Jul 31, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcherJohn Danks
(50) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Now that the MLB non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, what should the Chicago White Sox do?
Jul 31, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox second basemanGordon Beckham
(15) tags Detroit Tigers left fielderJ.D. Martinez
(28) out in the fifth inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Considering the fact that it was just the non-waiver deadline, White Sox fans should just hang tight. All of the players the White Sox had on the trade block will still most likely pass through waivers, minus All-Star shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
Let’s first look at some teams that could potentially target the White Sox trade chips.
Even though he is just an average MLB pitcher at this point, the fact that he is owed $30 million plus through 2016 isn’t a big deal. Adam Dunn might also be an option due to the fact that he is a left-handed hitter, which could play well at the “new” Yankee Stadium. The latter is not likely, but you never know with injuries.
• Baltimore Orioles: Another team that could use pitching help, Danks might be on their radar. If Danks were to be moved to the Orioles, the White Sox would most likely have to eat money.
• San Francisco Giants: Right up until the deadline, they were very interested in second base help. That is where Gordon Beckham comes in. Beckham was a target of the Giants, and could be again assuming they can’t find a fit at that position.
Here are some dark horse teams that could be in the mix.
• Cincinnati Reds: Could they be looking for a bat? They haven’t gotten much out of left field, so could Dayan Viciedo end up there? Unlikely to say the least, but possible.
• Miami Marlins: They were thought to be looking at Danks, but his contract pushes them out of the picture.
• Toronto Blue Jays: Said to be looking for second base and pitching help, both Danks’ and Beckham’s name had surfaced in trade rumors surrounding the Blue Jays. Once again, probably a long shot.
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The tough part about trying to predict who needs what now is injuries. In such an injury plagued season across baseball, one guy goes down for a contender and Rick Hahn’s phone may ring.
These teams I have listed have some issues now, but other teams could have issues in a week or two. Not to mention some contending teams just like to stack their rosters with proven veterans at the end of the waiver period, which ends on Aug. 31.
The While Sox have yet to make a deal it should get interesting over the next few weeks as teams begin to deal with attrition, they get desperate. While the White Sox may be sellers this year, the arrow is pointed up on the South Side.