Chicago White Sox GM has made some offseason deals, but has held on to one of his more movable pieces. Williams is holding out for the best possible value from starting pitcher Gavin Floyd.
Is he correct in doing so? Quite possibly.
Floyd, who was 12-13 for the White Sox last season, is a capable third or fourth starter, who has been around the 200 inning mark in each of his four full seasons in Chicago. He is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $7 million in 2012.
There has been interest around the league for the right-hander's services, most notably from Toronto as reported by the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales. Williams has dealt with the Blue Jays frequently, having sent pitchers Jason Frasor and Sergio Santos across the border in recent months.
Why not do one more deal, cut a bit more payroll and continue the attempt to bolster the farm system from the outside?
Is Williams unrealistic in thinking he can get a player like catching prospect Travis D'Arnaud from Toronto or a top-tier prospect from someone else? Yes...until you remember that additional wild card spot MLB is implementing this season.
All of a sudden, the Blue Jays can see a ray of light in the AL East. The chance to reach the postseason might be enough for them or another club to pony up for an arm like Floyd.
With more teams presumably in the hunt for the playoffs, Floyd's value could go up a bit as the trade deadline approaches and teams are looking for that extra push.
Of course, Floyd has to stay healthy and perform well for that to happen. That's no guarantee. No one knows that better than Williams, who has rolled the dice before and come up short.
The White Sox farm system is in dire need of some talented prospects. Should Williams be happy to get a package of prospects for Floyd, or is he correct in holding out for more?