The Chicago White Sox have no choice – their season must go
Their ace has been traded. They have the second-worst record in
the American League. And there are two months left in a
disappointing year that began with hopes of reaching the
The club traded Jake Peavy, the most sought-after starting
pitcher on the market, to Boston following Tuesday night’s game.
The three-team deal also included Detroit.
While the trade was expected, it marked yet another tough moment
in a trying season for the White Sox. They entered Wednesday on a
five-game losing streak and were 24 games under .500 for the first
time since 1989.
Chicago (40-64) is last in the AL Central and trails Detroit by
”We knew it was going to happen, so no surprise,” first
baseman Adam Dunn said. ”We lost a good teammate, and a guy that
keeps you in every game, every fifth day. He’s just a solid dude
that a lot of teams need.”
Peavy is the third Chicago veteran pitcher to be traded this
month. Left-hander Matt Thornton was dealt to the Red Sox on July
12 and right-hander Jesse Crain, currently on the disabled list
with a sore shoulder, was traded to Tampa Bay on Monday.
This season’s moves are in stark contrast to last year when the
White Sox acquired infielder Kevin Youkilis and pitcher Francisco
Liriano to bolster their playoff run.
”I can tell you it’s a lot more fun adding than subtracting,”
manager Robin Ventura said.
First-year general manager Rick Hahn doesn’t think the club
needs to send a message to fans about the team’s future.
”I don’t think we need to necessarily put a title on it or
print up T-shirts or something, but I think people need to
understand that we’re obviously not satisfied with what has
transpired so far over the first four months of the season, that we
see the same thing they’ve seen and that it’s now gotten to the
point where we’re trying to transition this club to a new core,”
The White Sox received four players currently in the minors for
Peavy. The key to the deal is outfielder Avisail Garcia, who came
from the Tigers and is considered a five-tool player and one of the
top prospects in baseball. Garcia, who turned 22 in June, has been
assigned to Triple-A Charlotte for the time being.
Chicago also received infielder Cleulius Rondon and pitchers
Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken. Rondon is 19 years old
while Montas and Wendelken are 20.
I hope everyone is happy with what we got for him, and it seems
like everyone is,” Dunn said. ”I heard he’s (Garcia) a
Hahn is optimistic better days are ahead.
”We do feel that we’re in a very good position with our
pitching,” he said. ”That’s going to allow us to be competitive
in the very near future, but we need to make some improvements
offensively. We need better defense. The goal is going to be for
sustained success, to get to the level where on an annual basis
we’re in the playoffs or at the very least contending for the
playoffs over an extended period of time.”