Dyck @ CT:
White Sox general manager Ken Williams said “it’s quite possible” the White Sox would have a first baseman by Wednesday — and that it would not be Paul Konerko.
Williams said negotiations with Konerko and agent Craig Landis were at an impasse and that “at this point we have no choice” but to explore other options.
“All I can say is we’ve got meetings with other guys’ representatives (Tuesday night) with the idea in mind (to) get a deal done,” Williams said, adding that “you can’t stop the train” once it leaves the station. …
Cowley in multiple tweets:
Source: “I talked to Paulie last night and he said the Sox were his priority unless they made an offer that disrespected him.” … Sox will also now look to add a reliever. The PK ship is now sailing. … KW felt like it was almost done, but now it fell apart. They are meeting with reps for other options tonight. “The train keeps moving.” … Big changes in PK talks.
Garfein in multiple tweets:
KW: “We have meetings with other guys representatives tonight with the mindset to try and get a deal done.” PK your move. … KW on Konerko: “I was very hopeful coming down here. I’m less hopeful now.” … KW will hold meetings tonight with other representatives. Doesn’t mean Konerko talks are done, but Sox need to cover themselves. … Kenny says he’s turning the page. He’s not pessimistic about PK, but he’s no longer optimistic. … Kenny Williams says talks with Konerko aren’t going well. He’s moving on to plans B and C.
And Heyman @ SI tweets:
konerko’s agent is pressing beyond where chisox had planned. but theres still pretty decent optimism for deal.
Rosenthal @ FS tweets:
Yankees still want Kerry Wood back; [Cliff] Lee comes first. White Sox also showing interest in Wood; [Paul] Konerko first. Sox need late-inning help.
Wood wasn’t offered arbitration so he won’t cost any draft picks. But if Paulie wants $15 million per year there won’t be any money left for bullpen guys like Wood…
UPDATE: DV Dyck says “Wood is thought to be seeking a multi-year deal worth $9 million or more.” Kenny just hanged up..
UPDATE #2: Cowley tweets:
Sox-Wood rumors were just blown-up by a source. Sox feel Wood is too expensive even if they don’t get Konerko.
Cowley @ CST tweets:
Could be a snag in Konerko talks. Source said that so far Konerko’s camp is adamant about $15 m per. That would crush the payroll for relief
Also, yesterday, Heyman @ SI tweeted:
chisox, konerko talks appear to be going well. he’ll likely get $12.5 mil a year, maybe 3 yrs. rangers, orioles other options.
But today Heyman @ SI tweeted:
rangers, focused on Cliff Lee, “not likely” to get konerko. paul’s friend says “no way” on orioles. chisox in drivers seat
So, there doesn’t seem to be a big market for Konerko. If it was me, I don’t think I’d give him $15 million a year. I don’t want a couple Mike McDougal’s on the team next year.
UPDATE: Garfein @ CSN tweets:
If PK wants $15 mil a year, Kenny Williams said Monday: “Teams have options. I don’t know if he will get to the level he originally hoped for.”
UPDATE #2: Ballentini @ CSN tweets:
Padilla @ ESPN:
Based on other free-agent signings, Konerko’s open-market value is projected to be around $13 million a season, a number that would leave the White Sox with their highest payroll ever. Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf told FoxSports.com on Monday that he is willing to take payroll to $110 million in 2011.
Whether or not that includes a salary for Konerko remains to be seen. Williams said he feels like he is patient when it comes to negotiations, but his patience has a limit.
“There’s a fine line,” Williams said when asked if he had a deadline for Konerko’s camp to accept a White Sox offer. “And that fine line [comes] when you risk losing your Plan B and C in favor of trying to be as patient as you can with your Plan A. We will wait as long as we can because we pretty much said on the record that he’s the guy we want.” …
UPDATE: Here are Reinsdorf’s comments:
Reinsdorf said the team’s payroll will be “somewhere around” $110 million.“It will be our highest ever,” he added.
Yet, if the White Sox re-sign Konerko, they may not have enough money left to make significant bullpen upgrades. Even if Konerko defers money on a new contract, as Dunn and Pierzynski did, it’s hard to imagine him earning much less than $10 million in 2011.
BTW, Cowley’s sources say Plan B/C is Derrek Lee.
Nightengale @ USAT tweets:
Is there a rule that says half of the White Sox prospects must be shipped to San Diego?
UPDATE: Heyman @ SI tweets:
chisox dangled beckham for a-gon. Was talk deal could expand to include gavin floyd. But chisox didn’t favor big quick extension for adrian
The Diamondbacks agreed to sign J.J. Putz to a two-year, $10MM deal with an option for 2013. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links), MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert and Jon Heyman of SI.com all reported on the deal, which is pending a physical. Putz earns $4MM in 2011, $4.5MM in 2012 and either $6.5MM or a $1.5MM buyout in 2013, according to Rosenthal. LSW Baseball represents Putz, who posted a 2.83 ERA with 10.8 K/9 in 54 innings last year.
Since Putz declined arbitration the Sox will get a supplemental first round draft pick. I’d have liked to keep J.J. though…
Kovacevic @ PPG:
The Pirates surprisingly cut Lastings Milledge loose, choosing not to tender their 2010 opening-day outfielder an offer through arbitration in advance of Major League Baseball’s midnight Thursday deadline.
… Milledge, 25, was acquired in the summer of 2009, along with Hanrahan, from Washington in the trade that sent outfielder Nyjer Morgan and reliever Sean Burnett to the Nationals. Milledge batted .277 with four home runs and 34 RBIs this past season, losing his everyday duty over the final two months. He displayed none of the negative off-field traits that were documented in New York and Washington, but his lack of power and erratic defense convinced management he was not a corner-outfield option.
I’m wondering would he go for a minor-league deal with a Spring Training invitation?
Ringolsby @ MLBB:
[Arizona GM Kevin] Towers had extended talks with the agent for Paul Konerko, hoping to convince the free-agent first baseman to sign with the Diamondbacks instead of returning to the Chicago White Sox.
Dyck @ CT says, besides Arizona, other Konerko suitors are Texas and Baltimore.
Morosi @ FS tweets that Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t like that:
Reinsdorf on Konerko: “He belongs in Chicago.”
Padilla @ ESPN says Reinsdorf will do everything he can to keep Konerko:
A source has indicated that Reinsdorf is ready and willing to do whatever he can to keep Paul Konerko on the White Sox roster, and by the end of the first day of the winter meetings Monday, in the shadow of Disney World, he just might feel like he is in the happiest place on Earth.
And don’t miss the Godfather reference in Padilla’s article!
UPDATE: Garfein @ CSN tweets Arizona is “reportedly making big push.
Olney @ ESPN tweets:
Heard this: The D-backs have had virtually no dialogue with Konerko.
Gammons @ MLB tweets:
A.J. Pierzynski was “a minute away” from signing with the Dodgers when Jerry Reinsdorf stepped in
UPDATE: Jackson @ ESPN says the Dodgers offer was a 1 year deal worth more than $4 million.