White Sox general manager Ken Williams tried to assure manager Ozzie Guillen that he isn’t about to tear up the team’s roster.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Williams told Guillen in a text message Sunday that it’s too early to trade anyone. Guillen then relayed that message to the players.
The text was in response to reports out of Chicago that Williams was talking with the Texas Rangers about catcher A.J. Pierzynski. With the White Sox starting slowly this season, local and national media have been speculating about who might be made available if Williams decides to make wholesale changes.
The Sun-Times reports any initial moves might involve the coaching staff. Hitting coach Greg Walker is a likely target as the White Sox struggle to score runs.
One player who wouldn’t like to see a fire sale is right-hander Jake Peavy. He waived his no-trade clause last year to join the White Sox in the belief the team could contend for a championship.
"At this point in my career, I certainly don’t want to be a part of any rebuilding process. I hope that would be understandable," Peavy told MLB.com on Monday before the Sox’s game in Detroit was rained out. "But I by no means have mailed it in on the 2010 White Sox."
Still, Peavy clearly understands what could happen if the situation doesn’t improve.
"I do understand how competitive Kenny is, as well as the rest of the front office. Then again, you have to evaluate things from a realistic standpoint," Peavy told MLB.com. "Kenny will do that, making moves for the betterment of the organization."
Peavy added: "You gotta do what you gotta do. Obviously those moves are directly determined by how well the team we have together plays. We haven’t played the way we thought we should."
Guillen said better performance is the best way to deal with the talk.
"Even if the rumors aren’t good, if you think you’re going to be traded, then play better," Guillen told reporters. "It’s easier for the guy that’s going to trade you, and it’s easier for the people that make the trade. You have to play good whether you’re staying or leaving. That’s all you have to do — play good for somebody."