Thus far, General Manager Rick Hahn and the White Sox have been fairly quiet in Nashville, the site of the ongoing 2012 MLB Winter Meetins. But Wednesday, some rumblings finally started to come out.
According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, 32 year-old third baseman Jack Hannahan is drawing interest from a handful of teams, including the White Sox. While bringing back Kevin Youkilis remains an option, it’s probably the most expensive option out there as far as the hot corner goes. Hannahan only boosts a .234 lifetime batting average with very underwhelming power.
On the positive side, Hannahan hits from the left side, is a very strong defender, and has experience against American League pitching, most recently as a member of the Cleveland Indians the last two seasons (and Detroit in 2006).
The Sox could use a lefty that can handle the bat well, and since he’d be cheap, he’s a very realistic option. Consider it like a more experienced, reliable Brent Morel-type option. I do still expect the Sox to add one strong hitter to their lineup, whether it’s via third base or catcher … so Hannahan may not be the best option on paper.
Based on what Joel Sherman of the New York Post has recently reported, the battle to land infielder Jeff Keppinger is heating up and the White Sox are in the thick of that race. We at GSB! have been hoping the Sox would get in on him for a while now – he’s probably the best all-around option the Sox could pursue to fill the third base vacancy.
Through 8 years of major league service, Keppinger has a .288 lifetime batting average. His best season came this past year for Tampa Bay when he hit .325 with 25 extra base-hits and only 31 strikeouts in 385 at bats. He could fill in the number 2 spot in the lineup quite nicely. And at only 32 years old, he could probably do so for a few years.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser has reported that about 6-8 teams are “in” on righty Brandon McCarthy. Since the White Sox traded away the heralded pitcher before the 2007 season, he’s battled inconsistency and injuries, but really turned it around the last 2 seasons for the Oakland A’s. He had a 3.24 ERA last season before getting hit in the head with a line drive before getting hit in the head with a line drive, giving him a head injury that required brain surgery.
It’ll definitely be a risk for any team that brings McCarthy aboard, but given his number 2 or 3 starter potential, it could be worth it.
Okay, so this one is unlikely, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman has identified the White Sox as a dark horse in the Greinke sweepstakes. Given the Sox’ previous interest in the former Royals, Brewers, and Angels ace, it’s not that unlikely that the south siders make a push.
Pairing Greinke with Sale and Peavy atop the Sox’ rotation would be lethal, and could instantly make the White Sox a favorite in the American League. Do I expect Greinke to put on the Sox’ pin stripes? No. But Rick Hahn has been quiet this offseason — almost too quiet … so I wouldn’t rule out a big surprise acquisition in the team’s near future.
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