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Orioles make Konerko offer he (likely) won't accept

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Orioles make Konerko offer he (likely) won't accept

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
Updated 4:42 PM

By Chuck GarfienCSNChicago.com

Well, that didn't take long.

Just hours after Paul Konerko declined arbitration from the White Sox comes a report on msnbc.com from Jim Bowden of XM Radio who claims that the Baltimore Orioles have made a "significant offer" for the White Sox first baseman.

The Orioles made a serious push to sign Victor Martinez, but lost out to the Detroit Tigers who have roughly 50 million coming off the books in 2011 and are, so far, having a "Toys R Us" spending spree this offseason. And the Tigers likely aren't finished.

As for Konerko, if the report is accurate, and the money is right, there are two problems: the team and the location.

Though calls to reach Konerko's agent have not been returned, he wants to win another championship before he retires, and while the Orioles made a big push last year after hiring manager Buck Showalter, Baltimore doesn't appear ready to overtake the Yankees or Red Sox anytime soon. Also, the Orioles hold spring training in Florida, which takes him away from his home and family in Arizona for six weeks.

Speaking of Arizona, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers has recently said that signing a first baseman, specifically Konerko is not a priority right now. He's concentrating on pitching.

The Rangers, Red Sox, and White Sox seem to be the more realistic candidates.

The Rangers train in Arizona, but while the Red Sox are in the Grapefruit League, Boston is close to where Konerko grew up in Rhode Island. That could be attractive to him.

Get ready, with baseball's winter meetings starting next week in Orlando, the Konerko drama is about to heat up ... if it hasn't already.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox sluggers Frank Thomas and Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.