Originally Posted by Brewski
Rowand was due for major money soon and they thought they had the next CF right there for peanuts. So they gave Rowand's money to Thome and would have been better off standing pat with Rowand and Frank. Hindsight. Kenny had it in for Frank. That may have been the X-factor behind it all.
Konerko was being heavily courted by Arte Moreno and the Angels and he even stated that he came close to signing with them. KW needed a big bat as protection for Konerko in the lineup or replacement power if he left. Yes KW apparently had issues with Frank but I don't blame him one bit for making the trade for Thome.