White Sox Trade Doesn’t Answer Buyer or Seller Question


By: Soxman

The question on every White Sox fan’s mind as the major league trade deadline approaches…“Will Kenny Williams be a buyer or a seller?”

Yesterday’s trade of minor league first baseman Brandon Allen for relief pitcher Tony Pena really didn’t answer the question either way.

Pena, 27, is 5-3 with a 4.24 ERA (16 ER/34.0 IP) and one save in 37 relief appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2009.  He leads the club with eight holds and ranks second in games pitched.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is 16-13 with a 4.08 ERA (101 ER/222.2 IP), seven saves and 63 holds in 209 career relief outings with Arizona (2006-09).  He has limited right-handers to a .224 (100-447) lifetime average and ranks fourth among all major-league relievers since 2007 with 61 holds.

Allen, 23, is hitting .282 (84-298) with 16 doubles, eight home runs and 43 RBI in 62 combined games with Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte.

So why is the “buy or sell” question not answered?

Let’s examine a few points:

If Kenny Williams were to sell…

Pena becomes a cost effective right-handed set-up alternative to Octavio Dotel or Scott Linebrink, who could be moved for a prospect or two.

While Allen is a promising prospect, he could argue that the Sox already have promising 1B/DH types in Dayan Vicedo or Tyler Flowers.  The future wasn’t really mortgaged here.

If Kenny Williams were to buy…

The Sox added another solid reliever to the bullpen, replacing their only weak link in Jimmy Gobble, who was designated for assignment yesterday after posting a 7.50 ERA in 12 IP.

As is, this move gives us one of the best bullpens in the game.

No one can argue with that.  Is this trade a prelude of things to come?  No one knows but Kenny Williams.  He likes it that way.

Keep those white flags in the closet for now Sox fans.

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  1. Paul Schmidt says

    I’m leaning the other way, and saying they will be sellers…It really all depends on where they end up in the standings. If they are in third in a couple of weeks, no matter how far out they are, they SHOULD be sellers. While being only two or three games out isn’t insurmountable over the last two months of the season, it’s the fact you have to leap over two teams instead of just one. That’s the really difficult part that people never take into account.

    The fact is, I’m really jealous of the position of the White Sox are in. The Cubs are pretty much locked into their team, as there isn’t much, if any, buying they could do, and there certainly aren’t many pieces they could move. The White Sox have a LOT of pieces they could move, and in the end probably should move, because they could completely restock the minors in three weeks of trades. It makes perfect sense for them to try this.

  2. paulmbanks says

    ‘m guessing they’ll probably be buyers

  3. True they have to jump two teams, but if you’re within three games of the leader before the trade deadline in this division, don’t you want to for the jugular? No one is running away with the title and unless Detroit, Minnesota or the Sox makes a major move, I don’t think the landscape will change drastically.

    I’d be a buyer or even a stay put-er, especially if Minnesota or Detroit can’t pull the trigger on a significant trade.

  4. Ko’d Konerko says

    Have to agree as of right now, I’d be a stay put er. Soxman you truly gave us something to think about on this one as the move really does not tip the cap as to which way the Sox are leanining either way.

    Kenny has an excellent trade relationship with the D Backs that 4 sure.

  5. This team can sell…Brian Anderson. I’m so done with this guy. Yet the team keeps on saying what a great player he is. Carlos return Brian goes back to the bench. Yippee.

  6. Mary, Mary says

    Buy Buy Buy!!!!

    Wasn’t that an NSYNC song? LOL.

  7. Soxy Sheri says

    Buy please! Or hold the line minus Brian Anderson. LOL

  8. Myspace mike says

    Tough call on what to do. Which White Sox are we likely to get the rest of the way? If its the July Sox I say buy! If its the March through June Sox…sell.

  9. Monica All night Long says

    I think its time to sell as long as Clayton Ricahard is part of this rotation. His two game “thank god we didn’t trade him for Peavy” streak is over. so is his trade value.

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