CHICAGO -- General manager Kenny Williams’ latest comment about the immediate future of the Chicago White Sox was a head scratcher to many, but it may have been revealing to at least one of the team’s All-Stars.
Peter Gammons of the MLB Network and MLB.com quoted seven words from Williams via Twitter that might have signaled the end of Carlos Quentin's time on the South Side.
“We’re going to let the kids play,” is how Gammons quoted Williams on Monday.
No, there isn't some unknown reserve of talent about to be unleashed on the South Side. Williams' comment doesn’t indicate anything more than the White Sox plan to continue their end-of-season plan that saw Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers getting more playing time.
Chris Sale is expected to be moved into the starting rotation if Mark Buehrle isn’t re-signed and Addison Reed has a shot at starting the season in the bullpen. Brent Morel will continue to play third base.
With Viciedo needing a place to play, that would mean Quentin is likely on the trading block. Indications are that the Philadelphia Phillies made a huge push for Quentin at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but Williams turned them down.
Williams’ brief comment could also be taken as an indication that the White Sox do not plan to make a big splash on the free-agent market this winter. Instead, they figure to add key pieces with a Quentin trade and possibly by moving John Danks or Gavin Floyd.
It remains to be seen how Flowers and A.J. Pierzynski will split time next season behind the plate. It’s still possible Pierzynski get most of the playing time, but his streak of 1,000 innings caught in each of the last 10 seasons would seem to be in jeopardy in 2012. It is the longest such active streak in the major leagues.
Pierzynski, who will make $6 million next season, has the right to veto any trade.