“I genuinely believe that if they are presented with the right opportunity, if they could get something fair, they will give me the opportunity to go play elsewhere. I had a very good talk with Kenny and got on the same page. A guy at my age, I told him, and not that I’ve turned heads by any means offensively, but I need to play every day and be an everyday big leaguer. I have more to offer. If it’s not with the White Sox, then maybe it really is time for a change.”
here are Kenny Williams’ comments:
“He understands that he’s kind of at the crossroads, but he also understands I still have a tremendous amount of faith in his ability. I really believe that if he can just get back to having fun and let all that athletic ability come out, you are not talking about a bench or role player. You are talking about an everyday guy, I still believe that. He has to get back to how he came into the organization, kind of care free, and let the ability supersede the technical and fundamental parts. That’s where you will see great success for him. His talent will just flow. Whatever the pressures have been, being a first-round pick, the great expectations, Brian hasn’t done what he wanted. So, let it all go, go out and have fun and let the talent come out. It’s in there, and we’re not giving up on him.”
UPDATE: Joe Cowley says the Sox tried to shop him but there were no buyers.