Sunday, August 14, 2022

Rick Hahn Expresses Disappointment After Trade Deadline Failure

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Rick Hahn had some explaining to do on Tuesday night. The White Sox general manager looked worn down and sleep-deprived as he sat down in the White Sox dugout to address the media. A trade deadline that required so much and produced so little had come and gone.



Expectations were high. The explanation from Hahn did little to ease the fan’s discontent. To nobody’s surprise, it was the usual word salad about how frustrated he was.

“In all candor, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to do more to improve this club,” said Hahn, shortly after the deadline expired. “You saw a year ago at this time, you’ve seen it for the last several years, arguably the last couple of decades, that it’s our nature to try to improve this club at any opportunity we have.

“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to line up on some of our other potential targets. Anyone out there who is feeling a level of frustration or disappointment, I’m there with you.”

The White Sox were rumored to be going big game hunting. According to MLB insider Jim Bowden, the White Sox were having discussions with teams about many of the available premium players. Jon Heyman even reported that the White Sox were amongst teams known that inquired about Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani.

This has become a rinse and repeat pattern for the White Sox. They claimed to have a “seat at the table” for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Hahn fanned on both of them. He opted to roll the dice on Nomar Mazara’s “untapped potential.”

Infield solutions Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, and Trevor Story were all on the open market this offseason. The White Sox settled for Josh Harrison instead.

Rick Hahn has lost the benefit of the doubt. A man that said he wasn’t going to be satisfied until there was a parade in Chicago celebrating a White Sox championship only made one move during the trade deadline.

The only move in question was to trade for a pitcher with the worst walk rate amongst qualified relievers in baseball. Before the deadline, Hahn expressed his aspiration to improve the bullpen. Fans would be quick to add a left-handed power bat, starting pitching depth, and a right fielder to the list of needs.

The reports about premium players and Ohtani feel like a smoke screen. Hahn should be credited for the savvy moves he has made. He guided the White Sox through the rebuild and constructed a contender.

But now it is time to finish the job. There are holes on the roster, and the clock on the contention window is ticking. What makes this even more frustrating is that Hahn acknowledged that money was not an issue for preventing any deals before the deadline, adding at no point did they go to White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on anything and “be told no over the last period of time we’ve been talking about deals.”

“Look, it was a different market this year,” Hahn said. “I don’t know if it was a byproduct of having more playoff teams than there have been in the past or a byproduct of the Wild Card round being a best-of-three as opposed to more of a coin-flip game that sort of led to sellers perhaps being a little more aggressive in terms of their asking prices.

“Again, there were some players that people thought were probably going to get moved that wound up not getting moved for whatever reason, which is an individual team’s choice. But I think the market overall was favorable towards the sellers, and we didn’t line up.”

While the White Sox stood pat, everyone around them got better. The Twins added Michael Fulmer, Jorge Lopez, Tyler Mahle, and Sandy Leon, making the White Sox climb to the top of the division even tougher. Hahn does not seem too concerned.

“We feel they are very much capable of playing better baseball than we’ve seen over the first few months and that there’s a makings of a potential championship team in there should they get to their accustomed levels of performance,” Hahn said. “One of the things that excites us is about getting this group together, having them play together on a regular basis.

“Finally getting closer to having the group, at least of the six core guys since 2020 that performed well together, we’re close to getting them all back together. And with a little better fortune health-wise going forward, I’m confident that’s a quality group and capable of winning this division and beyond.”

It’s a good thing the general manager is confident because the fan base is certainly not. Much like the player’s performance on the field, Hahn’s performance off it has simply not been good enough.

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Ralph Law
Ralph Law
Aug 4, 2022 7:30 pm

What a crock of nonsense spewing from the mouth of this man. What if he were just to try “candor” instead of the word disguised as “cancer?” He
knows that most serious students of the team and the league know that Minnesota doesn’t reap four quality picks while the White Sox cannot manage one. We’d respect him if he just said Jerry Reinsdorf as told me not to pay out any more funds after we’ve debased the stands of all but those who could walk to the park, and infuriated the rest.

mjc7272
mjc7272
Aug 4, 2022 7:25 am

What bunch of crap. Sox give the same lame excuses they always do, when it comes to FA or trades. “Oh, we tried really hard. We’re disappointed too. But we still believe”. Well, no one else believes the manure you’re shoveling. Just be honest for one damn time and tell the truth: Ebenezer Reinsdorf doesn’t want to win. All he wants to do is fill the park as much as possible. He’s happy with the profit from parking and concessions. He’s too worried about counting pennies.  And, for the poor excuse about the senile alcoholic manager (being affected by homeostatic sleep… Read more »

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Southside Mike
Southside Mike
Aug 3, 2022 10:13 pm

We’ve heard this all before way too many times. Pretenders not contenders. He’s excited about having everyone back playing together again. How long will that last before someone’s hurt yet again. Even when we were healthy, we were no match for Houston.

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