White Sox claim no claim on Hoffman

White Sox GM Kenny Williams on his team (1:47)

White Sox GM Kenny Williams talks about the state of his team and any chance of a late trade before September (1:47)

CHICAGO -- If you believe everything White Sox general manager Ken Williams says, then the White Sox did not put in a claim on Brewers veteran reliever Trevor Hoffman.

Reports surfaced Thursday that the White Sox had the winning claim on the right-hander, but were unable to come to an agreement a deal and the Brewers pulled him off waivers, deciding to keep him.

“It didn’t [happen] by the way,” Williams said. “Don’t take that any further than you need to.”

Williams had just spent nearly a minute explaining why he wouldn’t comment on a Hoffman claim, before then saying there was none.

“I have no comment on it because if I answer that question, I’m going to give you an answer that I’m going to give you, and the next time you ask a question, and I don’t give the answer in the same form, then it will tell you what I’m doing,” Williams said. “It establishes a pattern, and you can figure me out.’’