The White Sox can’t just draft upside; they have to sign it, too. It’s time for Kenny and Jerry to open up the checkbook and hand out over-slot bonuses to high-upside players after the first round (though the at-slot, high-upside first round picks the last three years (Beckham, Mitchell, Sale) have helped).
Kenny is a disaster. The guy traded 6 years of Hudson for 1 year, 2 months of Edwin Jackson ( who will cost 8.75 million next season). He also dumped all their young pitching depth for a fragile Peavy ( how’d that work out). There’s a point where a GM is too aggressive. Kenny has crossed it.
John is correct. Kenny over-trades and the end result is the gradual erosion of talent level. John makes two great points on how Kenny may have finally traded himself into a corner. He traded alot of chips for Peavy (whos status for next year has yet to be given), Pierre, and Jackson this year and has wound up with an old team with very little wiggle room since alot of the budget is already spent on the players listed above in addition to Rios and those up for arb this off-season. He violated a cardinal rule of GMs (“Don’t make a deal presuming you can flip that player later” – See: The Ben Sheets/ A’s deal) not once, but twice this season with Peavy and Jackson with the Jackson deal being so poorly done I am not sure why he hasnt gotten more flak for it. Sooner rather than later, the White Sox will start to look the the AL version of the Houston Astros.
He avoided a lot of scrutiny because out of the gate EJ was pitching his ass off and making Kenny look like a genius. I think by the end of the year we finally saw the real Edwin. Don’t get me wrong, he’s definitely a serviceable 4th or 5th starter, but he’s not worth the money and he sure has hell shouldn’t have netted Hudson in return.
Jackson is being severely underrated. I think he can be a top-of-the-rotation starter. His was consistently throwing 96+mph 95-100 pitches into his outings and Cooper refined his secondary pitches and control. He’s only entering his 27 y.o. season next year too.
Nevin Griffith is the best prospect the White Sox have currently. It is time for the Sox to stop babying this kid and let him face some real adversity. The only adversity he has faced has been within the Organization. Ex: Trainers breaking his rib after a tender back muscle injury this season. Lets not forget this kid carved up Triple A hitters before the season. Lets also not forget the stuff this kid has well. 94-98 MPH fast ball, possibly the best sinker in the Sox system, and a nice curveball. He also has the slider he had in high school but he hasn’t been allowed to throw due to the wishes of management. Leesman and Griffith both were in Winston together. Who had the better numbers? Who was the Allstar despite pitching a number of games hurt? Leesman is a bust and the Sox know it. The hype behind this guy amazes me. I think the Sox are Hyping him to dump him in a trade. Leesman will be in Big League camp again despite not pitching well at all. Griffith needs the looked at more closely. Kenny Williams himself stated Griffith can pitch in the league right now.