White Sox might be done adding for 2010
After Pierre move, Guillen likes his team with rotating DH
CHICAGO -- Don't look for general manager Ken Williams to make one extra big splash by adding a full-time designated hitter to the White Sox attack during the next two months.
Trading for Juan Pierre on Tuesday put the White Sox 40-man roster at 40, for starters. But even more important than this total is manager Ozzie Guillen believes he has viable in-house candidates to fill the DH spot in Andruw Jones, Mark Kotsay and Jayson Nix.
"Ozzie and I have been speaking on that for quite a while, and we spoke on it again today," Williams said. "He would like to sit where we are right now. He likes the idea of having flexibility."
That flexibility means not having a designated hitter who solely hits, as the White Sox have gone with for most of the past four years in the form of Jim Thome. Of course, Thome was highly successful on the field and a major clubhouse influence, but Guillen likes the idea of being able to rotate players and using the DH spot for a break without offering a full day off.
Paul Konerko could slide into that position on occasion, with Kotsay playing first base. Omar Vizquel could even fill that role, giving the White Sox a little extra speed on a given day.
"Absolutely, yes," said Guillen on Tuesday, when asked if he liked the rotating-DH possibility. "And I don't want to hear people say we don't have a power hitter, that we need a guy who hits 40 homers or that Kenny and myself need to find a real DH. I'm excited with what we have."
What the White Sox have is enough power in the lineup to take advantage of hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field. What the White Sox have is one of the best pitching staffs in the American League. And what the White Sox have is enough versatility and talent to let Guillen's managerial creativity flow during the course of a 162-game season.
All of this potential can lead to success without Williams making that one more move he frequently talks about.
"I've given him some names, and this is a very critical last thing on our list," Williams said. "But I don't want to do anything that conflicts with what my manager wants.
"Regardless if I think there might be a need for another left-handed bat in middle of the lineup, he's the one in there, and I fully support how he sees the situation fitting and piecing it together. We'll continue to think about it. We have time, but not a whole lot, before we set a course of action."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.