Sounds like neither Rick Hahn nor anyone in the front office has their hands anywhere near the plug.
Though he’s disappointed by the team’s 24-28 start, the White Sox general manager made it clear Friday afternoon he isn’t ready to give up on the 2015 season.
The time to make such a decision grows nearer, but Hahn intends to let this club’s fate breathe a little longer.
Whereas the White Sox have had many chances to collapse under the weight of their own struggles as well as extenuating circumstances, they haven’t. Their recent 5-6 showing on a four-city road trip has Hahn and the White Sox front office not only wiling to wait, but potentially looking to add pieces if they feel like that’s the right move.
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“The marching orders for the scouts leaving spring training was look at these perhaps positions of need, let’s see how things evolve, but this is what we’ve identified as potential areas of need and let’s plan to address them over the course of the next three to four months,” Hahn said. “Again, we have to be nimble enough that if things don’t quite go the way we hope, and we don’t put ourselves right back in the thick of this thing, that we may have to adjust and go the other direction. But our intent is absolutely to look to add when the time comes, and our hope is to add when the time comes.”
Plenty needs to go right for the White Sox to consider additions for the stretch run. But the White Sox are looking at their season with the glass is half full because they figure things could be much, much worse.
Even though the offense has averaged 3.67 runs per game, they’ve been outscored by 31 runs in the first inning, the defense has taken its lumps and Jeff Samardzija has a 4.68 ERA, the White Sox began Friday only four games below .500 and have played above it over their last 30 (16-14).
Hahn said he wouldn’t make a declarative statement about the team’s chances, nor does he intend to set a date for when he might start moving pieces. But he also believes the White Sox are in a good position to make their move now based off the last month.
“Are we disappointed with some of our play thus far?” Hahn said. “Absolutely. We all had high hopes and we still have high hopes. But these things happen over a stretch. Again, we feel right now the arrow’s pointing up. We just went through a very difficult stretch, and while we didn’t set the world ablaze with the record, we held our own. We played in some tough environments -- primarily on the road, and got through it strong. Let’s see what the next 30 days have to hold for us, because right now we feel guys are starting to come around. The team is gelling a little bit more and we think brighter days are ahead.”