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Cowley: Williams On The Paul Konerko Talks

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By Joe Cowley–

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – According to several White Sox players, the talk circulating throughout the team on Monday is that they will have their “Captain’’ back.

If, and when, that’s true, general manager Ken Williams wasn’t saying.

All he would confirm was he met with Paul Konerko’s representation in agent Craig Landis, and Konerko remained priority number one. The statute of limitations on that, however, has an expiration date.

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“There’s a fine line,’’ Williams said of the waiting game. “And that fine line is when do 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 pretty much said on the record that he’s the guy we want.

“Other people call me impatient, I think I’m patient, just to a point. This is the way we’ve done it for a long time and I recognize that this is a special case and I need to be even more patient than I think I usually am.’’
Williams was hoping Day 1 of the talks would lead to a Day 2.

“I think everybody knows in Chicago and White Sox fans that they’re talking, they’re trying,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Like I say, it’s the type of thing that you do to look great, if you don’t, you’re going to face people talking and making comments and why not.’’

Guillen did say that if Konerko does not return there will be no team captain named to replace him.

As far as what Plan B and C would be? According to one source, former Cubs and Marlins first baseman Derrek Lee is on the Sox radar.