06/24/12 12:33 AM ET
GM Williams silent on Youkilis speculation
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Beckham tweeted just one word, which was "Yolk," as in the name of a popular breakfast place where he was dining in downtown Chicago. But many White Sox fans read it as "Youk," as in the nickname for Kevin Youkilis, who is the veteran third baseman South Side supporters hope general manager Ken Williams can pry loose from Boston.
When asked Saturday evening about the current climate of the trade market, Williams smiled and declined to answer. Instead, he pointed to the field and reinforced the point that his focus remains on the players competing for the White Sox.
But that lack of a direct response certainly doesn't remove Youkilis from the White Sox radar. According to ESPN Insider Jim Bowden, the Red Sox want to trade the recently benched Youkilis to the White Sox, Indians or Dodgers by as early as Saturday. Youkilis, 33, is hitting .225 with four homers and 13 RBIs and was sidelined earlier this season by a strained back, but figures to be an upgrade at the hot corner over the current combination of Orlando Hudson, Eduardo Escobar and Brent Lillibridge, who are filling in for the injured Brent Morel.
Youkilis is owed the remainder of his $12 million salary for 2012 and then a $1 million buyout for 2013, money that the Red Sox probably would have to pick up in order to work a deal with the White Sox. In return, though, the Red Sox might want Major League help as well as top prospects for the future.
A team such as the White Sox, in the unusual position of contending in a highly competitive American League Central while trying to develop talent at the same time, has to decide if what it gives up is worth the return.
"The group we have is a really good group and you don't want to mess up chemistry," Beckham said. "But if the general manager or [manager] Robin [Ventura] thinks that there's a need there for something to make this team better, I think that obviously if that happens, it usually means somebody is leaving.
"If they feel like the give and take is going to be better in the end, then it's something they are going to do. We've got a good ballclub. We've got a lot of talent. We're in it and we've got a chance. Any way they can make the team better, they are going to do it."
Word of the commotion caused by his tweet brought a laugh from Beckham. But current White Sox players and Ventura have enough to worry about without assessing trade rumors.
"Sometimes it just kind of comes in and you hear rumors like this or on TV," Beckham said. "You listen to it at some time. Sometimes you just can't help it. It's not something that a lot of people worry about. Until it happens, there's no sense in worrying about it."
"You can't react to them or respond to them unless they become true," said Ventura of trade rumors. "For me, there's no sense of looking at it any other way until something happens. Then you react to it."
Quintana out to prove himself with every start
CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana doesn't feature a 97-mph fastball or one pitch in particular that shuts down opposing hitters such as Chris Sale's slider. At 23, the left-hander's mound composure stands as his greatest trait and the prime reason why his 1.53 ERA over 35 1/3 innings could carry through the rest of the season.
"Nowadays, with video and everything else, teams have a bit of a plan when they go up against him. It's not like they have never seen him," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "Years ago, you could go through the league without anybody really seeing you pitch. Now, you've been dissected enough that people have a pretty good idea what you're doing. That's what makes what he's doing impressive. He's gotten better the more games he pitches."
"When I was first called up, my whole mindset was just to try to fight for a position," said Quintana through translator and White Sox manager of cultural development Jackson Miranda. "So I see it every time I go out there as kind of like a tryout. For the most part, all I do is go out and pitch as well as I can."
Quintana will have a special fan in the stands when he pitches Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field in the Brewers series finale. His father, Abel, has extended his visit from Colombia to Monday in order to watch his son in action.
Santiago's younger brother joins organization
CHICAGO -- Although he was not drafted, Anthony Santiago, the younger brother of White Sox left-handed reliever Hector Santiago, has officially joined the organization.
The younger Santiago was a catcher in college but with his plus arm is being converted to a pitcher with Advanced Rookie Bristol, where he will begin his professional career.
"That's awesome," said Hector. "It's something that we just want him to get into baseball. He just wanted a shot to play.
"It's amazing that he can get a chance with an organization somewhere that I know very well and I can kind of explain to him who the guys are who would look out for him to help him out more, just who to pick their brain and who can help him out the most."
After throwing a couple of side sessions, Anthony figures to join Bristol's active roster in about one week. The Santiago brothers will be together this February in Arizona with pursuit of the same goal -- helping the White Sox.
"Spring Training will be real fun," Santiago said. "We'll be able to play together this spring for the first time since high school."
Third to first
The 3-for-24 slump Alejandro De Aza has fallen into over the last eight games was not the reason why Brent Lillibridge got the start in center Saturday against Milwaukee southpaw Randy Wolf. Manager Robin Ventura simply wanted to give a day off to De Aza, just his second this season.
"It's good to get a day off, but it's also good to a get a day when there's a game," said Ventura, who used De Aza as an eighth-inning pinch-hitter and ninth-inning replacement in center during the 8-6 victory. "Even though we had a day off the other day, it's just better for him to get it during a game just for your mind."
The White Sox are 12-20 in games decided by two runs or fewer.
On Friday, Dayan Viciedo committed his first error since Aug. 9, 2010, at Baltimore, covering 84 games, which was the longest active errorless streak by a White Sox player.
Alexei Ramirez is 11-for-25 with four RBIs over his last seven games.