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Woo-hoo! No more baseball!

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I disappeared for a bit there, huh? The least exciting post-season of my lifetime and a lack of even tangentially related White Sox news conspired to give me a severe case of blogger's block. We've got another two weeks before things really start to get kicking on the off-season, which should bring me back in earnest.

Virginia Heffernan, who writes about the really small videos available on the net for the New York Times, unknowingly brought up a good point in her blog, The Medium. Is baseball neccessary?

The answer is obviously yes, but no league is better than baseball at keeping its news on the front (or back) of newspapers on a daily basis in the off-season.

It's a bit ironic, really. I'm a huge baseball fan, but ever since May my interest has waned greatly with the Sox poor performance. I've been waiting, not for the World Series, but for the off-season, the free-agent period, the non-tender deadline (Adios, Pods!), the GM meetings, the winter meetings (yes, they're different), and by the time that's over there's only two or three weeks until pitcher and catchers report. It's not until there's a real lack of baseball being played that some fans (read: me, at least this year) get excited.

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The off-season officially began with the handful of players filing for free agency and the first big trade sending Edgar Renteria to Detroit for a pair of very good prospects. Just two years ago, Renteria was run out of Boston in part because of his (poor) defense. Now he's being brought in to displace another short stop whose defense is in decline.

The trade thins the White Sox available trade partners for shortstops, which brings makes the unfortunate Eckstein scenario all the more likely.

This could be a case of one-stop shopping, with free agent Eckstein fulfilling the leadoff and shortstop duties. Eckstein provides a perfect fit with his bunting and hit-and-run capabilities.
Gonzales is talking about of both sides of his mouth here, as he acknowledges the troubling age of the Sox roster in this familiar sounding statement later in the article.
Finances to acquire a marquee free agent might not be a problem, but the Sox already have seven players 30 or order signed through 2009. That doesn't include Jim Thome, 37, whose $13 million option for 2009 will become vested if he stays healthy next season.
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Elsewhere, Williams says forget about A-Rod.

"When I heard the number ... put it this way: I heard that number, and I haven't spent one minute thinking about it," Williams said. "For our purposes, we would very quickly run the average fan out of our ballpark ... our economic situation wouldn't allow for something like that."
And he's considerably ungrindy.