Rick Hahn wanted to play during one the most interesting trade deadlines ever but the other kids kept him out of the sandbox.
Recounting a wild nonwaiver trade deadline the day after, the White Sox general manager said Friday afternoon that the White Sox had a chance at joining the fray, but nothing materialized that made sense.
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Hahn offered few details about potential moves that fizzled, but did suggest that the White Sox were involved in a potential three-way trade that felt apart two hours before the 3 p.m. CST deadline.
Considering the type of day it was, with the likes of David Price and Jon Lester, Hahn admits, he wanted to participate in the worst way possible.
“To see that type of talent moving around, frankly I sort of felt like the kid looking out the window with all his friends playing outside while I was inside practicing my violin,” Hahn said. “Unfortunately the right opportunity just did not present itself.”
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Hahn has proven to be a wheeler-and-dealer since took over as the team’s GM in Nov. 2012. He kicked into fifth gear last July when he made the first of four moves, trading Matt Thornton to Boston, and followed with several deals, including a three-teamer that sent Jake Peavy to the Red Sox.
In the offseason he continued to shake up the White Sox 40-man roster with the additions of Matt Davidson and Adam Eaton, who was also acquired in a three-team deal that sent Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels.
Disappointed this third three-way fell through, Hahn still believes the legwork could pay off down the road. He has been upfront all season that even though the White Sox have shown significant improvement, the team’s rebuild isn’t quite finished.
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“At least got a feel for some of the value of our players going forward and hopefully laid the ground works for some future deals, whether it's the ill-fated three-way I referenced or some other ones that we didn't get very far on but at least had some decent dialogue on,” Hahn said. “Again, would've loved to have done something and sit here today to tell you we're continuing the process. It didn't happen, but hopefully within the coming weeks or months I'll be able to remind you of this conversation and say, ‘This is what we were talking about and the ground works started around the trade deadline.’ ”
“In the end there just wasn't anything that we felt made made us better for the short term, much less the long term, so why just do something for the sake of doing something?”