White Sox general manager Ken Williams told reporters Friday that he had withdrawn the team’s offer, but later allowed that Damon still has time to accept it.
February 19, 2010
“We’re touching the opening of spring training, and you know how I am about spring-training distractions. That’s never a good thing. Never a good productive thing for everyone to be watching the door. From the first day on, I want everyone pulling from the same rope. … We asked for their bottom line, and obviously we underestimated on what the market is for him because we thought we were competitive with what the rumors were out there. With what we got back [Friday afternoon], unless Johnny sees this as a great opportunity for him, enjoys a chance to win in a great city, it’s an unrealistic number [that] we got back from them. … If circumstances change in the next 24 hours, I certainly will be willing to revisit it. Jermaine Dye cashed in big time for something like this, taking less money to win a championship, and maybe Johnny wants to do the same. … It’s the nature of the beast, but this has gone on long enough. We have a have a pretty good club as is. Would Johnny Damon add to it? He’s proven that. He was icing on the cake as far as we’re concerned. … If there is a silver lining here, from beginning to end, Scott and I had some pretty good dialogue. At the end of the day, it wasn’t a meeting of the minds, but it may lay the groundwork for future deals.’’
Kenny: “the delicate part is what is a player’s value to team x vs. team y and in city x vs. city y. Some of it is real, some is manufactured.
Rank Team Total Salary Salary Lost Total Days Number of Trips Percentage of Total Payroll 1 LAD $802,269,413 $214,186,872 6717 61 27% ... 30 CHW $677,133,665 $38,169,033 2135 38 6%
… Teams should figure out what the White Sox are doing to prevent injuries. They are amazingly good.
The White Sox made the Johnny Damon sweepstakes a bit more interesting Friday, rescinding their offer to the free-agent outfielder.
“It became clear to us in our recent negotiations that the money that we were offering was not going to be good enough for Johnny at this time,” White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said to ESPNChicago.com. “At this particular point, we feel it’s necessary to withdraw our offer.”
The Web site, citing Major League sources, reported that the offer was for one year and $6 million, but Williams said the withdrawal doesn’t mean the club isn’t still looking to work something out with Damon …
Gonzales @ the Tribune sounds as things are done:
… A big roadblock, however, was gauging Damon’s value to the Sox versus that of Detroit, which has a more urgent need for a left-handed top-of-the-lineup hitter. The Sox also were negotiating against the Tigers’ reported one-year, $7 million offer.
Nevertheless, ”Johnny isn’t about getting the last dollar and remained very interested in playing for the White Sox,” Williams said. “I think there were other factors.”
Despite pulling out of the Damon sweepstakes, Williams likes the construction of his team and will continue to monitor the market for left-handed hitters.
Does the name of these “other factors” start from B and ends in s?
The game of chicken has all but come to an end. White Sox general manager Ken Williams said on Friday that while the club was still giving free agent Johnny Damon until Sunday morning to take the last offer they had put on the table for the outfielder, any further negotiations have died. …
“If circumstances change in the next 24 hours I certainly will be willing to revisit it. Jermaine Dye cashed in big time for something like this, taking less money to win a championship, and maybe Johnny wants to do the same. It’s the nature of the beast, but this has gone on long enough. We have a have a pretty good club as is. Would Johnny Damon add to it? He’s proven that. He was icing on the cake as far as we’re concerned.”
Asked if the White Sox would get back into the running for Damon at some point, Williams said: “As you can see by the way that we kept going after this situation, we are very much interested in the player. All I can say is that I reiterate at this time that this offer for now is off the table.” Major league sources said that the White Sox would gladly get back into the negotiations for Damon if they saw more reality in signing the outfielder
SoxNet.net is hearing good things from one of its sources this morning in regards to the Johnny Damon situation. This information is consistent with what Cowley reported two days ago and reiterated yesterday in regards to the front office being confident that Damon will choose the White Sox. Our source indicated that one of the new reasons for optimism appears to be related to the fact that the Tigers offer might not be as large and/or long as originally suspected.
BTW, Detroit’s GM confirmed that Detroit has made an offer to Damon but said nogthing is imminent. His “remarks hinted that an end to the Damon saga is in sight.”
Premiere is July 4, 7 pm:
MLB Network will be delving deeply into White Sox business during the 2010 season.
Per an announcement made Friday, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen will be featured in “The Club,” an original reality series produced for MLB Network by MLB Productions that will air this summer. This follow-up to “The Pen,” featuring the Phillies bullpen in 2009, will have unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the White Sox front office.
Beginning during Spring Training in Arizona, each episode will focus on the challenges faced both on and off the field by this trio of White Sox leaders. That footage will carry through roster meetings, Opening Day, on the road for away games and up through the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, along with presenting a look at the three men away from the ballpark. Assistant general manager Rick Hahn, pitching coach Don Cooper and hitting coach Greg Walker, personnel who work within the front office, also will be featured. …
Why They Might Win: They’ve scrupulously followed the formula that worked in 2005 in assembling their 2010 team: a rotation so good that a former ace ranks as the fifth starter. That was Orlando Hernandez then, and it’s Freddy Garcia now. A bullpen stocked with multiple closers? With the addition of J.J. Putz and the emergence of Matt Thornton to support Bobby Jenks, check. Power up the middle? With Alex Rios in center and Gordon Beckham moving to second to join shortstop Alexei Ramirez and catcher A.J. Pierzynski, that’s looking good, too.
Why They Might Not Win: If Jake Peavy breaks down, the rotation starts to look a lot less impressive. If Rios continues to sleep-walk his way through the South Side portion of his career, he’ll be the most expensive mistake ever made involving revocable waivers. And the thing about that 2005 plan… did they really have to follow the part about getting a leadoff hitter who doesn’t get on base? I see your Podzilla and raise you a Juan Pierre. The hitting portion of being a DH is non-optional, yet that’s what the Sox are probably stuck with if they settle for Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay. …
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