True or false? Sox set to trade (UPDATED)

True or false? Sox set to trade (UPDATED)

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 13:36

So we’re about 50 hours away from the nonwaiver trade deadline.
Brace yourself for some wild rumors leading up to Wednesday afternoon, and don’t believe everything you read or hear. If you’re on Twitter, take even more precaution.
It’s no secret the White Sox are in sell mode, but we’ve already been subjected to two outrageous trade reports.
This first came on July 19, when right fielder Alex Rios was pulled from the Sox’ game against the Braves.
The immediate speculation was Rios had been traded, and there were numerous reports he was spotted “hugging” his teammates in the dugout.
In reality, Rios was yanked from the game by manager Robin Ventura for failing to run hard to first base.
On Sunday, ESPN Chicago reported a Jake Peavy trade was “imminent” because he had multiple suitcases packed at his locker.
Well, all of the White Sox had their bags backed because they traveled to Cleveland right after the game. Peavy did have more luggage because he is likely to be dealt, but a trade was not “imminent.”
The rumors keep coming.
Today, injured Sox reliever Jesse Crain is apparently “close” to being traded, possibly to the Tampa Bay Rays.
UPDATE: Along with cash, Crain was dealt to Tampa Bay late Monday afternoon, for players to be named or cash.
One interesting nugget from Sunday was White Sox executive VP Kenny Williams scouting the Pirates’ Class AA Altoona farm team.
Pittsburgh appears to have some interest in Rios and shortstop Alexei Ramirez, so maybe there is a deal there.
Stay tuned.

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