Jul 17, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski (15) reacts after scoring a run in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field. The Braves won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
After the Chicago White Sox sat pat at the July 31st non-waiver deadline, many were disappointed for either not moving pieces like Jeff Samardzija, thinking the prior seven-game winning streak was a fluke and gave false hope to the organization about their playoff chances, or they were upset about not adding a piece to help keep that momentum going and propel the team towards a wild card spot.
It is not that Rick Hahn and Co. did not try to make something happen at that trade deadline, as it was reported they were making strong pushes for Yoenis Cespedes (who went to the New York Mets, and they have not lost since) and Justin Upton (who stayed put with the San Diego Padres, who found themselves in the exact same scenario as the White Sox did). Ultimately, Hahn said the costs would mortgage the future too much to justify going all in for a 50/50 shot at a playoff berth with such a young core.
The White Sox could still make a move should a player fall to them in waivers (the process of which is explained here if you need a refresher), as many thought Danny Valencia would. He ended up getting claimed off the waiver wire by the Oakland Athletics after getting waived by the Toronto Blue Jays, where he was a victim of the blockbuster deals that went on north of the border.
There are a couple players who could interest the Southsiders as they continue their improbable push for the postseason for the first time since 2008, among them Brandon Phillips, Upton and former White Sox fan favorite A.J. Pierzynski.
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