Orioles make Konerko offer he (likely) won't accept


Orioles make Konerko offer he (likely) won't accept

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
Updated 4:42 PM

By Chuck GarfienCSNChicago.com

Well, that didn't take long.

Just hours after Paul Konerko declined arbitration from the White Sox comes a report on msnbc.com from Jim Bowden of XM Radio who claims that the Baltimore Orioles have made a "significant offer" for the White Sox first baseman.

The Orioles made a serious push to sign Victor Martinez, but lost out to the Detroit Tigers who have roughly 50 million coming off the books in 2011 and are, so far, having a "Toys R Us" spending spree this offseason. And the Tigers likely aren't finished.

As for Konerko, if the report is accurate, and the money is right, there are two problems: the team and the location.

Though calls to reach Konerko's agent have not been returned, he wants to win another championship before he retires, and while the Orioles made a big push last year after hiring manager Buck Showalter, Baltimore doesn't appear ready to overtake the Yankees or Red Sox anytime soon. Also, the Orioles hold spring training in Florida, which takes him away from his home and family in Arizona for six weeks.

Speaking of Arizona, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers has recently said that signing a first baseman, specifically Konerko is not a priority right now. He's concentrating on pitching.

The Rangers, Red Sox, and White Sox seem to be the more realistic candidates.

The Rangers train in Arizona, but while the Red Sox are in the Grapefruit League, Boston is close to where Konerko grew up in Rhode Island. That could be attractive to him.

Get ready, with baseball's winter meetings starting next week in Orlando, the Konerko drama is about to heat up ... if it hasn't already.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox sluggers Frank Thomas and Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

Discomfort sidelines White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie

Discomfort sidelines White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox held Brett Lawrie out Saturday after he reported discomfort in the same left leg that sidelined him for the final 2 1/2 months of 2016.

The second baseman has been a full participant the entire spring until he informed manager Rick Renteria what he was experiencing Saturday. 

"We're going to reevaluate him tomorrow and see where he's at," Renteria said. "He didn't feel quite right, and so he was in there earlier today getting treatment. We'll reevaluate tomorrow and make a determination where we're at in terms of trying to set some parameters for how we move forward."

A confusing, tricky series of injuries that Lawrie blamed on wearing orthotics limited him to 94 games last season. He hit the disabled list on July 22 and didn't discover the cause until after the season ended. But Lawrie reported to camp feeling healthy once again and has participated at 100 percent until this point, Renteria said.

"It's been good," Renteria said. "Everything has been clean. There have been no notifications anything had been amiss. He just woke up this morning and felt it. So we're going to be very cautious, take it a day at a time, reevaluate it and see where we're at."

Zack Collins, Yoan Moncada play as White Sox fall to Dodgers

Zack Collins, Yoan Moncada play as White Sox fall to Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Manager Rick Renteria promised before Saturday's game the prospects would play and they certainly did.

White Sox prospects Zack Collins and Yoan Moncada both entered in the fifth inning of Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Collins singled in two at-bats while Moncada, the centerpiece in the Chris Sale trade, went 0-for-2.

"It was fun," Collins said. "To be able to go out there on the first day was an honor to me. A little jittery, but very excited to play.

"I'm the new guy, it's my first year and the first game played and I get to play. It's definitely an honor."

It's a distinction that will be shared by many, Renteria said. With the White Sox focused on player development and a longer spring schedule, the prospects should get a long look. Given the club's top eight prospects — according to MLB.com — are in big league camp, many will see significant playing time early in camp.

"We've got a long spring and a lot of opportunities," Renteria said. "You're going to see a lot of our kids."

Reliever Zack Burdi, the 26th overall pick of last June's draft, is scheduled to appear in Sunday's game when the White Sox host the Rockies. The White Sox also tentatively have listed Michael Kopech and Reynaldo Lopez as the starting pitchers for their split-squad doubleheader on Tuesday. 

Collins took advantage of his first chance with a ninth-inning single off Dodgers pitcher Edward Paredes. Next up for the 2016 first-rounder is a report Monday for his teammates as part of Renteria's morning meetings.

"I have my little presentation going," Collins said. "I'll probably be more nervous than I will playing."