General manager Rick Hahn laughed when asked before the game Friday if the White Sox will be buyers or sellers leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Then just after declining to answer the question, Hahn volunteered some information.

“Look, we’re not where we need to be; we know that,” Hahn said. “We are realistic about where we are today. We are realistic about where we are likely to be over the next 10 weeks or so.”

Any answer to the original question is somewhat more complicated than last year, when the Sox went into the All-Star break with a 37-55 record on their way to a miserable 99-loss season. In 2013, there was no doubt they would sell as many pieces as possible to clear payroll space and add young players, all this while falling into one of the top draft picks.

The Sox cleared out high-priced Jake Peavy and Alex Rios, picked up Avisail Garcia and ended up with the No. 3 overall selection that was used on Carlos Rodon. Over the winter, the Sox added Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton to a team that is much improved but still below .500 at 46-51 after the 3-2 victory against the Astros. The Sox trail the first-place Tigers by 91/2 games in the American League Central.

“If there are opportunities to continue the process that we started over a year ago, in terms of putting long-term pieces in place that will allow us to compete on an annual basis, we will continue down that path,” Hahn said. “But we’re not going to force anything. There’s no urgency to make any moves at this time. It’s going to be based upon the fits and what the return is going to be.”

The players can help Hahn figure out exactly what he needs to do. But as Adam Dunn pointed out, they haven’t played well consistently.