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?
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.