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White Sox winter meetings recap: Day 2

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White Sox winter meetings recap: Day 2

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.

Stay with White Sox Talk throughout the week for all the latest rumors, transactions and analysis.

Marlins pitcher puts White Sox on Perfecto Watch on anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

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Marlins pitcher puts White Sox on Perfecto Watch on anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Rick Renteria called it "eerie."

Ten years to the day after Mark Buehrle delivered one of the most memorable moments in White Sox history with a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, there was another Perfecto Watch on the South Side.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith didn't reach "call your neighbors" territory, but he retired the first 17 batters he faced in order, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning Tuesday night against the White Sox.

"I'll be honest, it was a little eerie for us," Renteria said after the 5-1 loss. "I kept thinking, I wasn't here 10 years ago for that. And he was working that, and I was like, 'Hey, (pitching coach Don Cooper), I don't like what I'm seeing here.'"

Smith was excellent, striking out nine of those first 17 hitters he put down in order. On a night when White Sox fans were celebrating the anniversary of Buehrle's feat, this was not the type of celebration they had in mind.

"You start to see," White Sox shortstop Ryan Goins said. "Anybody says they don’t feel it, he can say he doesn’t feel it but everybody knows the perfect game is going on. ... But he did a god job keeping us off-balance today."

The White Sox broke up the Perfecto Watch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Adam Engel putting an end to Smith's stretch of five consecutive strikeouts with a walk. Leury Garcia followed that with a walk of his own, and Jon Jay put an end to the no-hit bid and the shutout with an RBI single.

Smith gave up a base hit to AJ Reed the following inning, but he finished his effort with one run and just four base runners allowed over seven innings. Smith's had himself a nice season for the last-place Marlins, his ERA down to 3.30 after Tuesday night's game.

The four base runners the White Sox got against Smith were the only ones they had on a silent night for the bats. A pair of Marlins relievers followed up Smith's work with two 1-2-3 innings. The White Sox struck out 10 times.

A decade later, Renteria might have been one of the few in the White Sox dugout putting the history together with what was happening on the field Tuesday night, but that didn't make Smith any less dominant on the anniversary of Buehrle's dominance.

"I don’t think we are thinking that far back," Goins said. "We are just trying to go up there and have good at-bats, honestly. He did a great job of not really leaving anything in the middle of the plate to hit, mixing his pitches up and throwing everything for a strike. And then throwing chase pitches when he needed to."

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Yoan Moncada is Mr. Clean (up)

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Yoan Moncada is Mr. Clean (up)

Bill Melton and David DeJesus join Leila Rahimi on this edition of Baseball Night in Chicago.

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