Tag:Kenny Williams
Posted on: September 27, 2010 8:01 pm

Guillen staying with White Sox in 2011

Ozzie Guillen Ozzie Guillen is staying in town, and if general manager Kenny Williams has his way, Guillen will be in Chicago for a long time to come.

"I asked him directly: Did he want to be here? Did he want to be the manager of the Chicago White Sox?" Kenny Williams told Scott Merkin of MLB.com . He said, 'Absolutely. That's all I've ever wanted. He said he never asked for an extension. The timing of something wasn't commensurate with if he were to go down that road."

The fate of Guillen had been speculated lately in connection with the Cubs and Marlins jobs, openly saying he wasn't sure what his future held. Guillen is entering the final year of his guaranteed deal, with a 2012 club option hinging in the balance. However, Guillen can guarantee that 2012 option himself provided the White Sox win a division title in 2011.

Guillen then met with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Williams separately, satisfied with the content of the talks to move on from speculating on his future.

"At least it's out of my mind, what I need to know, what I need to hear," said Guillen. "It's out there, and now we move on and wait 'till the end of the season to start talking about the club and move on."

Guillen and Williams were close in the beginning of the two's GM-manager relationship, but it turned contentious lately. Guillen said he believes his relationship with Williams is in the process of being mended, and said the icy relationship was never a problem when it came to baseball. Williams, for his part, was clear that he wanted Guillen in town.

"He did want to know what his status was, and I told him directly," he said. "I hope I never have another manager, at least while I'm sitting in this chair. I hope I never have another manager of the Chicago White Sox other than him."

To that effect, Williams will deny any team the opportunity to speak with Guillen for a manager's job, ending all speculation completely.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:29 am

Guillen wants an extension

Ozzie Guillen One Chicago team is looking for a manager, could the other one end up searching too?

A White Sox player told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times that he was told White Sox general manager Kenny Williams told manager Ozzie Guillen "you're done" during an argument in August.

Guillen was asked if there had been a blowup between him and Williams since the reported one in June and he said, "no, not really." Of course, that answer leaves things ambiguous. A "blow-up" is open for interpretation, and what others consider a "blow-up" could just be another night at the Guillen dinner table.

On Tuesday, Guillen said he wants some answers about his future with the White Sox. Guillen is under contract for 2011, but would rather just end it now if the team isn't going to extend him.

''I never talked to them that I don't want to come back,'' Guillen said. ''First of all, I don't have the power to do it because right now they don't want to hear that [stuff]. They don't want to hear me ... if I don't want to come back. I know the answer, 'All right, have a good one somewhere.' But I want to know where I stand in this organization. I don't want to come here and work day-by-day. I'm better than that. I give this organization more than that. I deserve -- I'm not going to say respect -- but [I deserve] more consideration about yes or no.

''I might hear something I don't want to hear, but I think it'll be better for the players, for my family, for me. I'll find a job somewhere. They'll find another manager. But one thing I will say, I don't care who they bring here, what coaching staff they bring here, they're not going to have more passion or love for this organization than us ... nobody. You cannot pay for that. We got Greg Walker, [Don Cooper], [Harold Baines], Joey Cora. I don't think anybody that wears this uniform will love and respect this organization more than those guys.''

Guillen would be a perfect fit for the Marlins, who are searching for a manager.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 6:47 pm

White Sox not hiding interest in Ramirez

The White Sox aren't backing down from rumors that they plan on putting in a claim on Manny Ramirez when the Dodgers do put him on waivers.

The Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley has been tweeting up a storm with comments from Chicago general manager Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen.

Kenny Williams From Williams: "Well, if I spoke on that … it's a violation of tampering rules and it's very clear and prohibited for me to speak on another player on another team, so you have to speak in generalities all the time."

However, Williams didn't seem to be too vague about what his club was looking for leading up to Aug. 31.

"We can never have too much offense, just like we can never have too much pitching," Williams said.

When asked about the ability for the Sox to take on a big salary, Williams said, "Well, that's a Jerry Reinsdorf question that we will probably revisit if and when someone goes on the waiver wire that may get to us."

Guillen was asked if he wanted Ramirez and the response was classic Guillen, "I don't know. But I will have to say yes because Kenny will get him anyway."

Guillen also said this (via MLB.com's Scott Merkin on Twitter ): "If you give me Manny when he was with Boston, I take a limo to pick him up. But I haven't seen Manny in a long time. ... You talk to me about Manny and I didn't even see Manny in spring training and we played against him every day."

The fact that Ramirez is owed a total of more than $4 million allows the White Sox to be so open in their desire in the usually super-secret world of waivers.

The Tigers would be the most likely to try to block Chicago, but that pricetag is likely too much. And even though Johnny Damon thinks the team is still in the race, the numbers and the fact he had to turn down a trade show others believe otherwise. Ramirez's defense and inability to stay healthy make him unlikely to be picked up by a National League club. Two executives from two different National League clubs told CBSSports.com on Monday that they didn't expect a National League team to claim him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:33 pm

Report: Dunn claimed on waivers

Adam Dunn The Adam Dunn trade rumors will die soon, because according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi , an unidentified team has claimed Dunn on trade waivers.

The news means Dunn is less likely to leave Washington -- at least until the offseason.

Because he's been claimed -- and it's unlikely he cleared waivers in the National League -- the Nationals have until Monday to work out a deal for Dunn. Based on what the Nationals were asking for at the trade deadline, it's unlikely a team will be able to meet that price. And because of what Mike Rizzo has been asking for Dunn, it's a near-certainty the Nationals wouldn't just let him go for the cost of his remaining salary (roughly $4 million).

The Nationals want to keep Dunn -- at least through the end of the season -- so it makes it more likely a National League team is just blocking a trade to a contender. A team like the Rockies or Dodgers -- who are 6 1/2 and 7 games out of first in the NL West, respectively -- could have claimed Dunn to block the Giants or Padres from getting the extra bat, with little chance of having to spent the $4 million left on Dunn's salary.

Since National League teams have first crack at waivers, it's unlikely Dunn was claimed by a National League team. Hell, the Diamondbacks could have claimed him just to see White Sox GM Kenny Williams go crazy on MLB Network's "The Club."

The Nationals will likely hold on to Dunn, gamble that he won't accept arbitration and either re-sign him or get the compensation picks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:30 pm

Beckham, Quentin will stay with Sox

Gordon Beckham The White Sox are certainly one of the most talked-about teams at the trade deadline, with their interest in both Prince Fielder and Adam Dunn, among others.

It seems every rumor has other teams asking general manager Kenny Williams for second baseman Gordon Beckham, but the Chicago GM has already told his sophomore second baseman he's not going anywhere. The Daily Herald 's Scot Greg reports Williams has told Beckham and Carlos Quentin that they will still be members of his team on Saturday.

However, rookie starter Daniel Hudson is apparently the piece Williams is throwing out there for other teams.

"He should be proud," Guillen said of Hudson. "If your name is out there, it means somebody wants you. That's all you can say."

Hudson said he'd like to stay with the White Sox, but understands it's that time of year.

Beckham was the team's top pick out of the University of Georgia in 2008 and had an impressive rookie season in 2009. However, he's struggled mightily this season, hitting .239/.292/.343 with four home runs and 29 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:11 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:03 pm

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

Adam Dunn White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is "desperately" trying to land the Nationals' Adam Dunn, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley writes .

Cowley cites a major-league source as saying Williams has spent the last few days trying to get the Nationals' slugger, offering up "anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package."

However, Cowley writes the Nationals' Mike Rizzo is "still fixated" on getting Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin in return.

With Daniel Hudson and Dayan Viciedo on the table, the White Sox are just waiting to hear back from Rizzo.

Still, Williams is playing it close to the vest

"If I'm being honest and completely transparent right now of the price that is being asked for some of the players that we've inquired about, for us, it's more detrimental to our present and our future than we'd like," Williams said.

If anyone is going to overpay for a player like Dunn, it'll be Williams, who is prone to bold gambles. That said, Dunn in U.S. Cellular Field would be a dream for the White Sox.

Dunn, however, is a free agent after the season and made it known he doesn't want to be a full-time designated hitter, while any manager with that option on the table would be fired for negligence if they put him in the field when there's the option to keep his bat in the lineup and glove out of it. If, after the season, a National League team made a play for his services, he'd bolt.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 9:40 pm

White Sox can't find good value

Kenny Williams White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is in a pessimistic mood.

"Right now I don't see anything materializing," Williams told Mark Gonzales of ChicagoBreakingSports.com of Chicago adding a piece at the trade deadline.

Williams said that there's only a specific "pool" of players available that he has interest in,  and of those players, the demand is too high.

"If I'm being honest and completely transparent right now of the price that is being asked for some of the players that we've inquired about," Williams stated, "... it's more detrimental to our present and our future than we'd like."

Things can always change, but as of right now, nothing certainly seems close. Williams is also leery of messing too much with a squad that was 33-34 a month ago and is now 50-41 and atop the AL Central entering play Monday night.

While most of his discussion was about significant players being added to the lineup -- like Adam Dunn, whom has been linked to the ChiSox for weeks now -- he was also cautious of adding a complementary player. If a player is to be imported to try to help the club out, he'll have to provide value over and above who he would replace.

"I think if you're going to, again, make such a move, you'd better make sure that player is going to come here, and when the guy walks through the door, have the feeling that 'OK,' this is going to add to in a major way or tweak in a minor way," Williams noted.

The GM mentioned that not only is his conundrum making sure a potential lineup piece would fit, but so would a starting or relief pitcher fit. The team has been linked to Cliff Lee (and that's not happening anymore, obviously) and Roy Oswalt.

The general consensus around the league that has begun to emerge is that the prices are high for a minimal amount of talent. Kenny Williams certainly agrees.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:30 am

White Sox cooling on Dunn

Adam Dunn White Sox general manager Ken Williams has cooled his pursuit of Adam Dunn, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley writes .

The Nationals' asking price is too high for the White Sox. Quoting unnamed sources, Cowley writes Washington is "asking for the moon" in exchange for Dunn.

Although reports have linked the White Sox and Prince Fielder, Cowley shoots that down on two lines: 1. Scott Boras and 2. Fielder reportedly wants a Ryan Howard-type contract when he becomes a free agent after the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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