Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Kenny Williams STILL Not Done

Another day, another reason to be proud of the Sox workaholic GM.

Give Kenny Williams credit. He can see the sharks circling and is doing everything he can to make sure the Sox stay on top. Today's trade:

SOX GET: RHP Javier Vasquez

SOX LOSE: Outfielder Chris Young (top prospect), Orlando Hernandez, & Luis Vizcaino

Javy Vasquez as the fifth starter? Oh yeah! Vizcaino was reliable in a long-relief role last season after coming off with Podsednik from the Brewers, but the Sox now have Brandon McCarthy to fill that void and a veteran 5th starter to hopefully hold that spot until McCarthy is ready in a year.

"El Duque" had quite a year for the Southsiders, capped off by not one but two playoff escapes, entering with no outs and the bases loaded against Boston (and not allowing a run), then escaping a bases loaded jam against Houston in the bottom of the ninth of Game 3 of the World Series. Still, his durability is fading.

Young was without question the guy the D-Backs really wanted, as he is considered a top-tier outfield prospect. He was a candidate to replace Aaron Rowand in center, so this move basically confirms Brian Anderson will be taking over out there.

That Kenny Williams, he's the Energizer Bunny of GMs. He just keeps going, and going, and going...

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