Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams said that the team will not be looking for marginal upgrades for the rotation. He said that if they are going to make a deal, then they are going after a front line starter. Williams has already made two deals involving Kevin Youkilis and Brett Myers. The rotation could really use a guy that would compliment Chris Sale and Jake Peavy at the front.
One option Williams is looking for is the return of John Danks from the disabled list. Nobody really knows when he will return, but he has started throwing within the last week or so. If Danks can return and be the pitcher the Sox know he can be, that is like adding a front line starter at the deadline or a little after. The problem is, the White Sox can’t afford to wait on Danks and risk him not coming back.
There is the names that we have all been hearing, like Zach Greinke, James Shields, Wandy Rodriguez and possibly Josh Johnson. Johnson would be a perfect fit for what the White Sox are wanting to do. He is still young and under team control through next season at $13.5 million. The White Sox would have to give up a pretty good package to obtain the Miami Marlin’s ace. I am sure the Marlins would want guys that are MLB ready so that they can compete next season with their veterans like Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell.
Kenny Williams also said that he is looking for prospect deals that can help as early as next season. The Sox have some good, young players in the minors that could be ready as early as next season that can help keep this team young and in contention. But they can also be used as trade bait, players such as Nestor Molina, Simon Castro, Pedro Hernandez, Jake Petricka, Jared Mitchell, Tyler Saladino and Brady Shoemaker.
In the end, we will have to wait to see what Kenny Williams will do to try to make this ball club better and compete with the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central crown.