This is awesome.
Reacting Wednesday to the blockbuster deal that sent power-hitting third baseman Miguel Cabrera and former All-Star left-hander Dontrelle Willis from the Florida Marlins to the Detroit Tigers — wrecking the Sox’ latest offseason plans — Williams said: ‘‘All this has done is put the Tigers in a better position to contend with us.''
I've said before that it's okay for Williams to continue to publicly state that the White Sox are contenders, as long as he doesn't let that attitude guide his personnel decisions. However, no sane fan still believes the Pale Hose are the favorites in the AL Central, so I think Williams is trying to convince himself, rather than the fan base, with this comment.
A statement like this--combined with his decisions to re-sign the same veteran team that went 72-90 last year--tells me that Williams really does believe the Sox are much better than they are. World Series or no World Series, he has to go. Short of making terrible trades--something Kenny knows about--the worst thing a GM can do is completely misjudge the direction of his team. Under good management, Mark Buehrle and Jermaine Dye would have been traded for top prospects, Chris Young would be patrolling center, and the outlook for the 2010 Sox would be much brighter, at no real cost to their 2008 chances.
But hey, maybe I'm wrong, the Sox will win 95 games, and Kenny will laugh his ass off at all the doubters. Only time will tell.