The Sox just lost to the Royals 5-3 as they withered under a barrage of hittable fastballs, let's talk about something interesting.
Mike Cafardo of the Boston Globe (I guess they have inside information on all Sox teams, or something) reported that the White Sox sent Special Assistant to the GM Dave Yokum to Atlanta to scout their young pitcher Brandon Beachy. Caardo went on to speculate that the Braves--light on hitting and saddled with crummy outfielders--would want Carlos Quentin in return.
Cafardo also pointed out that the Braves would rather let go of Derek Lowe, but good gravy, that would just be an awful trade. So let's just contemplate Beachy for Quentin.
At first glance, the trade is ludicrous. Why would the hit-starved White Sox trade their All-Star slugger to have a 7th starting pitcher? If Peavy's really that frail, let's just call the damn thing off already.
But it hints at some spirited roster shuffling afoot. Quentin vacating right field offers an immediate opening for Dayan Viciedo at the position the Sox are most comfortable with him playing, and while it almost certainly would be a downgrade (possibly a steep one), it leaves the Sox awash in pitching assets. Edwin Jackson and his expiring contract would be the most obvious candidate to move, but the Sox would have the ability to choose who to jettison while honing in on another bat at a position where they're more comfortable subbing out the regular. It would appear that the White Sox would view dumping Juan Pierre as one would view killing a unicorn, but there's no shortage of black holes to plug.
That would be convenient, but launching a multi-step roster shaping program mid-season is risky, and if you believe the rumors that surrounded the Edwin Jackson trade, it's a lesson the White Sox have learned before. Trades falling through is something that happens, and when it does, it'd be preferable for it not to happen when the offense is weakened and you're stuck with 7 starters....or 6 starters and one prohibitively expensive reliever. Or 5 starters. an expensive reliever, and whatever Jake Peavy is. Either way, the Sox wouldn't be in a position of fantastic leverage.
Trades are fun to talk about when your team is ambling around .500, wallowing in fatal flaws every night. I also love Beachy, mostly because I've only seen him pitch once and he absolutely mutilated a not-bad-at-all Milwaukee Brewers lineup and it would be great to stock up on young cost-controlled pitching for once, but there are just far simpler ways to add a bat to this lineup.