LAS VEGAS -- White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf departed the 2008 Winter Meetings with a smile on his face, despite a relatively quiet week for his team. It was the diligent earlier offseason work and ensuing deals pulled off by general manager Ken Williams that set up Reinsdorf and the rest of the White Sox staff for this rare period in Las Vegas out of the bright lights.
"I must feel good about it because I don't feel bad we didn't do anything here," said Reinsdorf, speaking after the conclusion of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft at the Bellagio Hotel. "There was no pressure. You're always looking to do more. You've never done everything you wanted to do. But somebody said years ago some of the best trades are the ones you don't make, and I think we're in pretty good shape now.
"We got some things done before the meetings. The meetings, for us, were uneventful. But this is going to be a different year because we still have a ton of free agents that are not signed. Then they've got to go [get signed], and then maybe there will be more deals to make. So, there might be more action between now and Spring Training."
Williams left this same door open for possible deals to go down over the next two months. He could add on to the starting rotation, where Jeff Marquez, Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda and Lance Broadway currently are competing to fill the final two slots. He also could add another bat in the outfield, with the infield apparently set to his liking.
These potential additions might not carry the big-name impact that White Sox fans desire, as the team continues to go younger. While carefully choosing his words on Thursday, Reinsdorf echoed Williams' sentiment that public opinion can't dictate how the White Sox operate.
"We can't make decisions based upon what is going to be popular," said Reinsdorf, who prefaced his statement by stating he didn't want it to come out the wrong way. "Ultimately, the fans are going to judge us by our accomplishments. And if we do what the fans want and it doesn't work out, they're going to be down on us. And if we do what they don't want and it does work out, they're going to think we're brilliant. So our job is to do what makes the most sense and just hope it works out.
"That's not a new thing," Reinsdorf said of his team going in a younger direction. "We've been trying for the past few years. We never want to go through rebuilding. So that means you have to constantly be making little changes. There was [John] Danks and [Gavin] Floyd and Carlos [Quentin] and so we're just continuing. We don't want to end up with all of a sudden having a very old team and we've got to start over again. It's just a constant tinkering."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.