Monday, December 18, 2006

Bon Voyage, Ross Gload

Hello, Andy Sisco.

Yes, the White Sox traded away my favorite player not named Joe Crede for another Kansas City Royal and former Cubs farm hand.

Take in the gravity of the back end of that last sentence again: former Royal & Cub.

Together with David Aardsma, the lefty Sisco will be another big pitcher with nasty stuff (hyperbole) and even nastier control (the bad kind). There are so many reclamation projects now in the Sox bullpen and AAA that if the White Sox make it back to the playoffs next season, Don Cooper will not only be looking for a raise, he'll be looking for sainthood. He might as well just write a book and hand it out to all the pitchers detailing his pitching philosophy because he will pulled in many different directions and will just have to refer to page so-and-so of his manual to get anything done.

At least we can see Kenny Williams' pattern for success in this trade. Trade one of the interchangeable parts for cheap, unvalued relief help. His track record is stellar when it comes to relief, i.e. Vizciano, Marte, Thornton, MacDougal, Jenks.

But my guy, Ross Gload, had to go to improve the pen. We'll lose his hitting (maybe 150 at-bats, 50 hits), his glove (he has better range than Konerko) and his speed (6-6 in SBs), but Rob Mackowiak (who can rake and was originally an infielder) will most likely take his place, and to get Mack out of CF alone was worth the trade.

So, officially, Ross Gload has been freed, at least from the White Sox, which is fine cuz there's already too many former Cubs on the White Sox roster.

And one more note: the White Sox no longer require the services of Crusty the Clown, catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr., as they have signed Toby Hall to a two year, $3.65 million contract with an option for a third year. Now in September AJ will only be thrown out by 10 feet at home instead of 30 feet. Hall wants to start but followed the money, and while in theory this is a very good move by KW, I wonder how long it'll be until Hall starts whining about playing time to the media. This has confrontation written all over it.

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Blogger Soxually Repressed said...

Will the newest project run to the mound to the sounds of the "Thong Song"?
Will he smile at Ozzie Guillen's jokes and say "Oh, Poncho..."?
Will anyone wake me when the Sox get a player for a position of concern (like oh I don't know... CENTERFIELD!) instead of backup catchers who will sign for the money in December, but ask for "open competion" come March or April?
How many pitchers will the Sox acquire? at this rate they will have like, eleven position players and fourteen hurlers.

1:44 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Back-up catcher was a huge deal for the Sox, and KW is waiting patiently for the dust to settle on the initial FA signing before pursuing a LF/CF like Alex Rios or Reed Johnson from Toronto.

3:33 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger Soxually Repressed said...

Backup catcher is a deal, period. When backup catcher is a BIG deal for your hometeam it means you had little other concerns. THAT means you are sizing rings in the off-season. Which would be great, if the Sox were truly locked up at all the other spots. Are they?

11:48 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

SR, do me a favor and read the Sox Machine article I linked. It tells the true story behind needing a back up catcher and the strain AJ faced in the second half of 2006.

3:16 AM, December 19, 2006  

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