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Damon talks all but over

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050402_JohnnyDamon_hd_hmedium.jpgThe 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.
In other words, once that first stretch comes from Mark Buehrle's usually sore shoulder when pitchers and catchers report Sunday morning, the doors to the Camelback Ranch facility are closed to any additions.
"We're touching the opening of spring training and you know how I am about spring training distractions,'' Williams said. "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 in which we got back from them.''
Williams wouldn't go into details, as the Sox have been rumored to be offering anywhere from $4.5 million to $6 million including incentives and deferred money.
Whatever they offered seemed to be way off on what Damon and his agent Scott Boras were asking.
"If circumstances change in the next 24 hours I certainly will be willing to revisit it,'' Williams said. "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.''
Williams did clear the air on the relationship between himself and Boras. It was rocky in the past, at best, but Williams did say, "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.''

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