Ozzie Guillen's frustrations after Wednesday's loss to Kansas City didn't translate into any roster moves, but there's likely an understandable reasoning behind that inaction.
The Sox had two options for Thursday's off day. First, they could make significant moves -- namely, calling up Dayan Viciedo and/or Alejandro de Aza while jettisoning one or two players -- in an effort to revive a flat-lining team heading into two key series against Cleveland and Detroit.
The second option would be to stand pat until Wednesday afternoon, when the Sox will have finished up those key six games against the AL Central leaders.
While things should've been shaken up a long time ago, at least with regard to Viciedo, it's understandable why the Sox would want to not shake up the roster while its current incarnation has a chance to climb toward the top of the division.
These next six games could be the last stand for Alex Rios, Adam Dunn and perhaps the general makeup of this ballclub. If the Sox continue their offensive malaise through next week, that could finally be the license Kenny Williams has been looking for to make significant changes to the roster, even if it's against the wishes of Ozzie Guillen.
Again, there were moves that should've been made a month ago -- that's not second-guessing, either -- but it's not too late to make the additions and subtractions to the roster that are necessary for getting the Sox back in legitimate contention.
As long as the Sox don't get killed in these next six games -- think 1-5 -- they can realistically stay in the division hunt. Of course, there's no mention of Minnesota here -- anyone who thinks this race will come down to Detroit and Cleveland has their head buried in the sand -- and the rapidly-approaching Twins very well may blow by everybody in the next month and keep the division out of reach for a mediocre club like the Sox.
But if the Sox can go 3-3 or better, there will remain a chance to win the division. And those chances will get better with some roster shuffling.
If the Sox get buried? Then it's time for Trader Kenny to do something he's never done at the deadline -- sell.*
*Williams hasn't traded a significant soon-to-be free agent at the deadline when in sell mode since Ray Durham in 2002. Maybe you could argue Esteban Loaiza and Tadahito Iguchi count. But if he deals away, say, Edwin Jackson or Carlos Quentin, those guys will easily surpass Loaiza and Iguchi in terms of significant players dealt before July 31 in sell mode.