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Chicago White Sox: Matt Thornton and 2 Other Players They Can Still Deal

Jon FromiSenior Analyst IJuly 21, 2016

Chicago White Sox: Matt Thornton and 2 Other Players They Can Still Deal

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    Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams shopped several players this winter, looking to make deals.

    Some, like Carlos Quentin and Sergio Santos, changed teams. Others stayed put.

    That could change this spring, of course.

    As rosters come together in spring training around the majors, there may still be an opportunity for Trader Kenny to exchange contracts.

    Here are a few players who could be involved in a late-spring trade.

Matt Thornton

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    Thornton is still a valuable commodity in MLB—a hard-throwing left-handed setup man who had proven he can get hitters out.

    The velocity has dropped a bit, and he struggled early last season, but Thornton rebounded with some solid relief work once Sergio Santos took over as closer.

    Shrug off the first six weeks of 2011, and he's been one of the league's most consistent arms out of the bullpen.

    Thornton is starting a two-year, $12 million extension signed last spring, but he's still very affordable to a contender who have a sudden need for a lefty reliever.

Gavin Floyd

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    Williams took offers on Floyd this winter and could do so again if someone is ready to get serious about acquiring the 29-year-old starting pitcher.

    Floyd is is entering the final year of a deal signed in 2009 and is set to make $7 million this season.

    Floyd is holding down a spot in the front part of the rotation, but the emergence of a young arm this spring and increased desperation late in spring training could see Williams getting his asking price.

Brent Lillibridge

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    Lillibridge hit 13 homers in 186 at-bats in 2011 while subbing in the outfield and first base for the White Sox.

    Can we expect that power this season, or should Williams make a deal?

    With Chicago bringing Kosuke Fukudome as the fourth outfielder, Lillibridge may see his playing time decrease in 2012.

    The White Sox also have several utility infield options right now.

    Lillibridge was a career .194 hitter with three home runs in 273 at bats before last year's power surge. Might it be wise to sell high?

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