Williams, White Sox Likely to Stand Pat Today
Byline: Tim Sassone firstname.lastname@example.org
While turning over the roster of the White Sox still might appeal to general manager Kenny Williams in terms of the future, it likely won't happen before today's non-waiver trade deadline.
Less than a week after he threatened to shake up the roster of his underachieving club, Williams said Saturday there was a slim chance he would make a major move ahead of today's 3 p.m. deadline.
"Is there a chance we could have a different look? Absolutely, there's a chance, but I would say that chance is very, very slim," Williams said. "I don't see anything on the horizon and everything than can potentially be done comes at a sacrifice of the guys I expect we would need to try and win the division. It's very unlikely."
It's looking as if Wednesday's trade with Toronto in which the Sox sent starter Edwin Jackson and third baseman Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays in exchange for relievers Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart, saving $9 million in payroll in the process, will be extent of the Williams' wheeling and dealing for now.
If you believe the GM, all those trade rumors involving Carlos Quentin, Matt Thornton, John Danks and Gavin Floyd can be put to rest -- at least until the off-season.
Williams admitted his team showed him something since his Monday talk with reporters.
"They've won some games," Williams said. "Ultimately, that's what it boils down to is they've won some games. And they've done it in a fashion in which Ozzie (Guillen) and I have talked about and what we expect, and that's an aggressive style of play.
"I know that we are not still clicking on all cylinders offensively, but we see some signs of some things -- battles at the plate and fighting through at-bats. …