CHICAGO -- The White Sox stayed quiet Sunday as the non-waiver trade deadline approached with plenty of activity around baseball but none on the South Side.
When the 3 p.m. CST deadline passed, the White Sox had indeed decided to stand pat without making more changes.
The White Sox did all their movement last week when Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen were traded to the Blue Jays, bringing aboard right-handed reliever Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart. Jackson was then traded to the Cardinals.
Names like Matt Thornton and Carlos Quentin were being thrown around as possible trade candidates, but the White Sox didn’t seem interested in either cutting more salary, or adding to the current mix.
A payroll that was just north of $127 million before Jackson and Teahen were moved essentially eliminated the White Sox’s chances of adding an impact player.
Thornton and Quentin were being talked about as some of the big-name players rumored to be possibly on the go that weren’t traded.
“We have a great team and I’ve had confidence in us since Day 1,” said Thornton, who was linked to at least four teams in potential deals. “We haven’t performed to where we should be, but I think that’s the reason [GM] Kenny [Williams] hasn’t blown this team up because he still believes that we have two months of baseball ahead of us to really go on a hot streak.”
Manager Ozzie Guillen hinted before the game that the White Sox weren’t likely to make any more moves.
“If that moment comes hey, I just told the players don’t worry about being traded,” Guillen said. “If you’re traded you’re traded. If you don’t, you don’t. If you start worrying about three things you’re not going to perform. And you’re not going to be traded.”
Teams involved in some late player movement Sunday included the Red Sox, Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Rangers. Teams that didn’t make moves Sunday that are normally active at the trade deadline included the Yankees, Angels and Mets.
“I think that’s one of the better things in baseball. Everybody gets excited about this day. Everybody has to talk about this day. I think it’s a lot of action in baseball on this particular day and that’s why I think people are so excited about it. I think it makes baseball very interesting these days.”