White Sox Get Fresh Fish For Guillen
CHICAGO—It doesn't matter if the White Sox are releasing manager Ozzie Guillen from his contract or trading a prospect. The common denominator is that they'll often seek raw talent with a high ceiling rather than a finished product with less overall potential.
That was the case when they acquired righthanded reliever Jhan Marinez and infielder Ozzie Martinez from the Marlins as compensation when Guillen was let go with one year left on his contract to join Florida.
The Sox are hoping that Marinez and Martinez, both 23, can regain the success they had in 2010.
Marinez's fastball has been clocked in the mid-to-upper 90s, and he has a plus slider, according to director of baseball operations Dan Fabian.
"He's got a power arm," Fabian said. "Control has been an issue, but we think our coaches and instructors can help him."
Marinez pitched in four big league games for the Marlins in July 2010 until he suffered a right elbow strain. He went back to Double-A Jacksonville in 2011 and went 3-8, 3.57 in 56 appearances with 74 strikeouts and 42 walks in 58 innings.
"He's got some moving parts, and we saw some things that we think we can get him back to where he was in 2010," Fabian said. "He's got the tools to be a power reliever."
Martinez helps address the organization's need for middle-infield prospects. A 2006 11th-round pick out of Porterville (Calif.) JC, he hit .302/.372/.401 for Jacksonville in 2010 before going .326/.383/.465 in 43 at-bats for the Marlins during a September promotion. He spent the bulk of this season in Triple-A New Orleans, batting .245/.296/.322 in 339 at-bats.
"His defense is in front of his offense," Fabian said. "He can play on both sides of the second-base bag. He has solid defensive instincts. We hope he can be a No. 2 hitter. He's got the ability to play small ball. He's just got to stay within his game."
• To make room for the two new acquisitions on the 40-man roster, Chicago outrighted catcher Donny Lucy and righthander Jhonny Nunez to Triple-A Charlotte.
• Righthander Nevin Griffith had a rough introduction to the Arizona Fall League, giving up six runs in two innings in his first two relief appearances.