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White Sox Decline Griffey's $16.5M Option

The White Sox have declined the $16.5 million option on the contract of outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., making him a free agent this winter.

Griffey is still owed a $4 million buyout, which completes the $116.5 million, nine-year contract that he signed with the Reds before the 2000 season.

"He was as classy, appreciative, and complimentary as a man can be. He said he'd never smiled and laughed so much at the ballpark since he was a kid," White Sox GM Ken Williams said. "I wish we could have gone further in the playoffs to enhance those feelings."

Griffey, 38, hit a combined .249 with 18 homers and 71 RBIs in 143 games last season for the Reds and the White Sox.


Konerko To Angels?

If the Angels are unable to re-sign Mark Teixeira, they could make a play for White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who came close to signing with the team after the 2005 season.

Konerko is reportedly friendly with Angel's Manager Mike Scioscia dating to their days in the Dodgers' organization.

The first baseman has two years remaining on his contract.

Via Chicago Tribune

Report: White Sox Won't Re-Sign Griffey Jr.

According to a report on SI.com, the White Sox will not try to re-sign free agent outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. this winter.

Chicago acquired Griffey from Cincinnati in July for the stretch run. The team held off Minnesota for the AL Central crown, but lost in four games to the Rays in the ALDS.

Griffey hit only .249 with 18 homers and 71 RBIs in 490 at-bats this past season.


Griffey Might Stay In Chicago For Less Money

The White Sox hold a $16.5 million option but are expected to give Ken Griffey a $4 million buyout, which they will split with Cincinnati.

But agent Brian Goldberg stressed that Griffey enjoyed his time with the Sox even though they were eliminated in the American League Division Series by Tampa Bay, and he might be amenable to playing for less money.

"Junior loved the dynamics of the White Sox, from Kenny to Ozzie Guillen to some of the coaches," Goldeberg said. "We'll see what happens."

RealGM Note: Griffey was ranked 218th in season FIC in 2008 and 'deserved' to make $4.25 million, giving him a Reina Value of -49%.

Via Chicago Tribune

GM Williams Wants To Balance White Sox Lineup

White Sox General Manager Ken Williams wants to balance the team's lineup and strengthen their defense this winter.

"I know what I want to do," Williams said Monday night after the Sox were eliminated by Tampa Bay. "I've known what I've wanted to do for three months."

Chicago was extremely reliant on the home run in 2008.

"We've got to do some things," Williams said. "We've got to do some things to balance this out more, offensively and defensively."

Via Chicago Tribune

White Sox Oct 2008 Archive

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  • Ozzie Wants Speed In Chicago Next Season

    White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen wants the team to add some speeder players in 2009, with their current roster very reliant on home runs.

  • If There's A Game Five, Buehrle Likely To Start

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  • White Sox Stay Alive, Beat Rays

    The White Sox stayed alive on Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 win over the Rays.

  • Rays Rally, One Win Away From ALCS

    The Rays beat the White Sox 6-2 on Friday night to take a commanding lead in their first-round AL playoff series.

  • Rays Win First-Ever Playoff Game

    The Tampa Bay Rays won their first-ever playoff game on Thursday afternoon in Game 1 of their ALDS series, 6-4, against the Chicago White Sox.

  • What Happened In Cabrera And Balfour's Previous Meetings?

    Before a heated top of the 7th at bat with two outs and the bases loaded, Orlando Cabrera had faced Tampa Bay's Grant Balfour on four separate occasions dating back to 2004.

  • Blurred Vision Ends Game For Pena

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  • White Sox Leave Quentin Off Roster

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