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J.J. Putz declines arbitration and source says so does Paul Konerko

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jj-putz1.jpgJ.J. Putz closed the door on the White Sox offering him arbitration before Tuesday's deadline, but didn't necessarily close it on the possibility of returning to the South Side if the team comes up with a deal that suits the right-handed reliever and his family.
According to one Sox source - and to the surprise of almost no one - Paul Konerko also declined arbitration and will push forward in free agency.
So now what for the Sox? Therein could be the problem.
Unless general manager Ken Williams happens to find about $60 million lying around 35th and Shields in the next few weeks - which just so happens to be the reported asking price free agent Adam Dunn is looking for over the next four years - the Sox need to try and work out a deal for Konerko, become hostages to the trade market or let Dayan Viciedo have first crack at first base.
The bullpen situation is just as cloudy, with the team likely non-tendering Bobby Jenks by Thursday's deadline, leaving Matt Thornton as the only real proven reliever down there with a track record. Sergio Santos showed promise, as did Chris Sale, but Sale will start spring camp in the starting rotation.
Putz said in a phone interview that while he made the obvious decision by declining arbitration, he's taking all calls. That means from the Sox, as well.
"Honestly, I'm just sitting back and listening,'' Putz said.
Asked where the Sox fit in he replied, "I would say they're still in play, we've had dialogue. We've had dialogue with other teams too.''
Putz did say that he would have to do what's best for his family, but heading into a winning situation is a priority.
And as far as the Thornton and Putz "Bromance'' playing a part in his decision again? Not this time.
"Obviously we're good friends and we're working out together three times a week,'' Putz said. "We talk, but Matt is doing his thing.''

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It will be a long season on the southside of Chicago in 2011. Why would Paulie, Putz or anyone want to stay with the Sox? The only major market team that acts like a mid-market team. The 2005 world series is a distant memory and the immediate future doesn't look very promising.
Lets hope JR feels its time to turn this team over to new owners who are commited to trying to win every year.
Happy Holidays!

I couldn't have said it any better than the first comment. Major market team that acts like a mid market one.

Jerry isn't focused on winning every year, he's just worried about his bottom line.

Sell the team Jerry.

well this could go two ways good or miserably terrible if konerko and putz dont get picked up the sox could resign them cheap or they find different teams and the soxs are in trouble at those positions the soxs best hope for the sox is if they change heir mind or they make a new arbitration deal and they both sign for them if not looks like the sox are in for a tough and very long season

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