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White Sox angling for Greinke?

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08:10 AM ET 07.25 | This time of year, teams aren't laying any cards on the table, which makes deciphering their intentions difficult. That said, the Chicago White Sox will be a team to watch. ... [Ken Williams] already has acquired third baseman Kevin Youkilis and right-handed reliever Brett Myers. But rival executives who know him well say Williams is almost certain to make another move in response to the Detroit Tigers' acquisitions of right-hander Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante on Monday. "Kenny's going to do something," one exec says. "No way he's going a week without doing something." And that "something," based on Williams' history, might not be small. In Williams' perfect world, it might be Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke.

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July 25, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Good luck with the looney.

July 25, 2012  08:42 AM ET

I'm sure they'd love him, but who would they trade to get him?

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July 25, 2012  09:34 AM ET

He needs Group Therapy!

July 25, 2012  09:57 AM ET

So somebody says "it might be" Greinke, but no reference to an inside source or any other reason why "it might be" Greinke? I wouldn't be surprised if Williams makes a move, and possibly even for Greinke, but this is classic internet "journalism." Throw up a headline and get some page views, even if there is no support. Better yet, just take the "story" from another source, in this case Fox. They could have done the same thing and just replace Greinke in the headline with Josh Johnson or Cole Hamels or any other pitcher who might be on the market.

July 25, 2012  11:15 AM ET

Not sure how they would pull that off since they don't have any top prospects in the minors. Their only highly regarded prospect at the start of the season was Addison Reed (now with th team) and it would take alot more than that to get Greinke.

July 25, 2012  11:43 AM ET

Please don't acquire this guy.

July 25, 2012  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Please don't acquire this guy.

He would pitch fine for the WS, but I'm not sure how they would pay him or what they would give up to get him. I'm guessing Billy Beane mode--try to get a decent player others have given up on, get some good value from him, don't give up anything big.

July 25, 2012  11:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Please don't acquire this guy.

Not even sure how they would be able to acquire him, unless they are going to take multiple parts of the major league roster. Their farm system is barren, ranked dead last at the beginning of this season.

July 25, 2012  12:34 PM ET

Angling? What are they using for bait?

July 25, 2012  12:34 PM ET
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Not even sure how they would be able to acquire him, unless they are going to take multiple parts of the major league roster. Their farm system is barren, ranked dead last at the beginning of this season.

You are right. I'm of the opinion, despite being tied for first place today, that the White Sox should look to move pieces of their MLB roster in order to build up the farm system, which has for years been barren due to Ken Williams doing exactly what this article snippet says he will do. He goes out and acquires what are essentially expensive veteran rental players that jet as soon as the failed (close but no cigar) season ends. He needs to ignore the the criticism he will receive and just move expensive players currently in their last contract year.

July 25, 2012  12:35 PM ET
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He would pitch fine for the WS, but I'm not sure how they would pay him or what they would give up to get him. I'm guessing Billy Beane mode--try to get a decent player others have given up on, get some good value from him, don't give up anything big.

They can literally afford to pay him. However, they cannot afford to pay the Brewers in prospects. I did not like the Brett Myers acquisition. I found it unnecessary and a trade just to make a trade.

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July 25, 2012  12:44 PM ET

I doubt that Peavy, Pierzynski, Youkilis and Myers will be on the White Sox next year. These four players hold value right now. White Sox fans will think I'm crazy, but Ken Williams should look to stock up the farm system by moving these players, and moving them now. I don't understand how you can be a GM of a Major League Baseball team and consistently have the worst farm system year in and year out and never address it. Ken Williams will have to address it one day, and it might as well be now when he has valuable pieces that will definitely not be on the team next year.

July 25, 2012  01:22 PM ET

its this means the white sox would give the rookie quintana in that trade???

July 25, 2012  01:22 PM ET

its this means the white sox would give the rookie quintana in that trade???

July 25, 2012  01:22 PM ET

its this means the white sox would give the rookie quintana in that trade???

 
July 25, 2012  01:42 PM ET

How does a team that's had 11-12 rookies on their MLB club and sitting in first place have the worst farm team in baseball?

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