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White Sox fielding calls on Edwin Jackson

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CHICAGO, IL - JULY 01: Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson #33 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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At least, that’s what’s Jon Heyman said in his column Monday.

The White Sox are planning to go forward with a six-man rotation for now, but they do have a starter to spare and Edwin Jackson, a free agent at season’s end, would be the one to go in the event of a trade.

Jackson is 5-7 with a 4.30 ERA and a 92/34 K/BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings this season. He’s pitched better since the end of April, with a 3.53 ERA and just 17 walks in 71 1/3 innings.

The White Sox remain in contention in the AL Central, so they’d likely look for some major league talent in return for Jackson. GM Ken Williams, though, may have the confidence to trade Jackson for prospects and then use those prospects in another deal. The White Sox have short-term needs at third base and maybe in the outfield. Another reliever wouldn’t hurt, either, but the White Sox are feeling better about the pen with the way Jesse Crain, Matt Thornton and Chris Sale have improved as the year has gone on.