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White Sox Trade Garland

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Nov 19, 2007 10:37PM

2007_11_19.cabrera.jpgThe White Sox traded starting pitcher Jon Garland to the Anaheim Angels on Monday in return for shortstop Orlando Cabrera.

Cabrera, 33, hit .301 with 86 RBIs for the Angels while also winning his second Gold Glove award for his fielding.

Garland, 28, went 10-13 for the White Sox while posting a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts.

This move creates as many questions as it does answers for the Sox. We wonder what Kenny Williams was thinking when deciding to move a durable starting pitcher who has pitched at least 211 innings in each of the past four seasons. Especially given the Sox horrific bullpen situation. Couldn't he have gotten the Angels to include at least one reliever in the deal?

We also look to Williams for answers about the fate of Juan Uribe. Having just reached a $4.5 million deal with Uribe two weeks ago, what do the Sox do with their former starting shortstop? Do they move him to second base? Will they trade him for bullpen help? Relegate him to utility duty?

This trade alone doesn't seem to improve the White Sox's prospects for 2008. Let's hope this is just Kenny's first move as he gets the pieces into place to contend for the playoffs again.

Chris Carlson/AP