According to a major-league source, Williams spent the last few days trying desperately to pry Adam Dunn from the grasps of the Washington Nationals, offering up "anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package.’’
And no one is untouchable, including pitcher Daniel Hudson or infielder Dayan Viciedo.
“The problem Kenny is finding out is that [Nats GM Mike] Rizzo is acting like Dunn is Ryan Howard,’’ the source said.
That means that Rizzo is still fixated on getting Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, two players on the current big-league roster that Williams has refused to move.
Mark Gonzales in the Tribune, however, says nothing’s happening:
“Right now I don’t see anything materializing,” Williams said Monday.
Williams said there is only a small pool of players that fit the Sox’s needs. He added that the price for those players is too high, that he likes “the fight” in his players and is mindful about not tampering with the Sox’s present and future.
“Real quickly, what it is is a limited market for us,” Williams said. “What we view as potential help is really, there’s only a small group of players. And even with that, we all still have to have the conversation amongst ourselves and we kind of do it on a daily basis this time of year amongst ourselves what we’re looking at the right fit.”
The non-waiver trading deadline is now 11 days away.