White Sox GM Kenny Williams has never been shy about making a splash prior to the trade deadline.
And this year should be no exception.
With the White Sox holding a slim two-and-half game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central and their starting pitching in disarray thanks to injuries, it's a safe bet that Williams is looking to add another starter into the mix and possibly a veteran reliever.
After Chris Sale and Jake Peavy at the top of the starting rotation, the White Sox are looking a little shaky.
John Danks hasn't pitched in a major league game since May 19 due to soreness is his left shoulder stemming from a minor muscle tear. The injury didn't require surgery, but it has been taking longer to heal that what was originally expected and is becoming a big concern for the White Sox at this point. It's still uncertain when and if he will return.
Philip Humber is just now coming back after going on the DL with a strained right elbow on June 16. Prior to going on the DL, Humber was struggling, going 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA despite throwing a perfect game. The Sox desperately need Humber to come back and give them the same type of effort he did last year when he went 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA.
If it wasn't bad enough already, Gavin Floyd looks like he may now headed for a stint on the DL due to tendinitis in his right forearm. To make matters worse, Floyd was starting to heat up on the mound going 3-1 in his last 4 starts, allowing only four earned runs during that span.
If Floyd does go on the DL, it will force the White Sox to make another roster move and probably promote yet another rookie pitcher to their major league roster. As it stands now, they already have eight rookie pitchers on their active roster.
Rookie Jose Quintana has been a pleasant surprise to the rotation going 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA to this point, but with a rookie pitcher, it's hard to say what to expect the rest of the way.
In the bullpen, the White Sox have also relied heavily on rookies, thanks in large part to injuries to Jesse Crain and the demotion of Will Ohman. The only veteran in the pen right now is lefty Matt Thornton.
The White Sox have somehow battled through the adversity up to this point and find themselves in first place in the middle of July. However, if they want to remain in contention it's time for Kenny Williams to work some magic and get them the pitching help that they desperately need.
The question is, what will he have to give up to get the pitching they need?
Williams has always been aggressive when it comes to making moves—sometimes it has worked and sometimes it hasn't, but that's the gamble you take as a GM.
He has always been a guy that goes for it when he sees a chance at winning something and doesn't necessarily worry about the future.
However that's exactly what he has been so heavily criticized for in the past, but my guess is that won't stop him this year—it never has before.
As usual, there have been several rumors swirling over the past few days about who the White Sox may have an interest in, but in typical fashion, Williams likes to keep things low profile.
That's how he rolls.
The only thing to do now is to sit back and see what Kenny has up his sleeve.
Roll the dice Kenny, it's your time to shine.
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