Did you say Derek Holland Kenny?
John Danks? Kenny just hung up:
But there is another suitor:
You mean the Yankee$ aren’t among the suitors? Well:
Merkin @ CWS:
“I’ll always respect [Guillen] as a person and give him credit that’s due,” Jenks said. “But I want to play for a manager who trusts his relievers, regardless of what’s going on.
“With the way Ozzie was talking this winter and the way he treated me, I don’t want to fight with the guy. How many times did he question my ability, and then saying how he would love to have me back, but I would have to come to Spring Training and fight for the closer’s role like anyone else?
“Why would I come back to that negativity?” Jenks said. “I’m looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen.”
According to Jenks, the White Sox offered two years at $10 million after the Winter Meetings and the team then asked for an answer on the morning before the initial agreement was reached with Crain. The White Sox source said the organization spoke with Jenks’ agent before Crain was signed, but no offer was made. It simply was a conversation about expectations.
Other teams besides Boston had interest. Jenks listed those opportunities from closing for Tampa Bay to starting — yes, starting — for the Texas Rangers. Jenks was a starter for five Minor League seasons with the Angels before being converted to the bullpen when joining the White Sox.
UPDATE: Seems Oney Guilen, Ozzie Guillen’s son, didn’t like Jenks’ comments.
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:
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.
Cliff Lee is joining his fourth team in 12 months and the Rangers are hoping he can lead them to the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The Rangers pried Lee away from the Mariners and multiple suitors today in a blockbuster deal that makes the 50-35 Rangers clear favorites to win the AL West.
They obtained Lee, Mark Lowe (who is out for the season with back surgery) and cash considerations from the Mariners for Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Matthew Lawson and Josh Lueke.
White Sox games remaining against the Rangers: 0
Twins games remaining against the Rangers: 7
Tigers games remaining against the Rangers: 5
A major-league source confirms to ESPNChicago that although the Texas Rangers have serious interest in Pierzynski, the team’s extreme money problems convolute taking on any salary in a contract like Pierzynski. He’s still owed over $4 million in 2010, and he’s a free agent after the season.
That’s good. I’d prefer prospects over money in case Texas trade for A.J.
As the White Sox drift out of the AL Central race, it’s hard not to wonder if GM Kenny Williams will listen to offers on any of his starting pitchers. But longtime Williams watchers would be shocked if he deals anyone other than replaceable bullpen parts and possibly Paul Konerko.”The thing you have to remember about Kenny is, he always expects to have a good team,” said one rival GM. “If he doesn’t think he can win this year, he still expects to win next year. So why would he move his [top four] starters? I don’t see him doing that. He’ll move a free agent, or bullpen guys he thinks are overpriced, because those guys are replaceable. But he can’t replace a Gavin Floyd or a [Mark] Buehrle or a [John] Danks. So I don’t see that one.”
Meanwhile, one scout reports that he thinks rumors of Bobby Jenks‘ demise as a useful closer have been seriously overblown.
“I still think Bobby Jenks, with the right team, could bring them a decent return,” the scout said. “His velocity is down a little, and he’s throwing more two-seam fastballs. But I don’t think his stuff has declined that much to where I’d think he can’t close.”
Bruce Levine expects Kenny to shop Jenks, Konerko, Pierzynski and Buehrle:
The Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies have had the most scouts looking at the White Sox the past three weeks. The Rangers have a strong interest in Pierzynski. They feel he can bring intangibles to bring them to the next level. The Phillies’ bullpen is in need of a power arm with experience, and no one fits that role on the Sox better than Jenks, especially with the injuries to Phillies closer Brad Lidge. …
The most urgent decision involves catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who attracted interest from Texas recently. Pierzynski can become a free agent after this season, and the Sox would certainly like some compensation if they don’t re-sign him. Pieryznski, 33, can gain full trade veto rights on June 14 by virtue of his 10th anniversary as a major league player and spending at least the past five seasons with the same team. Pierzynski currently has a limited no-trade clause. … And then there are financial considerations. A source familiar with Texas’ murky ownership situation said it’s uncertain whether the Rangers could accept the balance of Pierzysnki’s $6.7 million salary because of a snag in the sale of the team.
Gonzales, also, touches on Mark Buehrle, Paul Konerko, Jake Peavy, Tyler Flowers, Jordan Danks, and Dayan Viciedo.
Back to A.J. How about 1B/OF Mitchell Moreland (stats)?