After they traded away more than $27 million in future salaries this summer, the White Sox could spend some of their savings on an impact free agent.
General manager Rick Hahn said the White Sox, who at this point only have $48 million committed for 2014, could attempt to attract a top name free agent this offseason.
The White Sox started the 2013 season with an Opening Day payroll of $112 million. With an increase in amateur and international spending due, the White Sox are highly unlikely to match this season’s payroll. But Hahn said that won’t preclude them from trying to acquire a big name were such a player to fit into the team’s long-term plans.
“Absolutely,” Hahn said. “But again, we're going to shy away from any short-term fix. It's going to be getting this thing right so that on an annual basis, we're in a position to contend for the postseason. If a free agent this year fits, a big name, high-priced free agent is not just going to be for '14. It's going to be with a vision for the next several years thereafter as well.”