Report: White Sox, Cardinals talk trade

CLEVELAND -- Ending a void of White Sox trade scuttlebutt, the Sox are reportedly discussing a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to a story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Looking to bolster their pitching staff, the Cardinals would be willing to part with talented center fielder Colby Rasmus for Edwin Jackson or Matt Thornton, and a prospect, according to the report. There is no indication, but it is presumed that the Cardinals would pick up the remainder of the contract on either Jackson or Thornton.

White Sox general manager Kenny Williams has been interested in Rasmus before and in previous years has done whatever it takes to get somebody he wanted.

There is a question of how the White Sox would use the 24-year-old Rasmus, a left-handed hitting center fielder who has been mired in a two-month slump.

Rasmus batted .276 last season with a .361 on-base percentage and a .498 slugging percentage. He also had 23 home runs and 66 RBIs. This season Rasmus has a .241/.327/.402 batting line with nine home runs and 36 RBIs.

If the move were to happen, Alex Rios and Juan Pierre could end up splitting time in left field while Rasmus takes over in center. Or the three of them could rotate time in the two positions.

The report said that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has lost faith in Rasmus, in part for his tendency to use outside coaching help for his hitting.

The Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays are also interested in Rasmus, according to the report.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.