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.
Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things.
In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.
On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family.
Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather.
Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!
Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above.
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