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Rumor: Kenny wanted Pence for Garland

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[Richard Justice]

When the White Sox backed out of the Jon Garland deal because of concerns over Taylor Buchholz's health, they came back to Tim Purpura with a counter-offer. They'd still do the deal in its original form--Buchholz, Jason Hirsh and Willy Taveras for Garland--if Purpura would also throw Hunter Pence into the deal. He passed.
Pence and Hirsh would have been a great haul for Garland. I would have dropped Taveras and Buchholz from the deal to get Pence. I doubt Purpura would have agreed to that deal either, but at least the Sox would have gotten two impact players instead of an impact player and two fringy ones.