LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Even after several moves the White Sox said trade chatter has remained steady.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Wednesday his team still has several potential options ahead less than 24 hours after he acquired center fielder Adam Eaton from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team deal that sent Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels.
But just what the White Sox may do next is anyone’s guess.
“There’s been a lot of different ideas floating around both direct deals and three-way possibilities as well,” Hahn said. “Historically I always felt on Wednesday of winter meetings from this time we got close to doing something and got excited, all go to sleep and wake up prior to the Rule 5 draft that it all fell apart. We haven’t gotten to that portion of the meetings yet, but there certainly are things we’re considering.”
One rival executive believes the White Sox would like to trade outfielder Dayan Viciedo, who is now part of a crowded house after Eaton was acquired. Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza, whom the San Francisco Giants have reportedly checked in on, would platoon in left field next season were they both to remain on the roster, Hahn said Tuesday.
Another baseball source said the White Sox have looked into the possibility of trading away second baseman Gordon Beckham.
The White Sox also are still in search of an additional catcher to bolster the roster and may be in search of a left-handed relief pitcher as well.
“We’re always shooting for long-term fits or solutions and until we exhaust those possibilities do we turn to interim or complementary pieces,” Hahn said. “Even after that we don’t stop looking for long-term solutions, but again there are a handful of items still on the wish list. Don’t know how many of those long-term fits we’ll be able to fill in the next 24 of hours let alone the next couple of weeks, but we’re going to stay on it.”