The Chicago White Sox began what could be a very eventful next couple of weeks for the team on Friday night.
In recent weeks, speculation has grown that the White Sox will undergo a complete rebuild and that process may have started on Friday.
Late Friday night, the White Sox traded reliever Matt Thornton to the Boston Red Sox for minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs.
Thornton has been one of the better White Sox relievers in recent seasons and 2013 has proven to be no different. This season with the White Sox, Thornton has an ERA of 3.86 in 40 appearances.
The Red Sox have been in need of a reliever and were recently linked to Chicago Cubs’ closer Kevin Gregg. Thornton will probably serve as a left handed specialist for the Red Sox. Lefties are hitting .170/.232/.385 against Thornton this season.
Jacobs is not a top prospect but has the potential to be a future middle of the order hitter for the White Sox. Jacobs, after hitting 11 home runs with the Class-A affiliate of the Red Sox to begin the season, was recently promoted to Double-A. Jacobs figures to remain in Double-A with the White Sox organization this season.
The Thornton trade certainly is not a fancy trade for the White Sox, but it likely is the first of at least a couple of trades that the White Sox will make between now and the July 31 trade deadline.
The likes of Jake Peavy and Alex Rios top the list of White Sox players that may be traded soon.