Anyone coming off a 99 loss season where they scored the fewest runs in the AL knows there is room for improvement. And Rick Hahn was ahead of the curve trying to improve the team when he inked one of the bigger free agents on the market in Jose Abreu back in October. But there is still plenty of work to be done. Some of that work could get accomplished at the winter meetings which start next week. Speaking to MLB.com, Hahn explained his approach:
"Obviously, it has been quiet on the player acquisition front since we signed Abreu, but that should not take away from the fact that it was a major acquisition that we expect to have a significant impact for an extended period of time. As we discussed at the time of each of last summer's acquisitions and again at the Abreu press conference, we know we have a variety of areas in which we need to improve.
"However, our goal is to find what we believe are longer-term solutions -- like Avisail Garcia and Abreu -- as opposed to forcing an inferior fit into place. This means that in some of these areas of need, it might take a little longer than we would like in order to get the right guy."
Translation – Don’t expect anything major before the start of spring training. But what Hahn is preaching here seems to make sense. Sadly, what that likely equates to is another down year for the club in 2014. Yet, better draft picks and player development seem to be the route best traveled. Teams always surprise us and this one might as well, but another 99 losses isn’t looking too farfetched.
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