He's a tough son-of-a-gun!

Kenny on Nick Swisher:

"For us, [attitude] is almost as equal to the talent, because, in our particular market, it is such that you have to be a fighter, you have to be a tough son-of-a-gun to come in and perform at a high level. This guy fits in perfectly with what we're trying to do."
Build Chicago Tough!
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More on MLBTR's 'Paulie to the Angels' rumor from yesterday and this is "hot" baby:
Angels general manager Tony Reagins might be in position to complete an acquisition his mentor never could. A source has indicated the Angels and Chicago White Sox are discussing a second trade of the offseason, with this one sending Paul Konerko to the Angels, while Howie Kendrick and Ervin Santana are possible candidates to head to Chicago. Indications are, though, that the White Sox also have inquired about a package that includes Chone Figgins. The White Sox are also in the market for bullpen help after their relievers melted down most of last season. The potential deal has apparently become the hot rumor among general managers, according to the source. Asked if he has any interest in Konerko, Reagins said: "I definitely can't confirm or deny that." Trading Konerko would let the White Sox move Nick Swisher from the outfield to first base while the players received could fill other needs. Swisher was acquired Oakland Athletics on Thursday.
But are these guys build 'Chicago Tough'? No Garlands allowed! UPDATE: MLB.com is reporting it too.
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In other news,
  • Jim looks back at Gerry Staley.
  • The Sox signed former pirate 1B Brad Eldred to a minor-league deal. The Mariners hired Jaime Navarro as a pitching coach for their Class-A minor-league team. Heath Phillips signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees.
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