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Sox quiet on Deadline, focused on development

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox made a move prior to Tuesday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline, acquiring left-handed pitcher Hunter Schryver from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.

That deal followed Sunday's acquisition of fellow southpaw Caleb Frare from the Yankees for another $1.5 million in international signing bonus pool money. But as far as the active roster or the 40-man, no other trade went down after closer Joakim Soria was sent to the Brewers for left-hander Kodi Medeiros and right-hander Wilber Perez last Thursday.

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox made a move prior to Tuesday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline, acquiring left-handed pitcher Hunter Schryver from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.

That deal followed Sunday's acquisition of fellow southpaw Caleb Frare from the Yankees for another $1.5 million in international signing bonus pool money. But as far as the active roster or the 40-man, no other trade went down after closer Joakim Soria was sent to the Brewers for left-hander Kodi Medeiros and right-hander Wilber Perez last Thursday.

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It's a much different landscape for the rebuilding White Sox compared to the period from July 13 to July 30 of last season, when general manager Rick Hahn traded seven players off the big league roster for a return of 12 players, including outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Blake Rutherford and right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease.

Then again, the White Sox have moved on to more of a developmental phase as opposed to talent acquisition within the rebuild.

"I didn't anticipate, to be honest, anything else was gonna be occurring at this particular time," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "But there's always surprises and you deal with them when you reach that point. For us, today was nothing new so we just keep moving forward."

Trades for the White Sox certainly could happen in August with a number of players possible candidates during the waiver period. That list includes right-handed pitcher James Shields, who started Tuesday for the White Sox, left-handed relievers Luis Avilan and Xavier Cedeno, utility player Leury Garcia and possibly first baseman Jose Abreu and right fielder Avisail Garcia.

Abreu and Garcia could end up being candidates for an extension, but even if they aren't part of the long-term rebuild, the team holds control over them through 2019. The White Sox also have another year of control over Avilan and Cedeno and another two over Leury Garcia.

As Hahn mentioned Friday, there's no urgency to trade any of those players.

Schryver, 23, will be assigned to Class A Winston-Salem after going a combined 1-3 with a 2.40 ERA, nine saves, 59 strikeouts over 48 2/3 innings, a 1.07 WHIP and .212 opponents average in 31 appearances (one start) this season between Class A Bowling Green and Class A Advanced Charlotte. He originally was selected by Tampa Bay in the seventh round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Villanova University and is 5-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 15 saves and 97 strikeouts in 51 career games (one start) in the Rays organization.

These three moves improved the White Sox left-handed pitching depth as they continue assembling their critical mass of talent. But minus the loss of Soria, their Major League roster hasn't changed.

"Most guys and most instances you hope are going to go into a winning situation, but you have guys that have been in the organization probably for a while and they like where they're at," Renteria said. "There's a sense of comfort whenever that case might be.

"At the end of the day, they all know that things happen. Things could change. It's a business, and you have to deal with those moments when they occur and do the best that you possibly can."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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