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Kenny Williams: “This is the start of rebuilding”

Dec 6, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

Kenny WIlliams

Just after the news of the Segio Santos trade, White Sox GM Kenny Williams met with the Chicago sporting press and said words that, while expected, are nonetheless monumental for the White Sox: “This is the start of rebuilding.”

Santos out the door. Mark Buehrle certain to sign elsewhere. A farm system badly in need of replenishing and two starters in John Danks and Gavin Floyd who many teams would like to have.  Carlos Quentin would look good on a number of teams. Williams is right: this is just the start. As soon as the Marlins are done with their craziness, look for the White Sox to be the center of the rumor universe.

A radically-changed roster. A brand new manager with no experience in Robin Ventura. A Tigers team that will surely remain competitive for the near future and a Royals team which looks to be a monster in the making.

Welcome to your new world, White Sox fans.

  1. El Bravo - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Wait, what? What monster is brewing in KC? That’s sarcasm right or did I miss something? I mean, just how many hunting trips has Frenchie gone on this deer season?

    • JBerardi - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      Don’t sleep on the Royals. Best collection of under-age-25 talent in baseball, and it’s not really close.

  2. cur68 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Dang, man. Ventura is going to HATE playing the Rangers. He just keeps getting pwned by Ryan, poor lil fella.

    Only thing Williams is focused on is replenishing is his frozen pizza & lobster supplies, it seems. Guillen is looking pretty good over there in Miami (whatever Gator is doing to the Slobberin Oz Kewpie dolls, notwithstanding) and the ChiSox looks like cellar-ville for the next 2 or 3 seasons at least. Pretty hard for ChiSox fans ad their new manager. Mind you, if they do manage to make a go of it then that’s the stuff dreams are made of, sweetheart…

  3. jasonc2300 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    I’m simultaneously disgusted and excited. Disgustedly excited? Excitedly disgusted? Either way, oh, what Peavy, Rios, and Dunn have wrought…

    • baseballisboring - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      Yepp. Kenny’s made some pretty risky moves over the years, I guess that’s what you get for aiming big and going all in for a few years, the downside can be a little rough. A rebuild definitely seems like the right course of action to me, and at least they’re not in the Astros boat and actually have some trade chips.

      • xmatt0926x - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        Yeah but there are teams out there that never go all in. It sucks when the fun is over and your on the bottom for a while but I still say I’d want the enjoyment of being a contender here and there to go with the bad times that usually follow. I honestly don’t know how fans in places like San Diego, Kansas City, Pittsburg, etc. do it , knowing that even if they have a decent season once or twice a generation that it’s really just by accident.

      • randygnyc - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        And here in NY we wonder how it must be, to be a fan of teams like the white sox, angels or Phillies, who over the long haul, win so infrequently. Must be tough, I’d guess.

  4. qcubed3 - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Good. As a Sox fan, I do commend the team for really trying to win each and every year. But, I think that mentality comes at a cost, the cost being the home-grown talent it takes to make trades work.

    This team needs a serious rebuilding effort and they have some very attractive pieces to move to help make that happen. But, if they’re going to do this, they need to go “all in” with the rebuilding effort.

  5. tomtravis76 - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Why buy season tickets when the team already has told the fans that they won’t be competing for a few years?

    • cshearing - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      Because that would make you just a fair-weather fan, and not really a baseball fan at all, just a homer?

  6. jwbiii - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    So do they dust off the “(We Hope) The Kids Can Play” marketing slogan?

  7. trevorb06 - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Twins vs. White Sox… Battle for the Bottom. WOOT!
    [my money is on the white sox killing the Twins]

  8. foreverchipper10 - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Jurrjens and a prospect for Quentin!

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