No Delgado? No problem for White Sox

No Delgado? No problem for White Sox

BALTIMORE -- Carlos Delgado agreed to a Minor League deal with the Red Sox on Saturday, ending any potential pursuit by the White Sox of his left-handed bat.

Saturday's clubhouse didn't exactly reflect a great sense of grief over Delgado's decision.

"OK, good for him. I didn't even know he was an option," said White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski with a laugh. "I haven't even thought about it. I thought he was hurt and wasn't playing.

"We are happy with what we have. If we add or subtract or do what we have to do, then [White Sox general manager] Kenny [Williams] and [manager] Ozzie [Guillen] are in charge and make those decisions. We just play who's here and do the best we can."

Guillen said there never was any serious discussion about Delgado, to his knowledge, and to be honest, Guillen didn't want Delgado. His comment was not meant as a personal affront to Delgado, but by Guillen's reasoning, if the White Sox needed help on offense, they needed it now and not at the start of September or in two weeks.

"Maybe Kenny or [assistant general manager Rick Hahn] or someone else has a different plan," Guillen said. "But to sign Delgado here, I would rather have Jim Thome. We know what Jim Thome can do. Delgado can only DH and play a little bit of first base. We have two good first basemen."

As Guillen stated in Detroit, he believes the equivalent of waiver wire additions simply will come from improved hitting courtesy of Mark Kotsay, Andruw Jones or even Pierzynski.