Tuesday, November 29, 2011

White Sox 'Trying To Move' Matt Thornton

Earlier this morning we wrote about how there are teams currently interested in Sergio Santos and that it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if the White Sox traded their closer, depending on what was offered in return. Well, just because teams are interested in Santos, that doesn't mean the Sox are trying to move him.

No, there's a different reliever that the Sox are apparently trying to move at the moment.

According to Buster Olney, there's a sale on Matt Thornton right now.

White Sox have been trying to move reliever Matt Thornton (owed two years,$12 m.) since July, sources say, and are still trying to move him.Tue Nov 29 10:49:19 via web

Not a shocking development in the least, seeing as how Kenny wants to shed payroll and Thornton is owed that $12 million. Of course, there's also another huge difference in moving Thornton as compared to moving Santos.

Thornton is 35 years old. The White Sox won't get nearly as much in return for him as they would for Santos, who is only 28, has a favorable contract and doesn't have years of wear and tear on his arm as he just became a pitcher two years ago.

So I suppose the question Kenny has to ask himself is whether he'd rather shed payroll or add prospects to his system, and I think we all know which way he's going to lean when faced with that question.

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