White Sox general manager Rick Hahn hinted he would start dealing players if the team couldn't string together a successful stretch.
Hahn has followed through, trading the first valuable commodity on the White Sox. Left-handed reliever Matt Thornton and cash considerations to the Red Sox for minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs. Thornton finishes his eight-year career on the White Sox with a 31-35 record, 3.28 ERA, 23 saves and an All-Star appearance (2010).
Jacobs, 22, hit .247 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs in 84 games this year between Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland. Entering the season, Jacobs was rated by MLB.com as the Red Sox's 11th-best prospect.
Thornton, who was the source of frustration from some White Sox fans in the last couple years, finishes his time with the White Sox as the franchise's all-time relief leader in appearances (first), holds (first), strikeouts (second), wins (tied for third) and strikeouts (strikeouts).
The White Sox will make a corresponding move before Game 1 today against the Phillies.
-- Meghan Montemurro