If the rumors are true, the White Sox might have a chance at the playoffs if Rick Hahn plays his cards correctly.
The White Sox front office should pay close attention to the happenings in the Indians front office as the rumors are showing the Indians might have a massive sell-off.
According to an article by Buster Olney on ESPN, the Indians are listening to offers on everyone except Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. With the rest of the AL Central in rebuild mode behind the Sox, if the Indians really are going to reduce payroll, the Sox could have a chance at taking the AL Central.
To make matters better for the AL Central teams not in Cleveland, the Indians did not offer any qualifying offers to their free agents according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. This list include Michael Brantley, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen. The qualifying offer was $17.9 million. Along with those three men, nine other Indians hit the free agent market including players like Josh Donaldson, Melky Cabrera, and Rajai Davis.
This could mean that the Indians window has officially closed. The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals have just begun rebuilding. And, the Minnesota Twins have a new manager.
Could the Sox have a chance?
Not with the current 40-man roster.