With the 'second half' of the regular season getting underway on Friday night against the Atlanta Braves, it's time to over-analyze everything we can about the White Sox' trade candidates. On Saturday, Jake Peavy made his first start back from the disabled list with many teams' scouts in attendance.
But it was Alex Rios, who bounced back from being benched on Friday, that put on the best show for the buyers around the MLB.
Peavy did fine, throwing his fastball at first between 93-94 MPH and later between 91-92 MPH while picking up his seventh win of the season (7-4). He let up four runs through six innings pitched, only two of which were earned. He certainly wasn't at his best, but I'd assume that most scouts were impressed with his outing given it being his first start back and in such extreme heat.
No teams have emerged as front-runners for Peavy yet, but I expect we'll know more about the market's interest in him by sometime Sunday. Regardless of that, I'd say it's pretty likely he'll make at least one more start with the Sox.
But as we alluded to, it was outfielder Alex Rios who probably had the best day for his trade value. After manager Robin Ventura pulled him in the sixth inning of Friday's loss, Rios went 3-for-5 on Saturday with five RBI's.
Four of those runs driven in came on his third inning grand slam off of Atlanta starter Paul Maholm. It was his first home run in 120 at-bats, and hopefully can help to get some more teams' eyes on the former All-Star.
He's been most recently linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates, a move that has seemed to make quite a bit of sense for a while now.
Make sure to check out Rosenthal's latest trade rumors update, where he touches on many of the game's hottest names including Rios.
Alejandro De Aza also had a great day for his stock, collecting four base hits for the first time in 2013 and the sixth time in his career. His batting average is now all the way up to .278 to go along with his impressive run-producing numbers.
Though De Aza's name hasn't come up in many trade rumors, he's most certainly going to draw a fair deal of interest. He's a lefty with good pop, speed on the base paths and in the outfield and, not to mention, he comes at a cheap price.
He's only gotten better as the year has gone on. In fact, he's gotten much better as the months have passed, which may be Rick Hahn's best selling point for the 29 year-old Dominican native.
Make sure to stay tuned to GrabSomeBench.com for more updates on the White Sox trade chips throughout the next week and a half!