CHICAGO -- With the trade deadline less than 24 hours away, Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams shot down rumors that many of his team's major contributors are on the market.
"Is there a chance that we could have a different look (after the deadline)? Absolutely there's a chance," Williams said. "I would say that chance is very, very slim. I don't see anything on the horizon and everything that potentially can be done comes at a sacrifice of the guys that I expect we would need to try to win this division. So, very unlikely."
In the past few days, Carlos Quentin, Matt Thornton and John Danks have all had their names mentioned in trade rumors. Of course, the ever-active Williams isn't a stranger to being a big player at the deadline and he's already moved starter Edwin Jackson and infielder Mark Teahen in a deal to acquire reliever Jason Frasor and prospect Zach Stewart.
For his part, manager Ozzie Guillen said he doesn't concern himself with the business side of things. He just worries about what's happening on the field.
"If Kenny has to do something it's for a reason. He's not going to do something just because," Guillen said. "I don't expect anything. I told the guys to make it tough it for him, just continue to win games. That's all you have to do, win some more games and make him think about it. As long as we win games, I don't expect any moves, add or subtract."
Williams said with the rumors circulating, he has been getting plenty of calls from other GMs checking on the availability of different players. Williams said the White Sox's play of late has helped clarify what direction he wanted to head at the deadline. When asked how close he was to selling this week, he grinned widely and took a dramatic sip of his coffee.
"It's good we won some games this week," Williams finally responded. "And that we won them in the fashion that we did. That's all I can say about that."
The White Sox have gone 8-4 since the All-Star break, the best record in baseball during that span. While Williams said he was neither happy nor satisfied with the White Sox recent stretch of play, it clearly seemed to be a relief to know that the team would still be all in.
"I'm grateful that they've come out in the fashion that they've come out in with the aggressiveness that they have, so that we don't have to enter into that sell mode," Williams said. "We didn't put this team together with any other intent other than to win a division championship and hopefully another world championship, so I was dreading being put in the position to where we may have had to do something like that."
Sahadev Sharma is a regular contributor to ESPNChicago.com.