White Sox let go of Carrasco

ChicagoTribune.com

The White Sox trimmed their salary obligations but lost their most versatile pitcher Saturday night when they elected not to tender reliever D.J. Carrasco a contract for 2010.Bobby Jenks, John Danks, Carlos Quentin and Tony Pena — by the 11 p.m. deadline.

Carrasco, 32, is now a free agent and could double his $440,000 salary. Carrasco led all major league relievers with 89 1/3 innings while serving in numerous roles for the Sox.

The two sides were a few hundred thousand dollars apart after a meeting Wednesday, and neither side budged Saturday during a teleconference.

The Sox could fill Carrasco’s long relief role with Daniel Hudson, Sergio Santos or Carlos Torres.

The Sox were expected to tender contracts to their remaining arbitration-eligible players —

StateStreetSports does not like this move at all.  Carrasco was by far the most important part of last year’s bullpen.  Without his continued bail out of Contreras and Colon the White Sox probably lose 5-10 more games.  We know the starting rotation is the positive point for their upcoming season.  However,it is becoming quintessential to have a very solid and experienced long man.  We know Daniel Hudson had a tremendous year last year, but this might not be the best spot to put his talented arm.  It would be better to have him work at AAA as a starter and call him up if necessary.

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