You may be thinking:
What is Kenny doing? Trading his pitching away for younger, unproven pitchers?
Newsflash: He’s building a cheap, talented, young core of pitchers that can be used now, and in the future. He’s not making moves, just to "make moves." He’s building for the expensive future.
I would say Kenny is one of the best general managers in the Major Leagues right now. His payroll does not have to be 150 mil+ like Boston, New York (I’m pretty sure both teams are) and the hated Chicago Cubs.
He has a sub-$100 mil payroll. And he is determined to win another world series.
Kenny has a lot of confidence in the hard-working… scratch that, miracle-working pitching coach, Don Cooper. Look what ‘Coop has done to Matt Thornton, Mike MacDougal, Neal Cotts, and Bobby Jenks! He’s transformed the m, after they were given up on by their former teams. (Neal Cotts is an exception)
If you don’t think ‘Coop can fix Floyd, and Sisco and all these other young guys, I think you may just be wrong.
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With the prices of all these free-agents skyrocketing, the White Sox have traded a few very good pitchers that could potentially cost a very big amount of money, for young, high-ceiling prospects and major-leaguers such as Andy Sisco, Gavin Floyd, and John Danks.
Now, the White Sox have a few more things to worry about, though.
Joe Crede, the White-Sox home-grown 3rd baseman, recently has blossomed into a star at his position. He can hit, he’s a clutch, natural power hitter. He won’t always post above a .300 avg, but he will drive in 90-100 runs every year, and he’s quiet. Great attitude, he’s a team player.
Jermaine Dye, arguably the face of the White Sox last year, is a free agent after ’07, as is Joe Crede. The White Sox seem to refuse to pay big money for their players, no matter how good they may be.
The White Sox have a potential replacement for Joe Crede, in Josh Fields. He is a blossoming prospect that has been reported "major-league ready" for ’07.
This is all obvious, this stuff I am posting right now. But, there’s another thing I have to say.
White Sox have stockpiled their young pitching, acquiring:
and even a few more guys.
They have a rotation for the future.
But they have some glaring weaknesses.
Leadoff spot/Left Field.
Shortstop, possibly. (Depending on your view of Juan Uribe)
Podsednik has proved to be inconsistent, and he seems to be losing his talent. He is still young however.
I’ll post more later.
This is my first post on MLBlogs, I want to see if people actually read this?