The plan from the second he traded Sale to Boston was to spend in free agency once he felt this team was ready to take the next step. Well, they appeared to take a big step in 2019 as they improved by ten games. They also saw pretty much every player in the core take a big leap forward in their development. That was a sign to Rick Hahn that 2020 had the potential to be something special. 2020 and 2021 were the range of targets for this team to turn the corner of being a good team.
Well, the offseason so far this time around has seen Hahn live up to what he said. He has been spending money as much as any team in all of baseball. Since the World Series ended back in October, Rick Hahn has convinced some very good players to come over to Chicago and play for the White Sox. Yasmani Grandal, Edwin Encarnacion, Dallas Keuchel, and Gio Gonzalez have all signed with the White Sox in free agency.
Hahn has also made an attempt to fix the right-field situation by acquiring Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers. He has also signed Luis Robert to his first big MLB contract along with extending Jose Abreu and James McCann. It has been an incredible time for him trying to make this team better. The 2019-20 offseason will be looked at as the one that set the White Sox off into their stretch of dominance.
Rick Hahn has been an elite GM for the White Sox since 2016. He has more than made up for that mistake he made in the middle of the 2016 season. It has been fun to watch him work on this White Sox team trying to get them back in contention. Whether it works or not remains to be seen but they are on the right track thanks to Hahn’s leadership.