Chicago White Sox Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

Chicago White Sox Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

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    The rebuilding process in Chicago that general manager Rick Hahn began in earnest last year has already begun to pay dividends.

    Newcomers Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton look like long-term fixtures in the team's lineup, while the team's top draft pick this year, North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon, could be a regular in the team's rotation as early as next season, as Hahn recently told CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes.

    But the current edition of the club has a handful of veteran pieces, both at the plate and on the mound, that could be of interest to contending clubs, some of which could bring back a significant package of talent to U.S. Cellular Field.

    How's a White Sox fan supposed to keep up with all the rumors surrounding the team as the trade deadline nears?

    Keep it here for the most up-to-the-minute rumblings about the White Sox, along with analysis and everything else that comes with it. While the post date will always show up as July 1, simply click to the next slide to see the latest from the rumor mill as the White Sox look toward a possible playoff run in 2015.


John Danks on the Block?

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    Update: Wednesday, July 30 at 10:20 p.m. ET

    Miami has emerged as a potential landing spot for Danks, reports Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi.

    The two clubs have talked, though it's not known which players might be in play on Miami's end. While the Marlins have a top-flight catching prospect in J.T. Realmuto, it's highly unlikely that he'd be someone that they'd consider dealing.

    --End of Update--


    Update: Wednesday, July 30 at 2:48 p.m. ET

    The White Sox and Yankees continue to talk about a deal involving Danks but are said to still be at odds over what sort of package New York would send back to Chicago for the veteran southpaw, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    It's been widely speculated that the White Sox were targeting some of the Yankees' catching depth as part of any deal.

    --End of Update--


    Update: Monday, July 28 at 5:01 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the White Sox have had scouts paying significant attention to the catching surplus that the Yankees have in their farm system, perhaps alluding to an eventual deal for Danks, who the Yankees are known to have interest in.

    The previously mentioned John Ryan Murphy, along with Austin Romine, could be targets for the White Sox. Top prospect Gary Sanchez and Luis Torrens, whose stock has risen throughout the season, are unlikely to be included in a deal for Danks.

    --End of Update--


    Tuesday, July 22 at 4:00 p.m. ET

    Talks between the White Sox and Yankees about a potential trade involving longtime Chicago starter John Danks are believed to be in the early stages, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    Danks, 29, has gone 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, not far off from his career marks of 4.22 and 1.32, respectively. with which to further their rebuilding efforts, the latter of which the Yankees don't have much to offer.

    What they could offer is Chicago's potential catcher of the future. Someone like 23-year-old John Ryan Murphy, who held his own in the big leagues earlier this season, hitting .286 with a .673 OPS over 24 games, though he's struggled mightily since returning to Triple-A.

White Sox Willing to Listen on Gordon Beckham

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    Update: Wednesday, July 30 at 7:14 p.m. ET

    With teams desperate to find stopgap solutions and time running out, the White Sox may actually be able to move Gordon Beckham, whose play in July (.128 BA, .348 OPS) has been dismal, to be kind.

    According to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, the San Francisco Giants have some interest in the 27-year-old. While I can understand Chicago not wanting to sell low on him, Beckham is doing more harm than good at this point and the White Sox need to turn the page at second base.

    --End of Update--


    Update: Monday, July 21 at 3:20 p.m. ET

    Since going 2-for-3 with a double against the Angels on July 2, things have gone from bad-to-worse for Beckham. Over his last 12 games (51 plate appearances), he's hitting .083/.100/.125 with a pair of doubles and five RBI.

    One rival executive remarked to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal that slumps by Beckham (and Alejandro De Aza) has removed what little trade value either one held, with the pair looking like "non-tender candidates" than a valuable acquisition by a contender.

    Unfortunately, it's hard to argue against that exec's train of thought—and it's going to take a massive turnaround over the next week if the White Sox have any chance of moving either player.

    --End of Update--


    Update: Monday, July 7 at 8:34 p.m. ET

    Chicago is willing to trade second baseman Gordon Beckham "in the right deal," according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, though it's not clear what exactly "the right deal" would involve.

    Beckham, 27, has never been able to regain his rookie year-form, when he hit .270 with 14 home runs, 64 RBI and an .808 OPS, garnering enough support for a fifth-place finish in the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year voting.

    His continued struggles at the plate (.248, 7 HR, 28 RBI, .698 OPS) and below-average defense certainly aren't helping to raise his value as a trade chip, but he's still relatively young and under team control through 2015.

    It wouldn't be surprising to see other teams show interest, but the White Sox aren't likely to be thrilled with the offers that they receive.

Jose Quintana Is Staying Put

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    Update: Monday, July 7 at 8:12 p.m. ET

    According to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, Jose Quintana is not available. Morosi had previously speculated that the 25-year-old left-handed starter could be on the move.

    As I previously noted, trading a southpaw that has been successful already and has yet to hit the prime years of his career was a move that made little sense for the White Sox to consider, much less make.

    --End of Update--


    Trading a 25-year-old left-handed starting pitcher who already has one 200-inning season under his belt and continues to show improvement from year to year isn't normally the tactic that a rebuilding club would take.

    But it's something that Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi believes the White Sox could—and should—consider.

    Morosi compares Quintana (5-7, 3.44 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) to Doug Fister, who was traded from Seattle to Detroit at the 2011 trade deadline and went on to help the Tigers clinch the AL Central.

    While the four-player package that the Mariners received in exchange hasn't paid dividends, the White Sox would unquestionably be asking for more in exchange for Quintana, who could potentially bring back at least two young pieces that could make an impact in Chicago as early as next season.

Seattle May Have Interest in a Trio of White Sox Bats

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    Sources tell Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi that the Seattle Mariners are expected to engage the White Sox in trade discussions about at least three members of the team's 25-man roster: first baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn, shortstop Alexei Ramirez and left fielder Dayan Viciedo.

    While obtaining the likes of pitchers James Paxton or Taijuan Walker is out of the question, Seattle has a number of young pieces, including second baseman Nick Franklin, that could be of interest to the Sox, especially if the club decides to move on from the perennially disappointing Gordon Beckham at second base.