Friday, June 4, 2010
Guillen says trades possible
By Bruce Levine
The trade winds are beginning to blow toward US Cellular Field as the season nears the 60-game mark.
While the White Sox continue to disappoint on the field, manager Ozzie Guillen isn't afraid to point out what could occur if the team doesn't do a quick about-face.
"If they don't play good, do [the players] expect something to happen? Of course, they have to expect something to happen," Guillen said. "That's not something that's a mystery."
Major League scouts are putting together their list and covering teams like the White Sox who are among the biggest disappointments in baseball.
"I told the players if you continue to play like this, obviously [Jerry Reinsdorf] and the front office are going to make moves," Guillen said. "That's not just the White Sox, that's everyone. When you're in this situation, every scout in baseball is looking at the team. They're going to see if they can get somebody from [a struggling team]."
Guillen was the shortstop on the 1997 team that was 3 ½ games out of first place in August when then-GM Ron Schueler traded Danny Darwin, Wilson Alvarez and Roberto Hernandez to San Francisco for five young players in the infamous "white flag trade."
"I thought they made that trade too quick," Guillen said. "We weren't too far away. And we were close enough. I was the first one to say I didn't like it. Meanwhile, I had to look myself in the mirror and say they made the trade for a reason."
The White Sox have plenty of players who would fit in well with other teams. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been looked at by many teams including the Texas Rangers. The Phillies have scouts watching Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz if they become available.
There's a possible timeline for Kenny Williams to start reacting to his underachieving team, and that could be within the next 10 days. Pierzynski's 10-and-5 rights kick in June 14. Mark Buehrle becomes a 5-and-10 man July 9. (A player has the right to veto a trade when he registers 10 years in the majors and five with the same team.) With that type of timeline, you may see the South Siders as the busiest trading team in baseball.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.