MILWAUKEE -- Finding a leadoff man to replace Juan Pierre is not one of general manager Ken Williams' top priorities this off-season. As far as he's concerned, the White Sox have their guy.
"Alejandro De Aza played his tail off as far as I'm concerned,'' Williams said at the general managers meetings on Tuesday. "Did you watch him? He's pretty good.''
De Aza played a solid center field, and often looked better than starter Alex Rios, who also struggled at the plate. When asked if De Aza could be the everyday center fielder, Williams said no jobs are secure except for Paul Konerko's [and probably Alexei Ramirez at shortstop and Brent Morel at third.
"Well, listen, there is going to be a fight for some jobs,'' Williams said. "And we'll all watch that together and see how that unfolds.''
De Aza is not a prototypical leadoff man but there are fewer of them out there to be had. He does provide speed at the top of the order and certainly more power than Pierre.
"I don't make the lineup out. If I was making the lineup out [De Aza] would be my leadoff hitter,'' Williams said. "But Robin Ventura makes the lineup out and I have to respect that. He will be given a suggestion though as to the Opening Day lineup."