It's official: Chris Sale to the rotation

Chris Sale, a productive pitcher out of the bullpen the past two seasons, will become a starter. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

MILWAUKEE -- White Sox general manager Kenny Williams emphatically confirmed Tuesday what has been expected: Left-hander Chris Sale will be in the starting rotation in 2012.

That means there will be an opening in the starting five. The vacancy is expected to come from the free-agent departure of Mark Buehrle.

But the White Sox are also fielding offers for both John Danks and Gavin Floyd so in the unexpected chance that Buehrle remains, there still figures to be a spot for Sale.

If Buehrle leaves and the White Sox do not trade a starter, their rotation would consist of Danks, Floyd, Sale, Phil Humber and Jake Peavy.