Swisher, who is signed through 2011 with an option for 2012, joins shortstop Orlando Cabrera, left fielder Carlos Quentin, right-handed reliever Scott Linebrink and utility infielder/outfielder Alexei Ramirez as the bulk of Williams' Hot Stove revamping, following last year's dismal 72-90 showing. Williams informed Swisher to expect most of his playing time in center field, where Swisher previously has played 61 games in parts of four seasons.
the White Sox have agreed in principle on a four-year, $4.75 million deal with Alexei Ramirez. The versatile Cuban exile still has to pass a physical, and an official announcement from the team probably won't come until after the New Year.
The White Sox have added another talented young corner outfielder to their mix, acquiring Carlos Quentin from Arizona in a deal announced Monday afternoon. Do I think this trade will get them to the World Series? No. Do I think the White Sox are positioning themselves for the future? Yes. If Carlos stays away from injuries this season I think he could be an asset. I still think Kenny Williams has something up his sleeve.
The White Sox announced the signing of reliever Scott Linebrink on a four-year, $19 million contract on Wednesday. It looks like Scott was the best reliever on the free agent market this season. I am not sure why they would sign him to a four year deal considering last season was not his best. The White Sox announced the acquisition of shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Los Angeles Angels, along with cash considerations coming from Anaheim. The cost of obtaining excellence was not cheap for the White Sox, as they sent durable right-handed starter Jon Garland back to his home state. This moves them one step closer to the big dance.
My thoughts have changed about how the White Sox are aproaching the 08 season. At the start of the off season I thought they would be going after some big sticks. (Tori Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Aaron Rowand.) When that all blew up in their face I think they decided to change their focus and start going after younger talent. (Alexei Ramirez and Carlos Quentin.)
Then there was all this talk about trading Joe Crede at the beginning of the off season, and now I think he could be sticking around. I would not be suprised to see him starting the season in a White Sox uniform. Kenny Williams is saying he is waiting for that perfect deal to pop up. In the meantime all these other teams (Tigers and Royals) are pulling off some great deals. It does not seem to me like they are waiting around for the perfect deal. My guess is they will trade Joe Crede for some quality minor league talent.
So I said all that to say I really don't think the White Sox will make that big of a splash this offseason and pick up some big bopper. That is disapointing. The only thing they will be fighting for this year is to stay out of last place.
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