The Chicago White Sox and GM Kenny Williams have decided to stand pat as the non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone at 3pm central time. Williams talked to reporters as the trade deadline passed and had a few interesting quotes. Williams said ”there were interesting discussions, but nothing close” and ”at this point, (the deadline) has come and gone and I’m going to get some sleep.” I am willing to bet that Williams was working the phones looking for a utility infielder and/or another bullpen piece to add to the mix. Next up, Williams will have to watch the waiver wire and maybe try and pull off a deal in August.
So lets take a look at what Williams has done on the trade front this season. Starting with acquiring third baseman Kevin Youkilis from the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Zach Stewart and utility player Brent Lillibridge. The White Sox are only on the hook for $2 million of the $7.8 million that was owed to Youkilis including the buyout for his 2013 option. This trade can pretty much already be called a steal for the White Sox. Lillibridge has already been designated for assignment and traded to the Cleveland Indians and Stewart has pitched to a 4.05 ERA in six starts with Boston’s AAA team the Pawtucket Red Sox. Youkilis has been very good since coming to the South Side and has hit .255/.375/.462 with 6 home runs and 22 RBI.
Then the White Sox traded minor league pitchers Blair Walters and Mark Heidenreich to the Houston Astros for reliever Brett Myers. The White Sox are only paying $1 million dollars of the $4.45 million that is owed to Myers. This was also a very good trade for the Sox as Myers brings veteran leadership to a young bullpen. Walters was one of my up and coming prospects, but it was worth it to deal him to help the Sox in 2012.
Finally, last Saturday, the Sox traded Eduardo Escobar and pitching prospect Pedro Hernandez to the Minnesota Twins for starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. This is also a very good trade for the Sox as Escobar was replaceable as a utility infielder/defensive replacement and Hernandez wasn’t even a top 15 prospect especially after getting beat up in his major league debut by the Red Sox. Liriano is scheduled to make his White Sox debut against his former team, the Twins. If Liriano can provide
Overall, I would give Williams and the White Sox an A-/B+ as far as the in season trades made this year. As a Sox fan, I am excited to watch this team compete with the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central crown.