Williams alludes to not bringing back Jenks
GM expresses frustration over arbitration-eligible closer
CHICAGO -- As an arbitration-eligible closer, the White Sox have control over Bobby Jenks going into the 2011 season.
General manager Ken Williams' comments on Sunday, though, made Jenks' return seem less likely and put the right-hander on the list of possible non-tender candidates.
"That's something we have to evaluate strongly because I've been disappointed on a number of levels," Williams said. "And there are certain things that I'm not going to talk about right now."
Jenks, 29, has missed time this season due to a myriad of nagging injuries, including a bout with an inflamed ulnar nerve in his right arm that has kept him out of action since Sept. 4. He has been a staple of the White Sox bullpen since joining the team during the 2005 World Series championship campaign, a sometimes undervalued contributor acknowledged as such by Williams.
But with Jenks earning $7.5 million this season and figuring to receive a raise through arbitration, the White Sox could move in a different direction at the back end of their bullpen.
"What I will say is Bobby Jenks has been good for a long time here," Williams said. "He is one of the reasons we got that banner up here and an '08 division as well. As we sit here, two years after winning the division, I'm not going to criticize one of the guys that helped us get there.
"We'll just make the moves necessary for the continuity of the team and the success of the team."
Ozzie, Williams have stronger bond after 2010
CHICAGO -- Although both Ken Williams and Ozzie Guillen would have preferred to avoid this year's public and private controversies, leading to a rift in their friendship, they both feel that bond ultimately has come out stronger.
"Kenny and myself have been talking the last four, five, six days the same way. I don't have any doubt we can put this thing back in place," Guillen said. "We're grown men. I think our friendship got better the last couple of weeks. I think that helped.
"All that stuff outside helped to see what kind of people we are, and we really care about each other. I think it was good. Even if people think it was bad, I think it was good to see what kind of people we are, if we are professional and we are good human beings. We talked, and everything was good."
Guillen officially announced his return Monday after meeting with Williams and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, meaning Guillen won't be let out of the final year of his contract. On Sunday, Guillen said there was little doubt in his mind about staying with the White Sox, knowing he can do this job and understanding his passion for the organization.
There was little doubt in his mind the relationship with Williams can be close to completely repaired.
"Oh, yeah. I would definitely say that, and I'm glad he said it," Williams said. "We had a strong bond before March of 2010 here. I don't expect anything other than a great working relationship on the field and off the field. A great friendship."
Williams takes responsibility for Manny deal
CHICAGO -- Manny Ramirez will finish his time in Chicago with one home run, two extra-base hits and two RBIs. Those are not exactly the numbers White Sox general manager Ken Williams hoped $4 million would get him when they claimed Ramirez off waivers from the Dodgers.
Williams does see a clear benefit from the addition, though.
"As soon as Manny walked through the door, I noticed a little life to the team. That's one thing we wanted to give," Williams said. "A little backing from the front office that we still believe in you guys. Here's how much we believe in you guys and here's what we're willing to invest to do that.
"Initially, he did. But I think his presence helped others in the lineup, particularly the guys hitting in front of him. And it was just a matter of him not having enough at-bats before getting over to us, and not getting that Manny Ramirez dangerous timing down."
Ramirez worked hard, in Williams' estimation, and helped other hitters with their approach.
"People don't realize that," Williams said. "He was a good citizen, so if the criticism comes my way for going out and getting a guy to make an impact, and it turns out he didn't make the impact everyone thought, I'll take that because we went out and tried to do what we do. We gave it a shot."
Ozzie would love to have Vizquel back in 2011
CHICAGO -- Forget about Omar Vizquel turning 44 during the 2011 season -- or older, if you believe Ozzie Guillen's playful banter on Sunday.
The White Sox manager wants him back in a utility infielder role.
"Well, if Omar plays every day like he played this year, he might not play one month," Guillen said. "But if Omar played the way he should be playing, I don't see why he can't play another two years. I don't see why not.
"He played the game well. He knows what he's doing. He helped off the field. He helped on the field -- that's more important."
Third to first
Nancy Faust was honored for her four decades of service as White Sox organist on Sunday. Faust will be retiring after Sunday's contest ... Ozzie Guillen joked about a sign in the stands he saw during Saturday's game, talking about how the fan wanted Guillen to be White Sox manager until the fan passed away. "I told him to put that thing down because somebody might shoot him," Guillen said with a laugh. ... Juan Pierre became the first White Sox player since Luis Aparicio (1961) to lead the Major Leagues in stolen bases with 68 ... The White Sox finished 32-40 against the American League Central ... Dayan Viciedo batted .500 over his last six games.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.