July 2nd, 2003

flavored with age

Baseball yappity

So the White Sox have been dealing like mad the last few days, and July 1st saw them pick up a pair of big-name veteran free agents -- 2nd baseman Roberto Alomar and center fielder Carl Everett -- for a bunch of prospects. Alomar brings veteran leadership, great defense, and a reputation as a good hitter, but also fears that he's washed up, a hot temper, and a two-year downward spiral; Everett brings a huge bat, a rep as a clutch hitter, and the ability to pound the crap out of right-handed pitching, but also a questionable clubhouse persona, iffy defense, and the fact that he's batshit crazy.

So what do I think?

I think the trades are pretty iffy on their own merits. The Alomar one I don't particularly like, and the Everett one I'll only like if we didn't give away the farm to get them. But taken as an act on the part of management, there's a lot to like:

1. They aren't costing us a dime monetarily, which means we might be in a better position down the road, free-agent-wise, even if we do lose some good prospects.

2. Who knows? They might pay off.

3. They show a commitment on the part of management to try and win now, even when we aren't in the greatest position; at this point 10 years ago -- hell, 5 years ago -- we probably would have been shopping around Ordonez and Loaiza. While Cubs fans forever prattle "wait 'til next year", Sox fans know that there's no tomorrow with this outfit. There's only right now.

4. The whole thing makes Kenny Williams look, if not brilliant, at least independent. Who knows how truthful this is, but stuff like this suggest that he's less of a puppet of owner Jerry Reinsdorf than our old GM, alcoholic dullard Ron Schueler, was.

5. At the very least, the move could be great for team chemistry and morale. It's great as a gesture of commitment. The player know that management is doing SOMETHING to get the team in a winning position.

They might suck. I hope they don't, but they might. However, at least management has broken out of the torpor they've been in for so long.