Hahn believes trade market about to pick up

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Hahn believes trade market about to pick up

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rick Hahn is fairly certain there will be a surge of action on the trade market in the near future.

The White Sox general manager believes once some of the marquee free agents come off the board teams with payroll once allotted for those players will begin to search for substitutes. Hahn seemed to believe the White Sox offseason is far from over during a media session Wednesday at the winter meetings.

Last month, rival executives said they believe the White Sox have made pitcher Gavin Floyd, outfielders Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo, and second baseman Gordon Beckham all available on the trade market. Hahn has also said he has been willing to listen to other teams about any players, though he admits some would be harder to move than others.

Once they realize we arent getting this guy they need to explore other options and they are more willing to spend some payroll on those spots, Hahn said. I think youve started to see that free-agent tier below the premium tier starting to find some homes. Thats starting to move since we got here. But the trade market may start to wait on those premium free agents. Look, if youre a club in on one of those, you dont have to give up talent to get somebody. If you have the money, you give up the money before you give up the money and the talent.

Wednesdays action at the meetings included talk of a four-team deal. Hahn last month spoke about the possibility of a three-team deal or two involving the White Sox and hopes to get in on the action if anything comes down.

I want to get a little piece of that, Hahn said. I dont want all my friends getting together and having fun without me.

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

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White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.