White Sox GM Kenny Williams was the first to make splash this summer by acquiring Kevin Youkilis from boston for a minor league pitcher and a utility player. Sox fans are hoping that he can do it again as Sox are talking with the NL rival cubs about ace pitcher Ryan Dempster.
Dempster 35, owns a .199 ERA for the Cubs and has been easily their best pitcher and arguably the best pitcher in the National League. The Braves and Dodgers are among other teams in the mix but they have been the most aggressive including the White Sox.
I would see the dodgers getting Garza instead of Dempster because he is under team control for more than just this year as of Dempster who would be half season rental.
The White Sox need starting pitching especially if John Danks is not healthy which he has not been and will likely be out another 3-4 weeks.
Adding Dempster to the mix would make a rotation of when Danks is healthy: Sale, Peavy, Dempster, Danks and Floyd which is extremely solid and would just add more pressure on the Tigers to make a move even when they have committed to not spending anymore money as they already owe 5 players $80 million.
The Sox will head to Boston and Detroit to finish off there road trip then head home for a 3 game homestand with Minnesota.
If Kenny misses out on Dempster he could still go for Grienkie or Liriano which they have inquired on earlier today.
The White Sox are currently 27-22, 5 games over .500 and need to make a move.
If I’m Kenny Williams sitting in my office what moves can I make? I came up with a few solutions. The White Sox need an upgrade at, where else? 3rd Base! There have been rumblings going around that Kenny acquiring a 3rd basemen… Of course! its Orlando Hudson!
no disrespect to Hudson but I hope you know this is a joke but the Sox really need to acquire a 3rd basemen and I came up with three conclusions #1 Trade the Farm and Matt Thornton, Will Ohman for The David Wright. #2 give up maybe just a couple of middle prospects for Chase Headley. Or option #3 the most likely and my personal favorite: get Kevin Youkilis.
So maybe he has started out slow but its an upgrade from Brent Morel who is batting .177 and is undergoing injuries such as back problems. The Youk will get back on track eventually and is a very dangerous hitter when hot. The Sox lineup already has quite a bit of pop in it but the Youk would just make it complete and add even more to the slugger-pact lineup.
Another move the Sox could make would be to get a starting pitcher like Cole Hamels (probably not going to happen) and send shaky but “Perfect” Philip Humber to the bullpen. Many teams will be very interested in Hamels if of or when he becomes available I could see the Tigers or Indians going after him to really set apart them and the rest of the division.
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf will have to hork over some serious cash to help this team win not only the AL Central but get a world series birth which is quite a stretch.