If you took a poll when the 2013 season started asking who the most popular man in Major League Baseball would be halfway through the season, you would have gotten the wrong answer. Whatever player, manager or other person that was chosen, it surely would not have been Chicago White Sox GM Rick Hahn. No one could have guessed that the White Sox would underperform to the extent they have but Hahn plans to take advantage of it at the MLB trade deadline.
There are not a ton of great players available at the non-waiver trade deadline this season. Matt Garza has already been swiped by the Texas Rangers and now the best available players seem to be on the same team. For sure Alex Rios, Jake Peavy and Alexei Ramirez are much sought after players. Hahn might not be very popular with White Sox fans but they should at least take heart in the fact that he is doing a wonderful job.
He knows that his players are worth a lot in return so he is frankly asking more than even they are worth. It doesn’t mean that he will get his asking price for every single player but whoever is the final winner of the White Sox trade lottery will probably end up handing them an infield’s worth of prospects. As bad as it sounds, it is possible that the terrible season the White Sox are having this year could positively affect the franchise for years to come.