MINNEAPOLIS — When Rockies shortstop Trevor Story’s identify is added to the intriguing record of options for the White Sox major up to the trade deadline July 30 — a record that presently incorporates Diamondbacks infielder Eduardo Escobar and Pirates next baseman Adam Frazier — heads will transform.
For the most portion, Sox gamers are holding their heads down and not stressing out about who could possibly or may not be a part of them for the second 50 %. By the identical token, they are as intrigued as followers are.
‘‘I’m much too old to play GM,’’ catcher Yasmani Grandal mentioned. ‘‘I rely on the entrance place of work and what they are accomplishing. If they make a decision to make a go, terrific. If not, we’re going to focus on what we have now. And when the move will come — if it will come — we’ll concentrate on that.’’
The Sox, who took a 6-game lead in the American League Central into their match Monday towards the Twins, previously have utilized most of their 40-person roster. The gamers expect the entrance office to make upgrades.
‘‘Oh, yeah,’’ proper-hander Lucas Giolito instructed the Solar-Instances. ‘‘I’ve been looking at specified items and have experienced certain conversations with some guys in the entrance place of work.
‘‘That’s what I enjoy about our front office: They are pretty open up to solutions, to chatting to players and listening to what we think. I’m not going to identify names, but we can surely use some assist in certain spots.’’
Story, a two-time All-Star with the Rockies who is in the final 12 months of his agreement, presumably would enjoy 2nd foundation if a offer is produced. The Sox would not request shortstop Tim Anderson to go, specially for a rental player.
The Sox are weighing which potential customers they would be eager to element with, figuring out selling groups can hold out for the greatest supply. With practically a thirty day period in advance of the deadline, neither facet is beneath the gun to pull the bring about on a offer now.
The Sox probably have sufficient on their roster to acquire their division regardless of a slew of accidents. But they are all but selected to add at least 1 proven reliever, and next foundation has been lacking an affect bat given that Nick Madrigal went down with a season-ending hamstring damage.
It is all about being fortified for October.
‘‘It’s kind of hard not to consider about it and communicate about it, proper?’’ Grandal said. ‘‘We communicate about other teams and the moves they can potentially make and the men and women they need, but I really don’t assume I have heard too quite a few guys chat about what we need mainly because we belief in the guys on the 40-person roster who can occur up and do their work.’’
Simply because of key injuries to Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert and slight injuries to other people, the Sox have began 12 outfielders this time, which include Triple-A contact-ups Brian Goodwin, Billy Hamilton, Gavin Sheets, Nick Williams and Luis Gonzalez and converted corner infielders Andrew Vaughn and Jake Lamb.
‘‘The entrance business and coaching staff — the total firm — have carried out a great job preparing the men in the minimal leagues on the 40-person roster to be successful in the big leagues,’’ Grandal mentioned. ‘‘We depend on all individuals fellas to appear up and do their career.
‘‘Hopefully [Jimenez and Robert] arrive back again, but we never want to press those people men far too substantially. Individuals are injuries that are quite massive. Would they be a big enable? Clearly. Ideally for the duration of the final extend we see an physical appearance from them, and they can assist us make a large operate to end the year out into the playoffs.’’
Those people are nevertheless unknowns, even so. And even if they were being absolutely sure things, the entrance office environment would be envisioned to be intense. The Sox’ probability to earn is now.
‘‘We really don’t want to earn any extra than they want to get,’’ supervisor Tony La Russa explained of the front office environment. ‘‘That is true crystal clear to all of us in uniform. They sweat and bleed and rejoice like we do. [A trade has] obtained to be affordable. If there is a affordable transfer out there, we’re self-assured they’ll make it.’’