Kenny Williams is no longer the only baseball general manager in Chicago who has a World Series ring.
With the November arrival of Theo Epstein, the room at the baseball table just got a bit more crowded. Epstein brings not only his World Series titles to Chicago, but he brings credibility.
And that puts White Sox GM Kenny Williams right in the spotlight.
For Williams, this off-season has been perplexing—from the hiring of first-time manager Robin Ventura, to losing long-time pitching ace Mark Buehrle, who followed former skipper Ozzie Guilien to Miami.
Kenny Williams and the White Sox kept busy this week by trading away slugger Carlos Quentin and middle-relief pitcher Jason Frasor to San Diego and Toronto respectively. In the two deals, the White Sox received a total of four young pitching prospects.
Simon Castro, Pedro Hernandez, Daniel Webb, and Myles Jaye are not the who's-who of MLB prospects, but they are all young. Castro is the oldest at age 23. Add to the group Nestor Molina, and the White Sox have five young pitchers to build around.
Among them, Castro and Molina may turn out to be good, solid middle-of-the-rotation pitchers. While many of us demand aces, keep in mind that many teams no longer have to luxury of having good number three and four pitchers.
Both Castro and Molina are considered hard-throwing right-handers who may have what it takes to pitch at U.S. Cellular Field. If they reach their potentials with the help of pitching coach Don Cooper, a 2013 rotation of John Danks, Zach Stewart, Phillip Humber, Molina, and Castro looks strong in the A.L. Central.
Many feel that the arrow is pointing downward, but the rebuilding process had to begin eventually.
We tend to fall in love with our favorite players and never accept when it is time for the organization to move on. The 2011 White Sox was a flawed team—slow, un-athletic, and lacking in overall fundamentals.
No team in the majors had a more unbalanced team than the Chicago White Sox.
This past weekend Kenny Williams swung the wrecking ball once more. Again, if three of the five pitchers that the White Sox have picked up via trades this off-season pan out by making the opening day roster within the next two years, Williams looks like a genius.
Since rebuilding has never been a part of his track record, he deserves our patience.