CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko never became the White Sox player/manager, as general manager Ken Williams once considered among his outside-the-box candidates to replace Ozzie Guillen. But when the White Sox went into their modified rebuilding mode, he did consult the White Sox captain with two years remaining on his contract about the team's new direction.
"He expressed to us that he had the confidence in whatever plan we were going with," Williams said of his talk with the veteran starting his 14th season with the White Sox.
"We've been competitive every year he has been here with a couple of exceptions, and he was on board no matter what the direction was," Williams said. "He also thinks that we have the ability to compete this year. We just have to have some guys get back to being themselves.
"So, it was also explained to him that as I tried to explain to you guys -- I guess very ineffectively at the Winter Meetings -- when I said rebuilding, nobody said anything about what I said immediately after that, where I said there was not going to be a domino-falling kind of effect. So what you got is a little bit of a hybrid."