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White Sox open to trading any player with fewer than four years of control

Apparently this is serious.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago is open to moving any player on its roster with fewer than four years of control left, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

While the White Sox will likely be active this offseason, the club’s plan seems to be trading for long-term prospects. Chris Sale, David Robertson, Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera and James Shields are among the Chicago players with fewer than four years of control remaining.

The White Sox ended the season fourth in the American League Central, but it’s unlikely several major pieces of the club’s roster will be traded. Sale, whose name was mentioned in traded rumors consistently in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline, might be the most realistic trade candidate this winter.

Chicago could move a few starting pieces in exchange for minor league depth, though an overhaul seems unrealistic. The White Sox could consider rebuilding completely if they struggle at the start of 2017.