I missed this the other night, but Oney Guillen — son of Ozzie, enemy of Kenny Williams and former White Sox employee — wasn’t a big fan of the White Sox’ first pick the draft, Keenyn Walker. Here he is on Twitter:
Shocker white sox pick another good athlete black kid. How about picking a good baseball player
When people started asking him why he decided to inject race into it he said “People relax my comment has nothing to do with color just statting the obvious u guys overeact to everything lord.” Then he added the always-awesome “it is what it is.” Yep, it most certainly is, Oney!
Meanwhile, Ozzie Guillen — who should have been in a great mood given that his team just beat Seattle’s two aces on back-to-back nights — registered his displeasure with the universe last night:
Iam in very very bad mood stay away from me the most you can … A lees for a week better tha way
The general consensus: he’s mad that his other son, Ozney Guillen, fell like a rock in the draft, going to the Sox in the 22nd round. The Guillens figured he might be a tenth rounder. And maybe figured that, you know, the White Sox wouldn’t have to take him, given how much trouble family stuff has been in that organization, what with the Guillen boys, Kenny Williams’ kid, etc.
On the bright side, Ozzie did rally last night to stick it to Sean Penn a little bit, and that’s always welcome. Because, man, Sean Penn. Really.
The Red Sox have more or less withdrawn from the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, with Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald noting that much of their reluctance hinges on the likelihood that they’d exceed the new $195 million luxury tax threshold by locking the DH into a lucrative deal. That doesn’t leave them without options, however, and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the club could be interested in 29-year-old corner infielder Pedro Alvarez, as well as fellow free agents Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday.
After playing just 10 games at DH from 2010 to 2015, Alvarez suited up as the Orioles’ primary designated hitter and part-time third baseman in 2016. His defense is sub-par, to say the least, but he batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 home runs for Baltimore in 2016.
According to Heyman, the Red Sox envision using Alvarez in much the same way the Orioles did. He’d have a place as the team’s DH with the occasional infield start, while Hanley Ramirez would keep his post at first base. Whether the Red Sox make offers to Napoli, Holliday or Alvarez, they’re expected to pursue a short-term deal in order to stay under budget.
The Braves signed left-handed reliever Jacob Lindgren to a one-year deal, according to a team announcement on Sunday.
Lindgren, the Yankees’ top draft pick in 2014, was nicknamed “The Strikeout Factory” after blowing through four levels of New York’s farm system in 2014. He started the 2015 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was called up for his major league debut only two months into the 2015 season. The 22-year-old lasted seven innings with the club before succumbing to bone chips in his elbow, and underwent bone spur surgery in June before trying his luck again during spring training in 2016.
In August, the Yankees shut Lindgren down for the remainder of the season so the lefty could undergo Tommy John surgery. With a projected return date of 2018, Lindgren was non-tendered by the Yankees on Friday.
While the Braves won’t get the benefit of Lindgren’s top prospect skill set in their bullpen anytime soon, he will remain under club control if they keep him on their 40-man roster beyond the 2017 season (per ESPN’s Keith Law).