Arguably the most active team in baseball last season, the White Sox may be sitting on the sidelines early on the trade market and free-agent market this offseason. The White Sox have already heard tentative offers for first baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Avisail Garcia, who each have two years of club control left. But it’s doubtful they act quickly. “It would be foolish for any of us to break off conversations,” general manager Rick Hahn said Monday, the first day of the GM Meetings. “You never know where you might end up, whether if it’s that conversation or six months later, leading to a fit that will serve us well.” The White Sox pulled off the two biggest trades of the 2016 Winter Meetings last December, sending left-hander Chris Sale to the Red Sox and outfielder Adam Eaton to the Nationals in deals that netted them seven prospects in all, including second baseman Yoan Moncada, right-hander Lucas Giolito and right-hander Reynaldo Lopez, who’ve all made their way to the big leagues. This year doesn’t figure to feature the same fireworks. As other teams in a win-now mode probe the player acquisition market, Hahn has instituted a wait-and-see approach for the White Sox this offseason, at least initially here at the GM Meetings. Chicago’s plan is to sit back as the market plays out with premier free agents like first baseman Eric Hosmer and premier trade candidates like Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, then re-engage with action, be it in the lower-profile wave of free agency or by conversing with clubs that miss out on the big names.
White Sox Will Be Patient On Trade Market But Have No Untouchables
CBSChicago.com | Nov 14