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Chicago White Sox News: Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko/Orioles, Alexei Ramirez, and Bobby Jenks

Chicago White Sox News:

According to Jerry Crasnick’s Twitter, “The Chicago White Sox have jumped in on free agent Adam Dunn, according to sources. Kenny Williams’ interest appears serious.”  He continued, “A lot depends on what happens with Paul Konerko. But the Sox need a bat, & they previously made a run at Dunn in July.” [@JCrasnick]

Along those same lines, Jon Paul Morosi believes that signing Adam Dunn would cost the White Sox one of their icons: Konerko or Mark Buehrle.  It’s important to note that Buehrle is the only one of those players that is under team control. [Fox Sports]

After declining arbitration, J.J. Putz offered several thoughtless statements to Chuck Garfien, which may or may not be an effort to boost his own value. “Eight or nine teams have shown preliminary interest,” he said. “Some for closer roles, others to be a set-up man with a chance for closing.” [CSN Chicago]

Over the last month, we have heard numerous rumors regarding the Philadelphia Phillies interest in outfielder Carlos Quentin.  Although Kenny Williams has refuted that he is open to hearing various offers, it seems as though he is actually all ears regarding his right fielder. [Jayson Stark]

After a superb 2010 season, shortstop Alexei Ramirez opted out of his 2011 contract worth $1.1 million.  Because he made his decision prior to the Dec. 1 deadline, the White Sox now have until Dec. 15 to exercise their $2.75 million club option.  Ramirez, who is under club control through 2013, might be an appealing candidate for a contract extension. [Scott Merkin/MLB.com]

Thursday will more than likely be the end of the Bobby Jenks era in Chicago.  Jenks, who’s been on a steady decline since 2006, battled injuries for the better part of 2010 and far from impressed GM Kenny Williams.  When asked about Jenks’ return, KW stated, “”That’s something we have to evaluate strongly, because I’ve been disappointed on a number of levels and there are certain things that I’m not going to talk about right now.” [Scott Merkin/MLB.com]

According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM Radio, the Baltimore Orioles have made a “significant offer” to first baseman Paul Konerko.  As it was expected, Paulie turned down the White Sox offer of arbitration and appears to be in no rush to make a decision.  One thing seems certain: Konerko will be signing a multi-year contract wherever he ends up. [MLB Trade Rumors]

Chicago White Sox Bloggers:

Relief pitcher J.J. Putz declined the White Sox arbitration offer, not much of a surprise there.  He was an affordable option for South Siders last year, but can they find someone similar for 2011? Jim Margalus suggests some options worth exploring: Grant Balfour, Kevin Gregg, Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, Dan Wheeler, and Jon Rauch. [Sox Machine]

Shortly after the 2010 season, the White Sox quickly picked up catcher Ramon Castro’s option for 2011.  Serving as A.J. Pierzynski’s back up, Castro posted an .832 OPS and a .362 wOBA in 128 plate appearance.  But the best part about big bad Ramon is that he’s willing. [White Sox Observer]

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