Rick Hahn, White Sox 'disappointed that we weren’t able to do more to improve this club'

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(670 The Score) White Sox general manager Rick Hahn didn’t mince words when describing the team’s inaction as the trade deadline passed Tuesday at 5 p.m.

“In all candor, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to do more to improve this club,” Hahn said. “I think you saw a year ago at this time, you’ve seen it for the last several years, arguably the last couple of decades that it’s our nature to try to improve this club at any opportunity that we have. And unfortunately, we weren’t able to line up on some of our other potential targets. So anyone out there who’s feeling a level of frustration or disappointment, I’m there with you.”

On Monday evening, the White Sox made a low-profile move in acquiring veteran lefty reliever Jake Diekman – who has a 4.23 ERA in 44 appearances this season – from the Red Sox in exchange for catcher Reese McGuire. In the next 24 hours or so, the White Sox accomplished nothing more to improve their club, as they stood pat all day Tuesday.

Given the team’s clear needs – including another bat for a struggling offense and help for an overworked bullpen – it was both surprising and puzzling that Chicago didn’t do more. And as the man in charge of it all, Hahn understood that sentiment. He also explained why nothing more happened.

“Our approach this deadline was for there to be more,” Hahn said. “In the end, it didn’t line up that way.

“I wouldn’t put it as a money issue, because at no point did we go to Jerry (Reinsdorf) on anything and be told no over the last period of time we’ve been talking about deals. Look, it was a different market this year.
I don’t know if it was a byproduct of having more playoff teams that there’s been in the past or byproduct of the wild-card round being a best-of-three as opposed to more of a coin-flip game that sort of led to sellers perhaps being a little more aggressive in terms of their asking prices. Again, there were some players that I think people thought were probably going to get moved who wound up not getting moved for whatever reason, which is an individual team’s choice. But I think the market overall was favorable toward the sellers, and we didn’t line up.”

Opposing teams asked for the White Sox's "premium prospects" in exchange for rental players, Hahn said, but Chicago wasn't interested in those trade ideas.

"That didn't exactly line up from our perspective about what made sense not only for this team but also the future," Hahn said.

The White Sox entered play Tuesday with a 51-51 record and three games behind the AL Central-leading Twins. Despite the frustration at the trade deadline and the team’s season-long inconsistent play, Hahn expressed hope the White Sox can rebound.

“The fact of the matter is we still very much believe in this group that is inside that clubhouse right now. We feel like they’re very much capable of playing better baseball than we’ve seen over the first few months and that there are the makings of a potential championship team in there should they get to their custom levels of performance.”

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