AL Central Notes: White Sox, Konerko, Albers, Twins

White Sox GM Rick Hahn says that the intensity of trade talks has picked up in the past few days, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com (Twitter links).  "We well could have something in the next day or it could take through Orlando (Dec. 9-12) when the logjam sort of breaks,” Hahn said.  More out of the AL Central..

  • Hahn says he doesn't have new info on Paul Konerko, but his situation has not hamstrung their offseason plans, tweets Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com.  "I don’t think Paulie wants to play just to be on the bench or a farewell tour. That’s not him..He would want to play only if he felt he had something left in the tank and something to add to a club," Hahn said, according to Merkin (Twitter links).
  • Tim Dierkes of MLBTR (on Twitter) hears that multiple teams have expressed interest in Matt Albers.  Albers, 31 in January, posted the third best ground ball rate among regular relievers last season for the Indians and throws fairly hard.  Tim (link) thinks a two-year deal is possible for the veteran.  Albers posted a 3.14 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 56 appearances in 2013.
  • Twins GM Terry Ryan says that he parted with Duke Welker earlier today because he needed a starter like Kris Johnson more than a reliever like Welker, writes MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger.  "We were looking for starting pitching," Ryan said. "It doesn't mean we didn't like what we had in Welker."

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