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Finally, White Sox are rebuilding

Posted on: September 1, 2009 10:18 am
 
White Sox general manager Ken Williams saw that the core of his team was aging. He knew that in order to win another World Series, the White Sox had to turn their team over.

He tried to do it without ever admitting to rebuilding.

"You know me, and you know (manager Ozzie Guillen)," Williams said in a conversation before spring training. "You know how competitive we are. Do you think we could go into a season where we didn't think we'd have a chance?"

So the White Sox went for it -- sort of.

They never put all their resources into this year's team. They made all their moves with at least one eye on the future.

And when they got to the end of August and realized that this team wasn't going to win, they pulled the plug. They traded away Jim Thome and Jose Contreras, and let it be known that they were willing to move Jermaine Dye, Scott Linebrink and others, too.

Some have portrayed this as an abrupt change in plans, but really it's not.

Yes, it's true, the White Sox took on two big salaries when they traded for Jake Peavy and acquired Alex Rios on waivers. But Peavy was always about the future more than about the present, and Rios was a player Williams always wanted as part of the White Sox team he was trying to build. Adding Peavy and Rios never meant the White Sox were "going for it" this year.

The Peavy deal made little sense in the context of 2009, anyway. As part of the package to get him, the White Sox gave up Clayton Richard, who was in their rotation at the time. They knew that Peavy wouldn't be ready to pitch until late August at the earliest, but they were willing to give up a month's worth of starts -- because they saw Peavy as the ace of the team they were building for 2010 and beyond.

Will that team of the future have a better be good enough to win?

It's too early to say that. What we do know now is that this 2009 White Sox team wasn't good enough.

The Sox tried to rebuild and contend at the same time. Now they're hoping they can go 1 for 2.
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