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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Sox's money-saving move

By Bruce Levine

It seemed inevitable at the trading deadline for adding a player through waivers on a postseason roster that the disappointing Chicago White Sox would make a trade or two. The 11 p.m. deadline had a lot of teams scrambling to make moves.

The Los Angeles Dodgers picked up designated hitter Jim Thome from the White Sox and the Colorado Rockies traded for right-handed pitcher Jose Contreras. Both Thome and Contreras have $1.6 million left on their contracts for this season, so it's possible that the White Sox may have saved upward of $1 million if the Dodgers and Rockies each took on between $500,000 and $600,000 for the respective players.

The White Sox received Single-A infielder Justin Fuller from the Dodgers for Thome and Triple-A right-handed pitcher Brandon Hynick from the Rockies for Contreras. Hynick was 10-9 for Colorado Springs this season. He was named the Rockies' minor league player of the year in 2007. Thome had a complete no-trade clause in his contract that he had to waive in order for the Sox to complete the trade.