CHICAGO -- The name of White Sox pitcher Daniel Hudson has been bantered around in so many trade rumors that it seems only natural for Hudson to think about these possible destinations where he could end up.
"Sometimes," said the low-key Hudson with a smile. "Obviously, with my name being thrown in, I sort of think about, 'Where would I want to go?' It's not saying I don't want to go anywhere, but Washington is close to home [Virginia]. Arizona would be a good place.
"But if they trade me, they are doing what's best for the organization. There's nothing I can do about it."
Hudson presents an interesting issue for the White Sox. He stands as probably their top realistic trade chip in pursuit of a left-handed bat such as Washington's Adam Dunn or Milwaukee's Prince Fielder. With Jake Peavy done for the season due to injury, though, there's really nobody to replace Hudson in the rotation if he's moved.
Granted, the fifth spot could be skipped with three off-days in August and three more in September, but manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't want to wear down his staff before they make the playoffs -- assuming they make the playoffs. All of these possibilities haven't weighed upon Hudson, who chalked up Sunday's problems in a loss to Oakland to consistently falling behind 2-0 and 3-1 in the counts and being forced to come in with fastballs.
Nonetheless, the 23-year-old right-hander will be glad when July 31 comes and goes.
"It will be a little weight off of my shoulders," Hudson said. "To be honest, I'm pretty excited to get past that day and get it out of the way. I don't know what's going to happen. I do know I have to throw strikes."