Rick Hahn was welcomed to his new job as the General Manager of the Chicago White Sox with a steaming pile of bad. A bad farm system. Bad contracts. And a bad product on the field that has only won 62 games so far this year. But the former Michigan Wolverine isn’t being paid to make excuses. He’s being paid to get this team back to where it was in 2005.
Speaking to MLB.com, Hahn claimed one way to do that is to get better players. Makes sense, but does anyone want to come to the South Side and be part of a rebuilding process? The man in charge thinks so:
"Yes, it has been a rough year, but we still play in the city of Chicago. We still have an extremely supportive fan base. We still have great coaches and a great environment to come join. No one who talks to any player who has been through this season is going to get a negative review about playing here.
"They are certainly going to see what the season was and hear about the struggle it has been. It's not because of anything that's an indictment of playing here or the organization or impact anyone's desire to come here.
"You know, there's a lot of upside for players who come here in terms of exceeding this low bar that we have set for this season. There's opportunity for us to recraft this thing. There are opportunities for certain players to come and be a part of it."
The top names in the market this offseason will be Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo, and Jacoby Ellsbury – to name a few. But there are plenty others as who can help. With a payroll that still likely has some trimming to be done to it though, the club might not be able to afford many big names this winter.
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