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White Sox prepared for potential Jeff Samardzija trade

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White Sox prepared for potential Jeff Samardzija trade

CLEVELAND -- Jeff Samardzija Trade Watch 2015 has unofficially moved to DEFCON 3 as of Saturday afternoon.

With rumors swirling that they continue to entertain offers for their right-handed pitcher, the White Sox have likely insured themselves for a possible trade by aligning the throw days of Samardzija and Triple-A pitcher Erik Johnson in case they make a move before the Northwest Indiana-native’s next start on Tuesday in Boston.

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Johnson -- the starting pitcher in the International League All-Star Game this month -- had his next start pushed back from Saturday toTuesday.

With Johnson, who is 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 games (16 starts), already at 94 innings, the White Sox have monitored his workload over the past few weeks in case his season extends into September. Were the White Sox to trade Samardzija, Johnson could have as many 12-13 starts left before the season ends.

Johnson is the likeliest candidate to replace Samardzija were the White Sox to deal him away before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. Top pitching prospect Frankie Montas would be another potential candidate as would Scott Carroll, who is scheduled to start Monday for Charlotte.

Though the trade market is saturated with arms, the White Sox reportedly have held Samardzija in high esteem, asking for a bundle in return. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman said the White Sox want four young players in return for Samardzija while ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick suggested they’re looking for a substantial return.

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Samardzija has done nothing but looked like an ace over his past eight turns after he got out to a slow start. In those starts, Samardzija has a 2.55 ERA and he has made nine straight turns of at least seven innings.

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Toronto Blue Jays are actively pursuing Samardzija. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.