5 Chicago White Sox Players Likely to be Moved Before Trade Deadline
5 Guys That Could be Traded by the Chicago White Sox by July 31st
The Chicago White Sox have stumbled out of the gate to a 16-21 record. While that is certainly not insurmountable, they are currently in last place in their division and is the only team under .500. Each team in the AL Central, aside from possibly the Minnesota Twins, appears to be head and shoulders better than the White Sox this year. With an aging roster and a minor league system that was ranked second to last by Baseball America, it appears to be time to start a rebuild on the South Side of Chicago.
A lot of people saw this coming from the White Sox. They led the division for most of last season, but got career years out of many of their players. Chances were that was not going to happen two years in a row. They've pretty much gone into 2013 with the same roster, and I think this organization would really benefit if they became sellers around the trading deadline.
Sometimes it is hard to sell a rebuild to your fan base. The White Sox struggle to sell tickets even when they are competitive, so it might be a hard thing to pull off on the South Side; but looking at it from a baseball perspective, I think this must be done. A lot of the key players for the White Sox are at the end or past their prime in the game of baseball. If I were GM Rick Hahn, I would make pitcher Chris Sale untouchable and listen to offers on anyone else on this roster. Here are five guys that I think could be traded before the trading deadline.
This one might be tough to swallow for White Sox fans. Paul Konerko has spent the last 14 seasons in a White Sox uniform. It will certainly be hard for White Sox fans to see him go but if they can find a taker on him, the move must be made. At 37-years old, Konerko's best days are far behind him.
Alex Rios, the switch-hitting outfielder, had a great 2012 season and has been solid so far in 2013. If the White Sox make him available, there will certainly be some interest and they should get some nice pieces in return.
Teams are always looking for bullpen help at the deadline, especially lefties. Matt Thornton is one of the best in the business and would certainly be a hot commodity if the White Sox made him available.
While Jesse Crain may not bring a huge return, guys like this get traded every year. Contenders are always looking for veteran bullpen help. When he is healthy, Crain is a solid pitcher that you could probably pick up for cheap.
Jake Peavy has been great the past two years. With his success and great clubhouse leadership, I think there would be many teams interesting in him. Contenders are always looking for starting pitching depth at the deadline, and Peavy would be a great addition to any rotation.