Guillen tells Williams he likes his team
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Make a trade if you have to, Ozzie Guillen said Friday. Just know that the manager isn't clamoring for general manager Ken Williams to make a move.
"I told him, 'Hey man, we got [Carlos] Quentin back in the lineup [Friday], we haven't had many bad games," Guillen said. "A couple nights ago [against Seattle] we were facing Felix [Hernandez], and anyone can look bad against him. In my personal opinion, I don't think we should break up this ballclub and [trade] two or three players for something for a week."
By "a week," Guillen of course means a two-plus month rental until the end of the season.
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"If that team is going to say, 'Here, this is what we want, this is what you want,' and that's going to guarantee me to go to the World Series then I would make it," Guillen said. "But that doesn't guarantee anything. It guarantees hopes, it guarantees fans being happy, it guarantees to the fans, 'Well, they're trying.'
"But I will speak up to the fans. We're not going to make a move to satisfy people. We're going to make a move because Kenny, Jerry [Reinsdorf], Ozzie, the players, the White Sox want to win."
It's a clear sign that the White Sox's trade options -- or worthwhile ones anyway -- all involve players on the major league roster and none seems to make the club significantly better. At least that's how it looks to the manager.
"Right now, if people want to make a move they're going to ask for people we can't [give up]," Guillen said. "It's not easy. I told Kenny, 'You do whatever you want to do, just bring it up and I'll manage it.'"
It doesn't mean he will be happy about it.
"Every day [Williams] asks me, 'You OK?'" Guillen said. "I say, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah.' Like I said a few days ago, it's not fair for me to say 'no' because those guys are in first, and in first place for a reason. What do we need? Continue to play well, pitch well, that's all we need.''
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.