After making a three-team blockbuster trade last night in which Jake Peavy was sent to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a package of prospects including outfielder Avisail Garcia, the Chicago White Sox figured to continue to wheel and deal all the way up until 4 p.m. ET today.
However, to the shock of many, GM Rick Hahn wasn’t able to complete any more deals as the non-waiver trade deadline came and passed.
With trade rumors surrounding plenty of Sox players, including shortstop Alexei Ramirez, reliever Matt Lindstrom and slugger Adam Dunn, it certainly seemed as if Hahn and the White Sox would be one of the busiest teams on the final day of the deadline.
The guy that most believed was a shoo-in to be headed to a new city was right fielder Alex Rios. Drawing attention from multiple teams in need of a right-handed bat, Rios was expected to give Chicago a decent return if/when dealt. The injury on his left foot (he is day-to-day after an X-ray came back negative), however, all but snuffed out those plans.
“In the end it just didn’t make sense for us to do it,” Hahn told the media moments after the deadline had ended.
Although he wasn’t able to move any more pieces after the Peavy trade, Hahn still feels as if the Sox are in a good place. “We felt we got a strong return (on Peavy deal).” Moving forward, Hahn is happy with the team’s economic flexibility.