Williams surprised at lack of trades

Williams surprised at lack of trades

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Back at the start of Spring Training, Ken Williams spoke of a trade or two possibly materializing before the Cactus League schedule came to a conclusion.

Five weeks later, the White Sox look to be leaving camp with the same group of players who entered.

"I've had very few conversations this spring about player trades or movement," the White Sox general manager said.

Of course, Joe Crede and Juan Uribe figured to be two of the targets for other teams and two of the players for whom the White Sox would entertain offers. But as of Friday, they both remained in the White Sox immediate plans.

Uribe doubled home the tying run during a three-run, ninth-inning rally against the Giants, while Crede had the day off. Crede did take a wayward broken bat to his right knee while sitting in the dugout in the sixth inning, when Nick Swisher splintered his bat on a swing, but Crede remained in the dugout until the ninth and didn't need X-rays.

This general lack of trade interest left Williams more than a bit surprised.

"But it takes two to tango and there's nothing you can do about it," Williams said. "Give your own assessment of your own team.

"You picture matchups in your own head and you think there might be a need elsewhere. But in their minds, they would rather go in a different direction, whether it be for talent purposes or economic purposes or both."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.