In an email to beat reporters Saturday, White Sox GM Kenny Williams said the team's move to obtain Francisco Liriano from Minnesota was "imperative." On Sunday, Williams expanded on why he feels adding Liriano is so necessary to the team's chances.
"We felt that, just as in the Brett Myers acquisition, we needed some guys that had a veteran presence about them, that pitched through the difficult months of August and September and can weather some of these storms mentally and physically," Williams said on a conference call.
The White Sox are familiar with Liriano, who spent parts of seven seasons with Minnesota. But Williams said the White Sox noticed a few things with Liriano that he can improve upon.
"We've had the displeasure, sometimes, of facing Mr. Liriano because he has thrown some games against us that have been lights-out outstanding," Williams said. 'Last time out for him it wasn't so great. We saw some of the same things that we think and see some things that can immediately get him better results."
As the conference call was conducted, a rumor popped up that the White Sox were engaging the Mariners in talks for reliever Brandon League. So when Williams was asked if he was looking to make another deal, he said "yes," then paused for dramatic effect. And answered "yes" again.