CHICAGO -- The White Sox have been the biggest sellers in this season's trade market, and there's no guarantee that the South Siders are done moving pieces -- even if it's after Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.The club has already dealt six players since the All-Star break earlier this month and
CHICAGO -- The White Sox have been the biggest sellers in this season's trade market, and there's no guarantee that the South Siders are done moving pieces -- even if it's after Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The club has already dealt six players since the All-Star break earlier this month and acquired 10 players in return, with all but one of them being a Minor League prospect. Of the 25 players who broke camp with the club on Opening Day, just 11 remain on the active roster.
"Obviously, the organization and the club is still evolving," manager Rick Renteria said. "Change is still beginning, and these guys are learning how to deal with it right now. You can't lament movement. That's life. People come, people go."
While all the major chips -- players such as left-hander Jose Quintana, third baseman Todd Frazier, prized relievers Tommy Kahnle and Player Page for David Robertson or even ace Chris Sale and outfielder Adam Eaton if you go back to last offseason -- have departed Chicago, there are still moves to be made.
Veteran pieces such as starting pitchers Derek Holland and Miguel Gonzalez or outfielder Melky Cabrera could be on the move by the non-waiver Trade Deadline. If they're not gone by then, they could have value in the August trade market.
Holland, who signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the White Sox last offseason after spending his enter career with Texas, has postseason experience and a solid track record. He's struggled of late, however, with a 9.15 ERA since the start of June.
Gonzalez has been the White Sox's best starter since the All-Star break, providing the team its two quality starts since that point with just one run allowed and six or more innings in starts against the Dodgers and the Cubs. However, he may need more starts than Saturday against the Indians to build up his trade value after coming off the disabled list with A/C joint inflammation in his right shoulder earlier this month. He's an upcoming free agent and would be owed the remainer of the $5.9 million he was set to make this season.
Cabrera provides an intriguing case given the market for outfielders among contenders and the around $5 million left of the $15 million he was owed this season. Even if the contract figure could be difficult for a contender to swallow, Cabrera's been productive, posting a .761 OPS with 13 homers and 56 RBIs. That OPS figure has increased to .902 in July, providing value that Renteria said is underrated.
"He's an individual that's a really good player that I'm sure someone is going to have interest in," Renteria said of Cabrera. "I think that, as we continue to move forward and with the players that we have within the system, it's almost like a natural progression that something occurs or there's a trade or a deal."
• White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada batted cleanup for the first time in his Major League career Friday against the Indians. Renteria said he's looking at which spot is the right fit for the top MLB Pipeline prospect, as well as the other young players on his roster, something he said is a silver lining in the team's rebuild.
"We have right now the luxury, if you want to call it a luxury, to be able to find out where they're going to possibly fit so we can go ahead and give it a look," Renteria said. "See how they respond, take advantage of this moment right now to give these guys tremendous opportunities."
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.