Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams is in dire need of a dictionary this Christmas.
It seems as if Williams needs to learn the meaning of the word "rebuilding".
When it comes to that word, you're either rebuilding or you're not. Trying to go halfway doesn't cut it. So why is Williams insisting on going off half-cocked on the White Sox this winter?
Earlier this week, Williams announced that the rebuilding had begun, moving Sergio Santos to Toronto for pitching prospect Nestor Molina. Okay, now where are the follow-up rebuilding moves?
You know, the trades involving contracts that pare down a bloated payroll and replace expensive players with younger more reasonably-priced talent? Because that's what rebuilding is, Kenny.
Just days after his rebuilding pronouncement, Williams had this to say to Scott Merkin of MLB.com.
You know, if we have some guys have some bounce-back years and go back to their career norms, yeah," said Williams of his team's chances to contend with Detroit in the American League Central as presently constructed. "Mostly, if a number of things happen offensively, continued growth at third base and second, [Alejandro] De Aza continues to play the way he ended the year, and along with the obvious bigger names.
Wait a minute. What happened to the start of rebuilding? When are those big expiring contracts like Carlos Quentin, Gavin Floyd and John Danks going to be converted to talent for the future?
Williams said the following.
We will all have answers to that in the upcoming weeks and months. It's still a work in progress, but I wouldn't anticipate anything major unless the opportunity presents itself to add impact, young 0-3 [year]-type players. But if that doesn't manifest itself, this just isn't the time to make wholesale changes.
Now I'm really confused. We're rebuilding, but we don't want to make wholesale changes.
That's akin to rebelling while not trying to make any waves.
Is Williams arrogant enough to think he can make questionable moves one day under the guise of rebuilding and not make obvious moves in the name of remaining a contender?
I only buy the Santos trade if it is the tip of a rebuilding iceberg. If that's the rebuild, then it makes even less sense than when it went down Monday. The White Sox were looking to get younger and cut payroll. To do this, they traded their 28-year-old closer—who was set to make a million dollars in 2012—after resigning a 33-year-old set-up guy to a 2012 salary of $3.75 million.
Congratulations, Kenny. You got five years older in the pen and spent $2.75 million more to do it. I'm wrapping your dictionary as we speak.
Maybe Williams isn't in an ego-driven mission to have his cake and eat it too. I have to believe that some of the trade candidates are moved before opening day this coming spring. Williams is just trying to maximize the value he gets for what he is putting on the trading block.
It had better be the case, because what Williams has accomplished right now is not rebuilding.