As far as Konerko is concerned, money is not the sole factor in this next phase of his career.
“It’s about the game,” Konerko said. “It’s not so much about the contract or the years or the money. It could be that I get more here and don’t come back. You know, I got a family to think about. I got, you know, how do I fit in on a team?
“There’s a lot of things that go into it. It’s not about I’ve made a lot of money in this game, and it’s not all about that. At the same time, when it gets to those situations, it’s always been that the player has to take the discount, never the team going above to get him back. You see it from all angles.
“Just to say I’ll take a discount, I would never say anything like that. And I’m telling you it could be a better deal than anyone else’s and I decide to go somewhere else because of what I’m feeling for myself and everybody involved in that moment. That’s the honest truth.”
Merkin also says that:
That last free-agent agreement for Konerko worked out to $60 million over five years. He certainly held up his end of the bargain and then some during that time, serving as the pragmatic conscience of manager Ozzie Guillen both on the field and in the clubhouse.
Here’s Fangraphs’ value section of Konerko’s entry. His performance over the last 5 years is valued at $57.7 million.
UPDATE: Brett Ballantini says Konerko’s comments were “not entirely encouraging for White Sox fans.”
UPDATE #2: Video here (11:03) (direct link).
Haugh @ CT:
“I am not planning on making a managerial change before next season,” Williams told me over the phone. “That said, with one more year left on his contract and another (for 2012) with the team option, if those are terms he’s no longer happy with, (Jerry and) I understand and respect him enough to let him out of his deal.”
“It’s just not the right time,” Williams elaborated. “There is a year left on his contract, two years from the team’s perspective, unless he would like to decide otherwise. If he does, I’ve talked to Jerry and we agree if this is something he doesn’t want, we’re not going to stop him.”
UPDATE: Seems Kenny is saying ‘Ozzie the door is there. If you want to walk away open it.’
BTW, Paulie is a free-agent after the season Ozzie. Take a clue from him and stop whining while the team is flat-lining.
Next week the production of the MLB Network reality series The Club will take place at Knights Stadium. Camera crews will be in town for the Charlotte Knights home stand as they follow the career of several Knights players including 2010 first round pick pitcher Chris Sale, catcher Tyler Flowers and infielder Brent Morel. White Sox Assistant General Manager Rick Hahn is expected to be at Knights Stadium next week as well.
… Award-winning actor, Chicago native and die-hard Chicago White Sox fan Michael Clarke Duncan will provide narration for The Clubhitting coach Greg Walker.
UPDATE: Here’s the latest trailer:
And two older trailers:
Video: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5384642 (4:58)
The Guillen-Williams relationship review became relevant Thursday after Williams appeared on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” just before the White Sox took the field for batting practice. Some players knew the interview was coming. Mark Buehrle delayed a radio appearance because of it. Most everybody gathered around to listen.
The clubhouse audience grew bored quickly when the talk centered around the team’s hot play. Things changed, though, when Williams started talking about his relationship with Guillen. …
Reinsdorf confirmed that Williams has the power to fire Guillen but never asked for his approval. … Reinsdorf explained why Williams has the authority to make chances as he sees fit, although Williams said Tuesday he has no intention of making chances during the Sox’s winning trend in the past 10 days.
“The biggest mistake I ever made, but I would make it again, is I let Hawk (Harrelson) fire Tony La Russa,” Reinsdorf said. “I would hope Kenny would never come to that conclusion. But you can’t make a general manager have a manager he doesn’t want. You can’t make a manager have a coach he doesn’t want. I can’t make the head of the accounting department work with someone he doesn’t want. I hate to think about it and I don’t think it will ever come to it and Kenny says he doesn’t see it, but that’s the way it works.”
Reinsdorf, also, said the Sox have the resources to add a player if they’re in the playoff hunt, and acknowledged that the Sox are playing better but they are playing a soft part of the schedule too.
Heyman @ SI:
One person who’s familiar with the skirmishes between White Sox general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen said even before their latest blowup, “Kenny would like to fire him if he could.” Of course, club owner Jerry Reinsdorf is such a loyal leader it would be just about impossible to fire Guillen. According to people in the know, Guillen simply doesn’t take direction well — no surprise there. The latest blowup, as first reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, was over Guillen’s dissatisfaction with the $50,000 offer the White Sox made to his son Ozney, whom they drafted in the 22nd round. Like a lot of parents, Ozzie figured his son was a top-10 round talent. Of course, logically, the other 29 teams passed through 21 rounds, so it made no sense to take it out on Williams. Ozzie’s other son Ozzie Jr. quit his do-nothing job already (officially, he was a video coordinator, but people around the team say he didn’t do very much of anything) under pressure after he tweeted inappropriate opinions about White Sox players. This is getting ugly.
Who’s that person? Joe Cowley?