Scott Linebrink is having a brutal year out of the White Sox' bullpen, but give him credit for helping bring starting pitcher Jake Peavy to the South Side.
Linebrink and Peavy were teammates with the San Diego Padres, and they are still fast friends.
Maybe Peavy can help the White Sox retain Mark Kotsay.
Peavy and Kotsay also played together with the Padres _ for two seasons (2002-03).
Reunited with the White Sox, the two have adjoining lockers at U.S. Cellular Field and are also close friends.
It would be easy to push the Sox to sign Kotsay for 2010, and maybe even a year beyond.
He homered in back-to-back games against the Red Sox to open the four-game series and delivered a 2-run single Monday to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead over Boston.
I've always liked Kotsay's all-around game.
At the age of 33, he no longer is an everyday player. But Kotsay has a lot of value, and manager Ozzie Guillen seems to point that out on a regular basis.
“I think Kotsay has been great,” Ozzie said Monday. “We only have him for a couple days, and this kid has been great, on the field and off the field. He knows his role. He helps the kids a lot. He’s always positive. A very good pinch-hitter.”
Kotsay, acquired from the Red Sox in a July 28 trade from the Red Sox (nice work, Kenny Williams), can also play right and left field, and his throwing arm is still above average. He can also play first base.
Guillen really likes Kotsay, who is going to be a free agent at the end of the season. Kotsay has similar feelings for Guillen.
"I think Ozzie's seen me,” Kotsay said. “We've played against each other. He's heard things from around the league about my personality and professionalism, so, in the short time as far as just being with him, it's kind of laid the foundation for that relationship.
“It's good to know that I have a manager that appreciates what I can provide to a ballclub."