Dressed in a black polo shirt and black slacks, and wearing black sunglasses as well, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams looked like he just came from a funeral Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
Speaking in hushed tones, Kenny was asked about the Sox, who are 24-33 and 9 ½ games behind the Twins in the AL Central.
“Some changes need to take place,” he said. “I don't know what and I don't when but some changes need to take place. Things aren't happening the way that we envisioned and when they don't happen the way you envision you've got to make an adjustment.”
Kenny can start making moves right now, or he can wait until the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
“It's still the early part of June and a lot of clubs are trying to figure their situations out and determine whether they're in it or not in it or what kind of money they have to spend,” the GM said. “There are a lot of variables that go into the mix so even if I want to do something, it's not always in my control. And even if something does arise, you always run the risk of, particularly in our case where there's a lot of desirable players that people seem to want ... why we can't put it together is a mystery to me.
“But other teams seem to want our players so I have to gauge whether something that comes along sooner is better off for our mix and chance to get in it or wait and be a little patient until July when kind of all the information is in and people are bidding against one another for our players.”
Coming to grips with having to be a seller rather than buyer is not coming easy for KW.
“It is what it is,” he said. “I have to listen. It's not that I want to, but I'm not blind.”