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RadioheadRocks
05-27-2007, 09:07 PM
Per Fox Sports: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6854994

UserNameBlank
05-27-2007, 09:11 PM
Interesting... if it's a minor league deal it certainly can't hurt. He's been a pretty solid bench guy throughout his career, but I think this year he has been beyond awful.

The Immigrant
05-27-2007, 09:19 PM
Let's hope he's got something left in the tank, or at least something to prove.

y2j2785
05-27-2007, 09:24 PM
Ewww Why? He was terrible with the Braves this year...

Joe
05-27-2007, 09:36 PM
Solid signing. Hope he bounce back. Take a chance.:smile:

thomas35forever
05-27-2007, 09:36 PM
Ewww Why? He was terrible with the Braves this year...
If we can bring back Alomar twice, we can bring back this guy.

Joe
05-27-2007, 09:37 PM
Ewww Why? He was terrible with the Braves this year...

He's not that bad. Guys don't fit in certain places, you know.

FedEx227
05-27-2007, 09:40 PM
He's not that bad. Guys don't fit in certain places, you know.

No...he's...pretty bad.

Career .262/.353/.474 which isn't terrible but he's REALLY dropped off since 2004.

JB98
05-27-2007, 09:44 PM
No...he's...pretty bad.

Career .262/.353/.474 which isn't terrible but he's REALLY dropped off since 2004.

He has struggled, but you have to remember there is no risk here. It's a MINOR-LEAGUE contract. If he continues to suck, we just cut him. We don't have a right-handed pinch-hitting threat on our bench right now. Maybe if this guy gets his **** together, he can help us in that regard.

Madvora
05-27-2007, 09:48 PM
Hmmm.... .172 average this year, that should be leading our team.

Madvora
05-27-2007, 09:53 PM
I totally forgot that we used to have a guy named Craig Wilson on the Sox from 98-00

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/alltime/playercard?playerId=14930&type=0

I assume this is the guy from the Pirates though... right?
Anyway, I hope we don't have to rely on this guy. He's just going to the minor leagues, but if we're in the position where we're betting on a .172 hitter to help us, then the season is over.

RadioheadRocks
05-27-2007, 09:55 PM
I totally forgot that we used to have a guy named Craig Wilson on the Sox from 98-00

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/alltime/playercard?playerId=14930&type=0

I assume this is the guy from the Pirates though... right?


I remember the other Craig Wilson... local kid, graduated from East Leyden H.S.

DickAllen72
05-27-2007, 11:05 PM
He has struggled, but you have to remember there is no risk here. It's a MINOR-LEAGUE contract. If he continues to suck, we just cut him. We don't have a right-handed pinch-hitting threat on our bench right now. Maybe if this guy gets his **** together, he can help us in that regard.
Plus, if he can be an emergency third catcher, he can free up Hall to be used more as a PH or DH.

Harry Potter
05-27-2007, 11:11 PM
His Samson-esque locks shall lead us to victory!

soxwon
05-27-2007, 11:13 PM
Why not Norton or gerald perry?

whitesoxfan
05-27-2007, 11:58 PM
I like this move. Bit of a surprise, but he can really strengthen the lack of power that we have on the bench right now. Not counting on too much out of him, but hopefully a change of scenery will help him out.

CWSpalehoseCWS
05-28-2007, 12:17 AM
I wonder if he could be the guy to replace Ozuna. He only plays 1B though, right?

whitesoxfan
05-28-2007, 12:18 AM
I wonder if he could be the guy to replace Ozuna. He only plays 1B though, right?

He can play 1B and LF.

Foulke You
05-28-2007, 12:44 AM
His Samson-esque locks shall lead us to victory!
I'm with you Harry Potter! The hair will make the difference in '07. Hey, crazy haired Geoff Blum hit a game winning HR in the World Series for us. I foresee similar things out of Craig Wilson.:cool:
http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/images/2004/08/12/thHw2nCo.jpg

Foulke You
05-28-2007, 12:45 AM
Why not Norton or gerald perry?
Don't you mean Herbert Perry?:?:

Thome25
05-28-2007, 12:53 AM
I can't ****ing believe this. Ozuna gets hurt and IMO it was a golden opportunity for Sweeney, Owens, Anderson, or even Fields (preferably Sweeney) to come up and get some significant playing time.

I guess we're gonna try to play another worthless veteran instead.:angry: :angry: :angry:

Foulke You
05-28-2007, 12:58 AM
I can't ****ing believe this. Ozuna gets hurt and IMO it was a golden opportunity for Sweeney, Owens, Anderson, or even Fields (preferably Sweeney) to come up and get some significant playing time.

I guess we're gonna try to play another worthless veteran instead.:angry: :angry: :angry:
Well, he hasn't been called up yet. We're just speculating that he might get called up sooner now that Ozuna is hurt. I'm not totally against having a veteran who has had some success in the bigs. Sometimes the old change of scenery and coaching staff can revive a career. Seems like a low risk/high reward scenario. If he sucks out there you can just release him and then call up Fields or Anderson. KW has a track record of unearthing some gems off the scrap heap (Pablo Ozuna, Ross Gload, Juan Uribe, and most recently, Darin Erstad). I'll give Wilson a chance if they decide to go that route.

HotelWhiteSox
05-28-2007, 01:04 AM
Sounds like a good steroids candidate

DSpivack
05-28-2007, 01:06 AM
Well, he hasn't been called up yet. We're just speculating that he might get called up sooner now that Ozuna is hurt. I'm not totally against having a veteran who has had some success in the bigs. Sometimes the old change of scenery and coaching staff can revive a career. Seems like a low risk/high reward scenario. If he sucks out there you can just release him and then call up Fields or Anderson. KW has a track record of unearthing some gems off the scrap heap (Pablo Ozuna, Ross Gload, Juan Uribe, and most recently, Darin Erstad). I'll give Wilson a chance if they decide to go that route.

But why a 1B who can occasionally play LF? It's not what we need.

JB98
05-28-2007, 01:08 AM
I can't ****ing believe this. Ozuna gets hurt and IMO it was a golden opportunity for Sweeney, Owens, Anderson, or even Fields (preferably Sweeney) to come up and get some significant playing time.

I guess we're gonna try to play another worthless veteran instead.:angry: :angry: :angry:

Andy Gonzalez is likely getting the callup. Just relax. Wilson was signed to a MINOR-LEAGUE DEAL. He's going to Charlotte.

IndianWhiteSox
05-28-2007, 07:15 AM
Plus, if he can be an emergency third catcher, he can free up Hall to be used more as a PH or DH.

:?:

He hasn't played catcher in the past four or five years!

hose
05-28-2007, 08:29 AM
Wilson probably has a better chance of hitting lefthanded pitching then anyone on the Sox-----he can't be any worse.:mad:

FedEx227
05-28-2007, 11:08 AM
Why not Norton or gerald perry?

Well one is signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the other has been retired since 1995. :tongue:

tick53
05-28-2007, 11:43 AM
The Sox seem to do well with reclamation projects. It could work out. Who knows?

Brian26
05-28-2007, 11:52 AM
I wonder if he could be the guy to replace Ozuna. He only plays 1B though, right?

1b and the corner outfield positions, with no speed. This isn't Pablo's replacement.

Brian26
05-28-2007, 11:58 AM
From mlbtraderumors:


First things first - Craig Wilson needs to remember how to hit. He hasn't had a decent month since June of 2006. Since July 1st of last year (http://www.baseballmusings.com/cgi-bin/PlayerInfo.py?StartDate=07%2F01%2F2006&EndDate=05%2F11%2F2007&GameType=all&PlayedFor=0&PlayedVs=0&Park=0&PlayerID=1015), Wilson has hit .200/.263/.325 in 200 ABs for the Pirates, Yankees, and Braves.

PaleHoseGeorge
05-28-2007, 02:32 PM
With Ozuna done for the season, KW could do worse than take a flyer on Wilson. It costs the Sox next to nothing to find out if he has anything left in the tank.

Personally I doubt anything will come of it, but giving Wilson a home in the minor leagues is precisely what minor league slots are for: helping the big club by any means necessary. I realize several posters here have it bass ackwards, but thankfully KW and Ozzie aren't confused like some of our posters.

:cool:

SOXPHILE
05-29-2007, 01:13 PM
Sounds like a good steroids candidate


I'm glad someone else said this too. This guy went through some mysterious shrinkage between 2004-2007. I'm not too happy with this signing, and don't really think it's going to help the Sox at all, not even a little bit. Even in his puffier, long haired days with the Pirates, I seem to recall him striking out a hell of alot in key, men on base situations.

peeonwrigley
05-29-2007, 01:31 PM
I'm glad someone else said this too. This guy went through some mysterious shrinkage between 2004-2007. I'm not too happy with this signing, and don't really think it's going to help the Sox at all, not even a little bit. Even in his puffier, long haired days with the Pirates, I seem to recall him striking out a hell of alot in key, men on base situations.

Does this mean he's not a grinder? :(:

FedEx227
05-29-2007, 01:39 PM
Does this mean he's not a grinder? :(:

Actually I'm pretty sure striking out in key situations with men on base is being a grinder.

peeonwrigley
05-29-2007, 01:53 PM
Actually I'm pretty sure striking out in key situations with men on base is being a grinder.

Excellent. I noticed his other grind-factor traits are:

- Caucasian
- Facial Hair
- Low (but not TOO low) career batting average
- significant time spent on Pirates

jabrch
05-29-2007, 02:53 PM
Wilson, like Pablo, was neither the problem nor the solution. It's just something else for stupid people to bitch about. If he ends up the 24th man at some point, that's fine - we could do worse. He will still not be the problem, nor the solution.

Mickster
05-29-2007, 03:21 PM
Wilson, like Pablo, was neither the problem nor the solution. It's just something else for stupid people to bitch about. If he ends up the 24th man at some point, that's fine - we could do worse. He will still not be the problem, nor the solution.

Exactly. :thumbsup:

FedEx227
05-29-2007, 04:12 PM
Excellent. I noticed his other grind-factor traits are:

- Caucasian
- Facial Hair
- Low (but not TOO low) career batting average
- significant time spent on Pirates

Sounds like a winner to me.

JB98
05-30-2007, 12:09 AM
Wilson, like Pablo, was neither the problem nor the solution. It's just something else for stupid people to bitch about. If he ends up the 24th man at some point, that's fine - we could do worse. He will still not be the problem, nor the solution.

It's sort of like last year. There are people out there who firmly believe with all their souls that Widger and Mackowiak were the two players most responsible for the demise of the 2006 Sox.

IndianWhiteSox
05-30-2007, 06:48 AM
It's sort of like last year. There are people out there who firmly believe with all their souls that Widger and Mackowiak were the two players most responsible for the demise of the 2006 Sox.

No you're right, because world series champions have crappy defense in CF in the form of a ****ing utility player.

:rolleyes:

There's a difference between blaming a backup catcher and blaming a great CF like Mackoviak who was in the lineup everyday.

Frater Perdurabo
05-30-2007, 09:11 AM
There are people out there who firmly believe with all their souls that Widger and Mackowiak were the two players most responsible for the demise of the 2006 Sox.

You're exactly right. It was Anderson's fault. :redneck

socko82
05-30-2007, 09:19 AM
Sounds like a good steroids candidate

He's another guy who just happened to decide he was going to start "eating healthier" and lost a bunch of weight once the new testing program was instituted. His numbers pre and post testing must just be a coincidence.

salty99
05-30-2007, 09:23 AM
We also signed Tomas Perez.

soxfan13
05-30-2007, 09:43 AM
:?:

He hasn't played catcher in the past four or five years!

Thats why he would be an EMERGENCY catcher.

FedEx227
05-30-2007, 09:44 AM
We might want to see what Benny Agbiani is up to.

UserNameBlank
05-30-2007, 10:05 AM
You're exactly right. It was Anderson's fault. :redneck
You had better hope BA doesn't read this website because he knows where you live.

The Immigrant
05-30-2007, 10:59 AM
We might want to see what Benny Agbiani is up to.

Per SI, he's playing for Bobby Valentine in Japan.

AngryCollins
05-31-2007, 06:18 PM
His Samson-esque locks shall lead us to victory!


I always thought that with that hair he would do best as the fourth member of The Freebirds.