Alejandro De Aza's removal from Charlotte's game Tuesday could very well mean a trade is coming.
If De Aza were simply removed from the Knight's lineup prior to their game tonight, I would be inclined to believe he's on his way to Chicago with Brent Lillibridge being designated for assignment. But De Aza was removed in the top of the first.
While nothing has been confirmed -- nor likely will be confirmed until after Tuesday's Sox-Tigers game -- the chances an agreement has been put in place to trade De Aza seem fairly high. A White Sox official told Brett Ballantini De Aza would not be called up today -- a denial that allows for a lot of reading between the lines. But there hasn't been a mention of De Aza being hurt, and unless Joe McEwing wasn't pleased with a lack of hustle or something like that, this move appears to be roster-related.
As of the third inning in St. Louis, Colby Rasmus is still in the Cardinals' lineup, although that's hardly a signal there's not a deal in place for Rasmus that involves De Aza.
But if the last decade has taught us anything, it's that most of Kenny Williams' trades haven't been previously rumored. Maybe De Aza is part of a deal along with Edwin Jackson, but Rasmus may not be the return.
We'll know more about this as the evening rolls on, I presume. Or maybe we'll have to wait until tomorrow morning.
Oddsmaker on De Aza:
Trade -- 5:2
Smoke, no fire -- 4:1
Call-up -- 8:1
Injury -- 13:1
Solved the debt crisis -- 300:1
Abducted by aliens -- 999:1