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Sox would like to add a bat, but asking price must come down
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 7/22/2010 12:03 AM

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One day, it's Adam Dunn. The next, Prince Fielder. And here and there, there's been a little Adam LaRoche mixed in.

Since the White Sox started charging upward in the American League Central five weeks ago, they've been rumored to be interested in all three of the left-handed power hitters.

A source on Sunday confirmed the Sox are mulling over a Dunn deal that would send rookie third baseman Dayan Viciedo and a prospect or two to the Washington Nationals.

On Wednesday, FOX Sports.com reported the Sox are "trying to accelerate" talks with Milwaukee for Fielder.

But the pitching-poor Brewers want a starter in return, and they apparently don't consider rookie Daniel Hudson good enough to complete a deal.

That basically leaves John Danks and Gavin Floyd, so forget about Fielder joining the White Sox unless the asking price comes way down.

The Nationals were rumored to be initially asking for either Carlos Quentin or Gordon Beckham in exchange for Dunn.

Dunn is eligible for free agency at the end of the season. Fielder, represented by agent Scott Boras, is arbitration eligible in 2011 and likely to ask for $14 million.

When speaking to reporters covering the White Sox in Seattle on Monday, Williams balked at the exorbitant asking prices.

With the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline closing in, Williams addressed all of the trade talk again Wednesday.

"When you're in first place, it's nicer," Williams said. "When you're on the opposite end of the spectrum, it's not so nice. But we're always in the same mode. It's just kind of waiting for other teams to get in the same mode of wanting to do things and be kind of more aggressive along those lines of moving personnel around."

Stay the course: Manager Ozzie Guillen again told reporters on Wednesday that he never wants to be a general manager because he doesn't have the "guts" to make trades.

Guillen also said he'd be more than happy if GM Kenny Williams stands pat at the deadline.

"It's hard for me to say what I want and what I need when the team is playing like this,'' Guillen said. "It's not fair for the players. I think what we have is working. It's hard for me to say what we want or what we need. Kenny sees our team in a different way than I do. He sees what's missing. But from down here, I'm happy what we have. I said that in January and I still continue to say those words."