Are the White Sox rebuilding? Do they plan on contending in 2012? I really don't know because the team is making it somewhat difficult to discern. Yes, Kenny said the Sergio Santos trade was the beginning of a rebuild, but then Jerry Reinsdorf said that he thought the team would contend next season and the only move they've made is moving Santos.
The market for John Danks and Gavin Floyd hasn't been as strong as Williams was hoping, so they're both still White Sox at the moment, and if you're truly rebuilding, then those two are going to go.
Then there's the latest trade rumor involving the White Sox, which is another trade that would not signify rebuilding to me.
According to Jon Heyman, the Sox were in talks with the Blue Jays about Carlos Quentin, but those talks cooled off.
Now looking past the fact that I'm not entirely sure Kenny realizes there are 30 teams in the Major Leagues, and without knowing what the Sox were asking in return, trading Quentin is not rebuilding.
That's just move that seems to make sense. If the Sox want to get more playing time for both Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza next season, then moving Carlos has to happen. Again, this isn't a move to rebuild as much as it's a move we've all expected to happen at some point this winter.
Granted, there's a long time between now and when spring training starts, and anything that's not nailed down may have been moved by then, but the truth is this team can't really rebuild anything until it's free of the Alex Rios and Jake Peavy contracts. Something that won't happen via trade this winter.
So I'm starting to think the true plan is to see what the market is for guys like Danks and Floyd this winter, but unless Williams is blown away by an offer -- like the Banuelos and Montero deal he wanted from the Yankees -- he's not going to do anything. Instead he'll go into the season with both, and if the Sox are out of it come the trade deadline, move them then.
Of course, if that's the case, then why the hell did Williams say he was rebuilding?
If you're truly trying to get value from other teams for your moveable assets, you don't announce to the world that you're holding a sale and that everything must go. That only lowers the value of those assets.
So, maybe, much like the rest of us these days, the White Sox aren't quite sure what the hell they're planning on doing either. Which is not a very comforting thought, is it?