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GM Williams is looking elsewhere

CHICAGO -- Magglio Ordonez probably has played his last game
for the Chicago White Sox.

The White Sox have until 11:59 p.m. ET Tuesday to offer
arbitration to their four-time All-Star right fielder but appear
resigned to losing him because they still haven't been able to
evaluate Ordonez's surgically repaired left knee.

"I don't have any new information on Magglio," White Sox
general manager Ken Williams said Monday. "There are other things
to focus on now."

The White Sox could offer Ordonez salary arbitration, knowing
there are plenty of other teams who will have interest in a
30-year-old who's a career .307 hitter with 187 homers and 703
RBI. But if Ordonez accepts arbitration, he'd get a salary close to
the $14 million he made last year.

Ordonez only played 52 games last season because of the knee
injury, his fewest appearances since he was a late-season callup in
1997. Ordonez missed 36 games after injuring his left knee in a May
19 collision with second baseman Willie Harris, then went on the
disabled list for good July 22 with bone marrow edema.

The White Sox thought Ordonez was beginning his rehab in
September only to learn that he had a second knee operation. Though
Ordonez's new agent, Scott Boras, has said he'll be fully recovered
by December, Williams said he was told he wouldn't be able to
evaluate Ordonez until he holds a workout at the winter meetings --
several days after the arbitration deadline.

"I asked for [an evaluation] a couple of different times,"
Williams said. "That was actually prior to the end of season where I
tried to get him back into Chicago for an examination by our
doctors. Obviously, we never got that far. And I did ask again at
the general manager meetings. I was told we'd have the same
opportunity as all the other clubs out there."

Instead, Williams has turned his energies elsewhere as he heads
to this weekend's winter meetings in Anaheim, Calif.

"I've got a list of things I'd like to accomplish," Williams
said, declining to be more specific.

One player he won't be pursuing is Randy Johnson, who has made
it clear he doesn't want to pitch for the White Sox. The
41-year-old left-hander appears to want to leave the rebuilding
Arizona Diamondbacks to pitch for a contender, but he also has a
no-trade clause.

"I've been told he won't pitch on the South Side of Chicago,"
Williams said.