The Chicago White Sox aren’t looking too awful right now all things considered. They are currently 50-51, and 3.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. But for a team with a payroll of roughly $129 million, those are incredibly disappointing results.
In fact, the Sox have been so disappointing that general manager Kenny Williams is thinking about blowing up the team, and “turning over the entire roster.” That would be a huge development.
Chicago could make a number of players available for trade in order to dump salary. Mark Buehrle will be a free agent this winter and is making $14 million this season. In addition, Jake Peavy ($16 million), Alex Rios ($12.5 million) and Adam Dunn ($12 million) have all been incredibly disappointing.
Peavy is just 4-4 with a 5.19 ERA, Rios is hitting just .208 with six home runs and 23 RBI, and Dunn is having the worst season of his career, hitting .159 with nine home runs and 36 RBI. Frankly, it’s unlikely anyone would take on the salaries of Dunn or Rios due to their awful performances this year. But guys like Juan Pierre, A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton and Carlos Quentin all have value and could net something in return.
They White Sox definitely have some guys who would draw tons of interest, so if they decide to sell in bulk, there could be a lot of movement over the next week.
I’m not sold on this completely, since Williams’ team is just out of reach of the playoffs. Yes, the White Sox have made some awful decisions contract-wise, but when you’re this close to a division title, you can’t blow things up and expect your fans to be excited about it.