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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Source: Sox claimed Campana in August

By Bruce Levine

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox put in a claim on Chicago Cubs outfielder Tony Campana in August, according to a major league source. The Cubs and Sox confirmed the claim but refused to comment any further on the conversations at that time. The Cubs pulled Campana back off waivers when the two sides failed to agree on a trade.

With the speedy outfielder designated for assignment by the Cubs on Feb. 10, giving them 10 days to trade him, will the Sox be interested again? It appears unlikely that a deal will be made at this time. The Cubs and Sox have not had conversations about Campana as of Wednesday, according to a source.

In August, the Sox were looking for a speed player in hopes of winning close games with a stolen base or a forced defensive mistake. Campana stole 30 bases with the Cubs in 2012 despite a reserve role.

If Campana is not traded, he will go on waivers. If he goes unclaimed, the Cubs can offer him a minor-league contract.

Trades between the Cubs and Sox are uncommon due to the possible negative result from a lopsided deal.

The teams last traded with each other in November of 2006 when the Cubs sent pitcher David Aardsma to the Sox for reliever Neal Cotts. The most famous deal between the city rivals came before the 1992 season when George Bell was sent to the Sox for Sammy Sosa.