Kenny Williams the General Manager of the Chicago White Sox made two key deals this year, one for Jake Peavy and the other for Alex Rios. These deals were going to give the White Sox an added boost for the playoff stretch and for years down the road. The Peavy and Rios deal both have seemed to have its troubles as far as helping the White Sox make the postseason. Peavy with his injuries and Rios with his on field performance.
When the Peavy trade was made for the second time on July 31st, the White Sox were only 1.5 games out of first place. Initially Jake Peavy invoked his no-trade clause to block a trade to the White Sox back in May. It seems, while on the disabled list in July, Peavy had a change of heart and Kenny Williams finally got his man.
Peavy stayed on the DL for August and some of September as he hit snag after snag. At one point Jake was hit by a line drive in a minor league rehab start and it felt like the jinx was on. All the while in August and September the White Sox fell further away from the division title.
Alex Rios was a different story all together. The White Sox put in a waiver claim on August 7th for the former Blue Jays OF and ended up getting him for no players. The lack of players did not mean Rios came free as he is owed $58 million from his current contract that ends after 2014 season. If Rios can return to form he should be in the heart of his number producing years, as he is only 28 years old.
The White Sox are currently 8.5 games out of the division and out of the Al Central race, but with adding Peavy, the White Sox seem to have a top-of-the-rotation guy. Peavy, in two starts with the White Sox, is 2-0 with a 2.85 ERA and averaging six innings per start.
The starting foursome of Peavy, Buehrle, Danks, and Floyd seem to give the White Sox a head start on a solid 2010 rotation. Peavy is under contract until after the 2012 season and at only 28 years old he should have some great years in front of him. While in San Diego he averaged over 30 starts a year and pitched about 180-190 innings per season. Peavy also won the NL Cy Young in 2007—not bad for a former 15th round draft pick.
Alex Rios is going to be more of a project for the White Sox coaching staff as he first forty of so games for the team have not worked out so well. He is only batting .175 which is about 100 points lower then his career average. If he can get adjusted to life in Chicago and get back to his former self, Williams may have pulled off a sleeper deal for the future.
Right now it looks like the Blue Jays just duped the White Sox and dumped the large contract. Time will tell if Rios can turn it around for Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams.
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