White Sox trade front is quiet as deadline approaches

White Sox trade front is quiet as deadline approaches
July 29, 2014, 6:30 pm
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DETROIT — With fewer than 48 shopping hours left before the nonwaiver trade deadline, trade chatter involving White Sox players has been mostly quiet.

Pitcher John Danks’ name has consistently appeared in rumors over the past few weeks, but there hasn’t been much else. Virtually no rumors have appeared regarding Adam Dunn and Gordon Beckham while Dayan Viciedo’s name has been tossed around sparingly.

Very few major league scouts are in attendance for Tuesday’s game between the White Sox and Detroit Tigers with one saying, “It feels like I’m the only one here.”

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“It doesn’t mean anything that you haven’t heard anything,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We are concentrating and focused on what we are doing here. Wherever we are at in a week, that’s where we are at. I know (general manager Rick Hahn) is working. So he’ll call if something is up.”

The White Sox have made significant progress this season in turning around the franchise after a 99-loss campaign. Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton have helped to turn around the team’s offense after a dismal showing in 2013. But Hahn and Ventura have said the team’s transformation isn’t complete.

“There is definitely work to do,” Ventura said. “From where we were last year to where you are at now, the people that you have, you had a lot of injuries this year that you feel like that they would be pretty big pieces to what we are doing.”