The White Sox are off to a disappointing 24-33 start this season, 9.5 games out of first place, and earlier this week we heard that the club is "open for business." Today, GM Ken Williams provided a few more details on what exactly that means, and Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times has the quotes in his latest article.
"If we do something it will be along the lines of shuffling the deck with the expectation that we're going to add impact guys to win," said Williams, adding: "I have to listen. It's not that I want to, but I'm not blind."
When we discussed in April the possibility of the White Sox becoming sellers, Tim noted that the team could trade off parts and still field a competitive roster in 2011. Given Williams' comments, it sounds like the Chicago GM is thinking along the same lines. After all, even at nine games below .500, the Sox are still only in third place in a fairly weak AL Central, ahead of the Royals and Indians.
While Williams sounds ready to deal, he pointed out that the timetable isn't entirely up to him: "It's still the early part of June and a lot of clubs are trying to figure their situations out and determine whether they're in it or not in it or what kind of money they have to spend."
Even if the Sox decide not to hold a full-fledged fire sale, their potentially available power bats and bullpen arms should make them an active player in the trade market this summer.