Hahn believes trade market about to pick up

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Hahn believes trade market about to pick up

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.

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Todd Frazier wasn’t pleased with a call Saturday afternoon that led to the first ejection of his career.

It’s not that the White Sox third baseman is arguing about whether or not he deserved to get thrown out in the seventh inning of a 10-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. Frazier is more miffed by first-base umpire Sam Holbrook’s initial ruling --- that his throw pulled Jose Abreu off the bag --- and the determination by replay officials that the call was correct.

Frazier was ejected shortly after word arrived that the call stands, which means officials in New York didn’t believe they have enough evidence to overturn the original ruling. That fact bothered Frazier, who was charged with an error and began to speak his mind. White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected shortly thereafter for the third straight home game.

“It’s just frustrating with the technology we have today,” Frazier said. “It’s just crazy. It boggles your mind. It really does. You know -- I’m the one. I’m vocal. I’m emotional. But when it’s wrong, 100 percent wrong. I saw it on the MLB Network. I saw it in our cameras and our computers. I just don’t understand how we can see it and they can’t see it in New York. It’s just, it’s frustrating as all hell to be honest with you. It turned into a big inning. We were down a lot, don’t get me wrong. But still, Jake (Petricka) is pitching his heart out and next thing you know he gives up an unearned run and two more runs. So it’s really not that hard. Honest. It’s not that hard.”

Renteria raced onto the field in an attempt to save Frazier from a quick ejection, but didn’t have enough time. It was the third home game in a row in which a White Sox player was ejected for the first time in their career. Tim Anderson got the boot on Friday night after he argued with plate umpire Jim Wolf. And Avisail Garcia got tossed from the June 15 series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Renteria said taking into context who his players are and their track record made him want to further defend their actions.

“I don't ever go into a situation arguing with someone to get thrown out,” Renteria said. “I don't. I think what happens is, like anybody emotionally, when you start talking and expressing yourself, you have a tendency to get heated. You don't plan on doing that. I certainly don't go out there planning on having that happen. I think what happens, and I think it's just human nature, you start thinking about the whole situation, you're losing a player. You're losing a guy that's supposed to be in there for the next two, three innings to help you maybe continue to chip away. Our team has been fighting every day, since day one of spring training. I don’t care what our record is, I don't care what the score is, we fight. And when you take one of those pieces out of the lineup, you get pissed.”

Even though he had a chance to cool off, Frazier still felt the same after the contest. He stuck his head into the team’s video room after the game to check out the play. Teams have a variety of angles from which they can determine whether or not to challenge a call. They also have the option of taking a freeze frame and magnifying the picture, which left no doubt in Frazier’s mind that the call was incorrect.

“Like I said just frustrating,” Frazier said. “It’s just not that hard. And with all the technology like I said, I don’t mean to repeat ourselves, but with all the technology and 8 different angles it’s just one of those things where I just can’t let that go. It turned into a huge inning. You never know. We were down 6 we coulda came back. You gotta be 100 percent. You gotta be 100 percent right on that and I really don’t think he was.”