Williams continues to evaluate upgrades

Williams continues to evaluate upgrades

CHICAGO -- With the eventual return of a healthy John Danks to the starting rotation and potentially Brent Morel at third base, the White Sox could make significant additions before the July 31 non-waiver Trade deadline without ever making a deal.

That fact won't stop Ken Williams from continuing to look for ways to upgrade his American League Central leaders, as the White Sox general manager confirmed during a Monday afternoon talk with the media.

"You always hope your guys are healthy, because that gives you the greatest opportunity to put the best team on the field," Williams said. "No matter if they were here or not, we're still going to look at potential places where we can improve the club.

"You've got to be careful with that, because once guys start to believe in themselves as a unit ... You've got to be careful not to disrupt that chemistry. Right now, it's pretty good."

So, how does Williams decide if the fit and talent match the White Sox needs, as he did when bringing in Orlando Hudson to play third base, for example? It takes days of discussion to arrive at the decision.

"Collectively, you just try to come to the best conclusion you can," Williams said. "That's when I rely to a large degree on our coaching staff.

"I'm in the stands or I'm in a booth. What do they see in each guy's eyes? What do they feel from that player? Is there a positive energy? Is there any defeat in them? Can they weather the August and September battles they're going to have to go through and continue to contribute?"

When asked if there were restrictions on potential moves partially due to low ticket sales and overall attendance, Williams simply said, "Yes."

"I don't want to expound, because then I get buried because I'm crying about money and things," Williams said. "I don't want to do that, but sure it is."