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The White Sox pulled off the first big trade of the winter meetings, shipping Sergio Santos north of the border to Toronto for minor league starter Nestor Molina.

Kenny Williams mentioned the word "rebuilding" in talking to the media following the trade, although in the same interview mentioned he didn't anticipate trading any more of his major-league pitching. CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien put together a fine writeup on the trade, also noting that Williams doesn't see a likely scenario in which Mark Buehrle returns.

Santos called in to Chicago Tribune Live and detailed how his golf game went downhill after finding out about the trade, although it sounded like he hit his best shot of the day immediately after he got the call.

Toronto's brass had a heated debate over whether they should deal Molina, who posted phenomenal numbers last year but is the source of some disagreement between prospect gurus Kevin Goldstein and John Sickels.

The majority of White Sox Talk readers polled want to see Addison Reed close next year, with Jesse Crain receiving the second-highest number of votes. Matt Thornton didn't get the same amount of support.

Garfien interviewed Robin Ventura on Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, covering a wide array of topics. Ventura reiterated his hope that John Danks and Gavin Floyd will both be in his team's rotation next year. He also added in a separate interview that Adam Dunn can expect to play the field a little more in 2012 than he did in 2011.

 

Earlier in the day, Carlos Quentin hoped for a quick resolution to the trade rumors involving him, and in the early evening reports surfaced of interest in the right fielder from Boston and Baltimore.

If Quentin is dealt, it could open the door for Aaron Rowand to return as a backup, which got some impassioned responses on our Facebook page.

And, last but not least, we learned Buehrle narrowed his search to five teams, with the Marlins, Nationals and Rangers still the leading candidates.

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