“Everyone I’ve heard speak on it is right. we have talented people, and we did not achieve what we wanted to based on some of those talented people not performing. But we’re in a position where we have to look at the future. So I will not be in shopping mode — I’ll be listening to see what the interest is in some of our players. Quite frankly, I don’t expect people to try to blow our doors down for some of our guys who had down years. Their value is going to be down a little bit.
And Kenny will only trade for major league ready players:
So what we have to do is weigh whatever they’re offering up against our chances are for the next season. Because if we’re going to move our valuable pieces it’s going to be for major league ready talent so they can grow with this nice nucleus in place with [Dayan] Viciedo, [Tyler] Flowers, [Alejandro] De Aza, [Brent] Morel. And have to get [Gordon] Beckham back. We have a nice young, kind of youthful movement. Those players [coming in trades] would have to fit into that. Not A-ball players, AA type. They would have to be major-league ready and potential impact players. Will that happen? I don’t know, that’s why you go to the winter meetings [in early December] and you see what other teams would like to offer you. But I think shopping our guys is something we’re not going to be doing.”
So, Kenny says he will stay away from “grizzled veterans”? It would be nice if he does so.
“Believe me, as long as I am sitting in the chair we will continue to be as aggressive as we can possibly be,” Williams said. “If it turns out that we can’t reasonably expect the talent we have to compete for a championship them I might have dial it back and move today’s talent for tomorrow’s talent that will extend a run longer for us in the future. But none of that has been determined and won’t be determined until we get a gauge on what other teams feel about our players.”
Padilla also has audio of Kenny’s interview (17:53).
Other White Sox links:
- J.J.’s blog moved from Beerleaguer to CSN’s White Sox Talk. He explains why Alexei Ramirez and bunting are a bad combo.
- James looks at Kenny Williams’ free-agent acquisitions, at which Sox pitcher(s) might be traded, and the worst seasons by Sox players based on bWAR.
- Fangraph’s Ryan Campbell looks at the rebound of former Sox pitcher Brandon McCarthy. That was part 1 and this is part 2. McCarthy led AL pitchers in FIP with a 2.86 score.