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Williams says no on Figgins deal; source says Pods talks back on

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Podsednik6.jpgShortly after saying he is in the hunt for ''that ideal leadoff guy,'' general manager Ken Williams shot down speculation that speedy free agent Chone Figgins is on the White Sox' radar.

Discussing his tight finances this offseason, Williams was specifically asked Monday during Day 1 of the general managers meetings about Figgins and said: ''We don't have that kind of money. Sometimes the minor [free-agent deals] are the major ones, in my mind. How many Novembers have you heard that line?''

Along those lines, sources said talks between the Sox and incumbent leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik have heated up in recent days.

Podsednik, 33, showed some of his 2005 form last season, hitting .304 and scoring 75 runs in 132 games. Earlier in the offseason, Williams indicated the Sox were willing to part ways with Podsednik, but that stance, sources said, has changed.

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offer pods a one year 3 million dollar deal. 1 year contracts will keep them hungry.

I'd like to see Pods back as a 4th outfielder/DH.

Scott Podsednik is a mixed bag, and would actually be a decent candidate for the Sox to use as a DH, now that Teahen is in the OF mix. The 2 biggest rips on Podsednik are his defense and his relatively low .OBP for a lead-off guy. Scott Podsednik's lack of arm (much like Juan Pierre in L.A. and Damon of the Yankees) and his lack of range (surprising with his speed) make him a poor option to take the field with any consistency. His inability to take walks and tepid plate discipline make it essential that he hit at or over .300 just to be servicable in the lead-off spot. If the White Sox can get him for a reasonable price, and if they intend to use him as a DH at least half of the time, then I think it's a pretty smart (and cheap) way to fill the void at DH with speed instead of power. Just the same, the Sox aren't anywhere near last year's offense without Thome and Dye, so if Pods is their primary 'acquisition' this off-season, Kenny gets a D- from this baseball fan.

Keep Pods!

What was the point in going after Peavy and Rios if they were not going to go for it this year?

I'm sorry did I miss somethng ? The White Sox offense will not be anywhere near what it was last year without Thome and Dye..
Did the White Sox have an offense last year ? They were shut out numerous times and left the most on base than any other team..
I was sick of seeing guys in scoring position and have Thome and Dye come up with their .220 batting averages and strke out, pop up, or hit into dp's.. Thome and Dye are done !!!! Dye fell apart the last half of the season.Why take a chance on that again ? White Sox need contact hitters that score runs....

I'm sorry did I miss somethng ? The White Sox offense will not be anywhere near what it was last year without Thome and Dye..
Did the White Sox have an offense last year ? They were shut out numerous times and left the most on base than any other team..
I was sick of seeing guys in scoring position and have Thome and Dye come up with their 220 batting averages and strke out, pop up, or hit into dp's.. Thome and Dye are done !!!! Dye fell apart the last half of the season.Why take a chance on that again ? White Sox need contact hitters that score runs....

I definitly agree with Iglaza they're not fooling me if you think you know Kenny you don't. I believe the Sox will go after Figgins when the time is right Kenny learned from the Torri incident he'll let another team offer Figgins something then we'll come in and steal him like the Angels stole Torri from us. Then don't be surprised if we get Juan Pierre because defensively he's better (hell) all around better than Pods plus Ozzie has a relationship with him from the Marlins. Thome will be back Danks will be the other OF on the bench with Tehran possibly being packaged with Konerko somewhere stay tuned...................

Pods as DH? Go for it!! At least we'll have someone who can get on base, Run, And make things happen. Thome?, Dye? To slow, to many double plays, strikeouts, popups,and so on. To much lost offence due to them. Maybe Dye had an off year, But Thome, He has seen his better days and needs to call it quits. Maybe as a hitting coach he would be a better fit. But please don't take up another roster spot that can better be use by speed, hitting and defence. Don't get me wrong, he was good but his career is over.

Who knows, maybe we just might see some production next year without Thome & dye.

As for the last comment about having an offence last year? try looking back at the last 3 years. Not much to speak of.

I'm glad to hear Figgins is off the Sox's radar! I can't tell you how many times we've heard that he could be headed to Chicago!

I would be glad to see Pods back and play left field, move Quentin to right with Rios in center. You don't need as strong of an arm for left field. Bring in Matsui as the DH.

Want to improve the White Sox?? Get rid of Baines and Walker!!!! (I know it's too late. They were all resigned for 2010) But....

Baines had a whopping 34 stolen bases during his 22 season!! Total!! Talk about an expert in stolen bases!! Ever notice how many times the first base runner is retreating to first base during a passed ball? 'Cause Baines doesn't know when to send the runner!! Notice how many fewer extra base hits the White Sox have had since Baines took over 1st base? (In case you were wondering, Raines had 808 stolen bases over 23 seasons. He averaged 35 stolen bases per season...that's moe than Baines had for his entire career!!)

Walker?? 113 home runs and no bunts for his short career. So he is neither an expert in long ball or short ball. I refer to Walker as a batting coach, not a hitting coach.

By the way....Pods has 35 home runs. That's one third as many as batting coach, home run slugger Greg Walker. 33% for a lead off hitter.

I'm sure Walker and Baines are nice guys.

I'd like them to consider Dye for a dh/part time fielder position if he's humble enough to take a paltry sum. Without Dye's first half the sox would've only won 64 games last year, if that. But then, ya can't have everyone. I'm not in love with this Matsui thing but I like him more than Figgins 'cuz Figgins NEVER hits in the postseason. I don't want those guys that don't hit. Swisher only had one great game amist a vast sea of 0-4's so I now feel better about the numbers that he put up with the spankees after sucking hard for us in 08. Abreu was kinda brutal too so I feel good about how that worked out.

I didn't realize how little power Teahen had. And if he was hurt, why would we want another guy with injury issues? Could you imagine next year having Pods, Teahen and Quentin all out at the same time? I could. Then throw in Matsui and boy what an exciting outfield we'd have to throw on the field then. Rios, Kroeger, Kotsay, or Danks, one of which would DH, then we'd have Beckham back at 3rd and Nix having to start at 2nd. Murphy's law, fans, Murphy's law.

Pods is not only a good player, and had a pretty good year in 2009, he's hardnosed and comes out 100% everyday. He doesn't seem to be the best fielder, but Quentin isn't either. Pods, should he leave, would be snapped up by a lot of teams. If Quentin left, your talking about a few teams, like the Nats or Orioles. Pods creates problems for Williams because of his range of skills. Pods had a much better year than Rios or Quentin, yet Williams has no plans to unload them. The best bet for the Sox is to keep Pods, platoon him in the field and use him as a DH with Prez, who should move to back up behind the plate in 2010. Maybe even bring back Thome for laughs. I still think the Sox are headed for last place next year because they don't have a lot of missing pieces. The bullpen, for one, the outfield and steady hitting or fielding. They look a lot like a high priced version of Cleveland last season, just ready to hit the skids.

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