The Chicago White Sox are fortunate to have multiple starting pitchers who are capable of playing a big role in the rotation. For that reason, the organization appears interested in the possibility of a trade in regards to one of their starters.
As of right now, John Danks is said to be off limits for the sole purpose that his outrageous contract ($42.75 over the next three years) is simply too much for any team to take on. Meanwhile, the White Sox don’t appear to be confident in their desire to part ways with Chris Sale or Jose Quintana. However, there have been reports suggesting both pitchers could be expendable for the right price. In fact, the Arizona Diamondbacks have shown interest in Sale, while the San Diego Padres want Quintana.
The starter that appears to be the most likely to go is Hector Santiago, although that doesn’t guarantee he will be dealt during the 2013 Winter Meetings.
Sale, Quintana and Santiago are by no means untradeable, but Chicago is only willing to make a move that will greatly benefit another area of the ball club. As of right now, it seems the White Sox are blowing smoke more than anything else. Nonetheless, any sort of talk about trading a starting pitcher must be met with some seriousness.
If Chicago does decide to make a deal, expect it to be either Quintana or Santiago who gets traded. I simply don’t see the point of parting ways with Sale, who is clearly a big piece to the puzzle if the White Sox want to have any chance of reaching the postseason in 2014.