Tuesday, September 29th
Officially, there's only one general manager of the Chicago White Sox. But unofficially, there are thousands.
Yes, everyone has an opinion about what moves Kenny Williams should make. I hear them all the time.
Like today, my friend Mike gave me his grand plan to fix the Sox. His idea? Shake up the locker room by bringing back all of the bad seedsclownstroublemakers from seasons past (Carl Everett, Orlando Cabrera, Carlos Lee, Nick Swisher, Scott Eyre, Willie Harris, etc.), trade for Manny Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano, bring back Terry Bevington as bench coach (that was my idea), mix them all together with A.J. Pierzynski, and youll have the Oakland Raiders circa 1972.
Mike was joking. I think.
So let's pretend Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf calls you on the phone today, and gives you the keys to the kingdom for about 15 seconds.
What would you do? Who would you sign? Who would you trade?
Post your comments below. Be smart, be creative, be daring. Maybe Kenny will read them. Maybe not. The forum is yours.
Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.
Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?
How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?
Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.
Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.
Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.
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“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”
Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.