White Sox stand pat at trade deadline, take series vs. Tigers
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter July 31, 2014 10:22PM
Updated: July 31, 2014 11:13PM
DETROIT — The White Sox were spectators to the flurry of non-waiver trades at the deadline Thursday.
Right there, in front of their own eyes, they watched Tigers manager Brad Ausmus emerge from the dugout to get center fielder Austin Jackson, traded moments earlier in one of the day’s blockbusters that brought 2012 Cy Young winner David Price to the American League Central kings. Jackson came off the field to applause and warm hugs.
While the rest of baseball was swept up in an unprecedented day of wheeling and dealing, Sox general manager Rick Hahn stood pat.
“If there was something there, he would have done something,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “We know people are making moves, but . . . we probably expected to have these guys in here today and tomorrow, and that’s what we’ve got.’’
Starting pitcher John Danks, known to be of interest to the Yankees, had a subpar outing, needing 105 pitches to wade through five innings. He allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks (one intentional) while striking out two.
“I can only speak for myself, but whenever I tell you guys I only worry about things I can control, that’s the God’s honest truth,’’ said Danks, who has $28.5 million left on his contract over the next two seasons, which is why the Sox have reason to listen to any and all offers. “It didn’t do me any good to worry about it.’’
The Sox (53-56), who defeated the Tigers 7-4 to take their first series at Comerica Park in the last nine, aren’t quite good enough and have too many teams ahead of them to make trades that would bolster a wild-card mission. Under no pressure to deal now instead of in the coming months or offseason and lacking a surplus of value to trade anyway, Hahn was under no pressure to pull the trigger. Nothing apparently worked in his favor.
Meanwhile, the Tigers, by having the wherewithal to make the big deal general manager Dave Dombrowski did to reel in Price, reminded the Sox about how far away they are from the big boys.
“As soon as it happened, we’re like, ‘No!’ ’’ center fielder Adam Eaton said. “They have a good rotation, and adding a guy like Price, who is a great pitcher and competitor, he only adds to the mix.’’
Waiver deals can still be made. The Sox traded Alex Rios to the Rangers for Leury Garcia in a salary-reduction deal after the deadline last season, and the Sox likely will put numerous players through waivers, including Danks and Adam Dunn because of hefty salaries. If claimed, the Sox could pull back, work out a trade or simply let the player go for the purpose of reducing salary.
For the players, there was a sense of relief that the non-waiver deadline passed, although there was less tension in recent days than there had been in recent weeks.
“It’s a good time whenever you don’t have to talk about it every day,’’ Dunn said.
And so the Sox, who completed a 5-2 road trip that began in Minnesota and won for the 13th time in the last 17 games and 17th in 29, get to continue — for the time being at least — with what they have.
“If we can get a good month, we’re just crazy enough to try to make a push,’’ Eaton said. “Everyone in here believes that, so get good pitching, timely hitting and compete every pitch like we’ve discussed since spring training.
“We have been playing very well lately, we have some good pieces in place and everyone here is happy. Hopefully, we can prove to [Hahn] that he made the right decision.’’