User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Hahn not in hurry as he prepares for meetings

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

CHICAGO (AP) - Rick Hahn says there's no hurry to make trades as he approaches his first winter meetings as general manager of the Chicago White Sox.

Advertisement
While Chicago could have opening at third base and catcher, Hahn maintains he has the luxury of time and flexible finances heading into next week's gather of baseball executives.

``There's nothing magical about being down there in Nashville that means something has to happen,'' Hahn said during a Thursday conference call. ``We're going to wait until it's right to pull the trigger and make a decision based on what the alternatives are and the respective costs. That may well take us two weeks, or it may well take past the first of the year as we get close to spring training.''

The 41-year-old, who spent the past 12 years as a White Sox executive, became GM in October when Ken Williams was promoted to executive vice president.

``Even though who's having the conversation is different, the priorities and the intent remain the same,'' Hahn said.

Chicago's moves began in late October when right-hander Jake Peavy agreed to a $29 million, two-year contract. Peavy's previous deal with the White Sox included a $22 million option for next season with a $4 million buyout. The buyout will be paid in equal installments from 2016-19.

``Had he left that would have left a pretty significant hole, and given this market, would have been a difficult one to fill,'' Hahn said.

But the White Sox could have vacancies third baseman Kevin Youkilis and catcher A.J. Pierzynski sign elsewhere. Youkilis, acquired in June from Boston, became a free agent after Chicago declined a $13 million option.

Pierzynski hit .278, hit a career-best 27 home runs and also went free. A 15-year veteran, he's spent the last eight seasons with the White Sox.

Hahn also declined to commit on whether the White Sox will offer 2013 contracts to first baseman Dan Johnson and pitcher Philip Humber, who pitched a perfect game against Seattle last April 21. The deadline for the team's decision is 11 p.m. CST Friday night.

``I prefer not to announce any final plans for tender decisions until we've had those conversations with individual players,'' Hahn said. ``We have talked to some agents this week - what we're thinking, and where these things are likely headed - so it's not going to come as a shock should we decide ultimately not to tender anybody.''

Baring a high-salaries acquisition, Hahn said the White Sox have financial flexibility to handle most potential transactions.

``There is a little bit of room as we sit here today to maneuver,'' he said. ``But to do anything described as major, we'd would like to make another move elsewhere to free up some cash. But there's room to operate right now.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Thursday's Tip Sheet
Akins: Diamond Trends - Thursday
Rangers promote Adcock after trade
Angels beat O's on bases-loaded walk
Cespedes hits 2 HRs, A's hold off Astros
Royals beat White Sox 2-1 with run in 9th
Rockies snap 7-game skid, beat Nats 6-4
Mets' Colon overpowers M's in 3-2 win
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
16-5 L21 Guarantees, +7,788 TY
13-2 L15 Totals, +2,822 This Year
8-1 L3 Days +2,440 This Season
13-6, +973 Record Last 5 Days
14-4 G-Plays, +1,721 This Year
+2,432 Net Proftis This Year
12-4 MLB Win Streak
+1,874 Overall This Year
5-2 L7, +2,274 MLB Totals TY
5-2 +519 L7 G-Plays, +1,514 TY
10-4 Last 14 MLB Totals
6-0 L6, 12-3 +937 L15 Guarantees
6-3 +295 Y'day, +1,801 TY
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Houston Astros at Oakland A's
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 7788
Bruce Marshall + 2822
Mike Rose + 2440
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 3009
James Manos + 2402
Dave Cokin + 1477
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2569
Matt Zylbert + 2274
Tony Stoffo + 1239
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 999
Doc's Sports + 987
Antony Dinero + 674
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3752
Mike Rose + 1827
Kevin Rogers + 1585
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1619
Bruce Marshall + 1260
The Gold Sheet + 1224
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!