Rick Hahn would have been good alternative for Cubs

Rick Hahn would have been good alternative for Cubs

Rick Hahn was once considered the favorite to be the next Cubs GM.

Soon after the search for Jim Hendry’s replacement began, Hahn was the name that popped up immediately in the press.

Hahn was viewed around the game as one of the top GM candidates. He grew up a Cubs fan. As a 12 year old, he even wrote then Cubs GM Dallas Green a letter with his thoughts on how to fix the team.

I liked Hahn’s credentials at the time. He was young, incorporated analytics, good with the media, and well respected within baseball. In my opinion, all those things have held true in his time as White Sox GM.

The word at the time was the Sox wanted to try and keep him away from the Cubs.

They didn’t have to. Tom Ricketts liked Hahn very much from some reports. Yet, all along Ricketts was fixated on Boston and Theo Epstein. Epstein and Tampa’s Andrew Friedman topped the list of those I wrote Ricketts should pursue. For me, Hahn was directly behind them.

For the Sox, Hahn has been quite a departure from the one mode Kenny Williams.

Hahn has his plan. He has been trying to get younger on the fly. It is a vision some Cubs fans would have preferred be executed on the North Side. Although, Hahn wasn't even afforded the option (fickle attendance) to go nuclear.

You can look at what Hahn has accomplished thus far and see the Sox may get turned around just a bit faster than the slow, painful process on the North side.

The Sox GM has brought in some nice young talent like Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson to a core of position players the White Sox can add to their young pitching.

There is no denying league wide, however, nothing that Hahn has acquired compares potential wise to the big 3 of Kris Bryant, Javy Baez, and Albert Almora.

Time will tell which rebuilding plan will work out for the best.

There is little doubt in my mind, however, that if the Cubs weren't able to import Epstein, they would have done just fine staying with a local choice.

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  • Nice piece. An interesting perspective, and I have to say, Hahn's work looks impressive so far. But you can't positively judge Epstein/Hoyer's work based on Baez and Bryant — the former was a Hendry pick, and the latter was pretty much a no-brainer.

  • In reply to Joe Shmoe:

    Thank you. However, they have helped develop Baez a bit and Bryant was far from no brainer. Some still say they should have taken Grey.

  • While shoveling this AM & listening to score, I was wondering if we'd have been able to pull off the "competitive retool". It probably wouldn't have worked but I wish during the "flipping" phase that we'd been able to land someone with TOR potential, who was near ML-ready. Hahn has done a nice job of getting quality talent ready to play in the Show.

  • In reply to Carl9730:

    Time will tell. Yet, its only natural to want to be able to do it that way. It has been hard, but you look at WAS and see how it could turn into some stars. That is what you need some impact talent.

  • In reply to Carl9730:

    Hahn got some good talent/prospects but he gave up some ML talent too. He traded their most productive hitter last year in Rios, Best SP last year in Peavy, closer Reed and promising SP Santiago. We will see if they come out ahead. Only time will tell.

  • In reply to John57:

    True but those players were all very expendable.

  • I'm confident that offensive core will make for a competitive lineup, sooner rather than later. I'm probably a bit more optimistic than most, regarding timeline of offensive progress, but worry about whether we can just snap our fingers and acquire the SP we'll need. As the Tanaka process illustrated, just because we're willing to spend some $ doesn't mean the other big boys are gonna get out of the way and let us cherry pick "our guys". Ultimately , I think it'll require a painful trade. Ideally-at least for Epstoyer- I think they'd like to move a rejuvenated Castro to solve that problem. We'll see.......

  • I agree on all accounts. I think the hitting talent will make Cubs good by 2015. However Hahn already had an ace and some pretty good pitching. I think they will have to deal a Soler type.

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    I think it is more likely we trade Castro than Soler and they will get more talent in return with Castro than Soler. Just my guess.

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    Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda. I think this is probably the easiest stance to take. Very easy to have doubts on the Northsiders right now if you keep those blinders focused on the WL record over these past 2 seasons.

    Trying to fix all the wrongs of the previous regime has been a huge undertaking. I'll chose to look at what has been accomplished by this FO rather than play the "Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda" game. That game gives us zero results!

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    Whoa Bobby. Love our FO. Not what I'm saying. Just saying Hahn would've probably been solid choice as well.

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    In fact I was in minority of those who thought we had shot at Theo.

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    In reply to Tom Loxas:

    Not questioning your love for the Cubs FO. But why not say what a great job Hahn has done this offseason (love his moves) and leave it at that. Why bring up the Cubs again for a position that has been filled by Theo and his people who have also done an outstanding job, imo.

    You digging for something?

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    No Bobby, just a retrospective thing. It's something I pondered. I think Hahn will make a good GM. I like his style. He's an easy listen as well. I do like to discuss things like this though. It's fun.

  • Tom, you and I appear to be on same page. I do agree w John 57 that if Castro rebounds, he's the guy who gets moved. I think they'd like to keep Baez @ short and Alcantara seems like an offensive dynamo who'll bring some much-needed speed to the party. Parks doesn't drink anybody's Kool-Aid & loves him. I'd still love to stay in weeds on CarGo, if COL goes into sell mode this summer. One final thought: I really think they'd like Olt to grab that job for good @ 3B. They love the D & the leadership would be critical with this group. Their ideal IF: Olt-3B, Baez-SS, AA-2B, Rizzo-1B.

  • In reply to Carl9730:

    Thanks Carl, I think that they have some real options if Olt turns around.

  • Hahn has done a great job although anyone looks good compared to Kenny Williams, one the most overrated GMs ever.

  • In reply to Mikethoms:

    Not huge KW fan but guy won. Hated how ignored building system.

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    Did he win or was it Ozzie? Or was it lightning in a bottle? They could never get close to 2005 again and the players on that team all had career years.

  • In reply to Mikethoms:

    Well, he did have a pretty good record. Im not a fan however.

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