The White Sox made two huge trades during the winter meetings. But could Rick Hahn and Co. have another move up their sleeve?
The Chicago White Sox arguably made the biggest impact at the winter meetings. They traded their ace Chris Sale and outfielder Adam Eaton in return for a slew of top prospects. However, they still have a lot of solid assets they can trade. So, more moves are possible.
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David Robertson was the speculation of trades rumors. It was also reported the Nationals wanted to include him in the Eaton trade. Now that Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen are off the market, the time may be perfect for Rick Hahn to move his closer. Robertson has pitched pretty well for this organization, but they have internal options. It’s not unreasonable to believe they can get a prospect or two from a team needing a setup or another option in the 9th inning.
Robertson is set to make $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. It’s possible the organization isn’t willing to pay him that much and will look for a trade partner. The Nationals were making a push to get him, but backed off awaiting a decision from Jansen. Now could be the best time for Hahn to strike and make a deal.
Hahn has done everything right this offseason. He got a phenomenal return for Sale and almost the same type of return for Eaton. There’s no reason why he can’t do something to help this team for the future.
Zack Burdi could be the future closer for this team. It would be good to see him in the majors and see what he has to offer. The only drawback would be if he’s not quite ready to come up. That could complicate a Robertson trade because the bullpen isn’t very deep. That means they may need to sign someone to help in that role. Hahn has shown he has the smarts to make quality moves that will help improve this team. There’s no reason to believe he won’t continue to do that the remainder of the offseason.