The offseason is almost complete, but the White Sox have dropped hints they may not be done with their makeover.
Even though pitchers and catchers report to camp in 19 days and the team's made more than their share of moves already, the White Sox could be in line for more. White Sox manager Robin Ventura suggested at SoxFest on Sunday the team’s current roster still may not be set.
Despite trades for Adam Eaton and Matt Davidson and the signing of Jose Abreu, general manager Rick Hahn has said in the past that the White Sox have plenty of work still ahead and he might not be able to complete it all this offseason. Play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson applauds Hahn for his bold moves and thinks more may be on the way.
“I don’t think he’s done yet,” Harrelson said. “I think there’s a couple of other moves he wants to make, that he’s going to try to make and he might make ‘em. And if he does, it would be unbelievable.”
So what could happen?
The White Sox are still in search of a long-term solution behind the plate. The team is prepared to go to camp with Tyler Flowers, Josh Phegley and Rule 5 draftee Adrian Nieto.
The club also could be in the market for an additional starting pitcher. Hahn has said repeatedly in the past he always is searching for more arms and the White Sox made a hard push for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
Hahn also might try to break up several logjams on his own roster. He currently has two left fielders in Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza. The club also has veterans in shortstop Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham playing ahead of prospects. Leury Garcia, Marcus Semien and Micah Johnson are all on the cusp of the big leagues.
And, the club could look to move either Jeff Keppinger to free up playing time for Davidson or trade Adam Dunn, one of three first baseman/designated hitters.
“We're pleased with the progress, but I'd say we're probably not satisfied,” Hahn said. “We're not done. There's other areas we want to improve.”
Ventura sounds confident in what Hahn has already done and what lies ahead.
“It takes guts to be able to do what he (Hahn) did,” Ventura said. “It’s one thing to have that idea and have that plan. It’s another thing to be able to implement it and do it. With our talks that we’ve had over the course of the second half of last season through the offseason until now, there was a plan and he was able to do a lot of things that he set out to do that we were for, and that’s not always easy to do.”