Several players were packing up their belongings in the White Sox’ clubhouse this afternoon.
Up in the pressbox, there are just as many scouts that have followed the Sox much of the season filing their season-end reports.
Had a chance to talk to one of them, and his insight was outstanding.
Here are some of the highlights:
*Talked to the scout about Paul Konerko, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
“Just a great, great hitter, and he hits right-handers and left-handers, it doesn’t matter. He’s going to attract a lot of interest, and I can see him eventually becoming a full-time designated hitter.”
Any guess on Konerko’s asking price this winter?
“Three years and $45 million,” the scout said.
*Manny Ramirez’s name came up next.
“He just can’t hit the fastball anymore,” the scout said. “The one home run he hit (for the White Sox, on Sept. 17) was a changeup up in the zone. He should have hit that pitch 500 feet.”
There is maybe a 1 percent chance the White Sox bring Ramirez back in 2011, and the scout pointed out the obvious _ Manny can’t play left field anymore.
“That cuts the field in half, because he’s got to be a designated hitter in the American League,” the scout said. “The only team I can think of having an interest in him is Oakland.”
*Carlos Quentin came up next.
“When he puts it all together, he is some kind of a player,” the scout said. “But his timing always seems to be a little off, and there are injury issues there. That’s why they’re probably looking at (Mark) Teahen in right field, but I think there are a lot of teams out there that would love to have Quentin if Kenny (Williams) is thinking of moving him.”
“The more you watch him, the more you see Randy Johnson,” the scout said. “They kid’s got an arm, and my question is, how did he drop to (No. 13 overall) in the draft?”