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Ozzie talks trade

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ozzie-paws-up.jpgMINNEAPOLIS - The White Sox have been pulling the "attendance'' card the last week, whenever talk of adding payroll to help this year's team has come up, but manager Ozzie Guillen said on Saturday that if there is a player out there that can help get them over the top, Kenny GM would look to add.
"Obviously for us, it's not easy to add another player,'' Guillen first said. "It's not. Like I said in the past - this is a small-market team in a big city. I don't say a small market, just to feel sorry for the White Sox. But in the meanwhile, it's not easy for us. Like every money we make, it goes to the ballclub. But if we need something and I think it's going to be best for the club and take a shot to win this thing, I can see that happened. But we have to be for sure what's coming next. I don't think we're going to give up three or four players, key players, for the future, just to rent a player for year. I don't think that works. But that's Kenny's job, that's Kenny's call. And I don't see that happening if he wants to give up many players.''
Guillen was then asked about a deadline deal, and continued on the topic.
"If we're going to make a trade, is the player going to make the difference? Like I always say, when you make a trade for a big-name guy, it doesn't give you any guarantee you're going to win the division. That's why you have to be careful. You have to notice what you want in the future, what you're future is going to be and how much you're going to win it. That's a different thing to go through for that idea.
"If someone is going to make a trade, and they're going to ask for three of my starting pitchers, I don't care how good you are. I don't. Because all of a sudden, you don't do anything good. But believe me, if we get there and we need a piece to get this thing better, I think Kenny will do it.''
Another interesting statement to come out of Guillen's mouth was after he was asked of the 2009 team was better than the won the Central in 2008.
"Right now I think so because we can win a little different ways,'' Guillen said. "We do. I think you look around last year, the main guys were [John] Danks and [Gavin] Floyd. They're the ones who stepped up. We didn't have Josie [Contreras], I think right now maybe we're missing one guy, and that's Carlos [Quentin]. But I think we've been scoring runs without home runs. I think our defense is better even though we're making more errors. But that's the reason you make more errors because you get to more balls. I think we're more athletic this year than in the past.''

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If the Jays are willing to eat 1/2 the $ on Wells contract then Kenny must pull the trigger & bring Cy Halladay & Vernon Wells to the White Sox. The Sox have won 14 of their last 20 now & a big part of that has been the excitement generated by a surging offense. These young kids are fast both in their swings & their feet!

Vernon is struggling, but it's nothing the Cell can't cure. An outfield of Quentin, Wells, & Dye for the next few yrs could produce more power than the Yanks! In the Oz system were vets get plenty of rest, Pods can spell all 3.

Kenny's got a lot of spare parts & relievers he can use to get the deal done. Danks & Jenks can be used as centerpieces for the deal. Hopefully, attendance will pick up after the break so JR gets the itch to go for another championship run!

GO SOX!


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