White Sox notebook talks about Buehrle and getting everyone healthy.
Mark Buehrle knows his name will be brought up in some form or another pretty much every day from now until the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline.
The White Sox left-hander will become a free agent this winter - meaning he could be a hired gun for half a season - he’s one of the most effective southpaws in the game and, most important in this market, he’s playing for a team that is quickly falling out of contention.
All of that means Buehrle will be the subject of trade rumors for some time to come.
“It’s part of baseball,” Buehrle said. “It’s the bad part and the part that sucks, worrying about being traded and where you are going to go. Especially now with us close to having a baby, trying to plan all that stuff out. It’s a little difficult but I don’t worry about it too much.”
Buehrle said he could talk about trade rumors “every day, because a different one pops up,” but when asked whether he thinks there’s a real possibility he could be dealt, Buehrle thought for a second.
“Yes and no,” Buehrle said. “I can see why I would be, the way we are playing and the baseball side of it. But then again I want to spend my whole career here and hopefully I won’t (get traded).”
Buehrle’s name has been linked to numerous teams.
The Newark Star-Ledger reported Saturday that the pitching-starved New York Mets are very interested in him. The paper said the Mets already have contacted the Sox about Buehrle and have been after him the past two offseasons.
Any deal, though, would likely have to involve top New York prospect Lastings Milledge, an outfielder, and at least one top pitching prospect such as Mike Pelfrey or Philip Humber - a price that might be too steep for the Mets.
Coming back soon?
The Sox’s ideal starting nine have batted together just five times this season. So before they start pursuing trades, the Sox said they’d like to give it a go with everyone healthy.
“There is a strong feeling amongst the players that it would be nice to have the team we had setting out from the beginning of the season so that they're all together from top to bottom in the lineup,” general manager Ken Williams said. “In their minds, there's a sense that they'd like to rectify all this.”
Manager Ozzie Guillen said Scott Podsednik (strained right adductor) and Darin Erstad (sprained left ankle) could be back Friday. Williams said the Sox have to bring Podsednik up by Monday when his Triple-A rehab stint ends.
“(Podsednik has) been playing very well, actually, and from what I understand also has been playing well in the outfield,” Williams said.
Erstad won't put a timetable on his return.
“(The ankle is) uncomfortable but everybody has things they have to deal with,” Erstad said. “You need to get it to the point where it's not going to come back and become a nagging thing where you miss games here and there and get put back on the DL.”
Around the basepaths
The Sox have agreed to terms with 14 of their selections from the First-Year Player Draft, including five of their first seven and Oney Guillen, Ozzie’s son. … Monday’s game began 24 minutes late because of a rain delay.
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