CHICAGO — Here are the latest rumors:
• Bob Nightengale of USA Today has the Red Sox “pushing hard” for White RF Carlos Quentin and LHP Matt Thornton.
Quentin is entering his last year of arbitration eligibility and is making $5.05 million this year. Thornton is on the books for $5.5 million in 2012, $5.5 million in 2013 and $6 million (or a $1 million buyout) in 2014.
The White Sox knew what they were doing when they dumped Bobby Jenks. Why are they suddenly so hot to deal Thornton? Red flag, there.
• Buster Olney has the Red Sox discussing a deal with Oakland for RHP Rich Harden and OF Josh Willingham. The Sox have liked Willingham for a while.
• Now that Seattle has traded Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for a package of prospects that includes Maine native Charlie Furbush, will the Mariners empty out the rest of the roster and deal Erik Bedard or Jason Vargas, too?