CALIFORNIA ANGELS Wish list: The Angels are looking to replace half of their starting infield. Manager Doug Rader has run out of patience with Johnny Ray and Jack Howell, neither of whom will be in the starting lineup next year.
Trade bait: Nobody is safe, but Devon White, Howell, Ray and Dante Bichette are very available.
Rumor mill: First baseman Wally Joyner might be a surprise departee. He is the one player the Angels know has great value and he also is the one everyday player they can readily replace.
If Christmas comes early: General manager Mike Port will convince the Cleveland Indians to give up second baseman Jerry Browne for White, Ray and some prospects.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX Wish list: The White Sox need a starting pitcher and a run-producing outfielder.
Trade bait: Ivan Calderon, Carlos Martinez and Steve Lyons. Left-handers Ken Patterson and Scott Radinsky might be available, but definitely won't come cheap.
Rumor mill: The White Sox are making a pitch for Bob Welch. The club has brought former Red Sox outfielder Dwight Evans in for a physical, but new GM Ron Schueler is more interested in Dave Henderson, who is likely to become a new-look free agent.
If Christmas comes early: The White Sox will convince Welch that Chicago is not so very far from his hometown in Michigan.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS Wish list: The Royals recently lost right-handed reliever Steve Farr, so they will have to expand their search for relief. The club already was looking for a left-handed middleman, but Jeff Montgomery could fill that role if Mark Davis regains some effectiveness next year. The club also needs a back-up catcher.
Trade bait: Danny Tartabull keeps coming up in trade conversations, but it's usually the other clubs that mention his name. The Royals stand to lose several players to free agency, so they won't have a lot to talk about in Chicago.
Rumor mill: The club is close to signing Kirk Gibson and installing him as the full-time designated hitter.
If Christmas comes early: Someone will come along and trade for Davis, freeing the Royals to spend $3 million a year on a couple of lesser-known but more effective relief pitchers.