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Williams avoids Gonzalez-Beckham trade rumor

Before there was Adam Dunn, was there almost Adrian Gonzalez for the White Sox?

According to a Monday Tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the White Sox were the runner-ups to Boston in the Gonzalez derby. He added how the White Sox offered second baseman Gordon Beckham and prospects but were turned down.

White Sox general manager Ken Williams wouldn’t talk about any trade rumor when speaking to the Chicago media on Monday. But he finished up his comment with an indirect indication as to how Gonzalez would be considered a White Sox target.

“All I can say is that it’s always been business as usual for us and we try to go after impact players every year,” Williams said. “But I’m not going to get into the particulars of those types of things.”

Beckham, 24, struggled through a miserable first of the 2010 campaign, hitting just .199 as late as June 23. But Beckham hit .310 the remainder of the season.

This bounce-back effort from Beckham earned an extra dose of respect from Williams moving into the 2011 season.

“I’m more so confident that he has now gone through some struggles that you go through as a big leaguer and he’s come through it on the other side,” said Williams of Beckham, who hit .252 in his sophomore season, with nine home runs and 49 RBIs. “It’s just unfortunate that he had the injury. He was having quite a second half. That Chicago tough that I talk about, he showed some a little bit of it in doing what he did.”

Current market not to White Sox benefit

Ken Williams doesn’t see a possible trade fit for his American League Central-leading White Sox at this point and time, with just 11 days remaining until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The White Sox general manager does not want to disrupt the outstanding chemistry and camaraderie forged by his current group, which has fought its way back from 9˝ games out on June 8 to hold a 2˝-game lead entering action at Safeco Field on July 20. But currently, the asking price simply remains too high for potential targets.

That high price basically means Gordon Beckham, Carlos Quentin, John Danks and Gavin Floyd, established players on the Major League roster holding high interest from other teams, won’t be going anywhere.

“We are looking to add, not subtract,” Williams told reporters before Monday night’s 6-1 victory in Seattle.

“If I’m being honest and completely transparent right now of the price that is being asked for some of the players that we’ve inquired about, for us, it’s more detrimental to our present and our future than we’d like,” Williams continued. “We’ll see how that develops. But right now, I don’t see anything materializing.”

Of course, with Williams’ aggressive nature, that outlook could change in  a day or two. Williams also wouldn’t rule out a move being made after July 31, as the White Sox executed last Aug. 10, by claiming center fielder Alex Rios off of waivers from Toronto.

Scott Merkin

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