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The White Sox could be . . . rebuilding?

Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:10 pm
MILWAUKEE -- The last time I mentioned rebuilding to Kenny Williams, he scoffed at the idea.

"You know me," the White Sox general manager said. "You know Ozzie. As competitive as we are, do you think we could accept rebuilding?"

That was a few years back.

Ozzie Guillen is gone. The White Sox went through a thoroughly frustrating and disappointing 2011 season.

Times have changed.

And now the White Sox are . . . rebuilding?

It sure sounds that way.

They're readier than ever to say good-bye to free agent starter Mark Buehrle, a mainstay in the Sox rotation since 2001. They're more willing than ever to trade starters John Danks and Gavin Floyd ("If you're going to trade one, you might as well trade both," one rival general manager said). They'd definitely deal Carlos Quentin. They could well be willing to deal Gordon Beckham.

If they do everything they want, Williams said Tuesday, they will definitely be rebuilding. If they do everything they want, Williams promises to even admit that they are rebuilding.

"I'd use [the word]," he said. "If we do this, I'd use it. Check with me in January."

The White Sox won't have a total makeover. It's not possible. No one is taking the Alex Rios contract, or the Adam Dunn contract.

And as for the players he can trade, Williams said he isn't just looking to fill specific needs.

"There are specific players it would take to get [Danks and/or Floyd]," he said. "Reasonable baseball deals. But impactful players. High-ceiling players."

High-ceiling young players, or exactly the kind of players you'd expect a rebuilding team to acquire.

Williams says this doesn't mean he'd be giving up on 2012. Fair enough, because talented young teams can win.

But with the White Sox very possibly rebuilding, and the Twins in a total state of flux, and the Indians and Royals still young, the Tigers may well be the biggest favorite of any team in any division next April.

"They'd be a heavy favorite," one National League general manager said Tuesday.

And the White Sox -- the Kenny Williams White Sox -- would be . . . rebuilding.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:34 am

The White Sox could be . . . rebuilding?

when your median age is 33 i wouldnt call anything rebuilding.. just because they chose not to resign a few bluehairs thats a serious stretch of calling it a rebuild. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:08 pm

The White Sox could be . . . rebuilding?

If you are going to rebuild, might be a good idea to keep Kenny from signing 6-7 guys at the same time, that all play LF, DH and 1b, again.

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:16 pm

The White Sox could be . . . rebuilding?

As long as Ozzie and Walker are gone (Seriously, somebody hired Greg Walker?!?  Put a cardboard cutout of Mickey Mantle - a FAR superior hitting coach to Greg Walker) the Sox have a chance - rebuilding or not.

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