The retool is well under way with the additions of Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia but the White Sox have plenty to do, general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday.
While their dollars may be limited after Abreu finalized a six-year, $68-million contract, Hahn said he wouldn’t rule out any future “avenues.” Their window for any more big-ticket items may be limited but Hahn said anything, including free agents, would be evaluated on a “case-by-case basis.”
“If there’s the opportunity similar to the one we were presented to sign Jose that has a long-term benefit and improves us next year as well as multiple years beyond, then we’ll have to take it very seriously,” Hahn said. “We know we still have work to do.”
The White Sox have made a dent in their attempts to turn around an offense that finished last in the American League with 598 runs, the team’s fewest since 1980 when it scored 587. But Hahn must also help fix a defense that committed 51 more errors in 2013 than it did in 2012. To repair the roster, Hahn most likely would have to explore the trade market as the White Sox have few holes and a number of players who are only in their arbitration years.
But Hahn won’t limit the team’s offseason plans to trades.
“Obviously we have a number of areas where we need to improve,” Hahn said. “We will explore all of them whether it’s free agency or trade. It’s probably more likely that trades are next, but at the same time we haven’t even hit true domestic free agency yet so it’s not anything we’re ruling out until we do our similar due diligence on some of the players that are available there.”