Chicago White Sox Trade Rumors: Last Minute Buzz Ahead of the Deadline

Matthew SmithCorrespondent IIIJuly 29, 2013

Chicago White Sox Trade Rumors: Last Minute Buzz Ahead of the Deadline

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    When CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman noted on June 27 that the Chicago White Sox were "open for business," the natural assumption was that general manager Rick Hahn was going to be aggressive.

    Not so much.

    To his credit, Hahn is not trading players for the sake of trading players. Rather, he is setting the bar quite high on his top trade chips so that the White Sox can maximize the return and remain competitive in 2014.

    If major trades do not happen before the trade deadline, though, he is more than comfortable moving forward with the current group. Multiple sources, including MLB.com's Scott Merkin, quoted Hahn saying that "with any player under contract for future seasons, there certainly is no urgency to make a deal now."

    Because of Hahn’s hard line, and the lack of pressure on him to make a move, the buzz regarding the Sox varies to such a degree that the only certainty is that no one really knows what in the world is going on.

    Here is a recap of the latest White Sox trade banter in alphabetical order.

    This post will be updated as new information is made available.

Jesse Crain

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    Bruce Levine wrote on Monday that the “White Sox are close to trading All-Star reliever Jesse Crain in a ‘complicated’ three-team deal that included the Tampa Bay Rays.”

    Almost immediately, Jeff Passan from Yahoo Sports tweeted that a deal for Crain is not imminent and that the Rays and Sox are merely talking "for now.”

    Turns out, Levine was right.

    Crain was traded Monday afternoon to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later, or cash, per the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzalez.

    Buster Olney from ESPN.com explained that the return the White Sox receive as compensation will largely be tied to Crain's performance once he returns from the disabled list.

    Ken Rosenthal from FOXSports.com refuted that on his Twitter feed. He emphatically stated that what the Sox receive "is NOT contingent on how much he pitches."

    More will be revealed over the coming weeks, but Crain had a very nice run on the South Side. He went 12-9 with a 2.10 ERA, compiling 179 K and a 1.167 WHIP since he signed a three-year contract before the 2010 season.

     

Matt Lindstrom

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    Finally, Matt Lindstrom has gone from the land of being “shopped” to having an actual rumor attached to his name.

    This one is courtesy of Chris Cotillo from MLBDailyDish.com. Cotillo cited an unnamed source who indicated that the Red Sox “are seriously interested in Matt Lindstrom.”

    Why Lindy has not been the subject of more intense trade speculation is actually a bit surprising.

    After all, the right-hander is 2-3 with a 3.35 ERA and 28 K in 40.1 innings entering Monday night and has yet to give up a home run. Lindstrom’s 1.40 strikeout/walk ration is a bit troubling, but he is more than worth a High A or Double-A prospect.

    If Lindstrom is not moved, the White Sox will walk away with nothing, so a trade is likely.

Jake Peavy

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    Jake Peavy (8-4, 4.28 ERA) is going to be traded. Or will he?

    ESPN's Bruce Levine noted that “the veteran pitcher is preparing for what seems to be inevitable, a trade that would end his four-year tenure with the team.”

    Toni Ginnetti, from the Chicago Sun Times, wrote on Sunday that “all indications are the right-hander Jake Peavy will be traded before the deadline.”

    But where?

    Jeff Passan, from Yahoo! Sports, tweeted that the Carmines are “very much in Jake Peavy sweepstakes.”

    The Oakland Athletics have been rumored as a potential suitor, but Peter Gammons posited that Hahn is asking for a bit too much for his services.

    Then, late Monday, word began to surface that the White Sox are "perfectly content keeping Peavy," per Chris Cotillo.

    ESPN's Buster Olney added that "the White Sox are telling other teams they are keeping Peavy" before positing that they may just be trying to add to their "leverage" in advance of a trade.

    There is so much going on with Peavy that patience is the operative word. 

Alexei Ramirez

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    The Alexei Ramirez for Carlos Martinez talk will not go away. In fact, the prospects being discussed now include prized St. Louis Cardinals infielder Kolton Wong, according to ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden’s Twitter feed.

    This is an ongoing saga that began on July 24.

    The Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzalez first reported that the White Sox had turned down a Ramirez-for-Martinez trade. Heyman then tweeted that the Sox “did not turn down” a trade proposal from the Cardinals.

    The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates remain possible landing spots.

    Only one thing is certain, though. If Hahn can find a deal that suits the team’s needs, he will not hesitate to pull the trigger. If a proper scenario does not present itself, however, he is in no hurry to move Ramirez.

    While the return will not be as great as is being rumored, I still think that he will be dealt.

Alex Rios

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    Alex Rios and the Pirates continue to be mentioned in the same sentence.

    On Sunday, CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler tweeted that the “Pirates have definitely had interest in Alex Rios.” He also noted that former GM Kenny Williams was in Altoona, watching their Double-A affiliate.

    Altoona is where both Gregory Polanco and Alex Dickerson are currently playing so Williams’ presence is, at the very least, curious.

    Unfortunately a deal for Rios may be getting less likely.

    The San Francisco Giants recently made it known that they will listen to offers for outfielder Hunter Pence, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

    Further, ESPN’s Jayson Stark noted in an article Monday morning that Hahn “could pull Rios back and put him on the market again this winter.”

    Word then came that the Texas Rangers had reportedly pulled out of the derby to acquire the right-fielder, per Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Jeff Wilson.

    Rios’s recent play is not helping Hahn’s efforts to move him.

    He was recently benched for not legging out double-play grounder against the Atlanta Braves, and then failed to tag up from third base in the bottom of the ninth inning in a game the White Sox lost 1-0 to the Kansas City Royals.

    CSN Chicago’s Dave Kaplan went so far as to call the gaffe “one of the dumbest baserunning blunders” he’d “seen in a while.”

    So, after much speculation, the market for Rios may be drying up.

     

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