With their temporary stay of execution almost up, White Sox players have taken stock in who could be moved before the trade deadline.
Slugger Adam Dunn believes few teammates should feel confident they would still play for the White Sox after the July 31st nonwaiver deadline.
General manager Rick Hahn surmises he’d be a popular man if individual players off his underachieving roster were made available. Hahn hasn’t yet made that declaration, but Dunn can see the phone in the GM’s office ringing off the hook with inquiries if he does.
With a farm system short on major league ready talent and the possibility Dunn, Alex Rios and Paul Konerko could all be gone in two years, the White Sox potentially have several gaping holes to fill. That fact should leave few souls comfortable with their stature as a member of the White Sox, Dunn said.
“Chris Sale,” Dunn said. “He’s immune. Other than that, I’d imagine it's fair game. Chris ain’t going nowhere. They would have to get a complete big league, I think, for him. A big league team. I mean like you’d trade him to the Rangers and get (Elvis) Andrus, (Adrian) Beltre, (Derek) Holland, (Matt) Harrison. Who else they got? Dude’s not going anywhere.”
Neither are the White Sox.
Another disappointing one-run loss on Sunday kept the White Sox from moving back to nine games under .500. Instead they sit 11 under the .500-mark and are 10 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers.
Earlier in the week, Hahn assured the team additional time to turn its fortunes around. But instead of using the vote of confidence as motivation, the White Sox lost four of six games and dropped further back.
Starting pitcher Jake Peavy said players know a breakup of the 25-man roster could be imminent.
“You have to prepare yourself that anything can happen,” Peavy said. “You can’t be naïve to the fact that there’s a chance we might move guys.”
Dunn knew the Cincinnati Reds would move him in 2008 as long as the right pieces were in place.
The team’s front office was honest with Dunn, a free agent after that season, about inquiries made by contending squads.
As long as Cincinnati’s price was met, Dunn would be most likely moved. It was that direct relationship which allowed Dunn to have what he considers a good trade experience.
“The communication was really open,” Dunn said. “I knew where everything stood. I would get phone calls saying ‘This team called. If we can get this player and this player, than you’re going to probably go.’ I’d say ‘Perfect, just let me know.’ That was an easy situation and it was kind of the same in Washington too. The two times I felt like I was going to get traded, I knew exactly what was going on so there was no (surprises).”
Peavy was shocked when the White Sox called the San Diego Padres to ask about him a second time just 90 minutes before the July 31, 2009 deadline. The 2012 All-Star was projected to miss the majority of the season with an ankle injury and didn’t think it was possible he’d be moved.
After he had rejected the first trade to the White Sox in May, Peavy -- who had a no-trade clause -- agreed to the July deal in less than an hour’s time. He said it was critical he’d previously had the chance in May to think about such a deal and how it could affect his family.
“If I hadn’t of crossed that bridge (in May) … there was no way you could make a crazy decision like that,” Peavy said. “That was a different time and place. I had a no-trade (clause) back then. I have no control now, which is fine. We’ll see what happens.”
Peavy insists the White Sox won’t lose focus as they consider who might stay or who might go. They still must prepare for every game and not worry about if they’ll remain with the club or move elsewhere.
Dunn reiterated Peavy’s sentiment and said the team must rediscover the formula that helped the White Sox spend 117 days in first place in 2012. He knows names will be mentioned and rumors will run rampant.
But the White Sox must continue to focus on the field.
“Of course there’s talk about it,” Dunn said. “We’re not stupid. But then again, our job isn’t to worry about that kind of crap. Our job is to figure it out instead of punting and starting over. I think we’re worried about figuring it out as opposed to who’s going and who’s staying.”