The addition of Vazquez makes the game's deepest rotation even deeper, putting further distance between the White Sox and the rest of the AL Central. Jim Thome, if healthy, will be an upgrade at designated hitter over Carl Everett. Rob Mackowiak, a versatile utility man, gives the Sox a viable backup for third baseman Joe Crede, who is recovering from two herniated disks in his lower back.
[F]or the moment, it's difficult not to admire Williams' work. He has upgraded the World Series champions, on paper, in December. And he might not be finished yet.
When Williams trades one of his starters, then judge how the return stacks up against Young, not the starter traded.
Also from the Tribune, Mike Downey takes a break from waxing nostalgic about pitchers with WHIPs greater than 1.5 just long enough to give us this quote
Williams and the Sox are looking to do what the Braves do--be in contention every year, not just once in a while. To do this you can't form attachments to 25 men who came through for you. You can't dance every dance with the same partner.
That's if you can find one right now.
Seriously, you want to frighten a league that already cowers at the sight of the Sox? Throw Tejada in with the Paul Konerko-Jim Thome combo.
With Vazquez and Garland both on the books right now, the White Sox' estimated payroll for 2006 is $95 million. By trading Garland, the payroll would drop well below $90 million.
"It's kind of a floating number, but we want to check in around $90 million," Williams said of the final payroll.
With the departure of Hernandez, Marte and Vizcaino, sixth starter Brandon McCarthy figures to open the season out of the bullpen.