DETROIT -- While one of their divisional rivals made a splash and another dumped players, the White Sox stayed quiet as the nonwaiver trade deadline passed on Thursday.
Though they had many names included in a variety of reports over the past month leading up to Thursday’s 3 p.m. CST deadline, none of the White Sox rumors ever gained a full head of steam. So even though John Danks, Adam Dunn, Gordon Beckham, Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo’s names were bandied about, no deals came to fruition.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura has said all week he suspected as much and didn’t think the club would be active before the deadline.
“If there was something there (general manager Rick Hahn) would have done something,” Ventura said. “We know people are making moves all over the place but … we probably expected to have these guys in here today and tomorrow and that’s what we’ve got.”
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Though Hahn has said that even though he wouldn’t take lightly a chance to win, he didn’t want to mortgage the team’s future. Hahn also has made it clear he doesn’t feel as if he’s backed into a corner with many of the team’s players seeing as all but Dunn are under team control at least through the end of the 2015 season.
Dunn said he pays no attention to the talks because he knows how it can affect players. Whereas two weeks ago Ventura thought Beckham hadn’t handled rumors well, he thought the White Sox had rolled with the punches since.
Dunn hopes it stays that way.
“If you are worried about that, you aren’t worried about what you are supposed to be worried about,” Dunn said. “I mean, personally I don’t ever think about it. I know a lot of times a lot of guys read stuff they probably shouldn’t read as much and start believing it.
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“It’s a good time whenever you don’t have to talk about it every day.”
Danks said he didn’t hear much chatter. Perhaps that’s because whereas it was clear the 2013 White Sox needed to make a move, or multiple moves, this season’s squad is in a much better spot even though the team is 53-56.
“Truthfully it wasn’t even a topic of conversation in here between anybody,” Danks said. “There’s nothing anybody can do about it. It’s part of the game and yeah, I don’t think that had any effect on any of us to be honest.”
Whereas the White Sox didn’t make any moves, the Tigers made one of the biggest splashes as they acquired David Price in a three-team deal that includes Seattle and Tampa Bay. Detroit parted with Drew Smyly and Austin Jackson in the deal, leading to Jackson being removed from the game in the sixth inning.
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“As soon as it happened we’re like, No!” outfielder Adam Eaton said with a laugh. “They have a good rotation and adding a guy like Price who is a great pitcher and competitor he only adds to the mix.”
Over a two-day span, Cleveland subtracted from their roster, trading shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and pitcher Justin Masterson. Minnesota acquired Tommy Millone from the Oakland A’s for outfielder Sam Fuld and they also signed catcher Kurt Suzuki to a contract extension.
The White Sox may not have added or subtracted any players, but they could get a boost from the potential returns of Matt Lindstrom and Avisail Garcia. Both are on the disabled list and set to begin rehab assignments at Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. Hahn said the addition of both could be a shot in the arm for the White Sox.
There’s also the possibility that first-rounder Carlos Rodon could be added to the bullpen down the stretch.
Winners in eight of 13, the White Sox have a six-game homestand ahead against the Twins and Texas Rangers.
“When I came off the disabled list I was very fresh,” Eaton said. “I know Avi is champing at the bit to get back with us and I do believe he’ll created a spark and jump right in there. We’re excited to have those guys back and they’ll only add to the enthusiasm we have right now.”