The Chicago White Sox are apparently trying to overhaul their roster this winter after an utterly disappointing 2011 season, and that's had some teams asking about shortstop Alexei Ramirez and pitcher Chris Sale, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. But the White Sox are understandably reluctant to give up two of their most valuable assets, and have set "sky high" prices for either player.
Ramirez, 30, posted a .268/.328/.399 line for the White Sox last season, but was one of the best shortstops in the American League thanks to strong baserunning and defense. He's owed $31.5 million over the next four years, and the Sox hold a club option for a fifth year worth $10 million that has a $1 million buyout attached.
Sale, 23 in March, has posted a 2.58 ERA over 94 innings since joining Chicago's bullpen late in the 2010 season. The team's 2010 first-round pick, he's being transitioned to the rotation this winter and is considered to be one of the team's few premium young players. He's under team control through the 2016 season, making him a major asset.
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