This is a blog, where I share my thoughts on the world of sports. I grew up near Chicago, so most of my topics will mainly focus on Chicago based sports teams.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Trader Kenny

With the trade deadline approaching, I thought I would recap some deals that Kenny made recently.

In 2005, Kenny Williams pulled all the right strings and made all the rights moves...before that season. Kenny got Scott Podsednik, Jermaine Dye, Jose Contreras, Dustin Hermanson, Bobby Jenks, Freddy Garcia, Orlando Hernandez (El Duque) and others with deals before the 2005 season. That team GROSSLY overachieved that season with the the White Soxs getting the most out of every player. The deals worked out and Kenny looked like a genuis.

In 2006, Kenny tried to improve the Champs by adding Javier Vazquez, for minor league outfielder Chris Young, El Duque, and Luis Vizcaino (who they got from the Brewers along with Posednik for Carlos lee). Kenny also added Jim Thome for Gio Gonzalez and Aaron Rowand. These deals look great on paper, the Sox got the better end of both deals right?

WRONG- Thome and Javy Vazquez have produced but did not help the Sox back to the World Series. Chris Young could have filled the void in center field for Sox now. The Sox chose Brian Anderson instead, Young is finding his bat finally with the Arizona Diamond backs.

In 2007, Kenny traded Brandon McCarthy for Nick Masset and Jon Danks. Danks as been a "usable " 5th starter and Masset is part of that HORRID bullpen. That deal was a wash in my mind because McCarthy has been injured all season.

Kenny also dealt Freddy Garcia to the Phillies for Gavin Floyd, and Gio Gonzalez. This deal could be better in the future, if Gio Gonzalez comes up and flourishes. Right now this deal is a wash.

Other deals were made for Matt Thorton, Boon Logan, Mike Mac Dougal and Andrew Sisco. ALL BAD!!!

If these deals are any indication of what is in store for the future, the future should not be good.


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