MINNEAPOLIS - Whatever cell-phone minutes White Sox general manager Ken Williams had left on his phone after pulling off three trades in the last few weeks have been banked and may be used in August, when trades can be made if players clear waivers.
The deadline for non-waiver deals passed at 3 p.m. Tuesday with the White Sox standing pat after adding three significant pieces: third baseman Kevin Youkilis on June 24, reliever Brett Myers on July 22 and left-handed starter Francisco Liriano on Sunday.
The Sox have no glaring hole in their everyday lineup and have six starters with Liriano. Williams explored possibilities of upgrading the rotation and strengthening the bench.
"You never really know how close you are to anything because there are so many balls in the air ... there were some interesting discussions but nothing close,'' Williams said.
Williams said his adrenaline flowed on the last day as it always does, hoping to making a significant deal. Overall, he was happy with the three players he acquired.
"At various times you get frustrated in that war room, you keep pushing, pushing and pushing and you forget some things have come about. But here it is, at the deadline and your adrenaline is flowing and you always want to make that impact move.
"At this point it's come and gone. I'm going home to get some sleep.
"We've given it all we have and exhausted ourselves in the quest to make us as good as we can be. We have to be satisfied with that. Hopefully that's enough and hopefully the players see that.''
The Sox, who have been in first place for 61 days this season, lead the Detroit Tigers by 1 1/2 games in the AL Central.
"We're in a good situation,'' Williams said. "We've addressed a number of holes we had and at the same time we have a young nucleus mixed in with veterans.
"We feel good about the whole situation.''