Friday, November 11, 2011

Kenny Williams Talks, Doesn't Say A Lot Of Anything

Kenny Williams took some time to talk to reporters on Thursday night, and what he had to say didn't really come as much of a surprise. He said he's got less money to work with for next season, but he also made it sound like it won't be a very large cut in the budget.

He also said that he's received interest from a few teams on different players like Carlos Quentin, John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Matt Thornton. Of course, Williams then said that he's not sure if he's going to trade any of them, and that he has to figure out what next season's team's chances are.

Then he said he didn't know what those chances are, and he'd just be guessing.

Honestly, it was all a bit confusing.

"We have some players that have garnered some interest from a number of clubs," said Williams. "We've got to exhaust ourselves to make sure that if we end up making a deal or we stay the course and try to add to it, that we know exactly what we are getting ourselves into."

Okay, go on.

"It wasn't so long ago that we went into last offseason and we had a very defined group of players who we were interested in. We got those players and we felt good about ourselves, not only for the 2011 season, but for the 2012 and '13 seasons.

"That didn't materialize, so again, I had to ask some very hard questions. And if we are to reasonably project where we are going to be next year, a lot of it honestly would be guessing, because we didn't anticipate some of the years we got from people.

"So, I'm not going to stand here or you aren't going to hear me anywhere else present any other case other than we just don't know what we are going to get. We have to factor that into the situation in terms of 2012 planning and beyond."

Hmmm, I see.

"Listen, we are going to do the same as we always have. We have started the process, and we are going to sit down and determine what our course of action is based on what we think our current chances are and protecting the future.

"If we can do both and give ourselves a chance to win at the same time while growing from within as we have for the last 12 years, we'll continue down that road. If I feel like at the end of the day that the best scenarios presented to us are those in which we have to take that big step back, then we will do so and field a younger team. It's still with the mindset of winning."

Wow, that's a really long-winded way of saying "We don't know yet."

Which, the way I figure it, means one of two things. Either Kenny and the White Sox really don't have any idea what they're planning on doing this winter and are going to play it by ear, which is somewhat worrisome, or he knows what he wants to do and isn't saying shit about it.

I'm hoping it's more the latter, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was. Kenny's never really been the type of guy who likes to show his cards in public, and if he does have plans, he's not going to share them.

As for which direction I'd like to see the Sox take, I'm a bit torn. Obviously, for the long-term success of this club, I'd definitely like to see the team get younger. I'm all for seeing a lot more Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers. At the same time, however, I'm not sure I want the team gutted either.

Quentin being traded would be just fine with me. This would allow De Aza to play in center, move Rios back to right where he's better suited, and have Viciedo in left. As for Matt Thornton, depending on what you could get in return, I could live with that as well.

What worries me there, however, is if Buehrle does leave and Chris Sale is going to be moved to the starting rotation, then you've opened up two pretty big holes in the back end of your bullpen.

Also, if Buehrle is going to go, can you afford to trade both Danks and Floyd? That's taking three starters out of the 2010 rotation, and that 2010 rotation was one of the only reasons this team was remotely competitive.

I could deal with losing one, not both.

See, even though I'm all for going young, I'm also still a fan that wants to see a team with a chance to win next season.  I'm not sure a rotation of Jake Peavy, Zach Stewart, Chris Sale, Phil Humber and Johnny Fifthstartertobedetermined will be capable of giving the team that chance.

So I guess what I'm saying is that I don't know what the hell I want the White Sox to do this winter. I can only hope that Kenny does.

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