Ozzie Guillen qualifies it by saying that shutting Jake Peavy down for the year will only happen if “I don’t think deep inside my heart and my guts that we have a chance,” but Ozzie has never been some naive optimist, and you have to figure he knows that this White Sox team doesn’t have a chance.
It’s tempting to call the White Sox’ moves to date busts already, but before you do that, you have to remember that neither Peavy nor Alex Rios were mere stretch run plays. They’re both under White Sox control for several years, and both could certainly be part of a contending Chicago team, maybe as early as next year.
I’m not going to give Kenny Williams a gold star for his recent moves — they speak to a certain schizophrenia and a failure to get a true read on where this club really is — but the book is certainly not closed yet, nor should it be.
The Pittsburgh Pirates just announced that they have released catcher Francisco Cervelli. No waivers, no DFA. Just his unconditional release.
Cervelli had been on a rehab assignment in the minors in his efforts to come back from a concussion. He had been sidelined since May, and there had been no timeline for his return, but he played in a minor league game as recently as Monday.
Over the summer, however, Cervelli voiced doubts about his ability to continue catching in light of the six concussions he’s weathered over the last decade. At one point he said he could not catch again but then walked it back. Whether his release was requested and whether Cervelli plans to end his big league career is not yet known.
I’m sure we’ll hear more about this soon.
UPDATE: Um, OK. Based on this I guess it’s more of a matter of the Pirates simply not wanting him anymore: