The White Sox came up short in their pitch to Masahiro Tanaka but Rick Hahn won’t be soured by the end result.
Although the Japanese pitcher ultimately selected the New York Yankees, with whom he agreed upon a seven-year, $155-million contract on Wednesday morning, the White Sox enjoyed playing a part in the process.
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On Tuesday, the White Sox general manager said on Sports Talk Live that he respected how Tanaka and agent Casey Close engineered the process, one that offered clubs a chance to sit down with the pitcher for 60 minutes and sell their vision. Hahn, Kenny Williams and Robin Ventura traveled to Los Angeles earlier this month to meet with Tanaka to lie out the team’s plan for the future. The White Sox reportedly exceeded $100 million with their offer for Tanaka.
“It was a really nice opportunity to sit down face to face and articulate our vision for the future and why we think we’re on the precipice of something special and why we think this player in particular could be a part of that and how he’d fit in,” Hahn said. “It’s not too often even with domestic free agents that you get an opportunity to lay out a vision and tell them why you could be part of this and why we’re pursuing you and really appreciated how this process has unfolded regardless of the result.”