MLB Team Report - Chicago White Sox - INSIDE PITCH


DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox made plenty of noise near the non-waiver trade deadline last season. This year's deadline came and went without a whimper.

The Sox were neither in fire sale mode or playoff drive push and wound up doing nothing.

"I know people are making moves all over the place, but as I said earlier in the day, I expected to have these guys here today and tomorrow and that's what we've got," manager Robin Ventura said.

They would have been happy to unload John Danks' $15.75 million salary, but there wasn't even enough interest to prevent them from holding the left-hander out of his regularly-scheduled start on Thursday.

Danks was happy to stay put.

"This is where I'm comfortable," he said. "I've got a lot of friends here and I'm happy to be here."

While there are teams looking for left-handed bats, they couldn't drum up much interest in designated hitter Adam Dunn and his $15 million salary, either. It's still possible Dunn could clear waivers and be dealt if a contender is seeking a left-handed power bat down the stretch.

Beyond those contracts, the White Sox have a very reasonable payroll and plenty of players entering their prime. Only four of their players are making a base salary of more than $4.3 million and more than half of the 40-man roster is 26 years old or younger.

The mood around the clubhouse was quite different last season. The White Sox pulled off two deals a night before the trade deadline, swapping out veteran right-hander Jake Peavy and acquiring outfielder Avisail Garcia in a three-team deal. They also dealt right-handed reliever Jesse Crain to Tampa Bay.

There was also plenty of speculation around outfielder Alex Rios, who was dealt to Texas 10 days after the deadline for a player to be named, who turned out to be infielder Leury Garcia.

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MLB Team Report - Chicago White Sox - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 53-56

STREAK: Won one

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PLAYER NOTES:

--1B Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 games with three hits Thursday. It is the longest in the American League this season and the longest by a White Sox player since Carlos Lee had a franchise-record 28-game streak from May 13-June 15, 2004. He hit in 38 of the last 39 games while raising his average to .305.

--LHP John Danks wound up with a no-decision after five shaky innings in Detroit on Thursday. Danks, who was seeking his third victory against the Tigers this season, gave up four runs and seven hits, including back-to-back home runs to Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez in the third inning. He also endured a wild streak the previous inning when he hit a batter and walked two others, which led to the first two Tigers runs.