ORLANDO -- While some teams may use this week’s general manager’s meetings to prep for the offseason the White Sox already feel comfortable.
General manager Rick Hahn had more than six weeks to lay groundwork for the offseason before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. Over that period he and the club’s front office spoke to anyone and everyone about possible future deals. So while he has plenty of work ahead to repair a club coming off 99 losses last season, Hahn said he feels confident to make a move if one presents itself.
“Some years, clubs are ready to deal down here as well; if that is the case this year, we're ready to make a move as well should that right opportunity arise,” Hahn said in an email on Monday before he arrived.
Hahn has quite the task ahead of him in Orlando and over the rest of the offseason. He hopes to continue to reshape an offense that produced only 598 runs in 2013. A defense that committed 121 errors also needs to be fixed and the club could stand to improve on the base paths as well.
Given the way last season unfolded, when the White Sox traded Jake Peavy, Alex Rios and veteran relievers Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton, players know anything can happen.
“There has to be changes,” second baseman Gordon Beckham said in September. “Whether or not it’s top to bottom, you have to look in the mirror and see what you have to do better. Rick is really smart. He has a plan, I’m sure of it. It’s not his fault or the coaches’ fault. The guys on the field didn’t get it done.”