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I appreciate the comments from the first episode last week of “White Sox Problems to Ask Rick Hahn.” This feedback relates directly to Hahn’s candor in our conversation.
Some of you even suggested more catchy names than my current attention grabber for the segment, “Wrath of Hahn” being probably my favorite, even though I’ve only seen one Star Trek movie or episode. in my life. But Hahn wasn’t angry in that encounter, so it doesn’t quite fit at this point. Here is part 2 of this conference, which took place during the Yankees’ home series.
Money for Trade Deadline Acquisitions
The White Sox haven’t played a healthy game since probably the second-to-last week of spring training. So, with right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn and left fielder Eloy Jiménez on the way back in June, the team could be rolling around the August 2 trade deadline. If additions are needed, the White Sox have a history of trying to improve a competing team.
“Historically, when we had an opportunity to win, we had the resources to keep improving on that opportunity,” Hahn said. “And at the moment we still have work to do, but we are definitely looking at coming in July if we are where we think we are capable of being and there are additions to be made, I suspect that the conversations will be similar to others we’ve had in those seasons where we had realistic playoff aspirations.
Asked about the “work to do” comment, Hahn said it was about the team and not some kind of economic situation.
“I’m not talking about the economy at all,” Hahn said. “I’m talking about competitiveness and looking at this team and saying health, talent and performance is wise, we have a real chance of winning.”
Hahn understands the White Sox’s minor league system is ranked near the bottom. He also thinks they have talented prospects who could be of interest to other teams if they don’t help the White Sox.
“We were first in those rankings, we were 30th in those,” Hahn said. “Our most recent low ranking is a byproduct of several things. Obviously degrees in Chicago or degrees via commerce.
“Additionally, the 2020 five-round draft and the 2021 20-round draft were mostly high school focused at least upwards, and many high school players as well as many of our Latin players didn’t have a full seasons with a chance to grow. Many of the names that led us to the bottom rung this year, I think after a full season of minor league play this year, will be viewed very differently by the industry.