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Kenny Williams may resign White Sox, pursue Blue Jays job

White Sox executive Kenny Williams appears to be a target in the Blue Jays' search for a replacement for their president and CEO, but Chicago is reportedly denying Toronto permission to speak to him.

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White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams said Sunday he's committed to helping Chicago win a World Series title, but admitted to Bruce Levine of resigning from the team is an option. Williams has been linked to the Blue Jays' search for a replacement for president and CEO Paul Beeston.

Levine reports:

When contacted, Williams told me, "It's being reported that I am considering resigning. I said when asked that in a situation like this, one has to re-evaluate everything, take stock and look at all options. I would be lying if I didn't say that (resigning) was one of them. I am here (San Diego) focused on helping to make the White Sox the best possible team we can."

Williams served as general manager of the White Sox from 2000-2012 before being promoted to his current position. The White Sox won the 2005 World Series championship and the 2008 AL Central title. They've slipped in the past several years, however, finishing as high as second in the division in 2012 but fifth place a year later and fourth this past season. Williams was also linked to the Dodgers' job earlier this offseason, Levine notes.

In addition to Williams, who the White Sox have denied permission to talk to, the Blue Jays are reportedly looking at Orioles GM Dan Duquette, who is under contract for three more years. His team is coming off an appearance in the ALCS following its first AL East title in 17 years and an ALDS sweep of the Tigers. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal and ESPN's Buster Olney are split on whether the O's would block such a move, with Rosenthal calling it "difficult for (the) O's to stand in the way" and Olney saying it's "very unlikely" Baltimore would let him go.