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White Sox rumors: Carlos Gonzalez, Jay Bruce potential outfield options

Chicago is still hoping to upgrade its outfield.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago is still hoping to upgrade its outfield and could consider Carlos Gonzalez and Jay Bruce in the coming days, according to CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine.

The White Sox are specifically seeking a left-handed power bat, which both Gonzalez and Bruce posses. However, Levine notes it does not appear the club has been in trade discussions with regard to either player.

Gonzalez, 30, had success with the Rockies last season, batting .271/.325/.540 to complement 40 home runs and 97 RBIs.

Colorado is thought to be hoping to receive at least two minor league players and a major league player in exchange for Gonzalez. In addition the personnel involved, the team is also requesting another club pay the $37 million remaining on Gonzalez's contract.

If the White Sox are fond enough of Gonzalez's bat, which given the amount of power he has exhibited the last few seasons they should be, paying the remainder of the contract might not be an issue. Losing two prospects and a big league ready player could be challenging, though.

While Gonzalez is expected to thrive in 2016, Bruce might be more affordable because he struggled throughout 2015. Over 157 games with Cincinnati, .226/.294/.434 to complement 26 home runs and 87 RBIs.

Bruce is a career .248 hitter, but he has proven he is capable of hitting home runs regularly. Since he hasn't had much success, specifically in terms of average, since the 2013 campaign, Bruce could emerge as the more affordable option.

However, the Reds would almost certainly ask for at least a pair of prospects in return.

The White Sox still hoping to add a power bat to its lineup and likely will relatively soon. But the bat they add will almost certainly reflect what they are willing to lose considering the names the club has been linked to.