The White Sox are in a state of flux, so much so that the organizational figureheads have no problem admitting that they have no real idea what kind of team they'll have for 2012. Nor do they have any problem admitting that pretty much everything will be different after whatever massive shake-up next week's Winter Meetings have in store.
Poor Robin Ventura is left essentially asking 'Hey, try to keep some good players, if you can, guys'
"Obviously, I'd love to hand the ball to John Danks 30-plus times and Gavin Floyd the same thing and have Carlos (Quentin) in right," Ventura said Thursday during a conference call. "It's kind of a wish list, but that's not always going to be able to happen. So I don't think (Williams) knows. I don't know. And that's the interesting part about going there."
Interesting! Losing your top three starters over the course of a week can be interesting. Or terrifying. Or exciting. Or a combination of both that makes your heart contract and expand simultaneously. That sounds fatal, but we really can't know it will be until after the Winter Meetings.
Everyone's available, except for perhaps low-cost, surplus-value assets like Chris Sale and Alexei Ramirez...except they are! For exorbitant prices!
Shouldn't every great player have that status? If Ned Colletti calls and offers Matt Kemp for Paul Konerko....thanks for the memories, PK! Baseball is ultimately too competitive for sentiment, or worrying about if one of your colleagues has been exposed to ether.
Providing hilarious contrast, is that the White Sox have simultaneously scheduled player appearances for SoxFest 2012. Sure, this event is months away, they haven't even finalized the list yet, and the audience for the event is pretty much built-in regardless if the lineup changes (especially since NEAL COTTS WILL BE THERE), but without your word, you're nothing.
Welp, clearly these guys are gone. This is the damning farewell, and hooray! Clearly Sergio's staying because he wouldn't be scheduled for an event on January 27th if he's being traded on December 5th!
Gavin Floyd's presence on the list is a bit harder to explain, but he's so nice! He gave a guy new legs! Surely he's sweet enough to show up for a promotional event for a team he's not under contract with anymore.
And Thornton! Wait?!? Thornton? The $6MM-a-year reliever who's been on the block for four months and isn't a great allocation of resources as a non-closer for a re-tooling team? The next team that can offer veteran left-handed hitter who can man multiple non-premium positions can have Easy Heat on a plane tonight.
I think we're going to have to assume that these lineups aren't particularly meaningful and subject to radical change...especially since A.J. Pierzynski isn't on there, and that guy's un-killable.
Also listed to appear are Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Brent Morel, Dayan Viciedo, Philip Humber, Tyler Flowers, Brett Lillibridge, and I'd put a lot of money on Zach Stewart being available should anyone be interested.
Adam Dunn too! Oh, that is probably not going to be great weekend for him, not at all.
Alex Rios isn't listed, and maybe he won't be ever. I get the impression that fans are more interested in confronting Dunn--about his approach, his swing, his workout routine--but Rios is a less compelling preposterous failure.
His ocean of weak contact doesn't draw the focus that Dunn's mountain of whiffs does. But maybe his appearance would provide some insight--into his choice of a slow and plodding bass line for his walk-up music, or his weird mixture of spite and playfulness in response to outfield hecklers. Maybe there's a interesting person there that Sox fans can embrace!
Brett Ballantini indicated multiple time that this is not the case.
Tags: A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, baseball, Carlos Quentin, Chris Sale, Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Kenny Williams, los angeles dodgers, Mark Buehrle, matt kemp, Matt Thornton, neal cotts, ned colletti, Paul Konerko, Robin Ventura, Sergio Santos, White Sox, zach stewart