd at this point would go against everything Williams has tried accomplishing the last few years - specifically, stockpiling major-league ready young arms.
Williams did admit to the Sun-Times in May that he inquired about Roberts and the asking price at that time was Alexei Ramirez, Josh Fields and either John Danks or Floyd. He obviously said no thanks.

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