Has Kenny Williams inquired about Houston Astros first baseman Lance Berkman? Most likely, yes.
But is Williams preparing a package of players for a trade? No chance.
Let's examine why...
*Berkman is 34 years old, and he's had trouble staying healthy the past two seasons.
*Why would the Sox want to add another hitter that is south of the Mendoza line? Berkman is batting a hefty .196 this year, with 2 home runs, 7 RBI and a .305 OBP.
*What about that salary? Berkman is making $14.5 million this year and the underachieving White Sox aren't exactly packing them in at U.S. Cellular Field.
*Most important, earlier this week Kenny sounded much more interested in subtracting than adding.
That will change if the Sox finally put something together, but it's not looking too good at the moment.
“I don’t think anyone is really prepared to make any deals right now,” Kenny said at the Cell on Monday. “And any interest expressed in any players out there who are impact guys has been done so for quite some time. There really isn’t much substance to anything at this stage of the season. Another 30 games, and you’ll start to see talk pick up.
“But if you’re not playing well it doesn’t make any sense to go down those roads, anyway. You've got to warrant that.”