Hot stove heating up for Hahn, Sox

Hot stove heating up for Hahn, Sox
December 4, 2012, 12:49 am
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rival executives will tell you the White Sox have been aggressive in bids to fill the holes on their roster this offseason.
Last month, multiple sources identified second baseman Gordon Beckham, outfielders Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo, and starting pitcher Gavin Floyd as potential trade chips as the team aimed to find a third baseman and solve its catching situation. General manager Rick Hahn even went as far as to say -- without naming names -- he had several trade scenarios worked out, possibly a three-team deal or two, at the general managers meetings last month in Palm Desert, Calif.
But as of Day 1at the winter meetings on Monday, the White Sox havent made any additional moves since they signed Jake Peavy and exercised Floyds option in October. And Hahn doesnt want to describe any potential moves, such as a free agent signing or a trade, as close or not.
You know what I compare it to? Hahn said. Its like with my wife. She doesnt care where I travel to. Im either home or not home. So either the team is done or not done. Its not close. Were not on the doorstep. Were not on the cusp of announcing something. Its either done or not done. Right now, nothing is done.
With hot stove action starting to pickup, however, Hahn admits the time for the White Sox next move may be near. Even though signs point to Tyler Flowers taking over as the teams starting catcher in 2013, Hahn refused to rule out the possibility of A.J. Pierzysnkis return on Monday. But if Pierzynski were to leave, the White Sox need to add a left-handed bat to give manager Robin Ventura flexibility with the lineup, Hahn said. He also would have to consider an additional veteran catcher to throw into the mix, though Hahn said White Sox decision makers are comfortable with the game of Hector Gimenez enough to trust him as their No. 2 catcher.
And then theres the ever-present hole at third base, where the top free-agent option, Kevin Youkilis, could come off the board at any time.
We do feel that some of the options we like are starting to come close to making a decision, whether it be via free agency or via trade, Hahn said. And if we want to move forward, that very well may have to come to a head in the coming days. But we certainly dont feel any pressure that we have to make a move.