Does anyone want to pitch for the White Sox?

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White Sox general manager Kenny Williams keeps trying to acquire a
big-name starting pitcher and they keep spurning his advances.

Last week Williams worked out a trade for Jake Peavy only to have
the Padres ace use his no-trade clause to block the deal and now the Houston Chronicle reports that Roy Oswalt “would invoke his no-trade clause if the White Sox attempted to acquire him.”

The report about Oswalt comes amid speculation that the White Sox have
been scouting him for a potential deal. Interestingly, the newspaper
notes that Oswalt and Peavy are good friends and Peavy said during the
offseason that he’d “embrace a trade to the Astros,” but apparently
neither guy wants to pitch for the White Sox.

Meanwhile, the White Sox have won three straight and are 9-3 over
their last dozen games, climbing into second place in the AL Central
… at 24-25.

Report: Red Sox, J.D. Martinez close to a deal

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox and outfielder J.D. Martinez are close to a deal. He takes care to note that the deal is not done yet and the details are not known yet.

Martinez, 30, entered the offseason as the top free agent hitter. Last season, between the Tigers and Diamondbacks, he hit a lusty .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances. He missed the first 33 games of the season with a sprained right foot; one wonders what his numbers might’ve been like if he hadn’t been injured.

The Red Sox were the team most strongly linked to Martinez throughout the offseason, despite the relatively slow-moving market. Martinez said he wants to play in the outfield and the Red Sox are currently spoken for at all three positions with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, and Mookie Betts. Hanley Ramirez is also penciled in at DH. Should the Martinez deal become official, the Red Sox may try to trade Bradley and move Benintendi to center field. If Martinez is willing to concede his outfield wishes, the Red Sox could slot him in at DH and move Ramirez to first base.

The AL East is shaping up to be a familiar two-horse race between the Red Sox and Yankees. The addition of Martinez, in a way, answers the Yankees’ addition of Giancarlo Stanton.