Found July 20, 2013 on Grab Some Bench:
With the 'second half' of the regular season getting underway on Friday night against the Atlanta Braves, it's time to over-analyze everything we can about the White Sox' trade candidates. On Saturday, Jake Peavy made his first start back from the disabled list with many teams' scouts in attendance. But it was Alex Rios, who bounced back from being benched on Friday, that put on the best show for the buyers around the MLB. According to FOX's Ken Rosenthal, there were scouts from six teams there, at least five of which have interest in Jake Peavy's services for 2013 and beyond. Peavy did fine, throwing his fastball at first between 93-94 MPH and later between 91-92 MPH while picking up his seventh win of the season (7-4). He let up four runs through six innings pitched, only two of which were earned. He certainly wasn't at his best, but I'd assume that most scouts were impressed with his outing given it being his first start back and in such extreme heat. No teams have emerged as front-runners for Peavy yet, but I expect we'll know more about the market's interest in him by sometime Sunday. Regardless of that, I'd say it's pretty likely he'll make at least one more start with the Sox. But as we alluded to, it was outfielder Alex Rios who probably had the best day for his trade value. After manager Robin Ventura pulled him in the sixth inning of Friday's loss, Rios went 3-for-5 on Saturday with five RBI's. Four of those runs driven in came on his third inning grand slam off of Atlanta starter Paul Maholm. It was his first home run in 120 at-bats, and hopefully can help to get some more teams' eyes on the former All-Star. He's been most recently linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates, a move that has seemed to make quite a bit of sense for a while now. Make sure to check out Rosenthal's latest trade rumors update, where he touches on many of the game's hottest names including Rios. Alejandro De Aza also had a great day for his stock, collecting four base hits for the first time in 2013 and the sixth time in his career. His batting average is now all the way up to .278 to go along with his impressive run-producing numbers. Though De Aza's name hasn't come up in many trade rumors, he's most certainly going to draw a fair deal of interest. He's a lefty with good pop, speed on the base paths and in the outfield and, not to mention, he comes at a cheap price. He's only gotten better as the year has gone on. In fact, he's gotten much better as the months have passed, which may be Rick Hahn's best selling point for the 29 year-old Dominican native. Make sure to stay tuned to for more updates on the White Sox trade chips throughout the next week and a half!

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The Boston Red Sox enter the second half of the regular season sitting in first place in the American League East. While they’re looking down at all other teams in the East, their advantage in the standings hasn’t stopped them from exploring trade options to improve their club. Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have scouted Chicago White Sox outfielder...

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Report: Red Sox Scouted Alex Rios, Michael Young in Past Week, Will Watch Jake Peavy Closely

The Red Sox and White Sox already consummated one trade this season. Perhaps another one won’t be too far behind. The Red Sox, who already acquired reliever Matt Thornton from the White Sox, scouted Chicago outfielder Alex Rios and will scout pitcher Jake Peavy closely over his next couple of starts, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. The Red Sox reportedly scouted...

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The names that are dominating the starting pitching trade market right now are Matt Garza, Bud Norris and Ervin Santana, but another pitcher right now that is available is drawing a healthy amount of interest and some in the league believe he is the most valuable of the bunch. White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy is drawing interest from the Giants, Red Sox, Nationals, Rockies and others...

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The Pittsburgh Pirates don't just want to have their first season above .500 in 20 years; they also want to make a serious playoff run. Although they are just one game back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, given their recent history and the strength of the division, many still believe they'll finish third, behind the Cincinnati Reds. An offensive upgrade could...

Pirates Looking at Alex Rios; Might Be Looking at Alexei Ramirez

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at Alex Rios, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. He also adds that “people familiar with Pittsburgh’s thinking suggest they wouldn’t be surprised if the Pirates expand the talks to include Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez”. That’s similar to the trade idea Jim Bowden floated out there a week ago, although I don’t think the cost would...

Game Two Against Atlanta

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Robin Ventura pulls Alex Rios from game for lack of hustle

White Sox outfielder Alex Rios found himself on the wrong side of the usually patient Robin Ventura on Friday night against the Braves. It all came down to Rios's apparent lack of hustle during the fifth inning -- a willful mistake that prompted Ventura to lift Rios from the game and replace him with Casper Wells in right. Here's how's Scott Merkin described...

Ramirez, Peavy boost trade hopes for White Sox

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Braves Look to Rebound Against Mets

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