Quote of the Day: Kenny Williams

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“No comment . . . and make sure you write that it is a no comment with a headshake from side to side.”

White Sox’ GM Kenny Williams when asked how he felt about Ozzie Guillen having a Twitter account.

In other Ozzie Guillen Twitter news, we’re told that the account is not actually being handled by Ozzie. Rather, his sons Ozzie Jr. and Oney are writing it.  Which on the one hand is kind of sad news to learn.  On the other hand, the most popular Twitter account around is one in which a guy just relays the crazy stuff his dad says, so this might work out just fine.

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.