Kenny Williams happy with club

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Kenny Williams happy with club

Dont be surprised if Kenny Williams makes another trade, but the White Sox general manager said he might stay put.

One day after new relief pitcher Brett Myers arrived and the White Sox were swept for the first time all season, Williams addressed the media Monday and said even though the White Sox are on a five-game losing streak he likes his clubs makeup.

Williams spoke with manager Robin Ventura before Mondays series opener and is convinced the White Sox, who trail the Detroit Tigers by 1 12 games in the American League Central, are capable of bouncing back.

We had a great conversation about the mood of the club, the energy of the club, the overall attitude, Williams said. These guys are still grinding it out and they maybe need to loosen up, lighten up on themselves and recognize what they have accomplished to this point and maybe have a little fun with it. A lot of people didnt think wed be in this position right now. If we look at it from that standpoint, its a nice spot to be in as we head into August here whether its a game-and-a-half up or a game-and-a-half back. Ultimately is it nice to be in first place and be chased? Absolutely. But its our time to do a little chasing right now.

With that, Williams said theres no way the White Sox would consider a status change from buyers to sellers. Oh hell no, Williams said. He noted few impact bats are available to buyers and he isnt certain where he could improve the offense. Williams also stated the market for impact pitchers has dwindled, which limits the potential for any future deals.

If its not an impact type player, we dont want to disrupt what weve got going on and the guys that have gotten you to this point, Williams said.

Williams is hopeful starting pitcher John Danks can have an impact on the club this season. After a week of positive signs, Danks, who has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a left shoulder strain, will participate in a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Danks would have to throw several bullpen sessions and essentially go through a partial-spring training before he could ever return, Williams said.

That can be the best thing that can happen for us, Williams said. If we are in it at that point, and we definitely expect to be, then we've got a guy here that will be fresh and impactful in his own right. Doing something that is going to take away from this club to accomplish that impactful move right is not going to happen. If they're talking about a prospect-type deal than we'll talk about it or a deal that makes us exponentially better in the short term and the long term.

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Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.

Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.

“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.

“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.

“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.

Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.

“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”

In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.

As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.

Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.