Deadline anxiety continues to linger over White Sox

Deadline anxiety continues to linger over White Sox
July 28, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Jake Peavy walked into the White Sox clubhouse Sunday morning with nearly his entire apartment in tow.

Packed into three large suitcases and a few smaller bags was as much of his stuff as he could fit. It'll come with him on the road to Cleveland, just so he has enough to wear in case he's traded by Wednesday afternoon's non-waiver trade deadline.

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The reality for the White Sox is Peavy, along with a few others, may be shipped off to winning teams before Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. EST. A source told CSN's Dan Hayes the Oakland A's are the frontrunners to land Peavy, who has also been linked to Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore and Atlanta by various outlets.

The White Sox have just 16 wins since June 1, fewer than any team in baseball.

It's been a vicious cycle -- the White Sox went into a tailspin since reaching .500 in May, leading to trade rumors popping up and, in the case of Matt Thornton, materializing into players being dealt away. Those rumors have led to anxiety, which has likely affected the team's play recently, leading to more defeats for a last-place team.

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"There's been anxiety for a little while," manager Robin Ventura said. "There's an elephant in the room, and it's Wednesday at 4:00. That's going to be there just because all the rumors going around, players talking. That's the reality of it."

The White Sox were nine games above .500 through 101 games in 2012, and added Kevin Youkilis, Francisco Liriano and Brett Myers before the trade deadline. They're 40-61 heading into Sunday's game against Kansas City.

As both individuals and as a team, the White Sox don't control their own destiny at this point.

"You, as a player, you don't really know what's going on, you don't get a whole lot of information," Ventura explained, recalling his own experiences with trade speculation. "(You) probably overpack, and you sometimes have to wait for a phone call. Sometimes it comes, sometimes it doesn't. I don't know if there's a perfect science to it. No matter how many times you've been through it, if you're not in control it's a little difficult to go through sometimes."

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As a manager, Ventura knows a little more -- he said general manager Rick Hahn keeps him up to date on the probability a certain player will be traded or not -- but often doesn't know more than readers of MLB Trade Rumors do.

Once the trade deadline passes, the remaining members of the White Sox can exhale. It's only three days away, but waiting around for a phone call makes the hours drag on.

It's easier said than done to tune out the noise, especially for a team that's 21 games under .500.

"Eventually if something does happen you can go with it from there," Ventura said. "Until something happens, again, if you're not in control it's not really worth getting into and working yourself up trying to think about every scenario that you have no control over anyway."