CHICAGO — White Sox general manager Ken Williams is done being patient.
After watching his team struggle during its current homestand, Williams is ready to look at options to improve the club.
"Some changes need to take place. I don’t know what and I don’t know when but some changes need to take place," Williams said before Wednesday night’s game against Detroit. "Things aren’t happening the way we envisioned and when they don’t happen as we envisioned we have to make an adjustment or two."
Chicago was 2-5 with two games remaining on the homestand. The White Sox began the day trailing first-place Minnesota by 9 1/2 games in the AL Central.
Williams made it clear he’s not ready to make drastic changes, but is still looking at his options.
"We’re not talking about tearing something down. If we do something, it would still be along the lines of reshuffling the deck with the expectation that we’re going to add impact guys that can help us win," he said.
A month ago, Williams had a hard time listening to other teams inquire about his players. But with the White Sox already nine games below .500, he has changed his stance.
"It is what it is. I have to listen. It’s not that I want to, but I’m not blind," Williams said.
With more than 100 games left to play, Williams is having a difficult time getting other teams to discuss potential trades.
"I guess I’m not so much on my own timeline as I am on other clubs’ timelines," Williams said. "Still early part of June and a lot of clubs are trying to figure their situations out and determine whether they’re in it or not in it, or what kind of money they have to spend. There are a lot of variables that go into the mix, so even if I want to do something it’s not always in my control."
Williams also is concerned with the play of second baseman Gordon Beckham. After a successful rookie season, when he hit .270 with 14 home runs and 63 RBIs, Beckham is batting just .199 in 51 games. Despite the struggles, Williams isn’t ready to demote him to Triple-A Charlotte.
"I spoke to him and just asked him to do one thing for me and that’s just to go back to being Gordon Beckham," Williams said. "Go back to his setup of last year. Free his hands up, take his hacks and not worry about contact as much as just putting a good swing and driving the ball, and he’s looked a lot better more recently. He looks a lot more like himself, but he will have to work out his issues for at least in the near future. As long as he has his confidence up and doesn’t start dragging his head then we will keep confidence in him."
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