Ordonez, the subject of trade rumors, is in the final season of
a $29.5 million, three-year deal that is paying him $14 million this season.
In the offseason, Ordonez said he'd like to stay in Chicago with
a long-term deal similar to ones signed by Vladimir Guerrero and
Miguel Tejada. Guerrero got a $70 million, five-year contract from
Anaheim, and Tejada received a $72 million, six-year deal from
"We'll put something forth that is not too far away from what
he originally wanted," Williams said. "We want to make sure we
have some sort of protection in the event that he's not healthy in
that fifth year, certainly not taking away any of the overall
dollars. I think the framework is there for a deal to be
consummated. Only time will tell and only he will be able to give
us that indication."
Ordonez, a four-time All-Star, had surgery to repair torn
cartilage in his left knee June 5. He was not with the White Sox
before Friday's 6-2 loss to the Cubs.
"I don't know where he is. I haven't seen him for what, four
days," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "When you are on the
DL, you can do whatever you want to do."
White Sox trainer Herm Schneider said Ordonez was spending the
time in a Chicago suburb rehabilitating his injury.
"We backed him off and did some therapy in a more consistent
environment. It's just too small here and we can't get done what we
need to get done," Schneider said. "I have been in touch with
The original estimate was for Ordonez, who is batting .311 with eight homers and 34 RBI, to miss four to six weeks.