CHICAGO -- The next 20 hours could determine the fate of the Chicago White Sox's not-too-distant future.
Sox GM Rick Hahn has been in deep negotiations with many teams as baseballs non-waiver trading deadline approaches at 3 p.m. CST on Wednesday. Names such as Jake Peavy, Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez have been the centerpiece of most of Hahn’s trade discussions over the past month.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been watching Ramirez and Rios for over a month. The St. Loius Cardinals have been laying back in the weeds on Ramirez and Peavy as well. Boston, Arizona and Oakland are looking at Peavy as a possible final link to their playoff-bound rotations.
The White Sox are asking for position players in return who they can project as major league regulars within a couple of seasons. The revamping of the lineup will take place over a two-year period. After 2013 Paul Konerko will be playing elsewhere or retired. After 2014 Adam Dunn’s contract comes off of the books. In the meantime the White Sox will need three new outfielders, a third baseman and a catcher to develop along with Josh Phegley and Tyler Flowers.
Some of these key pieces may be added in the next few hours, others certainly by next spring. The Sox are confident that with proper tweaking, they can be right back in the fray for a division title by 2014.
Solid pitching is the basis for their optimistic attitude. They have four young left-handed starters under contract control for at least the next three seasons. The management group is confident that they have more solid pitching coming. The bullpen is anchored by fireballers Addison Reed and Nate Jones.
Unlike their crosstown rivals, the White Sox’s top executives believe a total tear down in unnecessary. By Wednesday afternoon, they should have a clearer vision of their revamped ball club.