One week without posting has quickly turned into one day without posting as Kenny Williams has lured me back to the internets with his holiday wheeling and dealing. This time it's another move that no one saw coming: Brandon McCarthy to Texas for, you guessed it, more young pitching. I'm not going to spend time here trying to analyze whether or not this is a good trade--it seems pretty decent to me, but honestly I have no fucking idea, and there's plenty of that over at South Side Sox and Sox Machine.
What's striking to me is how dedicated Kenny Williams and Reinsdorf are to their philosophy of running the club. They're setting up for the future in a financially responsible way, and that means we'll be lucky to see just one man of the current rotation stay over the next three years. I've got mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, it puts the Sox in a great position to be competitive for years to come--more in the style of the Oakland A's or the Minnesota Twins than, say, the Yanks or Red Sox. On the other hand, Kenny's making it awfully hard to get attached to any of these players. You can never tell who's going to be traded next. Take a look at how many players are already gone from the 2005 champs:
Yeah, we're better off without most of those guys, and most of them weren't integral pieces of the champions. But damn, just typing out that list floored me. Such is professional sports, I guess... you'd probably find much the same thing with any major-league team. And if Kenny builds a winner here again in the next year or two, I can almost guarantee I won't be so nostalgic about the 2005 squad. But right now I miss that team. A lot.