White Sox GM Ken Williams says big moves may be over
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com July 23, 2012 10:30PM
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Twins at Sox
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The starters: Cole De Vries
(2-2, 3.95 ERA) vs. Jose
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Updated: August 25, 2012 6:16AM
Infielder Kevin Youkilis and reliever Brett Myers already were significant additions for the White Sox. General manager Ken Williams indicated Monday he doesn’t anticipate another major move before the July 31 deadline, but the trade market is fluid.
‘‘I don’t know what the probability is of us doing something of impact,’’ he said. ‘‘We think we have added a couple of pieces that will [have an impact] for the next couple of months as is. Whether or not we can do something else, I don’t know.’’
The focus would seem to still be on pitching, though Williams said he views the expected return of John Danks by August to be the most important roster move the Sox can make.
‘‘I don’t know where you’d play if you brought a bat in here,’’ he said. ‘‘Getting an impact bat at this stage of the game is very difficult, and the options are dwindling as far as pitching goes, as well. If it’s not an impact-type player, we don’t want to disrupt what we’ve got going on and the guys that have gotten you to this point.’’
Interest in Ichiro?
Would the Sox have liked a shot at acquiring veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki?
It would seem so, based on Williams’ reaction to learning the New York Yankees had acquired the 10-time All-Star from the Seattle Mariners. He expressed surprise when reports came out Monday afternoon that the deal was pending or had been made.
‘‘I don’t believe it,’’ he said, indicating the Mariners had let it be known that Suzuki, the veteran leadoff man and single-season hits leader, was not available.
The Yankees gave up two minor-league pitchers and cash considerations for Suzuki.
The Sox’ three-game series with the Minnesota Twins is among just nine Sox home games in July. They were home for much of May and June.
‘‘It’s tough for sure, starting on the road after the All-Star break and going to the places we had to play [Kansas City, Boston, Detroit],’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘Only three days back for July, it’s tough. But it’s the schedule. No one feels sorry for you.’’
The Sox ended the first half going 5-2 to start July but were 3-7 on the road trip.
‘‘It’s part of playing in a long season and playing every day,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘It matters how you pick yourself up. Guys who have been around know you’re going to struggle at some points. There’s no magic dust you throw out there. You just have to stay focused.’’