PALM DESERT, Calif. -- With several key free agents on the market, Rick Hahn has the next three days to explore other ways to potentially fill roster holes.
Its not that the White Sox general manager is opposed to retaining catcher A.J. Pierzynski, third baseman Kevin Youkilis or reliever Brett Myers.
Hahn, unless he offloads salary through trades, has limited resources and prefers to be realistic about the chances of signing those players.
After a career season at the plate, Pierzynski could be in line for a big payday while Youkilis is the top third baseman in a thin free agent class. A big salary for either player could be hard for the White Sox to achieve with nine players already under contract for 89.25 million. The teams payroll should be roughly the same as last season when the White Sox opened the season at 97.669 million.
The odds of signing an impending free agent decrease once they hit the open market, Hahn said last week. You dont how aggressive other teams would be. Our chances would likely take a serious hit once he got out there.
The White Sox do have a plethora of starting pitchers already under contract. Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd were signed last week and John Danks is rehabbing from surgery Aug. 6 and all signs are positive. Pitchers Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Hector Santiago are also under team control.
Hahn said last week he believes the club could be very popular among other franchises in need of starting pitching help. He also said he will listen on all offers in hopes of an improvement to the roster through trade.
Floyd, who is set to earn 9.5 million in 2013, could be of particular interest to contenders looking for a one-year, affordable stopgap.
Teams arrived at the meetings on Tuesday afternoon. The meetings begin on Wednesday morning and conclude Friday. Hahn and the White Sox are fresh off their organizational meetings, which began Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.
The White Sox tout one of baseball's best farm systems, and CSN is taking you behind the scenes of those teams and top prospects with our latest Original Production.
White Sox Cornerstones: Charlotte and White Sox Cornerstones: Birmingham & Winston-Salem, presented by Ozinga, will air back-to-back tonight at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on CSN. You can also catch a live stream of both airings right here via the NBC Sports app.
White Sox Cornerstones: Charlotte will provide viewers a look at some of the brightest young stars in the game, including baseball's top prospect Yoan Moncada. The 21-year-old Moncada is batting .333 with six home runs and 13 RBIs in 33 games and was recently named the International League Player of the Week. We sit down with Moncada to discuss his development as a player, as well as his relationship with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.
The Knights also tout top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito, as well as pitchers Carson Fulmer, Zack Burdi and Reynaldo Lopez. Burdi and Fulmer will "walk to work" with CSN and discuss their mentality leading up to a game, what it means to be part of a rebuild and how their Charlotte teammates remain competitive even off the field.
You'll also hear from White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, Knights manager Mark Grudzielanek and Knights pitching coach Steve McCatty.
Then stay tuned in for White Sox Cornerstones: Birmingham & Winston-Salem as we ride the bus with the Birmingham Barons following their road win over the Montgomery Biscuits. The 90-minute bus ride includes interviews with No. 3 prospect Michael Kopech, who is 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 2017. The 21-year-old who came over with Moncada in the Chris Sale deal this past winter has struck out 51 batters in 35.1 innings. Kopech discusses his obsession with being the best and his thoughts on being a part of the White Sox rebuild.
We'll also travel to Salem, Virginia as the White Sox square off against the Salem Red Sox. CSN will sit down with No. 6 prospect Zack Collins and pitcher Tanner Banks. Collins discusses his thoughts on becoming the catcher of the future on Chicago's South Side.
You'll also hear from propsects Luis Alexander Basabe, Dane Dunning, Spencer Adams and manager Willie Harris, among others.
Watch as the White Sox open their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night on CSN and live streaming on the NBC Sports app.
Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.
Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.29 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.09 ERA)
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