Kenny Williams speaks out on Ozzie

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Kenny Williams speaks out on Ozzie

On this date seven years ago, the White Sox beat the Houston Astros to claim the 2005 World Series. At the time, Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen were heroes in Chicago, as well as close friends.

How things have changed for both men, even in the last week.

Williams has relinquished his role as White Sox general manager, named the teams executive vice-president on Friday. Guillen, meanwhile, is out of a job after one miserable season with the Miami Marlins in which they finished in last place.

Since their well-publicized, bitter divorce last year, Williams and Guillen have kept their public comments about each other to a minimum. However, Friday, Williams opened up about their relationship, expressing sympathy about Ozzie getting fired.

He was my friend, a very dear friend at one point in time, Williams told Comcast SportsNet. Some of the things that have been said have hurt me, Ill be honest with you, because I didnt feel like it was warranted. For me personally, its water under the bridge. You move on. Its unfortunate what happened down in Florida.

Before the two had their falling out, Williams and Guillen shared incredible memories from their times with the White Sox. Williams says he is choosing to recall those times, as opposed to the ugly battle the two waged against each other in the media, in the clubhouse, on Twitter, etc.

Well yeah, we do have a history, Williams said. You can have bitterness about the way it ended, about the road we had to travel ultimately to where it ended, or you can say regardless of what's been said or insinuated or whatever, I'm going to choose to remember the positive -- when we first hired him and the energy he brought, and the passion, and all the things that made Ozzie Ozzie.

"So I'll choose to go that route before focusing on some things that I still don't believe werent entirely manipulated anyway.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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