Saturday, July 6, 2013
White Sox chips losing value?
By Jason Catania
While the club isn't necessarily shopping specific players, the Chicago White Sox are reportedly willing to discuss almost any player on their roster.
The only two no-can-do's are believed to be veteran first baseman Paul Konerko and left-hander Chris Sale.
There are problems, though, with many of the available players.
For one, even though Konerko isn't likely to be available, he also has 10-5 rights, meaning he could veto any trade. Plus, he's currently on the disabled list with a lower back strain, as Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com writes.
Reliever Jesse Crain has joined Konerko on the DL and is dealing with a sore right shoulder. That's particularly bad timing for the White Sox, as Crain is one of the top late-inning arms available.
There's also right-hander Jake Peavy, who -- you guessed it -- is also on the DL and may not make it back in time to re-establish enough value to make him a trade chip.
The other names that have been mentioned are outfielder Alex Rios, shortstop Alexei Ramirez and lefty reliever and Matt Thornton.
And while Konerko may be off limits, ESPN Insider Jim Bowden, makes the case for dealing the veteran:
Jim BowdenSox can replace Konerko
"Konerko is a free agent at the end of the year and general manager Rick Hahn already is talking about moving Dayan Viciedo to first base. [Konerko would] like to get to the postseason one more time and going to another team gives him the best chance of accomplishing that. The Baltimore Orioles or Rays could use him as a DH, while the Pittsburgh Pirates could use him at first base."