SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Is Kenny Lofton still available? Hey, what about Tony Phillips?
OK, that’s pushing it a little, but don’t doubt GM Kenny Williams is looking at every available option right now as he tries to solve the leadoff problem that is threatening to drive the White Sox into the ground.
Kenny has made trades in spring training before, most recently picking up Matt Thornton and Timo Perez, and he’s probably close to making another deal for a center fielder/No. 1 hitter.
Forget about Juan Pierre _ he is way overpriced and Kenny has never been a big fan.
Forget Jim Edmonds, too. His best days are long gone.
It’s going to be tough to find a reliable guy at this late date, but Kenny has been known to find them.
There has been a lot of talk about the Sox not having a legit leadoff man since Scott Podsednik.
Yes, Podsednik is injury prone, and he’s having a so-so camp with the Colorado Rockies (.259), but he’s probably still a lot better than Jerry Owens or Dewayne Wise.
No matter what, Kenny needs to make a move. Soon.