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Tag:Kenny Williams
Posted on: June 29, 2010 10:13 am

White Sox interested in Dunn

Adam Dunn
Adam Dunn may finally be exactly where he belongs. It's not that Dunn is legendary bluesman or a crazy fan looking to jump on the field and start swinging at the sight of Royal blue that makes him fit right in on the Southside of Chicago, it's the spot in the lineup he'd occupy.

Finally, finally, Dunn can complete his destiny to become a designated hitter, as the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley reports the White Sox are targeting the Nationals' slugger.

"Names have been talked about by both sides," Cowley quotes a source as saying. "[GM Kenny Williams] might want to act quickly, though."

Dunn is in the final year of a two-year contract with the Nationals and would likely be a Type A free agent, so that could raise the price for the White Sox. It also helps the Nationals' bargaining stance that Dunn would fit the Angels' needs, as well.

The White Sox's current designated hitter, Mark Kotsay, has struggled, hitting .212/..317/.365 with six home runs and 16 RBI. Dunn would represent a significant upgrade. He's currently hitting .275/.366/.559 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI.

In the past, Dunn has been reluctant to be a designated hitter, but he's proven to be one of the worst defensive players in baseball, both in the outfield and at first base.

The affable Dunn has said he'd like to stay in D.C., but that may be as much a result of him feeling comfortable more than anything. When he was in Cincinnati, he would get a tad prickly about the subject of the trade deadline every July and was on edge about the subject until the calendar switched to August.

However, it was after the trade deadline that he was traded from the Reds to the Diamondbacks in 2008 for Micah Owings, Wilkin Castillo and Dallas Buck. The Diamondbacks did not offer Dunn arbitration following the 2008 season.

Dunn will likely be asked about this report before today's game and will dismiss it and pledge that he wants to stay with the Nationals and he doesn't want to be traded.

Dunn doesn't have a no-trade clause, but could be more open to a move to the White Sox because his best friend in baseball, Ken Griffey Jr., had a positive experience at the end of the 2008 season when he was traded from Cincinnati to Chicago.

The 30-year old Dunn is one of the most consistent power hitters in the game, hitting 40 or more home runs in six of the previous seven seasons, his dip coming last season when he hit 38. A lightening rod for fans, Dunn is often the center of the average-vs.-on-base percentage argument and the importance of strikeouts. Dunn is a career .251/.382/.522 hitter. This season his average is at an all-time high, but his on-base percentage is lower than usual.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 8:06 pm

Trade window for Pierzynski closing

The White Sox have until theend of Sunday's game to trade catcher A.J. Pierzynski without his approval. Following Sunday's game, he will have accumulated 10 years of major-league service time, including more than five with his current team, the White Sox.

Pierzynski told the Chicago Tribune that the trade rumors have worn on him.

"I already said if I didn't, I'd be lying," Pierzynski said. "I'm a human being and obviously I love playing here, I love playing for the White Sox and would love to stay here and to hear about all this stuff and about this and that, it gets to you.

"I'll be happy when Sunday (night) gets here and it will be over with and you guys can ask somebody else about something and leave me along, because I'll know where I'll be."

Manager Ozzie Guillen has told Pierzynski and reporters that he wasn't going anywhere, but he doesn't make the trades, his BFF Kenny Williams does.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 3:27 pm

Guillen, Williams situation high drama

It's not clear exactly what's going on between White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams, but it's clear that the entire situation is a mess.

A team source told the Chicago Sun-Times that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams "almost came to blows in a heated shouting match" on Tuesday evening. Guillen denied that when speaking to reporters Thursday, saying, "I don't think we, or anyone, can go out there and resolve any problem fighting. We just talked about it, and that situation happened a couple days ago, and that's it.''

Guillen had groused after his son, Ozney, fell to the 22nd round of the draft before being selected by the White Sox. Guillen thought his son was going to go much higher. Williams, apparently thinking the manager was insulting the team for not taking his son earlier, confronted Guillen, and that's when the men got into a confrontation.

Guillen and Williams have always had an unconventional and colorful relationship, but the combination has somehow worked and even resulted in a World Series title in 2005. With the 2010 season off to a disappointing start, however, the pressure is rising in Chicago, and the Guillen-Williams dynamic is turning increasingly sour. A source told the Sun-Times that White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf instructed Williams not to travel with the team, in order to minimize the opportunities for confrontation between the men.

''We are both very competitive men, strong-willed men,'' Williams told the team's website. ''I believe in self-assessment, and I think you have to assess all parts of our operation from top to bottom to determine if it's, in fact, still a productive working relationship."

"Is the relationship the same way it was? Not really, because a few things have happened in disagreements, but that's part of life,'' Guillen said Thursday.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:53 pm

White Sox GM: 'changes need to be made'

The White Sox have started the season 24-33 and general manager Kenny Williams tells the Chicago Sun-Times , "Some changes need to take place."

Williams expanded, "I don't know what and I don't when but some changes need to take place. Things aren't happening the way that we envisioned and when they don't happen the way you envision you've got to make an adjustment."

Williams wouldn't say he's ready for a full-on fire sale, but did say, "I have to listen. It's not that I want to, but I'm not blind."

The White Sox have a $103 million payroll, and among those who could be shipped off are first baseman Paul Konerko (in the final year of a five-year, $60 million contract), catcher A.J. Pierzynski (third year of a three-year, $18.35 million contract), reliever Bobby Jenks (on a one-year, $7.5 million contract) and reliever Scott Linebrink (third year of a four-year, $19 million contract).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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