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Hahn exploring ways to fill roster holes

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Hahn exploring ways to fill roster holes

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- With several key free agents on the market, Rick Hahn has the next three days to explore other ways to potentially fill roster holes.

Its not that the White Sox general manager is opposed to retaining catcher A.J. Pierzynski, third baseman Kevin Youkilis or reliever Brett Myers.

Hahn, unless he offloads salary through trades, has limited resources and prefers to be realistic about the chances of signing those players.

After a career season at the plate, Pierzynski could be in line for a big payday while Youkilis is the top third baseman in a thin free agent class. A big salary for either player could be hard for the White Sox to achieve with nine players already under contract for 89.25 million. The teams payroll should be roughly the same as last season when the White Sox opened the season at 97.669 million.

The odds of signing an impending free agent decrease once they hit the open market, Hahn said last week. You dont how aggressive other teams would be. Our chances would likely take a serious hit once he got out there.

The White Sox do have a plethora of starting pitchers already under contract. Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd were signed last week and John Danks is rehabbing from surgery Aug. 6 and all signs are positive. Pitchers Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Hector Santiago are also under team control.

Hahn said last week he believes the club could be very popular among other franchises in need of starting pitching help. He also said he will listen on all offers in hopes of an improvement to the roster through trade.

Floyd, who is set to earn 9.5 million in 2013, could be of particular interest to contenders looking for a one-year, affordable stopgap.

Teams arrived at the meetings on Tuesday afternoon. The meetings begin on Wednesday morning and conclude Friday. Hahn and the White Sox are fresh off their organizational meetings, which began Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Inside the White Sox draft room with Nick Hostetler

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Inside the White Sox draft room with Nick Hostetler

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey speak with White Sox scouting director Nick Hosteler inside the team's draft room at Guaranteed Rate Field.

How accurate are the mock drafts? (2:45) Can Andrew Vaughn meeting the lofty expectations? (6:40) Bobby Witt Jr's unique background (8:30), why this draft could bring a face of the franchise type player the top (11:15), and what it's like in the war room on draft day (12:30). Do they have a consensus pick yet? (13:45) Do they need to stock up on pitching? (17:35)

Is Nick Madrigal meeting expectations in Class-A? (26:40) Hostetler's sleeper pick from last season that White Sox fans should watch (30:00) and more.

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Expect the unexpected: A triple play, a Charlie Tilson grand slam and a White Sox win over the Astros

Expect the unexpected: A triple play, a Charlie Tilson grand slam and a White Sox win over the Astros

Expect the unexpected.

After the way the first two nights went for the White Sox during their four-game stay in Houston, the expectations weren't high going up against Gerrit Cole. Cole entered the game as baseball's strikeout leader, with 93 of them in his first 60.2 innings this season. After White Sox hitters struck out a combined 27 times in the games started by Brad Peacock and Justin Verlander, it figured to be more of the same.

But that's not how baseball works.

The White Sox got solo homers from Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu for an early lead on Cole, but it was what they did in the field that got the baseball world buzzing. They turned the first triple play of the 2019 season in slick fashion. It was the White Sox first triple play since the 2016 season, when they turned three of them.

Normally, a triple play would be hands down the highlight of the night. But after the Astros pushed three runs across against Ivan Nova in the bottom of the fourth inning, the White Sox staged a stunning comeback against the typically dominant Cole.

They started the sixth with four straight hits, with Yona Moncada's single tying the game and James McCann, with another successful moment in the cleanup spot, doubling in the go-ahead run. Four batters and two outs later, Charlie Tilson, not exactly known for his power, smacked a grand slam, his first career homer, to bust things open.

Tilson became the first White Sox hitter whose first career homer was a grand slam since Danny Richar back in 2007. It's been a very nice stretch for Tilson, who came up from Triple-A Charlotte early this month. He's slashing .304/.339/.393 in 2019, now with one home run.

So by the end of the evening, the White Sox got a triple play, a Tilson grand slam, not one but two Jimenez home runs and a win over the best team in baseball — in Houston, no less, where the White Sox last win came in September 2017. Outside of a mighty positive night from Jimenez, who has two two-homer nights in just 24 games in his career, these might be oddities with little big-picture applications for this rebuilding organization. But a fun, eventful night for the record books is surely welcome.

Mercy.

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