(CBS) The non-waiver trade deadline passed Friday at 3 p.m. without the White Sox being buyers or sellers.
Wanting to add a hitter after a recent 7-1 stretch renewed its AL wild-card hopes, Chicago had discussions with a handful of teams but couldn’t meet anyone’s price. As expected, it also didn’t trade right-hander and free-agent-to-be Jeff Samardzija, for whom the team can receive a compensation pick in the 2016 amateur draft if he signs elsewhere this offseason.
The White Sox seriously pursued Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine reported. They also had interest in Padres outfielder Justin Upton before deciding the cost was too much for either rental player. Both are set to be free agents this offseason.
Detroit traded Cespedes to the New York Mets. He’s hitting .293 with 18 homers, 61 RBIs and an .829 OPS this season.
San Diego hung on to Upton, for whom it can receive a compensatory pick. He’s hitting .251 with 18 homers, 56 RBIs and a .767 OPS.
Several teams expressed interest in White Sox shortstop prospect Tim Anderson, Levine reported, but Chicago’s answer was a consistent “no” for a player it considers part of its future. Foes also expressed interest in pitching prospects Frankie Montas and Erik Johnson. Still, the White Sox didn’t have the depth in their farm system to make it prudent to deal for high-profile big leaguers.
MLB teams can still make trades in August, but players must clear waivers. So the White Sox (49-51) will largely move forward with the same look — of a talented-but-flawed-and-inconsistent group that sits 3.5 games out of the second wild-card spot entering play Friday.