Chicago White Sox Trades: Grading Their Last 5 Major Deadline Deals

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Chicago White Sox Trades: Grading Their Last 5 Major Deadline Deals
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In the past few years, the White Sox have made several big deals at the MLB trade deadline.

This year may be no exception. With his team on top of the AL Central division right before the non-waiver trade deadline, general manager Kenny Williams has been working overtime to ensure that the Sox have enough ammo for a playoff push.

In the past week, Williams has acquired reliever Brett Myers and left-handed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano in trades that were completed to help the White Sox remain playoff contenders.

Williams has been active in the front office this season, also trading for current White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, acquired in a deal with the Boston Red Sox in late June.

While currently enjoying a 2.5-game lead over the Detroit Tigers through Saturday, the White Sox have clearly been buyers in this year's trade market, adding pieces that they hope will help win the division and possibly more.

Over the last 10 years, the White Sox have been buyers, more often than not, in the weeks just before the trade deadline.

If ever there was a year to take a win-now approach, 2012 is it. The White Sox are coming off one of their most disappointing seasons in recent memory. Expectations were high last year after the signing of slugger Adam Dunn and the apparent return to health of Jake Peavy.

The White Sox could barely muster a couple of decent stretches of winning baseball in 2011 and collapsed under the weight of poor performances from high-priced veterans, such as Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy.

The White Sox created very little buzz this winter and even traded off some pieces, which prompted talk of rebuilding.

The reality before the start of this season was that Williams did not have enough leeway to begin rebuilding, holding immovable contracts for the previously mentioned veterans. The only positive step the White Sox could really take this season was to see bounce-back seasons from most of their lineup and to somehow win their division.

Rookie manager Robin Ventura and his players have done their part, to the tune of 10 games over .500 and extended stays on top of the division.

It remains to be seen if Myers and Liriano will make big contributions during the White Sox's division race and possible playoff run.

A White Sox fan can't help but admire Williams and his hard work this season, as he tries to solidify his team and help make them playoff-ready.

In light of the White Sox's flurry of recent trades, here is a look at the last five major deals the White Sox have made before the trade deadline in recent years.

Each trade is graded on how successful it turned out for the team, whether the White Sox were renting veteran talent or selling off veterans in exchange for prospects.

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