MLB Trade Ideas: 5 Players on the Block of If White Sox Remain Cellar-Dwellers
The Chicago White Sox have gone all in for the 2011 season, but may need to salvage some new faces via trade to make something positive for the future out of the current season.
The White Sox are currently 14-22, the worst record in the Majors other than Minnesota and Houston.
However, things are looking up for Chicago. The White Sox have won three games in a row for the first time all season, all of which were played out West.
The win streak is a step, but being nine and a half games out of first place on May 9 leaves much work to be done. If the White Sox cannot step up their play and get back into contention within the next month, you can bet on GM Kenny Williams making some phone calls.
Here are the five most likely players to be traded by the White Sox if the team cannot get back into contention.
SP Mark Buehrle
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Mark Buehrle has been a key figure during recent success had by the Chicago White Sox.
He has been an All-Star for the South-siders, he has won a Gold Glove, he has been an incredible teammate and ace, and has helped capture a World Series championship for Chicago.
Mark leads the White Sox in innings pitched so far this season, compiling a 2-3 record with a 4.05 ERA. Buehrle would suit any team looking for a quality starter, a left-handed arm or just a quality teammate.
Possible Destination If Traded: St. Louis Cardinals
SP Edwin Jackson
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Edwin Jackson was acquired by the White Sox from Arizona at the trade deadline last season.
Jackson has shown signs of brilliance in Chicago, completely dominating opponents and racking up strikeouts. He has also been the opposite of that, finding his pitch counts extremely high and having to leave games early.
Jackson's ability to control a game with his nasty stuff can bring a few talented prospects back to Chicago in a possible trade. The Sox may not get out what they put into Jackson (i.e. Daniel Hudson), but Edwin's strong start to the season is a positive either way.
Jackson is 3-4 so far in the 2011 campaign, and has a 4.29 ERA. Jackson can be an immediate boost to any contending team in need of a solid number four or five starter.
Possible Destination If Traded: New York Yankees
RF Carlos Quentin
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Carlos Quentin has been the most productive member of the White Sox so far this season. Quentin's re-manufactured swing and newly-found confidence can boost any contender's lineup. Carlos can also be a key member to a team that needs more protection around a big bat.
Quentin is hitting .279 this season with the White Sox, with eight home runs and 23 RBI. His recent production should catch the eye of many possible suitors looking for an outfield bat.
Possible Destination If Traded: Philadelphia Phillies
SP John Danks
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John Danks could possibly be one the best 0-5 starters the game has ever seen. Danks has gotten absolutely zero run support in Chicago, and would welcome a trade with open arms if it comes to that.
Danks, as mentioned earlier, is 0-5 so far this season, but sports a very good 3.83 ERA.
Danks has been very good for the White Sox in his career, finishing each of the past three seasons with a winning record and sub-four ERA. Danks is also only 26 years old, making his a viable commodity for the future of a contender.
Danks' age and pedigree make his price tag a bit high, but a solid, young left-handed starter is hard to come by on the trade market.
Possible Destination If Traded: Texas Rangers
LF Juan Pierre
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The 33-year-old lead-off hitter is enduring one of the worst starts in his career. But that doesn't make Juan Pierre any less valuable to a contender looking to use his skills.
Juan Pierre is the prototype lead-off hitter, that combines speed with contact to create scoring chances every time he comes to the plate.
Juan is only hitting .250 so far this season with nine RBI. What's more strange is the fact that Pierre has been caught stealing (eight times) more times than not (six steals). Juan has somewhat been a liability in the field so far this season as well.
Regardless of his start, Juan Pierre will garner a lot of attention if the White Sox become sellers. Juan can lead-off for a team, he can pinch run for anybody, and he can be a great fourth outfielder to a contender looking to add depth.
Possible Destination If Traded: San Francisco Giants