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In Kenny's court

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kenny-williams1.jpgIt was a very specific ultimatum handed down by Ken Williams in late August.
The White Sox general manager insisted, "Obviously, the better we can do, the further we can go, the more resources I'll have to work with. So if I like what I'm seeing right here, the better chance for me to keep it all together.''
Obviously, he didn't like what he was seeing. Jim Thome and Jose Contreras were traded at the end of August, and now the futures of free agents-to-be Jermaine Dye, Octavio Dotel and Scott Podsednik are cloudy, as are what decisions the Sox will make with the likes of Bobby Jenks and team captain Paul Konerko. Jenks is once again arbitration eligible, while Konerko has all say on any trade the Sox might pull off, but told the Sun-Times back in spring training that he would waive the no-trade if the situation was right.
As far as how much the team would be broken up this winter, manager Ozzie Guillen said that will fall on Williams' shoulders.
"That's Kenny's job,'' Guillen said. "I'm not going to say, 'We should trade this guy and trade that guy.' Obviously, I have a little thing to do with who's coming and who's not, but I never, since I've been managing this ballclub, I've never come out and said, 'I don't want whoever.'
"If Kenny has something in mind, he will do it. I did in the past say, 'I don't want this guy in my clubhouse, I don't want this guy on the team.' A few people, I went to Kenny said, 'Hey listen, I don't think this guy's going to work here. I don't think having this guy is going to help this ballclub,' and he did what he had to do. But in the meanwhile, I haven't told him what trades to make. He knows what we need, he knows what we want, he knows what direction we're going in. That's why I stay away from that.''

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Kenny's had a bad year too. He's going to have to live with the Rios debacle forever. This team can't hit, especially with runners in scoring position and it's last in fielding. How in blue blazes is that a recipe for success?

After the 7-0 lost to the twins tonight i think the the sox should just go out and shoot themselves or as ozzie says "Let the kids play." Seems like the older veteran guys aren't doing anything and the season's over for them why not let the younger guys play and get some exercise. This has been a dead team walking for weeks past and ther's nothing they can do to turn it around until next season. It seems like they don't want to win a game. They're just waiting for the season to be over so that they can go home "LOSERS and QUITTERS." Let's just hope that they don't have another break down in the month's of august and september 2010 like they've been doing for the past two or three years. Kenny has a lot of work to do by getting us some bullpen help and some guys that want to play and win. This bunch of idiots are useless and please no Milton Bradley's. It's over go home rest and try next year. Go sox 2010.

Love/can't wait to see how he fixes the "trifecta of garbage",Castro,Pena and the ultimate waste,Alrex Rios.Talk about a bad streak of trades......

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