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MeanFish
01-06-2007, 11:20 AM
Link to article:

http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove06/insider/columns/story?columnist=neyer_rob&id=2721190&CMP=ILC-INHEAD

Yeah, I know it's an Insider article so the link isn't accessible to most. However, he has some kind words for the way K-Dub (Hey, Brandon's gone so we have to pass the first-initial-dash-part-of-past-name-torch, right!?) has responded to the inflated price of established mediocre MLB pitching.

From the article:

Interestingly enough, just a few miles from Wrigley Field, White Sox GM Kenny Williams seems to have figured all this out. He has been castigated in Chicago for trading Freddy Garcia (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6168) and Brandon McCarthy (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7484) for pitchers with no track records (or lousy track records) in the majors, but Williams apparently believes that if he collects enough young pitchers with potential, he'll wind up with a few cheap-but-good starters, and at the moment there's nothing more valuable.
I know this subject has been beaten into the ground, covered with dirt and perhaps has a garden planted on top of it already. With the vast quantities of negative articles that have been mentioned here regarding this subject, however, I thought it would be nice to bring attention to an article that supports what the Sox are doing versus the insanity that other clubs are partaking in.

:cool:

caulfield12
01-06-2007, 11:27 AM
I don't think any rational Sox fan doesn't have a certain amount of appreciation for what KW is doing.

The only problem is whether we'll have enough to get the job done in 2007, with Dye and Buehrle likely to be gone after this season and Thome a year older.

I'm willing to buy that our starting pitching for 2007, at best, is even with how we ended last season. Our bullpen is demonstrably better. Hall has improved our bench. It all depends on Buehrle and Contreras...if they don't pitch well (AGAIN) for at least 4 months of the season, then the Garcia/McCarthy trades won't matter one way or the other.

OTOH, if Buehrle struggles, at least we have some depth for 08/09/10 so we don't fall off the face of a cliff after this season.