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White Sox still want to add pieces in 2015

Chicago still has a desire to add to its roster before the end of the season.

Jeff Samardzija was a candidate to be moved before the non-waiver trade deadline.
Jeff Samardzija was a candidate to be moved before the non-waiver trade deadline.
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Chicago is not prepared to look towards 2016. Although the organization is 14.5 games back in the American League Central, the White Sox still want to add pieces to their roster before the end of the season, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of The Chicago Sun-Times.

Despite a seven game winning streak in late July, the White Sox have gone 3-8 over their last 11 games since. They went 16-10 in July and as a result General Manager Rick Hahn did not trade veteran starter Jeff Samardzija, who was reportedly drawing a notable amount of interest before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Though the July deadline is in the past, the White Sox still have an opportunity to make moves in August via the waiver wire. Van Schouwen notes the club is still in a position to "make deals that would improve the club now and beyond this season."

Since the winning streak, Chicago's starting pitchers have collectively posted a 9.06 ERA. Samardzija has not pitched beyond the fifth inning in two outings since and as a result the organization might target starting pitching.

The White Sox had an opportunity to sell leading up to the deadline but opted to remain quiet. They host the Cubs for a three game series and play the Angels in a four game set before playing ten games against the Red Sox and Mariners to end the month. If the White Sox begin to play well, they could consider adding notable pieces before the end of the year. But if they struggle, moving veterans might remain a possibility.

In addition to Samardzija, who likely would not clear waivers, Alexei Ramirez could be attractive to contending clubs seeking shortstop help. Geovany Soto is a veteran catcher who can be moved, and Adam LaRoche, Zach Dukes, John Danks, and Melky Cabrera might all clear waivers, too.

Chicago might wait to evaluate its progress of the next few weeks before making any moves. But if the White Sox thrive or struggle, activity will likely follow.