New third baseman Kevin Youkilis.
Williams did not have to say goodbye to starting pitcher Gavin Floyd, catcher A.J. Pierzynski or one of the young arms in the bullpen. Instead, the deal was made for a failed, albeit young, starter/reliever and a utility player.
No one can tell you right now whether or not this is the move that puts the White Sox over the top in a weak AL Central, but man is it exciting!
How lucky are the fans of the Chicago White Sox?
Think about what it tells us. The White Sox have the best front office and owner in baseball. Not the smartest mind you. Nor are they the most fiscally prudent. It most certainly is not full of the best baseball minds by any stretch. But the Sox front office never stops trying to get better.
How do you feel about the move?
Win or lose. They always try.
There have been great moves, like bringing in Pierzynski before the ’05 season. There have been bad moves, like bringing in Nick Swisher to destroy the clubhouse by batting .220. There have even been the ever compelling bad moves turned seemingly good, like the signing of mercurial DH Adam Dunn.
There is always one move though that sets them apart.
The White Sox are not the New York Yankees, or the Red Sox, or even the Philadelphia Phillies who have money to burn and a fan base that can’t wait to fill the stadium. The White Sox are the second team in the third largest city in baseball, and yet Williams can’t think like a business man.
Even in a year with poor attendance and a bloated payroll, Williams makes the magic happen. Sitting just a few games over .500 and a half game in front of the Cleveland Indians, Williams aggressively addressees the team’s most glaring weakness.
Sitting just a few games over .500, team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf signs off on more payroll dollars. All because they have an intense desire to win now, bottom line be damned.
There have been many fans this season, this column included, that clamored for help at third base. It appeared that the offensive black hole the position had become was the only thing between a division title and third place.
Now, we will find out if we were right.
So, White Sox fans…How does it feel to know the front office wants to win as badly as you do?