Williams gets busy at winter meetings

Published: 12/9/2009 12:01 AM

INDIANAPOLIS - Cubs general manager Jim Hendry garnered most of the headlines Tuesday at the winter meetings, but White Sox GM Kenny Williams had a quietly busy day.

"This is the first time I've been out of our room all day," Williams said late in the afternoon. "I've been talking to people, been active. We get phone calls. We like to do things. We like to shake it up a little bit. We get phone calls with interesting ideas. So you've got to have the conversations."

Williams has said little on any interest the White Sox might have in Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, and there might not be a match there.

"Coy" might be the best word to describe Williams' approach to free-agent DH/outfielder Hideki Matsui, the MVP of the World Series with the Yankees. If the Sox feel Matsui can play defense adequately, there might be a fit on the South Side. The Sox reportedly are interested.

"He's a good player," Williams said. "I don't know that we're there just yet."

Interest in Putz: The Cubs say they have watched relief pitcher J.J. Putz throw in Arizona, and the White Sox reportedly have interest in Putz, as well.

Putz had his season with the New York Mets cut short because of elbow problems. In 29 games, he was 1-4 with a 5.22 ERA and 2 saves in 4 chances. In 2008 with Seattle, Putz saved 15 games. The Mets declined his option this year after he made $6 million in 2009.

"We've got interest in any kind of a veteran reliever that could help, like we've talked about from Day 1," Jim Hendry said. "We feel like we've got good, young bullpen guys. It was really imperative we re-sign (lefty reliever John) Grabow because he's not only our kind of guy and very successful, but has some experience and some savvy to him and can pitch seventh, eighth, ninth, matchups, righties, lefties. It doesn't matter. Somewhere between now and Opening Day, we would like to add a pen guy that has experience later in the game."

Sox' good guy: Sox lefty Mark Buehrle has won an auction to be the St. Louis Cardinals' manager of the day in spring training.

Buehrle bid $10,000 to benefit a foundation of Cardinals superstar Albert Pujols. The Sox' star will give the "managing" honor to a child with Down syndrome and her mother.

"We've got to make that happen," Ken Williams joked about Buehrle managing the Cards. "That is hilarious."