INDIANAPOLIS _ No, the White Sox are not the so-called mystery team in on Milton Bradley. Sox GM Kenny Williams was asked about Bradley this afternoon during his session with local reporters. Next, Kenny was off to a fun encounter with the Japanese media. More on that in a minute.
First, Kenny on Milton:
"You know, the funny thing is, I've had the pleasure of talking to Milton in the past, and it saddens me to a great extent, actually, some of the situations that he's been put in or he's put himself in. I'd like to see this guy just be able to go out there without all of the distractions and everything and do what he can do because this guy can play. He can play. I don't know that I see a fit for us, and I probably shouldn't even be talking about him because he's not our player. But he can play. Milton Bradley can play. It's too bad because he's a really a more thoughtful person, and he's a better person than I think it's been portrayed or he's shown, however the hell it's manifested itself. It's too bad."
With that, Kenny said he'd stay out of Cubs business.
Kenny seemed a bit perturbed that word got out of the Sox' interest in reliever J.J. Putz. The Cubs also are interested. Kenny's take is that once word gets out, that changes the game.
On Matsui, Kenny said: "All I've said is he's a great player and has been a great player his whole career. I never said that we were pursuing him. I'm not going to say that we're not because I don't know how the rest of the off-season is going to develop. In recent times, I haven't had any discussions with regard to him. More interest has been written and spoken about than we've pursued recently."
Agent Arn Tellem has said Matsui will work out in California to show that he can play the outfield, something that would be a prerequisite for him playing for the Sox. Kenny told the Japanese reporters that he would prefer to do business quietly.
"I haven't talked to Arn Tellem since the general managers meetings," Kenny said. "Matsui is a great player, and any team would be better off by having him.
"Did I ask for a medical on Matsui? No, but I understand what I'm dealing with. When I go down my list of players and my interest in players, I know a lot about them. I know where he ate breakfast this morning."
We'll talk to Jim Hendry later today.