GM says team isn't trading away talent

Updated: May 19, 2010, 7:55 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

In a meeting with his players and coaching staff, Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams sent a message to the team that he still believes in them and their ability to turn the season around.

"I'm not giving up on this club," Williams said. "It's way too early for that. I'm still confident that [Carlos] Quentin, [Gordon] Beckham and [Alexi] Ramirez are going to turn things around and start to hit and we're going to do some good things. "

Williams confirmed what ESPNChicago.com reported on Monday, that he's been called by other clubs about the availability of players like catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

"I told the guys who have been mentioned in trade rumors, all you have to do is ask me," Williams said. "I told them straight out that I have been called on a couple of guys, and I told the other team that we are usually the ones that make these calls. They have been told thank you, but no thank you and that's the end of it."

There has been a lot of speculation on Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen's relationship since spring training. Williams said his relationship with Guillen is built on trust as well as creative disagreement.

"I hired a guy I knew would fight with me," he said. "I knew he'd fight with me from time to time. I hired a guy I needed to fight with me. Why? So that you know that you have a person on the other end that isn't going to tell you what you want to hear and is always going to challenge you and challenge the players. So I'm OK with an occasional disagreement here and there. It's not a big deal to me. As a matter of fact it's welcomed."

The White Sox's record is 16-22, the exact same mark they had after 38 games in 2009.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.

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