White Sox seem unlikely to pull trigger at trade deadline
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter July 30, 2014 9:59PM
Updated: September 1, 2014 8:04AM
DETROIT — Were there more demand for players the White Sox might have to offer, or if the Sox were willing to eat a hefty portion of John Danks’ contract, perhaps manager Robin Ventura would be more anxious about the 3 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline Thursday.
Danks, just one in a handful of pitchers the New York Yankees are known to be looking at to bolster their rotation, is probably too pricey with $28.5 million owed him over the next two seasons. The Yankees — or any other interested team — would want the Sox to pay some of that, and the Sox won’t be willing to eat much, if any. It’s just not their style.
General manager Rick Hahn wouldn’t comment on trade talks while discussing Nate Jones’ latest setback — Tommy John surgery — and Avisail Garcia’s and Matt Lindstrom’s comebacks from their injuries. Ventura, for one, didn’t sound like a manager who expected much turnover on his roster when he talked before the Sox’ 7-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.
“You are probably going to see the same guys that are here right now,’’ said Ventura, who planned to send Danks (9-6, 4.40) out to face the Tigers in the series finale Thursday afternoon. “Not anticipating anything. We’ll continue to do what we are doing here and not worry about it.’’
Perhaps Lindstrom and Garcia will offer the best hopes for the Sox to improve next month.
“Certainly Matt has the ability to help solidify the back end of the bullpen,’’ Hahn said, “and Avi would be a big piece for us, not only in the lineup, but as part of our future plans, and being able to continue the process of getting to where we want to be.
“We’ve missed them both throughout this stretch. If and when they return to the active roster, we certainly think it’s going to be a nice shot in the arm.’’
It’s obvious the Sox (52-56), with a thin bullpen and a few other holes, don’t view themselves as much of an equipped wild-card contender. Ventura and Hahn are reasonable about the playoff chances of a team that has won 16 of its last 28, which is about as good as it gets for this unit.
“We’ve done a nice job dabbling through some of the adversity we’ve had, but we haven’t been able to go on that extended two-week run of success,’’ Hahn said.
Jose Abreu has had more than a good run, though. With a single to right field in the seventh inning, Abreu extended his hitting streak to 19 games and has hit safely in 37 of his last 38.
Abreu, the major-league home-run and RBI leader, is the only Sox besides Eddie Collins (21 and 22 games in 1920) to record multiple hitting streaks of at least 18 games, according to Elias. Since 1949, the only other rookie with two such streaks in a season is Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 (21 and 23).
Abreu downplayed talk about him being an MVP candidate and said he doesn’t care all that much about his hitting streak. More and more, his desire to win shows front and center.
“I can tell you right now I don’t like losing,’’ he said. “Where I come from, we don’t like losing. It’s a matter of fact. The one thing I can tell you is that we have a good team. We have some players here that if we continue to ask more of each other, we still have a chance to do some things.’’
Max Scherzer held the Sox to a run in seven innings. Sox starter Hector Noesi got gave up six runs in the first, then threw five scoreless innings. Adam Dunn hit his 17th homer in the ninth inning.