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White Sox Update: Rick Hahn, Scott Boras, Rumors, and More

by Joe Binder

Rick Hahn and others addressed the media at this week’s GM Meetings as the rumors have begun to fly. Here’s the latest…

White Sox Name Scott Coolbaugh as Assistant Hitting Coach

After hiring Frank Menechino as the team’s next hitting coach last month, the organization announced another addition to the coaching staff. Scott Coolbaugh has been named as the club’s assistant hitting coach, replacing Greg Sparks. Last season, Coolbaugh was the hitting coach for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. He also was the hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles from 2015-2018.

Latest on Jose Abreu and Contract Talks

Jose Abreu is yet to make a decision on his $17.8 million qualifying offer. Should he opt to decline, it is believed by many insiders that the team is working on a long-term deal to keep the veteran on the South Side for a few more seasons.

As for Rick Hahn, he is playing the waiting game along with the rest of us to see which path the first baseman decides to go down. He had this to say today:

Rick Hahn Addresses the Media at GM Meetings – Tuesday

Speaking of Rick Hahn, the White Sox GM addressed the media yesterday. Here’s his top quotes and talking points:

Scott Boras Comments on South Side as Landing Spot for Top Free Agents

Scott Boras had some interesting comments regarding the South Side of Chicago that should give fans some hope this offseason.

Rick Hahn Addresses the Media – Wednesday Edition

Lucas Giolito Finished Seventh in Cy Young Voting

Justin Verlander edged out (future White Sox?) Gerrit Cole to take home the 2019 American League Cy Young Award. White Sox ace Lucas Giolito finished seventh in the voting after an incredible comeback season. Click here for the full details on this year’s voting.

Eloy Jimenez Finishes Fourth in Rookie of Year Voting

In case you missed it, Yordan Alvarez was named the American League Rookie of the Year. The South Side’s Eloy Jimenez finished fourth in the voting after slashing .267/.315/.513 with 31 home runs and 79 RBIs.

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Aaron Sapoznik

Aside from some significant free agent signings, I’m feeling that Rick Hahn will orchestrate a blockbuster trade this offseason. One possibility that makes sense would be a rare intradivision trade with the Indians. Cleveland is likely to trade SS Francisco Lindor this offseason or next. Lindor has two more seasons of expensive arbitration control before hitting FA in 2022. This very site is projecting Lindor to receive $16.7MM for the 2020 season. (mlbtraderumors.com/2019/10/mlb-arbitration-salarie…). He will likely top $20MM in 2021. Lindor turns 26 on Thursday, November 14th. The White Sox have a 26-year old shortstop of their own in Tim… Read more »

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