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Chicago White Sox

We talked last week about how the White Sox struck out on signing Masahiro Tanaka and that they were unlikely to funnel that money elsewhere, however recent reports indicate that Chicago may not be done.

"The White Sox are still in search of a long-term solution behind the plate. The team is prepared to go to camp with Tyler Flowers, Josh Phegley and Rule 5 draftee Adrian Nieto. The club also could be in the market for an additional starting pitcher. Hahn has said repeatedly in the past he always is searching for more arms and the White Sox made a hard push for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. – Dan Hayes, Comcast Chicago"

The White Sox may not have to spend much if they are able to trade some duplicate and/or unwanted parts of their current team. They have Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza in left field, and two veterans in Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham keeping prized prospects in the minors.

Chicago also would love nothing more than to dump Adam Dunn. His hefty contract and (mostly) substandard years has been a bit of an albatross for the franchise.