Comments on the Iguchi Trade
Friday, July 27, 2007
Comments, Quotes and Points Made This Afternoon Following the Trade of Tadahito Iguchi to the Phillies
Today’s trade accomplishes three things for the White Sox: it opens a spot for Danny Richar to come up and play right away so that he can be evaluated at the major-league level against August competition; it clears close to $1 million dollars of payroll (which is what Tadahito is owed over the final two months of the season) … this savings can now be reallocated; and it gives us another minor-league pitcher. From Tad’s standpoint, it gives him a chance to go to Philadelphia, try to win another ring, and then decide what his future holds after the season.
A couple of facts to keep in mind … we would not have received compensation draft picks for Tadahito had he played out the season with us, and this deal was not in the works until today when Ken Williams picked up the phone after Chase Utley was hurt last night.
Comments from those involved …
"I didn’t know Chase Utley had been hurt. I actually wondered why they (the Phillies) had made the trade since they already had a third baseman.
When asked his fondest memory with the White Sox, he obviously talked about winning the World Series.
"And my chance to share 2 1/2 years with such great teammates."
Iguchi will return to Chicago with his new team on Monday, a fact that drew a chuckle.
"Chicago is the only American city where I have lived. I like this city. I’ll miss this city and the crowd cheering me with the ‘Gooch’ sound."
From Ozzie Guillen:
"Tadahito has been great for us from Day 1 to yesterday. He’s been consistent and committed to our team. He came here and we asked him to be a different ballplayer than he was in Japan.
"I appreciate the way he performed for us. He was a class act on and off the field. He gave us a lot of happiness. One of the worst things about baseball are times like these when you have to trade your friends and people who mean a lot to you.
"Iguchi had a lot to do with the rings we are wearing.
"This is good for him. He may have a better chance to be in the playoffs and maybe get another ring."
And on the arrival of Danny Richar tomorrow to play second base every day …
"He will play everyday if he’s ready. The opportunity for him is there."
"This is an opportunity to see Danny Richar play, to see him out there and evaluate him against major league teams that are competing for a playoff spot. We need to have a good read on what we have in Danny Richar."
When asked to describe Richar’s game, KW replied:
"Just watch him play tomorrow. If he answers the question, it’ll be one less thing for me to worry about."
"He was saddened he would be leaving Chicago, leaving this ballclub.
"We can’t say enough about what he meant to us, hitting in the second and playing defense everyday. He’s been an outstanding player for the White Sox."