Besides being sleep deprived, White Sox GM Kenny Williams was a little grumpy Friday afternoon.
Williams discussed the trade the netted the Sox starting pitcher Edwin Jackson earlier in the day, and he thinks the right-hander's power arm and experience is a definite upgrade over rookie Daniel Hudson, who went to the Diamondbacks for Jackson.
But KW also sounded like he's been duped _ likely by Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo _ in talks for Adam Dunn.
While he didn't mention any specific names, Kenny said it's been "frustrating" dealing with newer GMs, of which Rizzo is one.
He also mentioned "playing games" and "being above board," so you pretty much get the picture.
I'm hearing that Rizzo has taken Dunn off the market, but who really knows? These have been the most unusual days leading up to the trade deadline I ever can remember, by far.
But I'm thinking the original plan was for the Sox to acquire Jackson and send him to the Nats for Dunn.
This is what KW said he told Jackson after the deal was completed this morning:
"I can't give anybody any promises that are concrete promises that are written in pen, even when I tell someone: ‘Here's the likelihood of what's going on,’” Kenny said. “I still have to reserve that one percent chance, five percent chance, that something will materialize that will make the team as a whole better. And you always have to be in search of that.
“So when I spoke with (Jackson), I said: 'Listen, you're going to hear your name over the next 24 hours bantered about in a three-way deal that's been bantered about for a month.’ So this is just going to accelerate it, but if I had my choice, he would be planning on pitching on Tuesday or Wednesday, whenever Coop puts you in. But everything we're doing, we're looking to add and not subtract.”