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The White Sox will trade anyone but Sale… and Konerko?

Jun 27, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

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That’s the word from CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The White Sox are open to parting with younger regulars like Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham and they’d certainly be willing to move Adam Dunn and John Danks. But ace Chris Sale is unavailable, as is 10-and-5 guy Paul Konerko.

Heyman doesn’t indicate whether that’s Konerko’s preference or the team’s. Konerko has full no-trade protection because of his veteran status. From a performance standpoint, there wouldn’t seem to be a whole lot of reason for the White Sox to keep him. He’s 37, struggling this year (.253/.319/.373 in 249 AB) and he’s a free agent at season’s end.

The White Sox most likely to be traded are relievers Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton. Crain, one of the AL’s best relievers so far this year, is a free agent at season’s end and will probably want another costly three-year contract. Thornton’s contract includes a $6 million option for next year that the White Sox probably won’t want to pick up.

Closer Addison Reed would also be in demand and could bring more in return than anyone else on the White Sox roster, Sale excepted. However, since he’s not going to be a free agent until after the 2017 season, the White Sox would have to be blown away to move him.

The White Sox offense doesn’t have as many intriguing options for potential deals. It is, after all, the AL’s worst offense so far this season. No one on the team has an .800 OPS, though Rios is close at .794. He’s owed a reasonable $12.5 million next year and either $13.5 million or a $1 million buyout in 2015, giving him a fair amount of trade value. He can block a deal to six teams.

It’s hard to imagine the White Sox finding takers for Dunn or Keppinger. Ramirez wouldn’t be a bad pickup for a team in need of a shortstop, but the White Sox have always seemed to overvalue him. Plus, he’s due to make $19.5 million between 2014 and ’15. The White Sox would be selling low on Viciedo, so they’ll probably keep him and hope for the best. Beckham is a more interesting case, since he has hit fairly well in limited action while not sidelined by a broken hamate this year (.309/.340/.383 in 28 games). He still has some upside remaining, but he’s probably going to make about $4 million next year and the White Sox have Carlos Sanchez as a possible second baseman of the future.

  1. 18thstreet - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Jesse Crain is the big prize over there. Might be the best reliever in baseball. Fangraphs thinks so:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=rel&lg=all&qual=y&type=8&season=2013&month=0&season1=2013&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    What about Rios? I heard a talking head on a US baseball game say that Texas was interested.

  3. Dan Camponovo - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    I think a lot of teams are going to be in on Rios, he’s having a good season coming off a good season, and I’ve heard Ramirez linked to the Dodgers, but they themselves might be sellers at the deadline.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Look at the NL West standings. The Dodgers win streak has put them in hailing distance. 85 wins might win that division.

  4. jeffbbf - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Sox management/ownership is extremely loyal to Konerko and I’d imagine the opposite is true. this seemed to be sealed when Konerko presented Reinsdorf with the game ball that ended the 2005 W.S. during the victory parade, and Konerko’s subsequent re-signing to a 5 year contract without much consternation. My guess is that Konerko will be moving into the front office in some capacity in the near future.

    • blockedshotnyr - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      I remember reading that they were considering Konerko as a player-manager when they fired Ozzie – they want to keep him in the system. I imagine it is a mutual decision. Konerko is one of the mor underrated players of his time and a total class act.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        Interesting – thanks for a little inside perspective.

      • djpostl - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        Yup. Apparently it was given more than just a little bit of thought by Kenny Williams:

        http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-11/sports/chi-williams-briefly-considered-konerko-as-manager-20111011_1_ken-williams-manager-leadership

  5. Carl Hancock - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    The White Sox have no incentive to keep Konerko? Did you do any research prior to writing this article? I’m a Cardinals fan and even I know Konerko’s connection to the White Sox runs so deep he was considered for the management position as a player-manager prior to Robin Ventura was hired.

    While he played his first 2 seasons elsewhere, he’s been with the White Sox for 15 seasons and could be considered one of those “one team” type players despite his first 2 MLB seasons being split between the Dodgers and Reds.

    He’s been the Team Captain of the White Sox since 2006 and while its unlikely he’ll make the HOF unless its via a Veterans Committee election, he’ll still go down in history as one of the greatest White Sox players in history. Certainly not THE greatest, but he’s one of. It wouldn’t surprise me if they retired his number down the road after he retires.

    I’d be very surprised if Konerko plays for anyone else prior to retiring, let alone get traded. He’s destined for a job in the White Sox front office or in a coaching capacity.

    The White Sox aren’t going to trade Paul Konerko unless Paul Konerko asks to be traded and he’s already mentioned in the past he doesn’t want to wear another uniform.

    Next time, do more research. Even this Cardinal fan knows Konerko’s ties to his team run deeper than most.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      The Veterans Committee couldn’t even get Paul Konerko into the Hall of Very Good. Don’t tell Pouliot to do more research on baseball unless you’re bringing a time machine to the deal.

      The “greatest White Sox players in history” is a sad list, and you just wasted a lot of time and typing being a jerk.

      • soxpower - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:58 AM

        U MOFO i haven’t logged on in over a year and i saw ur dumbass comment and had to set u straight. Konerko will never make the hall of fame okay? If this was the NFL with 6 all stars and a world champ he’d be a lock but this isn’t its the MLB but HE STILL WAS A GOOD PlAY”\

        “THe greatest WHite sox players in history is a sad list” REALLY? TED LYONS? CARLTON FISK? FRANK THOMAS? LUIS APARACIO? NELLIE FOX? LUKE APPLING? MOTHER FUCKING SHOELESS JOE JACKSON? MAGGLIO? HAROLD? BUCK?BILLY PIERCE AND MINNE MINOSO(BOTH WILL BE PUT IN BY THE VETERANS) I could go on and on. BUT ITS POINTLESS. Not saying were the greatest Franchise But we defintely have had a good past. ANd u can add sale to that list in 10 years

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        Yo Wrong Sox Power

        I was just trolling because I’m a fan of the One True Color Of Sox. Hope I didn’t mess with your blood pressure too much.

        Oh yeah – and point taken on HOF Wrong Sox – and I hate that we have to share Pudge.

      • soxpower - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        If ur not white, ur not right(regarding baseball only)

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Tough year for the White Sox. Tough year.

        ™TMcT

  6. soxpower - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Bye TO Rios, Bye To Peavy, Bye To Crain. Dunn is somewhat efficient but he’s gonna be hard to trade but if they can find a buyer pull the trigger. Beckham isn’t much of a loss so if we get a good offer get ride of him. Konerko either should retire or play no more than 2 more seasons.

  7. gloccamorra - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    After seeing some of Heyman’s “scoops”, I think somebody told him they’ll trade anybody IF THE RIGHT DEAL COMES ALONG, not everybody is available. Hahn might think it’s rebuild time, but I doubt Kenny Williams wants to go that route because, well, rich competitive owner.

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