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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