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White Sox stay quiet as trade deadline passes

White Sox stay quiet as trade deadline passes

They listened to offers more than ever, but ultimately the White Sox couldn’t be convinced to move All-Star pitchers Chris Sale or Jose Quintana by Monday afternoon’s deadline.

While a flurry of deals was completed industrywide, including an impressive week-long selloff by the New York Yankees, the White Sox largely kept their 25-man roster together at the 2016 nonwaiver trade deadline. Aside from Sunday’s trade of reliever Zach Duke to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfield prospect Charlie Tilson, who is expected to join the team in Detroit on Tuesday, the White Sox didn’t do anything else despite bringing an open mind into talks. In spite of strong interest, general manager Rick Hahn said Monday afternoon that the team didn’t receive the type of offer necessary to complete what would have been a franchise-altering trade.

“We did not get to a point where we felt strongly enough about anything to bring it to Jerry (Reinsdorf) to present a viable option for making us better going forward,” Hahn said. “In order to dip into that core and make a move that would have long-term impact on the Chicago White Sox, we were only going to do it if we felt it was going to have a much stronger long-term positive impact on the club’s competitiveness going forward. And that did not occur.”

Even though Hahn suggested on July 21 that it would be extreme, there was some belief the White Sox could deal Sale or Quintana and attempt to begin to replenish a thin farm system. Upset by the team’s poor play, Hahn said he, Reinsdorf and executive vice president Kenny Williams had discussed the team’s direction as the front office was sick of being “mired in mediocrity” in an attempt to win every year.

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There’s little question the White Sox at least mulled trade offers for their two aces. Reports suggested the White Sox heavily scouted every level of the Boston Red Sox farm system last week.

But they also placed a high premium on Sale, who has team options through 2019, and Quintana, who has them through 2020. One source said the White Sox wanted “far more” than the Atlanta Braves’ haul for Shelby Miller from the Arizona Diamondbacks last December. The Braves acquired No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson and outfielder Ender Inciarte as part of the deal.

The price was apparently high enough to deter teams from putting Hahn in position to make a deal he said he had no pressure to make because both players are signed for several more seasons.

Hahn said the White Sox intend to take the same approach into the offseason, but could see an improved market given the poor expected free agent class. Veteran journeyman Rich Hill is one of the top free agents to be.

Hahn is hopeful that the offseason market will be better than the one the team encountered leading up to the Aug. 1 deadline. One aspect the White Sox think hurt the current market is that contending teams didn’t want to part with major league players in the thick of the pennant race.

“It’s going to be different and in all probability it could well be stronger,” Hahn said. “We are going to remain open-minded over the next few weeks and heading into the offseason with the desire to improve ourselves for the long-term, and the clubs involved at that point may well be quite different from the ones we were talking to over the last few weeks.  

“We certainly expect a different dynamic at that point.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.