Williams' Target: Roberto Alomar

(SN Report #546) - It doesn't take much to get White Sox general manager Kenny Williams to start looking at ways to improve the team, which is why the Sox are one of three teams in the trade winds for Mets' second baseman Roberto Alomar, who is rumored to be traded by the end of the week.

The interest all stems from the Sox' recent surge in play and the standings. The White Sox have won 15 of their last 24 games and have either won or tied six of their last seven series', putting them just 3.5 games out of first. They are currently involved, and up 1-0, in a three-game set against the Twins.

There is nothing concrete that shows who the Sox are offering for the 35-year-old Alomar, but reports have the Mets asking for the same minor league prospect the Yankees asked for when the Sox expressed interest in starter Jeff Weaver last week - lefty pitcher Neal Cotts.

No matter who it is, it appears the Mets are willing to pay for the remainder of Alomar's $7,689,684 salary. Alomar is in the final season of a five-year, $38 million deal he signed in 1998. If they take on all the salary, the White Sox may have to throw in another player.

If acquired, Alomar, who is batting .262 this season with 22 RBIs, two homers and six stolen bases in 73 games, will take over at the top of the order, leaving both Willie Harris and D'Angelo Jimenez on the bench.

The other two teams interested in Alomar are the Expos and the AL Cenral second-place Royals.

Along with Alomar, the White Sox are still interested in Weaver, as well as Marlins' second baseman Luis Castillo.

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