Will other MLB clubs' misfortune be White Sox gain?
As Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn continues to play the waiting game on the trade front, there were some interesting developments in three major-league camps this week that could trigger moves.
Let's take a look:
Needing a front-end starting pitcher, the Boston Red Sox acquired Chris Sale from the White Sox in early December for four quality prospects, headed by second baseman Yoan Moncada.
This spring, Sale slotted in as Boston's No. 3 starter, behind David Price and reigning Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello.
Price threw 38 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday and complained of elbow soreness on Wednesday.
Signed by the Red Sox to a staggering seven-year, $210 million contract before the 2016 season, Price is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews, a renowned elbow specialist.
If the news on Price is bad, Boston might come back to the White Sox for another starter -- Jose Quintana.
The Red Sox paid a steep price for Sale, trading three of their Top 10 prospects (Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe), but they could still offer the White Sox promising youngsters like third baseman Rafael Devers, starting pitcher Jason Groome and first baseman Sam Travis for Quintana.
David Wright had neck surgery last June, and now he's dealing with now a severely weakened throwing (right) shoulder that threatens to sideline the third baseman indefinitely.
"My shoulder stopped working properly and kind of shut down," Wright told reporters on Thursday.
New York has moved Jose Reyes to third base to replace Wright, but he's a natural shortstop and on the downhill side in his 15th major-league season.
The Mets need help, and White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier is available.
Not only would Frazier add needed power to New York's lineup, the Toms River, N.J., native would become an instant fan favorite.
Houston has been linked to Quintana all winter, and not much has changed in spring training.
The Astros have one of the most potent offenses in baseball, but the rotation is shaky at best with Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Collin McHugh, Charlie Morton and either Joe Musgrove or Mike Fiers.
Making matters worse for the Astros, McHugh has yet to throw off the mound in training camp due to arm soreness.
If there is a serious health issue, Houston might finally be willing to part with some of its top prospects (starter Francis Martes, outfielders Kyle Tucker and Derek Fisher) to land Quintana.