Hot stove heating up for Hahn, Sox

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Hot stove heating up for Hahn, Sox

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.

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Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.

Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.

“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.

“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.

“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.

Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.

“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”

In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.

As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.

Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.