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Mark Gonzales' White Sox mailbag
Welcome back good luck this year! The Giants and Dodgers still seem to be the best opportunity to find a fit to move Joe Crede. Do you think the Sox will have to add a young arm like Nick Masset to get back value or will they try to let Crede set his own price by proving he can still play? --Al B., Montgomery, Ala.
Who do the Sox trade now, Crede or Fields? Is it possible that they trade Crede and take the wrath of the fans? --Jason, Scottsdale, Ariz.
I think Monday's win bought a lot of time for Joe Crede in a White Sox uniform. How much time? As long as the Sox are competing and Joe is contributing, I can see him staying here through the end of the season. If it means losing Joe and getting two draft picks as free agent compensation, so be it. The Sox want to win now, and Joe at third gives them their best chance as long as he's producing offensively and defensively.
I don't read too much into Josh Fields' slow start at Charlotte because I think he'll come around and produce like he did prior to his promotion last June.
I don't see the Giants trading for Crede, given their hopeless state right now. The Dodgers have plenty of young talent, but I don't see them giving up multiple players of a Broxton-Billingsley caliber.
Can you trust Ozzie to keep his word and let Carlos Quentin start some games this season? I hope he's not the liar Bob Melvin was when he told the assembled media the same thing last September. --Nancy Leveque, Mesa, Ariz.
Ouch! One thing we've learned early is that Ozzie is going to play the hottest player, and we've seen that with Carlos. In the case of Arizona, it was probably best for Carlos to move on with the emergence of Upton with Chris Young entrenched in center and left fielder Eric Byrnes getting a three-year deal.
Mark, I have to vent. What is going on with Ozzie and Brian Anderson? Does he just not like this kid? He seems to have decided that the way to assure that Quentin makes the club is not give Anderson a chance. Anderson is the best center fielder on the roster, and he plays Swisher in center and Quentin in left. --Kurt Livingston, Marion, Iowa
What's is going to take for Brian Anderson to get some playing time? What did he not prove during the spring? --Jacob Peklo, Wheaton
Brian made virtually every trip to the Valley during spring training and never complained, and Ozzie praised Brian for his work and made a point to say how proud he was of Brian at the end of spring training.
Had Jerry Owens not gone on the disabled list, there was a good chance that Carlos Quentin, not Brian Anderson, would have been sent to Charlotte.
You can make a case for Brian deserving at least one start (maybe the last game in Cleveland or one of the first two games in Detroit). But Carlos has done nothing to lose his current spot as play resumes Wednesday night.
Yes, Brian is the best defensive center fielder on the team, and you can expect him to play in late-inning situations as he did the final game at Cleveland. It's still early, and Brian will help the Sox win some games this season.
The bigger issue may be that IF and when Jerry Owens comes off the 15-day disabled list, who heads to Charlotte?
Gonzo: We're so proud of the progression of your career. You have come a long ways since covering youth sports on the Northern California Peninsula at the Times Tribune, in Palo Alto, Califronia. As a die-hard Sox fan, I would like to ask the following questions: First, why isn't Juan Uribe getting more credit for the great job he is doing at second base? Second, how long can we ride the ineffectiveness of Konerko as our number four hitter? The fans seem to give Paul every benefit of the doubt. I think Kenny missed the opportunity to trade him two years ago. On average, he just isn't a tough at bat. Finally, I would like to thank Kenny Williams for the great job he is doing in optimizing our talent so that we remain competitive year-after-year. He doesn't seem to get enough credit for the great job he is doing. -- Ed Lasak, Riverside, Calif.
Ed, always great to hear from you. While watching the Final Four, I was thinking of my prep days when I saw Memphis run the offense invented by former Pepperdine coach Vance Walberg, who was the head coach at Los Altos High School with a 6-foot-4 center named Ted Barrett now a major league umpire. And I caught a glimpse of the Kansas bench and saw Jayhawks assistant Kurtis Townsend, who won a Central Coast Section at Leigh High in San Jose during one of the last prep events I covered.
It's amusing to see former student-athletes move on to bigger things in life, such as IRS investigator Jeff Novitzky, who had a Dave Cowens-type game at Mills High in Millbrae and is showing the same tenacity with the BALCO case.
OK, I'll stop the drive down Memory Lane. You mention fans giving Konerko the benefit of the doubt. How about those who singled out Uribe for the team's offensive woes in 2007 when the entire lineup failed? Sure, Uribe didn't perform well in 2007, but he's accepted the move to second with class and has provided some solid glove work.
I wouldn't get on Konerko so soon. He started off slowly in 2005 and rebounded with a strong second half that earned him an extra two years and probably $30 million during the Sox's World Series run.
I think Kenny will appreciate the kind words, but he's a lot like Al Davis in that the objective remains singular Just Win, Baby.