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White Sox GM debating whether to “turn over entire roster”

Jul 26, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Ken Williams is never shy about making big moves and the White Sox general manager said yesterday that he’s considering whether to “turn over the entire roster” if the third-place, 50-51 team doesn’t show signs of improvement between now and Sunday’s trade deadline.

Williams told Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago that the White Sox have some proposed deals on the table that would kick-start a rebuilding effort by trading away veterans, but denied specific reports about offering Edwin Jackson and Matt Thornton to the Cardinals for Colby Rasmus.

I don’t want anyone to feel as though anything imminent is coming. I want the focus to be on these next number of games so we can put ourselves in position to maybe add rather than to subtract. I would much rather continue to fight the fight, but we need a little more consistency.

On one hand, you can look toward potentially adding. We’d have to add creatively because of the financial situation right now. And on the other hand, maybe this is the most opportune time to turn over the entire roster and get some young, exciting players in here and go that route.

An interesting subplot to Williams potentially dealing away multiple veterans is whether he’d still want Ozzie Guillen around to manage the rebuild and/or whether Guillen would want to go elsewhere rather than suffer through some lean times with a much younger roster.

In addition to Jackson and Thornton, some other White Sox veterans who could potentially appeal to contenders include Carlos Quentin, Gavin Floyd, A.J. Pierzynski, Omar Vizquel, and Jesse Crain. Paul Konerko and Mark Buehrle presumably aren’t going anywhere and it’s tough to imagine any teams pursuing Juan Pierre, Jake Peavy, Alex Rios, or Adam Dunn.

  1. natstowngreg - Jul 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    If any GM can say “I may blow up the roster,” and be taken seriously, it’s Kenny Williams.

  2. dailyrev - Jul 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Great film by Antonioni. He died almost exactly 4 yrs. ago, same week as Bergman, I think. Just thought of those two recently: damn, what an amazing series of films these Harry Potter pix would have been if one those guys had been director. Or Kurosawa, that hard-throwing Japanese import reliever.

    • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      Having Antonioni and Slobbering Ozzie in the same thread strikes me as a desecration. Why not go pee in the grotto at Lourdes while we’re at it? You want to make a film about Ozzie, Pasolini was your guy – though I think Jodorowski might have done a good job too. I can see him leading that bunch of freshly liberated deformed troglodytes into the gunsights of the townspeople in El Topo, with his uniform on too. And much as I loved to see Kurosawa trotting in from the burning castle in the late innings, if you subject is Slobbering Ozzie, I humbly subject that Kurosawa’s set-up man, Inoshiro Honda (that’s a pun intended for connoisseurs of Japanese cinema only) would be preferable – though, when you get right down to it, these days only Takeshi Miike is up to the task.

      • fquaye149 - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

        Dude…get over it, Gator. Whatever Ozzie’s ancestors did to your ancestors in Fair Verona, please please please just let it go.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        Not a chance. You know how these Veronese vendettas go – transcending all obstructions of time, space, history. As long as there’s an unbroken male lineage, it persists.

        But seriously now – since you insist on being such a killjoy about it – this fair pelagic franchise of ours, my beloved Feesh, have suffered mightily under a string of impatient and impecunious ownerships, and an even longer string of managerial misfires. Fat Fredi, as Criag is now discovering, was pretty bad – but before him there were others, and we had to watch Joe Girardi run out of town after getting the kids he inherited to play way over their heads because he recognized Scrooge McLoria for the clown he was and let him know he knew. Then the workmanly Flat Eddie, who would have had trouble inspiring a Taliban to take a potshot at low flying helicopter. Now, the Curmudgeonly Undead, a widely acknowledged mere stopgap.

        And now the possibility of this loudmouthed, bullying, grandstanding blowhard greaseball coming down from Chicago and entrusting him – a guy who publicly berates, curses out and reviles his own ballplayers – with this young team? Sorry, I don’t like the idea one little bit. It will be difficult enough to find a competent, inspiring and intelligent manager who will also respect a miscreant owner and transmiscreant “president” (yip! yip!) as it is. This team needs Slobbering Ozzie at the helm like the Titanic needed Joe Hazelwood as a first mate.

      • fquaye149 - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:53 PM

        Ozzie wouldn’t be the best thing in the world for the Marlins, but he sure wouldn’t be the worst. I’m no superstar-hater or anything, but you think Hanley wouldn’t benefit from the guy lighting a fire under his ass? And when you have great young pitching like the Fish have, they could do a lot worse than a guy who, with the help of Don Cooper and Herm Schneider, has a great track record helping MY White Sox’s young pitchers develop and keeping them healthy.

        I’m not the guy’s biggest fan, from a tactics standpoint or a media standpoint, but I think it might be time to drop you Grangetfordss/Shepherdsons thing!

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:51 PM

        Not as long as there’s a chance that we’ll be stuck with him. Scrooge McLoria seems to think that he’ll pull in a lot of Venezuelans or something – much the same way, I suppose, he thought Puerto Ricans would stream into Joeprodolsharklife Stadium when they promoted Flat Eddie to the guillotine. Or perhaps the way he thought his “dear friend” Bobby Valentine, who emerged from his nomination experience thinking the organization was populated with cloacas, would agree to his bloviations with a smile and a sense of grateful resignation. It’s a grandstand play for Scrooge, not nearly as much of a pure baseball play as he’d like us to think. He’s desperate for something to fill the tub next season – and I suppose he thinks Slobbering Ozzie would be just the sideshow he needs, assuming he’s given up on the idea that this team is only a season away from genuine contention. I hope he has. To praphrase Gabriel Byrne, there’s nothing more ridiculous than a jackass chasing his hat.

        On the Hanley thing – I suspect Ozzie and Hanley would get along about as well as Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson, if not worse. Reggie wasn’t given to sulking.

  3. dailyrev - Jul 26, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Yeah, I remember those deaths because I blogged about them (and SF football coach Bill Walsh too):

  4. xpensivewinos - Jul 26, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    If rumors about Guillen to Miami are true, what’s the difference between the Marlins now and what the White Sox might be turned in to? Won’t he have “lean times” down there too?

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 26, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      If rumors of Guillen to Miami are true, we’ll have angry masses of rampaging gators to deal with.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 3:45 PM

        The horror, the horror.

        On the bright side, though, there would be insults and revilements to be written the likes of which I haven’t even imagined yet.

        And frankly, I can’t imagine that papa rellena ever having a “lean” time of anything.

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