The Chicago White Sox have had a busy off-season. They started the action by signing Cuban free agent Jose Abreu, landing a big power bat for their lineup. They also traded for Adam Eaton and Matt Davidson before aggressively pursuing Masahiro Tanaka.
Having missed out on Tanaka, the White Sox are left to decide whether or not they are done making moves. Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports that the White Sox might have more moves in store, as general manager Rick Hahn still seeks help in the starting rotation and at catcher.
“…The club also could be in the market for an additional starting pitcher. Hahn has said repeatedly in the past he always is searching for more arms and the White Sox made a hard push for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.”
Hayes also notes that the White Sox might need to make moves to tweak and shuffle their roster to free up playing time and at-bats for crowded positions such as left field and shortstop.
The team had the money to make an offer to Tanaka. Does that mean they would take that money and try to land Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez? To date they have not been linked to either. Otherwise starting pitching help might come in the form of a trade in which they could use those resources to land an arm.
With the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians coming off playoff seasons, the White Sox need more moves between now and Spring Training if they want to contend. It makes sense that Hahn is still actively trying to improve his squad.