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Jackson to the White Sox?

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An interesting thing happened on Monday night in Milwaukee: The Arizona Diamondbacks played their first baseman, Conor Jackson, in left field, only the second time in his big-league career he has played there. According to MLB sources, the Diamondbacks were showcasing him for a possible trade to the White Sox, who like his bat but have a logjam in the 1B/DH roles with Paul Konerko and Jim Thome. Arizona is looking for starting pitching and scouted Jose Contreras' last start, although the Diamondbacks are believed to be interested in younger starters, including Jon Garland and the seemingly untouchable John Danks.

If the White Sox keep their four signed starters, it is possible they could deal from their stockpile of young arms, with Danks, Gavin Floyd, knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, former first-round pick Lance Broadway and crafty lefty Heath Phillips among the names in play. They also have Gio Gonzalez, Jack Egbert and Adam Russell pushing for promotions at Double-A, so you wonder if it is out of the question for them to move Danks for young hitters. Jackson isn't having the big season that was forecast for him, batting .262 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 77 games. But he is a skilled hitter, drawing more walks (37) than strikeouts (26). The Diamondbacks are also reportedly shopping right fielder Carlos Quentin, who recently hit his way back to Triple-A.

With Justin Upton rising fast, perhaps the Diamondbacks would consider moving center fielder Chris Young, whom they got from the White Sox in the Javy Vazquez trade. Young is hitting .238 with 14 homers and 11 stolen bases in his rookie season with the Diamondbacks. These talks bear watching.