Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams has been under fire in recent seasons despite having built a World Series champion in 2005. His moves in 2012 may just get his club back to the playoffs.
With time still remaining before the non-waiver trade deadline, Williams is likely still on the phones trying to provide the weapons Robin Ventura can use to pilot the White Sox to an AL Central title. If the trades Williams has pulled off this summer result in a postseason berth, he will have done one heck of a job.
Good enough to win Williams MLB's Executive of the Year Award? If Chicago, who most of baseball saw at the bottom of the league this spring, can get to the playoffs, then why not?
Wouldn't fortifying a team no one thought could compete and hoisting a division flag merit strong consideration?
After shedding some payroll, Williams has the White Sox poised to outperform the "All In" disappointments of 2011. The GM's stamp is all over this team.
It doesn't hurt that three Williams acquisitions that have been sore spots in previous seasons have played to form this summer. Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy are big reasons for Chicago's surge to the top of the division.
When third base became a gaping void in the lineup, Williams took a flier on Orlando Hudson, then traded for Kevin Youkilis when the Hudson signing proved not to be enough. He has also brought aboard veteran pitchers Brett Myers and Francisco Liriano to bolster the pitching staff.
Suppose the veteran adds Williams has made so far this season help pace the White Sox into October. He will have made moves that impacted the current roster without shelling out big bucks or highly regarded talent to do so.
Youkilis alone has been the deal of the season so far. If Myers and Liriano can have half of the impact the former Red Sox star has had on the South Side, then Williams should be praised for getting his team what it needs to win.
Williams may not even be done making moves that will impact the team. With Eduardo Escobar moving to Minnesota as part of the Liriano trade, the White Sox could still improve their bench in the next day or two.
Who lands in a Chisox uniform between now and Tuesday night?
You never know with Williams. Part of the fun of being a White Sox fan is following the wake of activity he leaves at this time of year.
The season is a long way from being over, and the White Sox are just 1.5 games ahead of Detroit in the standings. The AL Central is still up for grabs, regardless of the many Chicago transactions made in the last four or five weeks.
However, if the White Sox can come out on top and make the postseason, a tip of the cap will surely be due to Williams and his willingness to get his team some help.