WILLIAMS HAVING TOUGH OFFSEASON
Dayn Perry runs down the remaining crop of free agents left for those of you whose teams have yet to do squat. One thing he pointed out is something White Sox’ fans forward to the inbox of Ken Williams.
Geoff Jenkins, OF
Jenkins very much requires a platoon partner, but he’s a career .288 AVG/.358 OBP/.525 SLG hitter against right-handed pitching. If a team needs help against righties at one of the outfield corners, Jenkins is a reasonable solution at this juncture. Again, you can’t play Jenkins against left-handers, but provided he’s appropriately pigeon-holed, he’ll help.
Your Chicago White Sox very much need a corner outfielder and a big bat. I don’t know if Jenkins would approach his career numbers against righties in 2008, but he would look better than the alternative right now. Unless of course, Joe Crede ends up playing 3rd and Josh Fields moves to the outfield.
Williams should have non-tendered Crede in a season where many 3rd basemen were available to be had. I don’t know that there is a market for him anymore. I think I would rather have Jenkins’ bat in Left with Brian Anderson or Carlos Quentin playing against lefties and Fields at 3rd than a combo of Fields and Crede.
Seems Williams is a little befuddled about what to do with the left side of his infield. He first re-signed Uribe and then traded for Cabrera. In essence he gave up Garland for a player that is not much better than the one he just signed to play that position. And it was back in early November that Williams said he would reveal Josh Fields position for 2008 “soon” and that hasn’t happened yet, most likely because he could not find a suitor for Crede.
When you take into account Williams’ ridiculous statement about the Tigers trade, ”All this has done is put the Tigers in a better position to contend with us”, and his whiffing on several different acquisitions, it’s safe to say that Williams is having his worst offseason as Sox GM.
Adding a proven bat in Jenkins would be a nice step in getting one in the plus column.