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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kenny waves green flag before white flag

Posted By on 06.11.09 at 08:23 PM

I don't buy all this talk about White Sox general manager Kenny Williams waving a white flag with dumping trades, simply because he called up ballyhooed prospects Gordon Beckham and Aaron Poreda. (It's more a case of the Sun-Times waving the "buy me" desperation flag.) In fact, I think Williams is putting his best 25 men on the roster -- in talent, if not performance -- to see if this year's team can still contend. Beckham is the Sox' future somewhere in the infield, although it would benefit them to no end to turn him into a second baseman and the next Chase Utley instead of moving him to third. Yet that does have the short-term benefit of lighting one last fire under Josh Fields, either to burn himself down to ashes or go off like a rocket. And purely as an arm Poreda has it all over Bartolo Colon, whom he replaced. I think Williams is going to give this team a month to gel -- the American League Central Division is there to be had, especially after today's series-splitting win over the Detroit Tigers -- and, if not, then try to deal away established stars like Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko for whatever he can get to open up spots for players like Dayan Viciedo. Of course, it sure would help if Carlos Quentin came back to give this team its full complement of talent in the meantime.

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