Monday, August 31, 2009

Thome, Contreras Traded

Jim Thome has been traded to the Dodgers and Jose Contreras is on his way to Colorado. The Sox got a minor leaguer in exchange for each player.

These are two fantastic moves by Kenny Williams. To get both Thome and Contreras off the books for the rest of this year and to cement neither being a part of this team next year is fantastic. To get rid of Contreras is great in itself because we not longer have "no choice" but to start him because he is now gone. Also we do not have to worry about resigning him. Plus we got a player in return. I have no clue what the Rockies are thinking. Why in the world would you take this guy? He's been one of the worst pitchers in the league over the last month and just lost his spot in a rotation that has lost 7 of its last 8 games.

As for Thome, I wish him well. However for the Sox this is an awesome move. To get a player for a guy that shouldn't be playing everyday even on this horrible Sox team is a clear win. However I am really pulling for the Dodgers to win it all now. I have always liked Jim Thome and I think he deserves to win it all. I commend him for coming here thinking that we could help him get that ring, but it just doesn't seem like it's in the cards.

All in all, as terrible as this season has gone Kenny Williams has been absolutely brilliant. He has acquired 2 players that are signed long term that are both stars, while getting 2 aging vets off the books. Kenny also got rid of some concern about what would happen next year with some vets which seemingly can't be paid since the acquisitions of Peavy and Rios, while also grabbing two prospects in the meantime. Sure the 2009 White Sox coulnd't suck more than they do right now, but the future is continuing to look incredibly bright for the 2010 Sox.

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