Jun 30, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Matt Thornton (37) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The Indians beat the White Sox 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors 2013: Boston Red Sox Want Chicago White Sox's Thornton


Currently with the most wins in baseball, the Boston Red Sox don’t exactly have a ton of weak spots but that doesn’t mean they’re going into the MLB trade deadline without attempting to find reinforcements.

If you had to poke a hole in the Red Sox, it would be the back end of their bullpen which has been beat up with injuries and players not performing up to their standards. Because of that, the Red Sox are on the lookout for bullpen help and may have their eyes set on the White Sox’s Matt Thornton who has been one of baseball’s premier seventh and eighth inning setup men in the past five years.

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Thornton is among the desired commodities on the Red Sox’s wishlist:

Sources: #WhiteSox’s Thornton on long #RedSox list of possible bullpen targets. #Braves also inquired on Thornton; interest “limited.”

The White Sox have been open about their desire to shed some contracts and given Thornton’s should be free agent status next year (he has a $6 million dollar option with a $1 million buyout) and age (37), it makes little sense for the White Sox to keep the talented reliever.

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