MILWAUKEE -- White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said he has noted the directness of his colleagues during these General Managers Meetings. Perhaps, he said, it's simply a product of other teams' particular interests.
Perhaps they sense Williams is ready to make some moves.
"You would think we had a team out there that actually got into the playoffs, from the interest level that people are showing our players -- particularly our pitchers," Williams said Wednesday in the lobby of Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel. "Again, you don't know what you're going to ultimately be able to get back until you start drawing some lines in the sand. There's no need for that right now."
That will come later, Williams said, perhaps next month at the Winter Meetings.
The White Sox may be in a transition mode after going 79-83 with a $127 million payroll in 2011. Steady left-hander Mark Buehrle is a free agent. Veteran designated hitter Adam Dunn, center fielder Alex Rios and right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy are coming off down years.
Among the players drawing interest from rival clubs are left-hander John Danks, who earned $6 million in 2011 and is due a raise in his final run through arbitration after going 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA. Right-hander Gavin Floyd is also drawing interest after going 12-13 with a 4.37 ERA. He is due $7 million in 2012, and Chicago holds a $9.5 million club option for '13.
Williams would not rule out trading either pitcher, or both, this offseason.
"It depends on which you can ultimately get back if you do decide to move them," Williams said. "That hasn't been decided."
But it has not been ruled out.
"I wouldn't rule anything out right now," he said.
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