With A.J. Pierzynski potentially gone via free agency, the White Sox are in the market for another left-handed bat.
White Sox general manager addressed the hypothetical scenario late last week when he noted if the veteran catcher departed it would leave his lineup with two left-handed regulars in Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn. Were that the case, Hahn wants to offer manager Robin Ventura flexibility in his lineup choices.
With Pierzynskis 27 home runs in the lineup, the White Sox had a .252.320.435 slash line against right-handed pitching compared with a .256.318.417 versus lefties.
Assuming AJ is gone we do become a little too right-handed there and that would be a concern and I think its a legitimate concern, Hahn said. Our right-handed hitters, some of them, do have a fair amount of success against right-handed pitching, so its not a fatal flaw in the lineup. But Id like to give Robin a little more flexibility to mix and match a little bit and that would entail having a little more balance available to him.