Tonight, the White Sox are looking to win their fifth straight game as they take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field. While the club sits in the middle of the AL Central, manager Ozzie Guillen seems to think that his club might be turning a corner:
''What's the [trade] deadline, July 31?'' Guillen said to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday. ''That's a long time, that's a long way. I said before we started this long homestand — counting the Cubs [at Wrigley Field], too, because we're still in Chicago — we have to give [General Manager] Kenny [Williams], [assistant GM] Rick [Hahn] and [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] an idea of what kind of ballclub we have."
While Guillen would be more than happy to keep his core together, GM Kenny Williams has made it known that he does not necessarily feel the same way. While Williams doesn't appear ready to conduct a fire sale, he does sound like he is ready to make some changes. Several executives told ESPN's Buster Olney that the club is willing to deal.
The White Sox have several pieces that could be attractive to teams as we near the deadline. Several bullpen arms, including Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz, could be trade candidates. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who is in the final year of his contract, says that he would be open to a trade. If they do go through with a rebuilding effort, Jake Peavy has said that he would prefer to be dealt.
All signs seem to be pointing to the White Sox making some significant deals before the deadline, though Guillen's latest comments imply that the team can still win the front office over.