Tagged: Kenny Williams

Lastings Milledge Off The Bench?

Kenny signed the former first round phenom to a minor league deal with an invitation to camp.

It’s a good low risk, high reward proposition.  If he doesn’t get his stuff together cut him.  If he finally shows that he’s got his head screwed on straight, he could be a real benefit coming off the bench.

What manager better to get a guys head on right than Ozzie!  I’m not sure if that’s a joke or not, and I wrote it.

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All The Right Moves

Kenny Williams and the Sox are doing everything in their power to make a deep run into the playoffs in the 2011 season.

They signed Dunn, they resigned Konerko and AJ, they brought in some bullpen depth, they picked up Ozzie’s option, and now they’ve gone and locked up A.Ram for four years.

The only real question mark heading into the season is Peavy’s health, and with the strength that we have in the rotation without him, that is really a question that only impacts who the 5th starter will be.  Which is not to say that Peavy would be the 5th in the Sox rotation; but with Buehrle, Danks, Floyd, and E Jax, you’ve got pitchers with the talent necessary to fill the one through four spots in your rotation.

It’s February, baby!  Just a few more days until pitchers and catchers report!

A Fresh Start

My last entry was July 11!  That’s absurd.  A fresh start as we head into the hot stove league!

Adam Dunn was signed yesterday, as was A.J.  Put Paulie’s name on a new three year deal and all will be right with the offensive/fielding components of the Sox heading into 2011.  Ozzie & Kenny both know how strong the Twinkies are and see the Tigers doing anything but standing pat.  Glad to see that they are making a strong move to compete this coming season.

One caveat on that comment, Adam must, I repeat MUST leave his glove in D.C.  Dude’s a very good left handed bat, but he’s a butcher in the field.

With Morel taking over for Teahen at third and Dayan waiting in the wings behind Paulie, as well as Jared Mitchell and Jordan Danks in the OF things are looking good right about now.

Next thing up is the bullpen.  Gotta put together almost an entirely new crew for 2011.  Thornton, Pena, and perhaps Sale are all we have available to us right now that I have any confidence in.  Still wondering whether we will let Sale start the season in Charlotte and allow him to stretch into a starter.

Still and all with Adam and A.J. in the fold its a strong start to the offseason.

Peavy Up, Mitchell Down, and Bogus Reports of a Dustup

Jake Peavy threw three scoreless innings Friday night, striking out three with two hits, and no walks in a split squad game against the Angels.

Unfortunately Friday was not a perfect day for the Sox as outielding prospect Jared Mitchell tore a tendon in his ankle making a catch in center.  His injury came in the split squad against the Cubs.  According to reports from the Sox the injury could cost the former first rounder the entire 2010 season.

We’re also seeing the first signs of last seasons fielding woes raising its ugly head.  Three errors in the game against the Cubs (all made by guys who we expect to see on the 25 man roster), and one in the game against the Angels.  While we have a stronger rotation this year than we did last, no team can afford to give the opposition extra outs when the games count for real

Finally there is the matter of the tension in the relationship between Ozzie and Kenny being reported in the Chicago media.  First off, no one has come forward with reports of any particular incident which would give an credence to these reports.  Second, if there is a tension in the relationship between these two its not totally unexpected given their competitive nature and their willingness to give unfiltered answers to just about any question that is asked of them.  That said, so long as it does not harm their ability to do their jobs, it should give no one any concern.

IMO, this sounds like the effort of writers and reporters to fill their respective space on a slow news day.

Less than a month until the boy head home to begin playing ’em for real!  Can’t come soon enough!

Damon Follow Up

WSCR reports that Scott Boras gave Kenny Williams a bottom line number that Kenny didn’t like, so Kenny pulled his offer.  Boras also reportedly wanted an extra year from Detroit – which it is unwilling to give. 

All of which means that this is not nearly over.  As teams come to camp and realize that they do or do not have everything that they think they do (see my hopes and dreams for Andruw Jones) this situation will resolve itself.