Whatever else you think about the trading habits of White Sox general manager Kenny Williams, you can't accuse him of inactivity. Thus it's not really a surprise to see this tweet from ESPN's Buster Olney:
Heard this from multiple executives: The White Sox have made it clear they are open for business, and ready to trade off parts
Moments later, Olney offered this:
Konerko is in the final year of his contract and trade rumors linking him to the Angels are nothing new. If the Sox have indeed decided to put a yard sale sign in the front yard, he'll clearly be available. Williams also has a few veteran relievers (Putz, Jenks), starters (Buehrle, Garcia) and position players (Pierzynski, Jones) who could be of interest to contenders.
We're not going to handicap specific trade possibilities here, nor will we spin any hypothetical moves. But it's worth taking note of a few names that could gain fantasy relevance if/when vets are shipped out of town…
RP Sergio Santos(notes) — We've discussed him several times as a future closing candidate, and he'd become a solid bet to get late-season save chances if Bobby Jenks(notes) is moved. Ozzie Guillen reportedly thinks there's an All-Star argument for Santos already. In 20.0 innings, the righty has 24 Ks, five holds, and a 1.80 ERA.
RHP Daniel Hudson(notes) — Hudson's ERA is still recovering from a nine-run inning at Colorado Springs back in April, but the recent appearances have been excellent. In six May starts, Hudson delivered a 2.43 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He's struck out 67 batters in 58.1 innings at Triple-A so far.
1B Dayan Viciedo(notes) — This is a 21-year-old with no obvious on-base skills (six walks in 213 PAs), but he's holding his own at a high level. Viciedo is batting .290/.327/.510 with 11 homers and 11 doubles at Triple-A Charlotte.
C Tyler Flowers(notes) — With AJ Pierzynski(notes) just a week away from attaining 10-and-5 trade protection, there might be some urgency to make a deal. But does any good team actually need Pierzynski? Dunno. Maybe the Rangers. Maybe no one. In any case, Flowers is waiting patiently at Charlotte. He's had a mostly miserable season (.214/.323/.453), but he's homered in his last two games, giving him 10 for the year.
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