As if you needed more reasons as to why neither Terry Francona nor Tony La Russa won't be the next manager of the White Sox...
Kenny Williams said Monday that "the kids will play" for the White Sox next year. That hardly means a rebuilding project is forthcoming, instead, it's more likely affirming that the kids will continue to play.
Dayan Viciedo, Brent Morel, Gordon Beckham, Chris Sale and Addison Reed all count as "kids" who will be important parts of next year's Sox squad.It's unlikely the Sox will find room for, say, Jordan Danks -- not that he deserves a starting spot next year anyway -- by moving Alex Rios. It's a little more likely the Sox attempt to move A.J. Pierzynski to make way for Tyler Flowers, but that still feels like an unlikely outcome of the upcoming offseason.
Perhaps it means both John Danks and Gavin Floyd will be dealt so Sale and Zach Stewart can claim spots in the starting rotation, although Stewart isn't the kind of high-ceiling guy you sell off a pair of starters to make room for.
But what it boils down to is this: the White Sox don't exactly have a roster that should entice Francona or La Russa. And with a roster that is "in transition," hiring an experienced, expensive manager may not be the best option for the Sox.
As Jim pointed out, neither Jerry Manuel nor Ozzie Guillen had any previous coaching experience, and their hires -- and subsequent successes -- aren't evidence of any sort of cheapness coming from Jerry Reinsdorf. But this year, staying inexpensive may be a higher priority, making all the more sense for a guy like Dave Martinez or Sandy Alomar to be hired.
It's tough to see La Russa managing the Sox under any circumstances -- there are a ton of reasons why that's nothing more than a rumor, including that he couldn't bring along pitching coach Dave Duncan.
And while Francona has reportedly said he would like to manage in 2012, he has the chops -- and money -- to sit back and wait for the perfect job to come along. It's what Joe Girardi did after he was cut loose by Florida, and it's what Francona should do. The White Sox aren't close to a perfect fit for Francona.
So it's good that just about everyone has reported there's no interest between the Sox and Francona. Martinez is still my favorite, and if the Rays are eliminated by Texas this week, maybe he'll be donning a Sox uniform again in the near future.