Not Done Dealing, Sox Looking to Add Arm


Posted Jul 2, 2003


(SN Report #550) - If you thought the White Sox were done in the trade market after making deals for both Roberto Alomar and Carl Everett, think again. Reports throughout the majors have the Sox making a run for a pitcher, which could be the Orioles' Sidney Ponson.

A rumor late Tuesday night had the White Sox negotiating a trade with the New York Yankees for pitcher Jeff Weaver. Trade talks for the 26-year-old broke down last week when the Yankees reportedly asked for the highly-touted lefty pitching prospect Neal Cotts. Any new deal will likely involve the Sox dealing major league players.

As for Ponson, who the White Sox have expressed interest in many times over the last three season's, chances are that with him being on the final year of his contract, he will be dealt by July 31.

The Orioles are considering offering Ponson a three-year deal, but the chances are slim. If this is the case, the White Sox may finally be able to work a deal, especially with Baltimore willing to taking on a high-priced player in return if a prospect is included.

Ponson, 26, is 10-5 this season with a 3.96 ERA in 109 innings. At this pace, Ponson will throw 200-plus innings for the first time since 2000, post an ERA below 4.00 for the first time in his career, and win 20 games.

In 15 starts, 17 games, this season, Weaver is 4-6 with a 5.59 ERA. He was traded to the Yankees from Detroit in a three-team deal in 2002, but has yet to reach his full potential, winning just nine games.

Weaver started his career back in 1999 with the Tigers, posting a 39-43 record and 4.33 ERA in 714 2/3 innings.

Another trade possibility is acquiring pitcher Brian Lawrence from the San Diego Padres. Lawrence is 5-9 with a 4.67 ERA this season.



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