A 28-34 record doesn’t give a front office or a fan base much to get excited about. A team that ranks 25th in average, 28th in OBP, and 27th in RBI’s shows an anemic offense. Injuries to key starters Gavin Floyd and Jake Peavy only add to the problems GM Rick Hahn in facing. While many fans are clamoring for a total rebuild or breaking up the roster, it’s not in the best interest of the organization to go that route.
Teams are no longer giving away their top prospects in their organizations. The White Sox don’t have much to trade to warrant a top return anyways. Just look at the current roster. Konerko isn’t having a great year and is in the last year of his deal. He is also the face of the franchise, but a return on trading him wouldn’t help the Sox in the future. Adam Dunn isn’t going anywhere. Jake Peavy’s recent rib injury has sidelined him for 4-6 weeks taking away his value. Young players like Gordon Beckham, Chris Sale, Dayan Viciedo, and Addison Reed are building blocks for the future and not trade commodities. So who would bring you back anything of value?
Alex Rios, Matt Thornton, and Jesse Crain are all having good years. While many contending teams would be interested in acquiring these players for the stretch run this year, the prospects in return may not help better the organization. Even though the White Sox are currently 7.0 GB of the Detroit Tigers in the Central Division the best thing may to stand pat in 2013. The Sox don’t play the Detroit Tigers till July 9th, which gives them time to catch up in the division. Despite that the White Sox making a run on Detroit is slim; they have been playing better of late.
GM Rick Hahn should just let 2013 play out. The White Sox shouldn’t be in a salary dump mode because they still need to get people in seats to watch the games. Trading away fan favorites or big names won’t help with that. In the next two years, the White Sox have a lot of money coming off their payroll. The contracts of Konerko, Dunn, Rios, and Peavy will all be done. At this point, Hahn can start to reshape this team as he sees fit. The Sox have some prospects in the next two years that will be likely ready as well. Trayce Thompson, Courtney Hawkins, Andy Wilkins, Carlos Sanchez, Josh Phegley, and Erik Johnson will all likely be ready for the Majors by that time.
Right now, the White Sox have been playing better baseball. Manager Robin Ventura and his staff are going to do everything they can to clean up the bad defense, poor offense, and mental lapses. Ultimately, it will be up to the players to turn their seasons around. While the Sox are not likely going to be buyers unless they go on phenomenal stretch of baseball, they shouldn’t look to be sellers either.
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