The Chicago White Sox have been at the bottom of the AL Central all season, but there is still plenty of intrigue surrounding the team as we approach the trade deadline. Here are three rumors you need to know:
Jeff Samardzija on the move?
The White Sox could be interested in trading Samardzija at the trade deadline, and according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, at least three teams have already inquired about him:
There’s always so much debate on where [Samardzija] fits on a pitching staff. He’s not a No. 1 and he’s not having the best of seasons, yet he’s one of the more discussed and desirable pitchers on the trade market. Kansas City, Houston, Detroit, and others are in on him. Scouts are constantly at his games so he may be the first starting pitcher moved ahead of the trading deadline.
Chicago won't dismantle team at trade deadline
Despite being at the bottom of the division, White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams told Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports that the team won’t be holding a fire sale at the deadline.
“It’s important that we not lose sight of what our organization goal was, and that was to give us the best three-year window. And we’re not going to abandon that completely with only three months to play,” Williams said. “I think [Rick Hahn’s] done one hell of a job. Everyone wants to put the blame on [manager] Robin [Ventura], too, but all he can do is put the players in position to succeed. They’re the ones who have to look in the mirror and execute. If we do anything, it will be consistent with trying to maximize this three-year plan or window that we set out originally.”
White Sox unlikely to trade Chris Sale, but are listening to offers
Sale has emerged as the ace of Chicago's staff in recent years, and while they plan to keep him, Williams said the team will still be listening to offers:
“We’ve always had that mind-set that we will listen to anyone who wants to make an offer for our players,” Williams said. “How else do you know what the value is? Something may bowl you over. But we can’t envision anything happening along those lines.”
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