The White Sox and Cubs are bitter rivals, and we don't need the BP Crosstown Cup to acknowledge the fact.
Conversely, Sox GM Kenny Williams and Cubs counterpart Jim Hendry are pretty tight, and they're not afraid to make trades with each other.
The last one came in November of 2006, when relievers Neal Cotts and David Aardsma changed uniforms.
Is it time for another crosstown deal?
How about this one ... the Sox send Carlos Quentin to the Cubs for Kosuke Fukudome.
For the record, there are no "sources" on this proposed swap. And Fukudome does have no-trade protection and is still owed roughly $20 million for the remainder of this season and 2011.
Those aren't huge stumbling blocks. The game has changed when it comes to waiving no-trade provisions, and more and more teams are willing to pay salary in order to move players.
As an example, the Dodgers agreed to pay $10.5 million of the remaining $18.5 million remaining on left fielder Juan Pierre’s contract before trading him to the White Sox this past off-season.
Why Fukudome for Quentin? It makes sense for both sides.
The Sox initially tried getting Fukudome when he left Japan in 2007, but he actually took less money to sign with the North Siders.
Fukudome hasn’t lived up to his lofty expectations with the Cubs, and it looks like the outfielder is going into another swoon after a strong start.
Still, Fukudome is batting .300 and his .392 on-base percentage ranks eighth in the National League. Those are exactly the kinds of numbers the White Sox need in their lineup.
As for Quentin, he also looks like a prime candidate for a scenery change.
He made a serious MVP run in 2008 before breaking his wrist on Sept. 1, and the 27-year-old outfielder has been scuffling ever since.
The talent is there, but Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is running out of patience with Quentin’s mental makeup.
“It’s frustrating,” Ozzie said when asked about Quentin in Cleveland on Tuesday. “He’s shown some signs here and there what he can do. I think a big part of this game is mental and I think right now, mentally he’s not there.”
*Call my Quentin for Fukudome trade proposal idiotic, but it can’t be worse than this little nugget that ran in the Tribune today:
“Well-placed baseball sources insist that the relationship between White Sox GM Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen is rapidly heading in the wrong direction.
Kenny and Ozzie do not have anywhere near the relationship they once had and it appears that they only deal with each other when absolutely necessary," said a longtime scout who has been around the big leagues for a long time. "If the team continues to struggle throughout the rest of the season it could become a bigger problem that will have to be dealt with."
A “longtime scout who has been around the big leagues for a long time?” Now that is what you call some investigative reporting.
Kenny and Ozzie have both talked about their relationships during the past week, and they were both on the record.
Are they best friends? No. But they never have been and they don’t need to be.