"There are similar money worries all around," Williams said. "That means it will, a) stifle discussions or b) cause a lot of creativity to come to the forefront."
Creativity, in this instance, could involve a team including monetary considerations along with the higher-paid player being sent to the White Sox. That situation played out when the White Sox picked up Jim Thome from the Phillies prior to the 2006 season.
It also could mean the White Sox will move another veteran piece to free up space on the payroll. Williams has talked in the past of how the trade of Carlos Lee to the Brewers not only brought back Scott Podsednik as the catalyst for the 2005 championship squad, but it also gave him the monetary room to sign both Tadahito Iguchi and Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez.
"Sometimes you get someone who is creative and open-minded enough that there's a way to get something accomplished," Williams said. "It's not always about money."
This particular line of questioning centered on the possibility of acquiring Toronto ace Roy Halladay, but Williams' response was more along the general lines of making a deal. As of Tuesday evening, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said all was quiet on the trade front, but that silence shouldn't be mistaken for lack of effort on the part of Williams and his staff to put the White Sox in the best position to win a title.
"We aren't mortgaging the farm," said Williams, regarding possible trades. "In the same breath, if there's something, and I'm not speaking about Halladay, in general, if there's something that makes sense and makes us better, we do what we always do: Look at it."
"Right now, the only thing you're going to hear is rumors," Guillen said. "Right now we don't have anything on the table. I don't expect anything to happen."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.