Yesterday, I was foaming at the mouth because of the rumor that the White Sox were going to trade Freddy Garcia to the Phillies for, among others, Aaron Rowand. Aaron was always one of my favorites back in '05, and, considering the book can be closed for now on the Brian Anderson experiment, the notion of bringing Rowand back to the South Side was very enticing. This rumor was hot and cold all fall, with the latest being that it was going to fall through because the Sox would not give up a starting pitcher. Now, it looked like the Sox were finally ready to move Freddy, and Sox Nation could pull the Rowand jerseys out of mothballs for next year.
Then, I watched the local news last night. Freddy Garcia dealt to the Phillies...I gradually moved further to the edge of my seat. In return the Sox get Gio Gonzalez, a prospect they dealt to Philly last year in the Rowand for Thome swap. Also, the Sox get.....further on the edge of my seat now.....GAVIN FLOYD?!?!? Who is Gavin Floyd?????
Naturally, I went online to do some further research into this new young pitcher. On the way to the computer, I got a phone call from a friend and fellow Sox fan, all he had to say was "Who is Gavin Floyd?????"
Your answer? Gavin Floyd is a 23 year-old pitcher who had a 7-plus ERA last season in only a handful of starts, as well as being knocked around a little in the occasional start or two the couple of season before. Who is Gavin Floyd, indeed.
OK, so the Rowand deal fell through, I'll live with it. But why this? I love the idea of moving Garcia to make room for Brandon McCarthy and the 12 tons of potential he brings with him, but Freddy was still somewhat of a commodity. Why would the White Sox waste precious trade bait like this on Gavin freakin' Floyd? Gonzalez is nice to have back, and he will be ready to go in the next season or two. With Buehrle and Vasquez next on the expiring contracts list, he'll be good to take one of their spots once they're gone (and let's face it, they're gone).
It appears that Kenny Williams' attitude is to not negotiate with the current starting rotation, trade them when they're contracts are up, and acquire new young guns to take their place. Frankly, this is the mentality that landed the Cubs in the cellar the past couple of years, and for the Sox to think they can just shuffle things around every year and still feield a contender is ridiculous. Sure, Garcia's inconsitencies and McCarthy waiting in the wings make him a sensible trade, but get something in return....and everyday offensive guy, especially a Centerfielder would have been nice.
It's clear that Buehrle's out the door, maybe even before the seaosn starts. The fact that he was wearing a Cardinals hat at the World Series shows where the St. Louis native really wants to be. As much as I love the guy (though I lost a lot of respect for him after hat-gate), trading him now, while he's worth something, is not such a bad idea, and this time Kenny, let's get something in return.
In closing, what's scariest about this post is that it puts me in full agreement with Jay Mariotti's column this morning. I'm off to take a cold bath to wash away the dirtiness I feel about that.