Best of Luck Joe

Monday, March 20, 2006, 9:22 am

Joe Borchard Traded

The White Sox traded outfielder Joe Borchard to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for left-handed pitcher Matt Thornton this morning.

Borchard was told before he climbed on the 7:15 am bus for Surprise, Ariz., where the Sox play the Royals at 1:05 pm.Soxtrade

With his wife and dog waiting in his truck outside, Joe cleared out his locker, said goodbye to clubhouse staff and minor league coaches.

I wished him the best of luck and said we would see him down the line (like next week in Peoria, Ariz.)

Borchard, who was out of options and was a former first-round pick by the Sox, was traded for a fellow first round pick.  Thornton was selected 22nd overall by the Mariners in 1998.

He gives the Sox yet another left-handed option over the spring’s final two weeks.


Ummm – Is anyone even remotely concerned about the Big Elephant in the room…we have won a measly 4 games so far? Just checking. I’m just a bit concerned, that’s all. Anyone else?

I’m not too worried. If you look at the box scores you’ll notice that most of the pitching has been done by players you probably never heard of. The offence is scoring runs. Spring training is not about winning games. Unless you’re the Royals or Devil Rays and trying to boost ticket sales.

How could you be worried? Last year the White Sox had one of the worst spring records in the league. After that spring they went on to tear up MLB and win the World Series. Maybe we can do that very same thing again this year.

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