The White Sox have dispatched assistant general manager Rick Hahn to St. Petersburg. It's safe to say he's not going to work on his tan, especially with Mark Buehrle's agent, Jeff Berry, here. Hahn is general manager Kenny Williams' right-hand financial man and works on every major league contract for the Sox.
The rumors of a Jose Contreras-to-the-Mets trade are picking up steam, and it's no wonder why. Contreras would join Orlando Hernandez to give New York's other team the same combination of Cuban royalty that played a huge role in the White Sox's 2005 World Series.
and from earlier today:
In a stunning turnaround, left-hander Mark Buehrle could be on the verge of signing a below-market contract extension with the White Sox, major-league sources tell FOXSports.com. The deal, one source says, likely would be for four years -- a compromise between the three years the White Sox offered Buehrle last season and the five that the pitcher was seeking to forego free agency.
I missed this one:
The Brewers might be among the players in trade talks for Buehrle -- or one of the Sox's failing bullpen arms. "I'm open-minded to anything, anybody," [Brewers GM Doug] Melvin said. "People say, 'Why would you want another [starting] pitcher,' and I say if there's quality, we have interest."