Garfein @ CSN:
J.J. Putz declined arbitration from the White Sox, making him a free agent.
The White Sox have expressed a desire to re-sign Putz, but they’ll have to wait in line.
“Eight or nine teams have shown preliminary interest,” Putz told Comcast SportsNet. “Some for closer roles, others to be a set-up man with a chance for closing.” …
A.J. Pierzynski is talking to multiple teams too. One of them is the Dodgers.
UPDATE: Merkin tweets:
Konerko declines salary arbitration, as expected
Levine @ ESPN chat:
Q: Bruce, the Sox need a left handed bat to help balance out the line-up. With [Adam] Dunn being the biggest bat out there, do you see them signing him or looking elsewhere for a bat? If so, who do you see being a fit for the Sox?
A: The White Sox want Dunn and have been trying to make that happen. However Dunn is telling people close to him that he’d like to play left field. The White Sox would rather have him be a DH/1B and maybe a part-time outfielder. But Dunn is below average at almost every position on the field. The Sox have some interest in Hideki Matsui, who at 35 still has some pop. That would also be a short-term deal.
Q: Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Edwin Jackson…which is more likely to be traded?
A: Most likely Jackson with one year and $8 million left. I just don’t see them trading starting pitching unless they get it back. That’s the strength of their team.
Q: Will Rick Hahn ever take over for Kenny or is he going to end up elsewhere?
A: Dear Mrs. Hahn, Rick will be a GM somewhere in the next couple of years and possibly with the White Sox if Reinsdorf decides to make Kenny the president of the team.
UPDATE: Dunn is looking for a 4 year, $60 million contract.