Sox trade list could have interesting names

CHICAGO -- Monday’s series-opening victory over the Detroit Tigers moved the Chicago White Sox a huge step away from fire sale danger.

It doesn’t mean they are completely in the clear, though.

Justin Verlander pitches Tuesday for the Tigers, who Mark Buehrle called an elite team, presumably for their potential and not necessarily what they have shown on the field in a watered-down American League Central.

So if general manager Kenny Williams does decided to unload high price talent for future stars that are affordable, who is in danger of leaving?

Guys who could be moved in a fire sale: Carlos Quentin, Matt Thornton, Edwin Jackson, John Danks, Juan Pierre, Gordon Beckham, Gavin Floyd and Mark Teahen.

Guys whose salary would probably prohibit them from being moved: Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy.

Guys who can block a deal because of no-trade protection: Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski and Buehrle.

Guys who could be asked about, but probably won't be moved: Sergio Santos, Chris Sale, Alexei Ramirez, Brent Morel, Phil Humber, Dayan Viciedo and Jesse Crain.

The above list is presumptive, of course. One major-league talent evaluator outside the White Sox organization had an interesting reaction Monday upon hearing Williams say that the rumored deal with the St. Louis Cardinals' Colby Rasmus was incorrect as reported.

He suggested that if the White Sox are moving pieces, why not get Rasmus by trading Buehrle to the Cardinals (a team he might lift his no-trade clause for) and then re-sign him once he becomes a free agent in the offseason.

Williams might have a lot of moves at his disposal in the next few days, but not if the White Sox keep taking care of the Tigers like they have in winning three of four games against them since the All-Star break.