(CBS) There’s plenty of introspection taking place on the South Side, where the White Sox have been one of baseball’s biggest underachievers after a flashy offseason of big spending hasn’t paid dividends. With 44 games left to play, Chicago is 55-63 and seven games back of the second American League wild-card spot.

One man who must be wondering what’s gone wrong is a lead architect of these White Sox: executive vice president Kenny Williams. And now, it appears Williams has much to ponder about his future as well.

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As the baseball executive carousel continues to spin — there have been 10 GM firings/resignations since the 2014 season — Williams has now been linked to a future with the Blue Jays and Mariners. The latter nugget came Thursday from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, who included this paragraph in an enlightening bigger piece on turnover among executives.

Jack Zduriencik, who has had seven years on the job but with no playoff berths, likely will follow Amaro out the door, with Chicago White Sox president Kenny Williams coming in, unless Williams instead goes to the Toronto Blue Jays as club president.

Zduriencik remains Seattle’s general manager, but change at that position is widely expected after the Mariners have underachieved once again.

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This isn’t the first time Williams’ future has been unclear. The Blue Jays privately courted Williams last offseason to become their team president, but the White Sox never granted him permission to interview, and Williams chose not to resign and pursue the opportunity further.

“Kenny Williams would be all ears,” Nightengale said in an interview on the Spiegel and Goff Show on Thursday morning, saying Williams misses being in the day-to-day action with the White Sox.

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General manager Rick Hahn handles the day-to-day operations for the White Sox.