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Gonzalez for Beckham? Shutup already

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gordon-beckham.jpgGLENDALE, Ariz. - Last time manager Ozzie Guillen looked in his clubhouse on Tuesday, Gordon Beckham was still in a White Sox uniform and Paul Konerko was still his first baseman.
So matter how much the rumor mill wants to churn up the Adrian Gonzalez to the Sox for a package headlined by Beckham, this just in - "Right now, the expectation about this guy and that guy, I like the team we have,'' Guillen reiterated. "We have a general manager [in Ken Williams] who keeps things quiet, thank God. And when he makes deals, it's for a reason. But we plan to have Gordon for a long time. I don't see why people are still talking about it.''
There has never been a question that the Sox have interest in acquiring Gonzalez from San Diego, even before Jake Peavy went public with his discussion about Gonzalez with Williams. But Williams also wants Roy Halladay, Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer. That's what happens when the GM starts with looking to acquire the world and works backwards from there.
"That's all a TV thing,'' Guillen said of the Beckham-Gonzalez trade talk. "Every trade the White Sox want to make, people think they're going to make with the White Sox is Gordon, [Gavin] Floyd and [John] Danks. Those names are going to come up. And we have to deal with that every time they talk about White Sox trying to make a deal. We got to stay on our toes.
"Believe me, right now it's not in our plans. Maybe two weeks from now, that's a different thing but it's not in the White Sox plans right now.''
Guillen was asked if Beckham was untouchable, however, and did reply "no one was untouchable except one.''
That one? The guy that signs the checks - board chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

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Gotta keep The Bacon.

I think this whole thing is a crock, at least until mid-year. Why would the Padres jump now? The Sox would have to offer a whole lot, it seems to me, for the Padres to forego checking the market.

One reason it would make sense for the Sox is CJ Retherford. He's been a pretty impressive second basemen all thro9ugh the minors. But I don't think he is considered ready for the show, and in the meantime all it does is give the Sox another first baseman-DH type.

Of course there is nother angle. Suppose the Padres would take Konerko (plus prospects of course) for one year to give them some credibility and some power at first base. It depends on how they are thinking.

No, on balance this whole thing is nuts.

I dont' think the Sox have enough prospects to package to do a deal with the Padres. Beckham, Hudson and a Baseball America #50 would be needed. Doubt Padres want Konerko's salary.

ozzie dont want Beckham he's white

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