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Sox have made pitch for Dunn - ball is in Rizzo's court

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reds_zoom.jpgSEATTLE - When discussing the trade market on Monday, Ken Williams chose his words carefully, using phrases like, "We'll see how that develops,'' and "... right now, I don't see anything materializing.''
It hasn't been from a lack of trying.
According to a major-league source, Williams spent the last few days trying desperately to pry Adam Dunn from the grasps of the Washington Nationals, offering up "anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package.''
And no one is untouchable, including pitcher Daniel Hudson or infielder Dayan Viciedo.
"The problem Kenny is finding out is that [Nats GM Mike] Rizzo is acting like Dunn is Ryan Howard,'' the source said.
That means that Rizzo is still fixated on getting Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, two players on the current big-league roster that Williams has refused to move.
While Williams was sounding like the talks were dead before his team took the field against Seattle, they are in fact alive and well, but just put in Rizzo's court.
"Real quickly, what it is, is a limited market for us,'' Williams said. "What we view as potential help is really, there's only a small group of players. And even with that, we all still have to have the conversation amongst ourselves and we kind of do it on a daily basis this time of year amongst ourselves what we're looking at the right fit.
"The right fit, both skill-set wise, fit in the lineup or fit, whether it be a bullpen piece, a starter piece. Is it the right fit? Are you going to gain exponentially by making that move in lieu of staying with what you have? And I'm very mindful of how this team has banded together and overcome a mountain of hurdles to get to where they want to get right now, so I think you have to be very cognizant of doing something that isn't, like I said, exponentially better and making sure it's not disruptive at the same time.''
By disruptive, Williams means acquiring Dunn - a free agent-to-be - and sending out controlled salaries of what the Sox deem proven players in Quentin or Beckham.
The one surprising name that Williams would be willing to move, however, was Hudson. It would seem that giving away Hudson would weaken the starting staff not only for now, but the immediate future.
Williams, however, feels like Dunn's presence would help the starters because of the production he brings from the left side, and also that they could limit the number of times that fifth starter would be used anyway, knocking it down to about 10 more starts this year with the off days.
"And I'll be honest,'' Williams continued. "If I'm being honest and completely transparent right now of the price that is being asked for some of the players that we've inquired about, for us, it's more detrimental to our present and our future than we'd like.''
Like team captain Paul Konerko told the Sun-Times over the weekend, Williams agreed that the 25 players that dug the hole and then climbed out of it should be afforded the chance to write the ending of this story.
"I like the fight in them,'' Williams said. "Obviously, we put the roster together thinking it can compete, it could be a winning roster.
"And as a general manager, you can only hope and pray that your coaching staff can get the guys to play at that level of intensity and the players themselves have to have it internally to keep that drive going. As I sit here, I'm very cognizant of all those things and we will go through our drills and have our conversations. But it's a very small group of players that maybe potentially available and can help.''
Added Williams, "And just because July 31 passes, that doesn't mean other opportunities won't come about.''

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Hey Joe, thanks for the good work. It's too bad people stay on the "other blog," since it doesn't have captcha.

Do you know if the White Sox are considering other lesser hitters, like LaRoche, Luke Scott, Overbay, or even Pods? It makes sense to me to go after a merely productive player who would only cost them players like Morel, Bellamy and Torres, to name a few.

The team doesn't need Thome. They just need Everett.

Keep up the good work.

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