White Sox not looking to deal
GM, skipper believe players already in place for championship
CHICAGO -- Talks between White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams pretty much take place every day in-season, so Williams is never caught offguard by Guillen asking for a necessary player to finish off a particular playoff drive.
Back in 2005, it was the fans who were stunned when all Guillen wanted before the non-waver trade deadline was a utility infielder as the White Sox went in search of their first World Series title in almost 90 years.
"Kenny asked me and I said that's what I needed," said Guillen, prior to Saturday's contest with the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field. "People went crazy, because they wanted a big-name guy.
"When we [brought] in [Geoff] Blum, that's exactly the guy I [needed]. He was a switch-hitter, could play here and there once in a while, and look at what he did."
Blum went on to hit the game-winning home run during Game 3 of the 2005 World Series against Houston, culminating a 14-inning marathon. The thought process behind that trade, and how it resulted, has been brought to life yet again because both Guillen and Williams are looking at 2008 much as they viewed 2005.
In fact, Guillen doesn't really need that utility infielder added at this point. One of the problems in making a trade, even for an aggressive general manager such as Williams, is that the market doesn't seem to be fluid in the present.
Nothing has changed since Williams spoke to MLB.com about one month ago. Too many teams still believe they have a chance to contend, and others who are on the border of contention still believe they can get back in the race. Any proposed trades usually begin and quickly end with the request for a bounty of top young, Major League-ready players.
"Generally, I use the month of June to really narrow down what's happening in the league and what potentially could be available," Williams said. "You put targets out and assign scouts to certain places. I'll tell you this -- I have not assigned our scouts to do anything but continue on their normal schedule.
"If you look at our club, position-by-position, and you start to measure what you can bring in and then what you have to give up to get something that you bring in ... I'll go back to our conversations in December, where I feel if we play to our level of capabilities, then we can win this thing.
"The only thing missing right now is consistency on a day-to-day basis," Williams added. "You see all the ingredients here for a championship club."
Guillen stands in wholehearted agreement with his boss.
"If we need something, I guarantee you Kenny Williams will do his best to go get it," Guillen said. "With the pieces we have, we should be OK."
Williams did most of his heavy lifting during the offseason, when he added key components such as Scott Linebrink, Octavio Dotel, Carlos Quentin, Nick Swisher, Orlando Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez. With all six of these players starting and contributing, there's not much room to maneuver within this first-place roster.
"You really can't ask for more than what Kenny did," Guillen said.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.