Guillen: Homestand could define season
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox enter the month of June 8½ games behind the American League Central leading Minnesota Twins, but general manager Kenny Williams insists he hasn't set a deadline to make any roster moves.
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"I don't have a deadline," Williams said before Tuesday's series opener against the Texas Rangers. "I just hope that we put together something that resembles a streak of some sort.
"I don't have a date. I don't have a deadline. I still believe in these guys and the ability that they have. So we just need to play better and more consistent."
Trade talk surrounding the White Sox has heated up recently with the team's sub-.500 record (22-28) despite high expectations to start the season and because of Williams' aggressive past in the trade market. Manager Ozzie Guillen believes this nine-game homestand against the Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers will help management make its decisions easier one way or another.
"This is a big, big, big homestand for us," Guillen said. "We're spending like a month in Chicago. It's a big homestand, hopefully we play well. This homestand we are going to show the fans, Kenny [Williams], Rick [Hahn] and Jerry [Reinsdorf] how good we are or how bad we are. Then they can start making decisions. I think to me, we got to see if we are going to add or subtract people."
With Los Angeles Angels first baseman Kendry Morales suffering a potential season-ending injury with a broken leg that occurred in a celebration at home plate after he hit a walk-off home run last week, the long persistent rumors of Paul Konerko heading to Los Angeles have reared their head again.
"Kendry was having a great year, and especially in that circumstance that's the last thing in the world you think you're going to have happen after a walk-off homer, but as far as anything else besides that I mean it's got nothing to do with me," Konerko said. "You know, it's Angel business, it's not mine."
If the White Sox don't move Konerko, who has a no-trade clause, Williams may opt to move veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski before his 10-and-5 no-trade status comes into effect on June 14, meaning he has spent at least 10 years in the majors and five consecutive with the same team.
"Listen, you have June, July, August and September," Williams said. "I would hope that in the end the results will be more commiserate with the talent level. And I can't place any deadlines on that because I believe in these guys. And I have no plans to do anything right now except watch just like you guys, and if there's a tweak that can come here or there -- if something makes itself available -- then you know our history."