Recent slide hasn't altered Williams' focus

Recent slide hasn't altered Williams' focus

Recent slide hasn't altered Williams' focus
CHICAGO -- The White Sox might have fallen out of first place in the American League Central over the weekend, but general manager Ken Williams said winning the division remains the team's priority.

Williams made that clear Monday when asked how the additional Wild Card is impacting action in the days leading to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"I'm not thinking about the Wild Card," Williams said. "We're thinking about trying to win the American League Central Division."

The White Sox returned home Monday in the midst of a five-game losing streak, including a weekend sweep in Detroit, that put South Siders 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers. Despite their recent skid -- broken up by Monday's 7-4 win against the Twins -- Williams adamantly said the White Sox wouldn't change course heading into the Deadline.

"Oh [heck] no," Williams responded when asked if Chicago could turn into a seller.

Williams said he and manager Robin Ventura spoke earlier Wednesday about the club's attitude during its recent drought, and both are confident the White Sox will turn it around. They're also looking forward to the challenge.

"Is it nice to be in first place and chased? Absolutely," Williams said. "But it's our time to do a little chasing right now."

Williams again mentioned the possibility of getting left-hander John Danks (left shoulder strain) back to full strength by the end of August. That would make Danks, who is expected to throw a side session on Tuesday, an impact-type addition for the White Sox. That, Williams said, "can be the best thing that can happen for us."

But he'll also continue to look for alternatives.

"If we are in it at that point, and we definitely expect to be, then we've got a guy here that will be fresh and impactful in his own right," Williams said. "Doing something that is going to take away from this club to accomplish that impactful move is not going to happen. If [another team is] talking about a prospect-type deal, then we'll talk about it. Or a deal that makes us exponentially better in the short term and the long term."