Just five days after rumors of the Chicago White Sox placing Juan Uribe on waivers, he has the Spring Training game of his life.
He's playing, more than anything, for a trade. Along with him, Bryan Anderson is as well.
Neither of which have a slot on the team.
Uribe will be used as a defensive replacement for the infield. Anderson will be used as a defensive replacement for the outfield.
I would rather see our bench consist of Jason Bourgeois, Pablo Ozuna, and Ryan Freel.
Yes, I know Freel is not a part of the current Sox plans, but Freel, out in Cincinnati, can be had for next to nothing. The versatile speedster is out of a starting job with Brandon Phillips in front of him at second base and Corey Patterson now signed to play center.
I have been pushing for the Sox to make a move on Freel since they traded away Aaron Rowand just weeks after winning the World Series in 2005.
Between Freel (1B/2B/3B/OF), Ozuna (2B/SS/3B/OF), Bourgeois (2B/SS/3B/OF), Alexei Ramirez (starting second baseman, can play 2B/SS/OF), and Nick Swisher (starting LF/CF, can play 1B/OF), you have arguably the most versatile team in major league baseball.
I think this is a definite no-brainer for Kenny Williams.
A player like Ryan Freel doesn't become available that often. I'm surprised no one has jumped on him, let alone Kenny.