… At this point, the sky’s the limit for the White Sox infielder. With two more years to mature before hitting his prime, Chicago could have a real star on their hands.
December 2, 2009
Brady Shoemaker (22), of Brazil, Ind., led the Appalachian League with 21 doubles and 30 extra-base hits. The Bristol White Sox outfielder hit .351 with 34 RBIs in 57 games before jumping all the way up to Triple-A in September to finish his season. The Chicago White Sox drafted Shoemaker in the 19th round out of Indiana State University in June.
I asked Williams if he had talked to Jake Peavy during this offseason, trying to get a gauge on Peavy’s fire and preparedness for his first full season in Chicago. Williams told me that the two had spoken, with Williams needing to ask Peavy about a player from another team to whom he had interest.
“He’s already pumped up,” said Williams of Peavy.
When I asked Williams if that player he asked Peavy about was Gonzalez, he responded with a quick “No comment.”
Remember, a Sox fan talked with Peavy and Peavy said the Sox are trying to get Gonzales.
BTW, Kenny also said it’s too early to talk about extensions to Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski.
Kenny isn’t looking to trade Bobby:
“He’s my closer, and I haven’t had one trade discussion about him. That’s not to say I wouldn’t entertain anything, but I’m not going out there actively having talks. He’s one of the game’s better closers and people need closers, but so do we.”
Kenny pointed to the past cases of Brian Anderson and Damaso Marte, who took issue with the Sox but weren’t immediately shipped out of town:
“Listen, we speak our minds and we don’t stop the players from speaking their minds. We are all grown men here. Nothing that has been said to you guys, whether through Ozzie or me or Bobby, nothing that has been said hasn’t already been said behind closed doors. There’s really nothing shocking that has been said there. The only time I think about what has been said is when you guys bring it up.”