Hawk raves about 'best trade' in White Sox history

Hawk raves about 'best trade' in White Sox history
October 17, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Tony Andracki

When you think about the greatest trades in White Sox history, would you believe one of them was made this season, at least in one man's opinion?

Ken "Hawk" Harrelson joined a teleconference with White Sox season ticket holders Thursday and one of the topics that came up was Rick Hahn's first year as general manager and the moves he made.

On July 30, just before the nonwaiver deadline, Hahn acquired Avisail Garcia from the Detroit Tigers in the three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox.

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Hawk loved the move.

"This has got a chance to be the best trade the White Sox have ever made," Harrelson said on the conference call. "[Garcia] can run, throw, hit, hit for average, hit for power, he's got a gun in the outfield and he is going to be an absolute force in a White Sox uniform for many years to come.

"Rick Hahn, in his first year, made possibly the greatest trade the White Sox have ever made."

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So better than the 1998 deal with the Reds that sent Mike Cameron to Cincinnati and Paul Konerko, the captain, to the South Side? Or the 1949 trade with the Athletics to acquire Nellie Fox, who collected 2,470 hits over 14 years in a White Sox uniform?

Garcia won't turn 23 until next June and he's already found success in parts of two seasons in the big leagues. With the Sox late in the season, he hit .304 with 11 extra-base hits -- including five homers -- and 21 RBI in 42 games.

The Venezuelan native has drawn comparisons to Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera and Garcia proved his aptitude with a .379/.431/.561 line in 47 minor-league games to begin the 2013 season. At three different stops between the Tigers' and White Sox system, Garcia never hit below .370.

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All for a 32-year-old pitcher with a $14.5 million contract for next season that didn't fit into the long-term plans of a rebuilding White Sox team. Still, it is a bit too soon to truly grade the Garcia-Peavy deal, but Hawk's never shied away from bold declarations before.