NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rick Hahn is fairly certain there will be a surge of action on the trade market in the near future.
The White Sox general manager believes once some of the marquee free agents come off the board teams with payroll once allotted for those players will begin to search for substitutes. Hahn seemed to believe the White Sox offseason is far from over during a media session Wednesday at the winter meetings.
Last month, rival executives said they believe the White Sox have made pitcher Gavin Floyd, outfielders Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo, and second baseman Gordon Beckham all available on the trade market. Hahn has also said he has been willing to listen to other teams about any players, though he admits some would be harder to move than others.
Once they realize we arent getting this guy they need to explore other options and they are more willing to spend some payroll on those spots, Hahn said. I think youve started to see that free-agent tier below the premium tier starting to find some homes. Thats starting to move since we got here. But the trade market may start to wait on those premium free agents. Look, if youre a club in on one of those, you dont have to give up talent to get somebody. If you have the money, you give up the money before you give up the money and the talent.
Wednesdays action at the meetings included talk of a four-team deal. Hahn last month spoke about the possibility of a three-team deal or two involving the White Sox and hopes to get in on the action if anything comes down.
I want to get a little piece of that, Hahn said. I dont want all my friends getting together and having fun without me.