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Lip Man 1
11-03-2002, 01:35 AM
Found some interesting baseball stuff on ESPN.com, including a real blast at Sox GM Kenny Williams ...

First off this is from Peter Gammons .

"The Royals are calling around trying to dump contracts (Jason Grimsley, Joe Randa, Michael Tucker, et al), with major payroll cuts coming despite the revenue sharing money.

In addition, clubs interested in Paul Byrd are being told that there's no way that he's returning to Kansas City. "

Just wondering... what is the commissioner going to say, let alone George Steinbrenner , about Royals ownership GETTING revenue sharing money yet CUTTING payroll? If true, it gives the appearance of owner David Glass , laughing all the way to the bank doesn't it?. Which is something that I and others said was going to take place. The small / medium market clubs STILL have no chance at winning ANYTHING because their OWNERS don't want to! And I wonder if the White Sox would have legit interest in Byrd? I think last season was a fluke for him but the Sox badly need pitching and it might be worth the risk...

Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Chris Kahrl in looking at five off season questions for teams in the A.L. Central had this shot at Kenny Williams...''You might notice a theme here. (Twins GM Terry) Ryan has lots of stuff and a chance to beat the division to pulp, especially as long as White Sox GM Kenny Williams is operating without adult supervision"

Ouch!!!!! LOL LOL LOL

Lip

WhiteSox = Life
11-03-2002, 04:57 AM
:KW
"Now that's just mean."

TornLabrum
11-03-2002, 08:16 AM
Originally posted by Lip Man 1
Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Chris Kahrl in looking at five off season questions for teams in the A.L. Central had this shot at Kenny Williams...''You might notice a theme here. (Twins GM Terry) Ryan has lots of stuff and a chance to beat the division to pulp, especially as long as White Sox GM Kenny Williams is operating without adult supervision"

Ouch!!!!! LOL LOL LOL

Lip

:KW

"You know, this is starting to piss me off."

Lip Man 1
11-03-2002, 02:19 PM
I thought the five questions in the off season for the Sox were already posted. Since they weren't here they are:

Chicago White Sox
1. Can we get a do-over?
The plan was simple. Add some veteran chrome to the home-grown steel, and rollick your way into October clover. But for the second year running, Kenny Williams gave away good stuff for well-aged dross, and it killed the Sox for the playing time and cash wasted. The key to this offseason is not to bring in this year's Royce Clayton or Todd Ritchie. Picking up expensive low-end vets is not the ticket to contention.

2. Can these kids play? Life after Frank Thomas has its financial advantages should someone else coax him into leaving (at his option) by Pearl Harbor Day, but one thing his departure would do is create playing time for the team's young talent. Rather than field a true DH, the Sox can now alternate between players to make sure everyone gets at-bats. Carlos Lee (who might be off of the trading block if the Big Hurt becomes Somebody Else's Problem), Joe Borchard, Aaron Rowand, and Jeff Liefer can shift around in the outfield in the non-Magglio Ordonez spots. Joe Crede should finally have the job at third base to himself, and second base should belong to Willie Harris and/or D'Angelo Jimenez. Jimenez might get playing time at short if it isn't given to Jose Valentin, but there's enough offensive talent here to look at to use the at-bats created by Thomas' departure.

3. Can Jerry Manuel just chill?
This is really the Keith Foulke question, since Foulke didn't really do anything wrong last year. He nevertheless had his job as the high-leverage reliever in the pen taken away from him, mostly after giving up a total of nine runs in two blown saves in the first two months. At the time, Foulke complained of a sore arm, and it seemed as if Manuel couldn't forgive and forget and remember that Foulke was one of the best relievers in baseball the previous couple of years, and he continued to be that valuable for the rest of the season. Foulke's often said he'd like to go back to starting, and that may well provide both parties with a way to patch things up and get back to the business of using their best players instead of spiting them.

4. Is Jose Valentin finally going to get to be a shortstop again?
Is Valentin a bit prone to the old E-6? Yes. Your point? He still has outstanding range, and he's still excellent at initiating or turning the deuce, and he's still an offensive asset at a position where offensive talent still isn't that common despite A-Rod and the non-Rod trinity of powerhouse shortstops. If Williams can learn from the mistake of hauling in Clayton and learn to accept the occasional muff instead of knuckling under to talk radio complaints, the Sox will be the better for it, offensively and defensively.

5. Will the Sox have an '03 rotation to conjure up visions of '83 or '93?

Mark Buehrle looks like the lonely effective starter, but things aren't really that bleak. If he isn't traded, Foulke might be part of the equation. Jon Garland looked pretty good over the final couple of months, Danny Wright had a useful second half, and Jon Rauch was excellent in Triple-A Charlotte after fully recovering from his shoulder problems. There's still plenty of room to go out and add a worthwhile journeyman or two to create some depth, but this isn't quite as dire as trying to live with Ritchie.

Courtesy: ESPN.com

Lip