Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
The phrase "You can't tell the players without a scorecard" might hold especially true for the White Sox when they are next playing at U.S. Cellular Field against the Yankees on Aug. 5. Those changes actually could come as soon as Monday with the non-waiver Trade Deadline arriving Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT. Then again the White Sox might very well feature the same basic squad when the take on the Indians on Wednesday night. At this uncertain time of the Major League Baseball season where rumors are as prevalent as a called strike the only certainties are that the White Sox chances to contend for a postseason berth have long since faded and their hope for .500 seems just as far removed. The Sox enter a seven-game road trip in Cleveland and Detroit with a 40-62 overall record and 18 games out of first place. General manager Rick Hahn understands significant adjustments need to be made although Hahn won't talk about the alterations until the Trade Deadline passes. But the question to be answered is the same one that has been put up for discussion 15 or 20 times during the club's 16-38 plummet since it reached .500 on May 26. With solid pitching in place from Chris Sale to the last man standing in the bullpen do the White Sox reshape or rebuild? Jake Peavy Alex Rios Matt Lindstrom Alexei Ramirez and even a currently injured reliever Jesse Crain stand as the focus of the rampant trade rumors over the past week to all of them being veteran players and providing the White Sox payroll relief if moved although these trades are not about budgetary cuts. Peavy became the prime target for any team in need of frontline starting pitching after Matt Garza moved from the Cubs to the Rangers with the Red Sox Cardinals and A's showing the most interest. The right-hander has proven to be healthy in the past two starts after a stint on the disabled list because of a fractured rib on his left side. His value actually would be as high as -- if not higher than -- Garza's because Peavy is under contract at $14.5 million for 2014 with a performance-based $15 million bonus for 2015 and a $4 million buyout from a previous contract. That money owed to Peavy also could be a sticking point in terms of consummating a deal or could reduce the high-end Major League-ready prospects sought by the White Sox in a particular package. Tuesday marks Peavy's next scheduled start at Progressive Field. It seems unlikely that the right-hander will be on the White Sox roster at that point but the only correct assumption at this time of year is that nothing can be assumed.
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