It's official: Chris Sale to the rotation

November, 15, 2011
11/15/11
6:42
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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Chris SaleAP Photo/Nam Y. HuhChris Sale, a productive pitcher out of the bullpen the past two seasons, will become a starter.

MILWAUKEE -- White Sox general manager Kenny Williams emphatically confirmed Tuesday what has been expected: Left-hander Chris Sale will be in the starting rotation in 2012.

That means there will be an opening in the starting five. The vacancy is expected to come from the free-agent departure of Mark Buehrle.

But the White Sox are also fielding offers for both John Danks and Gavin Floyd so in the unexpected chance that Buehrle remains, there still figures to be a spot for Sale.

If Buehrle leaves and the White Sox do not trade a starter, their rotation would consist of Danks, Floyd, Sale, Phil Humber and Jake Peavy.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.17 208 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208